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Dealing with Disappointment

By Tara Well Ph.D. on June 25, 2017 in The Clarity
Disappointment can be an opportunity to get clarity on what you really want—get it!

Are You Working for the Right Reasons?

In the second of three posts on defining success for yourself, I talk about the dangers of working without knowing what you're working toward.

Sticking With Your Goals

By Katherine Hawley Ph.D. on June 21, 2017 in Trust
If you're struggling to achieve your goals, try recruiting a little help from your friends.

Pathological Resistance to Change Does Not Make Us Great

Looking backwards won't make us great. We need innovation to tackle big problems like energy outages and their impact on the elderly. Our collective resilience depends on it.

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The Psychology of the Curated Closet

How cleaning out our closets can ease our minds and de-clutter our lives, while helping our wallets.

First aid for when your toddler doesn’t communicate

Every parent knows the feeling of both joy and anxiety when a baby starts growing up and discovering the world, trying everything and experimenting.

Interviewing a Criminal: Who Is Interviewing Whom?

Criminals case others out for their own purposes in all sorts of situations.
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Dieting and Eating for Weight Control?

By Monica N. Starkman M.D. on June 20, 2017 in On Call
Need help controlling your weight? Here are effective psychologically-based tips.

Are You Setting the Right Goals?

Do you struggle setting or sticking with your goals? It turns out you’re not alone. So where are we going wrong?

Games Master Manipulators Play: Exploiting Your Strengths

You might expect master manipulators to exploit your weaknesses. To conceal their motives, they may need to exploit your strengths instead.

My Relationship Ended. Now What?

None of us are taught how to grieve "right." After a breakup, it's important to give grief its due so we can heal, move on, and open up to love again.

The Gambler's Fallacy in Research

Clinical research differs from patient care in its goals and priorities. How are the two different and what are the gambler's fallacy and therapeutic misconception?
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A Roadmap to Helping an Addicted Loved One Enter Treatment

By Michael Ascher M.D. on June 16, 2017 in Unhooked
Effective tips to help a loved one seek treatment for a substance use problem.
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Eight Reasons Why We Get Bored

Boredom is an unpleasant emotional state in which the individual feels a lack of interest in and difficulty concentrating on the current activity.

100 Studies Show This Simple Technique Doubles Productivity

By Al Pittampalli on June 15, 2017 in Are You Persuadable?
Struggling to reach your goals? Try this simple 5-minute exercise.

Childrearing Tips for Modern Families

By Kimberly Key on June 14, 2017 in Counseling Keys
Research reveals what successful families do that increase resilience & functioning in kids--a must-read for any families in crisis or that suffer from addiction
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Building Resilient Organisations One Brain at a Time, Part 1

Want to build a resilient organisation? A few steps focused on the individual can make a huge difference.

Why Do People Lie to You?

By Bella DePaulo Ph.D. on June 10, 2017 in Living Single
What is it about you that tempts other people to tell you lies? Here are the good qualities and your not-so-good qualities that make you a target.

Live-streamed Violent Criminal Acts

Should we discourage live-streaming of violence by punishing online witnesses who do nothing? If not, do we become the bystanders?

'My Butt Actually Looks OK in This'

By Pirkko Markula Ph.D. on June 08, 2017 in Fit Femininity
How to choose your exercise outfit? Women exercisers talk about their strategies for looking good in fitness fashion.

Productivity Secrets of an Influential Young Scotsman

Here's how passion, action, and reason work together to help you get things done.

Are You Smart, or Smart Enough?

Do you see yourself as smart, or not smart? And just how smart is smart enough?
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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 Ways Millennials Can Manage Their Ambition-Related Stress

By Caroline Beaton on May 28, 2017 in The Gen-Y Guide
Though responsible for great success and progress, ambition can also cause feelings of worthlessness, mania and anxiety. Neuroscience now explains why.

This Is What Happens to Your Brain When You Fail

By Caroline Beaton on May 25, 2017 in The Gen-Y Guide
Not only is this kind of failure spiral common; it's biological.

12 Keys To A Great Self-Relationship, Starting Now

Self-care is where it's at, but it doesn't mean being selfish or overindulgent. Learn to have a great relationship with yourself. It's a long-term project, and you won't regret it.
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My Best Advice for Graduates: 12 Tips for a Happy Life

What advice would you give to a graduate?

How Trauma Impacts Us

Hold onto your dreams.
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How to Deal with Boring or Mundane Tasks

We know that using character strengths can give a boost to well-being and a leg up on stress, so why not use them for dealing with those in-between moments - the mundane or boring.

Passion 101

By Julia Moeller Ph.D. on May 15, 2017 in Passion 101
If you are wondering what passion is all about, whether you should have one, and why not, passion 101 has answers.

52 Ways to Show I Love You: Take an Earlier Train

By following through on promises, responding to what a loved one needs or wants, not making assumptions, and thinking of consequences before we act, we show love with sensitivity.
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The Real Reason Meetings are Unproductive

By Al Pittampalli on May 11, 2017 in Are You Persuadable?
The psychological explanation for mediocre meetings may surprise you.

How to Reach Higher Goals by Lowering Your Expectations

By Reid Wilson Ph.D. on May 10, 2017 in All about Anxiety
Paul Hamm had been training for this specific competition for a decade; he was on the road to a gold medal. And after his fall, the way he gets back up is inspirational.

You are Never Too Old to Learn a New Language

What are the challenges and rewards of learning a new language? Ann Patty, author of "Living with a dead language: My romance with Latin", tells us about her recent experience.