Emotional Intelligence Essential Reads

5 Paradoxical Ways to Capture the Elusive Art of Creativity

Have you ever wondered how you can change your brain and lifestyle to be more creative?

The Psychology of Selfies

By David Ludden Ph.D. on June 24, 2017 in Talking Apes
A new study shows how people adjust the camera angle of their selfies to manage the impression they want to make on other persons.

Ford Motors Makes an Inventive Leadership Choice

By James Bailey Ph.D. on June 21, 2017 in At the Helm
From office furniture to automobiles? New Ford CEO Jim Hackett has what it takes.

Four Pitfalls of Being a Grandparent

By Roberta Satow Ph.D. on June 16, 2017 in Life After 50
Becoming a grandparent is one of life’s milestones. But no matter how close you are to your son or daughter and his/her spouse, you’re bound to have different ideas about it.
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How Am I Doing at Life?

Our culture's gamification of life has led to an epidemic anxiety, ever-buzzing though often just beyond our consciousness.

The Fatal Flaw in Dating Advice

By Ken Page L.C.S.W. on June 06, 2017 in Finding Love
Most dating advice promises lasting love, but erodes our chance of ever finding it. The secret to success isn't about your attractiveness. It's about your attractions.

How to Make Friends by Asking Questions

By David Ludden Ph.D. on June 05, 2017 in Talking Apes
A new Harvard study shows that people like us more when we let them do most of the talking.

Anger and Disgust at Moral Violations

By Art Markman Ph.D. on May 30, 2017 in Ulterior Motives
When people respond to immoral acts, they often respond with anger or disgust. Does that mean that these two emotions are really two sides of the same coin?
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The Power of Curiosity Part 2

Why is it so hard for us to listen to others with opposing points of view?

The Ridiculously Easy Way to Become an Innovative Thinker

By Emma M. Seppälä Ph.D. on May 16, 2017 in Feeling It
Whether you're a stay-at-home mom or a CEO—innovation, problem-solving, creativity—they determine your success. Here's the easy way to access breakthrough thinking.

Can Envy Ever Be a Positive Emotion?

By David Ludden Ph.D. on May 12, 2017 in Talking Apes
Envy lets us know about our rank in the pecking order. But how we respond determines whether the outcome will be destructive or help us become better people.

How to Master Your Emotions

As architects of our experiences, we need not be at the mercy of our emotions — rather, we can learn to master them.

52 Ways to Show I Love You: Honoring the Self

Honoring the self is an essential way we can show love to others. When we listen to our bodies, stream of consciousness, dreams, impulses and analyses, we have roadmaps to loving.

What's Better? Emotionally Intelligent or Mentally Strong

You can develop skills that help you build mental strength and develop emotional intelligence. And while they have some similarities, there's a big difference between the two.

Emotion Regulation Skills Reduce Procrastination

By Timothy A Pychyl Ph.D. on April 26, 2017 in Don't Delay
Procrastination is an emotion-focused coping strategy. We avoid some tasks in order to avoid the emotions they evoke. New research explains how to reduce procrastination.

Struggling With Temptation?

By Katherine Hawley Ph.D. on April 25, 2017 in Trust
Is it better to battle temptation, or to never be tempted at all?

Overcoming the Paralysis of Toxic Shame

How might toxic shame play a role in your anger?

How Do Character Strengths Help (and Harm) Romance?

By Todd B. Kashdan Ph.D. on April 18, 2017 in Curious?
This is the first study to suggests that the beliefs we hold about the personality strengths of our romantic partners influence our well-being and their well-being.

Transform Failure, Disaster, and Rejection Into a Fortune!

By Bobby Hoffman Ph.D. on April 10, 2017 in Motivate!
Maybe of us underestimate the power and influence of life's darkest moments. When you learn these simple strategies you will never look at adversity like you have before.

Emotional Complexity

A few of the elements that make emotions so complicated are habituation, inhibition, constriction, and disinhibition/excitement.
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What You Can Do When Your BFF Turns Into Your Worst Enemy

By F. Diane Barth L.C.S.W. on April 07, 2017 in Off the Couch
Frenemies aren't just for your teen years. This painful and sometimes surprising reversal occurs in the lives of women of all ages, and all over the world.

What Is the Importance of Nonverbal Communications?

By Joe Navarro M.A. on April 05, 2017 in Spycatcher
Why study nonverbals? Because as you will see, they matter more than we think.

Transforming Toxic Relationships

Recognizing a toxic relationship can sometimes prove to be a bit elusive. That is in large measure because of what we bring to the table in terms of our own inner narrative.

Yes, You Can Have Depression and Still Be Mentally Strong

Just like someone with diabetes can be physically strong, someone with depression can still be mentally strong.

Effective Communication During Relationship Conflict

By David Ludden Ph.D. on March 29, 2017 in Talking Apes
No communication style works in all cases. Instead, we need to tailor our approach to the specifics of the situation.

Facts, Truths, Beliefs, Opinions, and "Alternative Facts"

By Clifford N Lazarus Ph.D. on March 25, 2017 in Think Well
In this time of "alternative facts," it's helpful to understand that a "fact" is a fact precisely because the "alternatives" have been disproven!

5 Ways Predators Will Prey on Your Politeness

Think you can spot a predator while traveling? Here are 5 tips to make sure you can. Take these precautions to ensure that your Spring Break travel is both satisfying and safe.
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Where Are the Trustworthy Leaders?

By Tara Well Ph.D. on March 16, 2017 in The Clarity
Trustworthy leaders aren’t always easy to spot. Research reveals some not so obvious qualities to look for.

Forecasting Happiness

How do we know what will make us happy? Psychologist Daniel Gilbert’s insights on happiness.
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Technology's Battle for IQ, EQ, or Something Very Different

By John Nosta on March 14, 2017 in The Digital Self
Enough with IQ and EQ. Technology is demanding its own score.