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Beating the Odds

What if you come from a crazy family?

The Science of Sustaining Peace

By Peter T. Coleman Ph.D. on February 13, 2018 in The Five Percent
The scientific evidence suggests that living in peace is both possible and replicable.

Jordan Peterson Knows What You’re Thinking

By Guest Blogger on February 13, 2018 in The Guest Room
The rockstar of contemporary psychology strips the mythology off many divisive beliefs.

Identity in Borderline Personality Disorder: A New Approach

Borderline personality disorder is often thought of in terms of early development of the self. A new measure of identity shows the continuing role of identity in adulthood.

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3 Keys to a Great Valentine's Day

By David Evans on February 10, 2018 in Can’t We All Just Get Along?
3 keys to a Happy Valentine's Day, Courtesy of Mindfulness, Valentine's Day Resolutions, and Imagination. From a Professional Greeting Card Writer

10 Tips for Thriving Through a Solo Valentine’s Day

By Barton Goldsmith Ph.D. on February 10, 2018 in Emotional Fitness
There is no shame in being alone, but Valentine’s Day and the weeks leading up to it can make you feel that you are doing something wrong, and that’s just not so.

Are Your Valentines Up-To-Date?

By Roni Beth Tower Ph.D., ABPP on February 10, 2018 in Life, Refracted
Valentine's Day prods us to question ways in which we express our love and through which others experience it. Here are some thoughts about keeping your love language fresh

3 Sweet Ways to Catch Your Kids Being Good

By Erin Leyba LCSW, Ph.D. on February 10, 2018 in Joyful Parenting
Acknowledging your kids' positive behaviors spreads joy, creates warmth, reinforces positive behaviors, and models sweetness.

Resolutions Revisited: 5 Steps To Reenergize Your Money Life

By Michael F. Kay on February 09, 2018 in Financial Life Focus
Your first powerful move is to hit the reset button.

Therapist's Corner: When to Refer for Eating Disorders

Avoidance of talking about the food component is avoidance of what is needed to fully recover.
Ali Kenny

Personal Value Exploration: An Experiential Activity

By Gregg Henriques Ph.D. on February 07, 2018 in Theory of Knowledge
Values clarification is an important part of life. This blog describes an activity that therapist and group leaders can use to guide individuals to get clear about their values.

Valentines Day: Take This Relationship Challenge!

Pick two of these five new things to try on Valentines Day. You have nothing to lose but the status quo.

Should You Purposely Test Another’s Limits?

By Leon F Seltzer Ph.D. on February 07, 2018 in Evolution of the Self
Not knowing how far you can go with someone—particularly your spouse—for fear of their reacting negatively, seriously hampers a relationship from reaching its potential.

When Did We Stop Talking to Each Other?

Scary statistics around smartphones and why and how to change them.

Can't Get Yourself to Declutter? Try "Death Cleaning"

By Meg Selig on February 06, 2018 in Changepower
Sometimes decluttering can be an unselfish way to show love to those who will have to clean up after you. A new book explains the why and how.

5 Mindfulness Apps (for Children)

By Maureen Healy on February 06, 2018 in Creative Development
Want to raise mindful children? If yes, there are apps to help!

6 Tips for Building Your Tribe as a Reader and Writer

By Jennifer Haupt on February 05, 2018 in One True Thing
Literary tribes that include authors and readers are a great way to connect through books.

Happy Mind, Happy Life: A Valentine’s Day Gift

By Joseph Cardillo Ph.D. on February 05, 2018 in Attention Training
The luxurious, high-quality energy of relationships we initially connect with is real.

Want to Live as Long as Possible? In New Study, Most Say No

By Bella DePaulo Ph.D. on February 05, 2018 in Living Single
Asked how long they wanted to live, people 60 and older from Germany, China, and the U.S. often said that staying reasonably healthy was more important than just living longer.

What Are Your Relationship Ground Rules?

By Steve Albrecht DBA on February 05, 2018 in The Act of Violence
If you have to argue in your relationship, follow these rules.

5 Surprising Reasons We Get Through The Day

By Barbara Greenberg Ph.D. on February 05, 2018 in The Teen Doctor
How to help yourself make it through the day.

Who Do You Trust?

By Rick Hanson Ph.D. on February 05, 2018 in Your Wise Brain
Be your whole self; it's your whole self that you can trust. See what happens when you let yourself fall backward into your own arms, trusting that they will catch you.

Being Happy in Spite of Yourself

By Robert Dawson Ph.D. on February 04, 2018 in In Spite of Yourself
Evolutionary psychology points the finger at instinct as the cause of our feelings. We cannot consciously choose our feelings and we cannot change them with a thought.

Building a Company Culture Through Food

By Nick Hobson Ph.D. on February 04, 2018 in Ritual and the Brain
Fast paced organizations are skipping shared meal times for efficiency sake. It's a hit on work culture.

Valentine's Day: The Real Truth Behind the Hearts and Candy

Ironically, the history of Valentine’s Day isn’t exactly romantic; in fact, this lovesick holiday has some very dark and twisted history.
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Get Kids Outdoors to Improve Mental and Physical Well-being

If you want healthier kids, with more resilience and better mental health, get them off screens and outdoors.

The Overlooked Factor that Helps You Bond With Your Kids

By Erin Leyba LCSW, Ph.D. on February 03, 2018 in Joyful Parenting
Science suggests that family routines calm stress and promote bonding. Adding rituals, or “the sweetness, fun, or warmth that accompany routines” makes them even better.
Alex Pattakos

Life, Liberty and the Pursuit of Meaning

By Alex Pattakos Ph.D. on February 03, 2018 in The Meaningful Life
Are you living a happy life or a meaningful life?

5 Ways to Get Along With the People Who Bother You

People can bother you for all kinds of reasons and in all kinds of ways. These 5 relationship tips will help you hold it together when you’re feeling truly bothered.

11 Tips for Balancing Worklife, Creative Life, and Family

By Jennifer Haupt on February 02, 2018 in One True Thing
"Be regular and orderly in your life, so that you may be violent and original in your work." — Marcelle Proust
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Is Your Self-Expression Damaging Your Relationships?

Does your manner of self-expression damage trust in your relationships? How can we find a balance so that we can be emotionally honest while preserving safe connections?

Happiness and Contentment: Still Not Available in a Pill

Happiness is about the relationships we create, not the possessions we acquire.
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How To Put Down Our Devices and Step Into Our Lives

Are you more addicted to your devices than you care to admit? A little mindfulness can go a long way.

Be Kind to Yourself

By Marianna Pogosyan Ph.D. on February 02, 2018 in Between Cultures
There are many paths toward well-being through kindness and self-compassion. Yet the success of these strategies depends on one key caveat: It’s not what you do, but why you do it.