Essential Reads

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Change How You Define Yourself and Change Your Life

By Jeff Corbin, MD MPH on October 20, 2017 in Rethinking Normal
Develop the life you want, despite your illness.

Getting Sentimental Could Increase Your Savings

By Brad Klontz Psy.D., CFP on October 12, 2017 in Mind Over Money
How can we harness positive, emotionally charged memories to develop a deeper incentive for saving?

How Helping Others Can Relieve Anxiety and Depression

By Seth J. Gillihan Ph.D. on October 10, 2017 in Think, Act, Be
A new study shows that thinking of others' well-being may be more beneficial than trying to boost our self-image.

The Pressure to Be Perfect

Perfectionistic thinking is different from having high expectations and a drive to do a good job, in that the pressure to be perfect brings with it a host of negative thoughts.

More Posts on Motivation

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Find Your Motivation Every Day in Your Sport

By Jim Taylor Ph.D. on October 18, 2017 in The Power of Prime
Without motivation, you wouldn't go to the gym in the early morning, you wouldn't put in the time practicing your sport, and you would give up quickly if training got difficult.

Solve 5 Baffling Problems Using the Latest Psych Research!

By Meg Selig on October 17, 2017 in Changepower
You've got problems. The latest psychology research has answers. Learn to: Look more attractive, ease depression and anxiety, decide when to socialize and when to work...and more.

What Is Your Role in Your Relationship?

By Lisa Firestone Ph.D. on October 16, 2017 in Compassion Matters
Couples get into trouble when one person takes the role of a parent, and the other, the role of a child. Breaking down this dynamic can reveal how it's hurting our relationship.

ADHD Kills Motivation

By Adam Price Ph.D. on October 15, 2017 in The Unmotivated Teen
ADHD may kill motivation but I will show you how to provide life support using the most powerful tool you have: the parent-child relationship.

Collective Intelligence in the Holocene: 7

By Michael Hogan Ph.D. on October 13, 2017 in In One Lifespan
Notwithstanding the uniqueness of human beings, a focus on the broadest timescale of analysis reminds us that evolution unites Homo sapiens with all other living systems.

Does Cutting Taxes Sap Productivity?

By Nigel Barber Ph.D. on October 12, 2017 in The Human Beast
The bigger the government, the more productive the workers.

How to Manage a Type A Boss

Having a competitive, Type A boss can be challenging, but can also be rewarding—if you manage things.

Finding the Motivation to Change

By Leslie Becker-Phelps Ph.D. on October 10, 2017 in Making Change
When you feel stuck in negativity or are unable to make personal changes, you can learn to move forward and succeed through developing compassionate self-awareness.

Machiavellian Marketers

Bad marketing sometimes snares the gullible, but most of us are savvy enough to avoid cons such as “eat all you want and still lose weight!” It’s the good marketing that lures us.

The Weekend Effect

Is your work dragging you down? Here are some possible reasons why and what you can do about it.

Big Shot

By Kirby Farrell Ph.D. on October 04, 2017 in A Swim in Denial
A wealthy gambler uses an arsenal and a casino hotel to kill 58 concert-goers and himself, wounding hundreds. His actions can help us understand what it means to be human.
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3 Reasons Why People Refuse to Help Others

By Bobby Hoffman Ph.D. on October 03, 2017 in Motivate!
Suffering and tragedy bring out the best and worst in humanitarian effort. Why do some generously volunteer time and money, while others flatly refuse to help those in need?

The Secret to Changing Eating Behavior, for Good

By Kari Anderson DBH, CEDS on October 03, 2017 in #BeHerNow
Whether you can successfully change your eating habits depends on why you want to change them.
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Lifting the Fog of Fear

By Alex Pattakos Ph.D. on October 02, 2017 in The Meaningful Life
The film of your life is still being shot.

Why Does the Man Without Fear Become a Loner Among Heroes?

Why is the superhero nicknamed "the Man without Fear" arguably the biggest loner among Marvel superheroes? Do both disability and ability make Daredevil distant and disconnected?

How Does Coffee Help Alleviate Depression?

Coffee may help alleviate depression by preventing inflammation to the brain and by making dopamine signaling in the brain more effective.

Does Power Impact How We Perceive Emotion?

By Nathan A Heflick Ph.D. on September 30, 2017 in The Big Questions
Power plays a role in how effectively we recognize emotion in others.

Elevating the Patient Voice: The Value of Hope

By Joanne Buzaglo, Ph.D. on September 29, 2017 in The Patient’s Voice
Hope is key to our existence, to our ability to persevere, and to achieve goals. We discuss the value of hope for cancer patients.

Am I Talented Enough?

By Susan K Perry Ph.D. on September 27, 2017 in Creating in Flow
You have big artistic aspirations. Knowing what and who to ask can help make your vision a reality, with some fine-tuning.
25 Great Quotes About Callings

25 Great Quotes About Callings

By Gregg Levoy on September 26, 2017 in Passion!
Here are some of the most inspiring and entertaining quotes about finding and following a calling

Why Do People Helicopter Parent?

Helicopter parenting is on the rise. Why do parents do it? New research identifies three reasons why parents are overinvolved in their children's lives.

What Is The Secret To Building A World-Class Team?

By Peter Bregman on September 25, 2017 in How We Work
Learn how to spot and develop potential captains on your team, why real leaders aren’t always the ones giving locker room speeches, and the benefits of strong middle-management.

How to Shrink Your Fears Down to Size

By Leslie Becker-Phelps Ph.D. on September 22, 2017 in Making Change
When you stand tall against your fears, they become smaller. First learn to face your fears. Then summon your courage and do it!

Profanity and Seemingly Inappropriate Words in the Classroom

By Todd B. Kashdan Ph.D. on September 20, 2017 in Curious?
What is unacceptable in a classroom setting? Besides profanity, there are certain words that are antithetical to thinking. I had to put an end to what was wearing me out.

How Can Leaders Find Happiness?

By Peter Bregman on September 18, 2017 in How We Work
Discover the SHARP model for a happier life, an easy way to beat procrastination, and the number-one factor in predicting well-being.

Rewire Your Burned-Out Brain

By Judy Willis M.D., M.Ed. on September 18, 2017 in Radical Teaching
You can rewire your brain to reverse burnout symptoms and boost your optimism, pleasure, and positive expectations.

Healthy and Unhealthy Risk

By Roberta Satow Ph.D. on September 13, 2017 in Life After 50
Are you stilted in your career because of fear of failure? Or are you a self-destructive risk-taker? Either way, your reality testing is distorted.

Can Too Much Information Increase the Risk of Drunk Driving?

By Romeo Vitelli Ph.D. on September 12, 2017 in Media Spotlight
How effective are public service announcements in persuading people not to drive when they are impaired? The results of a new study may surprise you.

A Plea for a Friendly Focus on Superordinate Goals

By Richard Smith Ph.D. on September 11, 2017 in Joy and Pain
Perhaps the recent hurricanes will inspire collective efforts to address climate change.