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How to Get Better at Achieving Your Goals

Setting goals is, at its core, about behavior change.

Are Simple Behavioral Interventions Cost Effective?

By Art Markman Ph.D. on August 23, 2017 in Ulterior Motives
Governments, nonprofits, and companies all try to influence people’s behavior. They do that in lots of ways. How should behavioral science play a role in this influence?

Why Posted Prices Are Often Meaningless

There’s a significant gap between asked-for prices and what customers actually pay.

Why Are These Men Downloading Child Pornography?

By Karen Franklin Ph.D. on May 30, 2017 in Witness
Porn videos have only streamed over tube channels for a single decade. In that brief time, they've wrought unprecedented changes in sexuality.

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Our Worst Angels: Inconvenient Psychological Truths, Part 1

By Noam Shpancer Ph.D. on June 22, 2017 in Insight Therapy
What might rappers, gender studies academics, and abusive parents have in common?
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New Thinking Required: Oil, Cars, and Walking

By Shane O'Mara D.Phil. on June 19, 2017 in The Interrogated Brain
Cars changed us. How will we change cars?

Commitment and How To Grow It

Having the assurance that the commitment in the relationship is strong and sturdy provides a large playing field to struggle with the essential issues that every couple must face.

Eating Disorders in the LGBT Community

Why does the LGBT population have a higher prevalence of eating disorders?

What Is Undisciplined Spending?

It’s a repeated, habitual pattern of three potentially harmful spending behaviors.
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I Give My Own Response to the “Ask Amy” Advice Column

To my mind, the writer’s problem is not “I’m lazy,” it’s “I need accountability.”

3 Exercises That Build Mental Strength in Just 5 Minutes

These mental strength building exercises are like push ups for your brain. Do them consistently and build your mental muscle in less than five minutes a day.

8 Habits That Make Millennials Stressed And Unproductive

By Caroline Beaton on May 26, 2017 in The Gen-Y Guide
More than half of millennials admit to having lain awake at night during the past month from stress.
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My Best Advice for Graduates: 12 Tips for a Happy Life

What advice would you give to a graduate?

3 Easy Tips to Reduce Job Stress and Avoid Burnout

How to unwind even when you're too stressed to think straight.
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Struggling to Get Something Done?

Whenever an Obliger struggles to get something done, the solution is always the same: external accountability. It’s just a question of figuring out what form it’s going to take.

Forgiveness Part 3

Her transformed self-image has been earned and hard-won. She has become a courageously outspoken advocate for and an inspiration to many men and women...

The Habit Replacement Loop

Replace your bad habits with good ones! New research on habit formation offers information on how to improve student success by establishing a new normal in learning.

Forgiveness Part 2

Monica found her way to forgiveness the hard way, the way many people do, by experiencing pain and betrayal.

Keeping Patients Safe

Have you given enough thought to what's necessary to stay safe during a planned or emergency hospital visit?
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Warning! Don’t Expect to Be Motivated by Motivation

Instead of thinking about motivation, I argue that we should think about aims, and then concrete, practical, realistic steps to take us closer to our aims.

Five Counterintuitive Ways to Benefit From Psychotherapy

Are you running out of ways to make therapy more useful? Try these approaches.

Feeling Depressed? Train Your Brain to Do This, Instead

If you're sick and tired of feeling sick and tired, these mindset shifts can help you heal.

Marijuana: The Newest Invasive Species

By Mark Borigini M.D. on April 30, 2017 in Overcoming Pain
As if cell phones and one-more-Corona were not enough to keep those of us who do value our lives off the highways, now we all must contend with a large population driving stoned.

Get Better Sleep

The National Institute of Health estimates that more than 40 million Americans have sleep disorders. Yet there are several key strategies to get better sleep.

A Dose of My Own Medicine

By Deborah R. Glasofer Ph.D. on April 28, 2017 in Managing Your Mindset
The Stress in America survey indicates that over half of Americans are stressed by the political climate. Small changes in your routine may make a big impact on overall stress.

Wake-Up Call

How I became determined to shed light on addiction.

Is Clicker Training the Most Effective Way to Train Dogs?

New data resolves the controversy as to whether clicker training is better than using a word of praise when training dogs.

Psychotherapist as a Dance Archeologist

By Karen L Smith MSS, LCSW on April 03, 2017 in Full Living
An explanation through metaphor of why we repeat patterns from our families of origin and how therapy helps us change that.

Spring Clean Your Space, Your Stuff and Your Life

Spring is the perfect time to clear out clutter, not just in your space but across your whole life.

Crack of Dawn Workouts

By Shauna H Springer Ph.D. on March 29, 2017 in Free-Range Psychology
By getting up at 4:30 a.m., I have already made a powerful statement to myself that I am willing to work for what I want in a single-minded, extremely determined way.

How We Create Unnecessary Anxiety To Motivate Ourselves

By Grant H. Brenner M.D. on March 27, 2017 in ExperiMentations
How being dependent on anxiety is holding you back.

Stanford Scientists Discover Surprising Cerebellum Functions

A pioneering Stanford University study has discovered a previously unknown cognitive role of specific neurons in the historically overlooked cerebellum (Latin for "little brain").
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For the International Day of Happiness

By Gretchen Rubin on March 20, 2017 in The Happiness Project
If someone asked you, “What’s the most important thing you’ve learned about happiness?” what would you answer?
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Are We Doomed to Repeat Our Relationship Patterns?

Do the attachment styles we develop in childhood inevitably shape our adult relationships? And if so, can they be changed?