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Gutsy Third Person Self-Talk Utilizes Your Vagus Nerve

Excessive first person "self-talk" can increase egocentric bias. That said, using "non-first-person" pronouns and your own name has been found to promote healthy self-distancing.
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Five Tips and Skills to Manage Your Time That Actually Work

In today’s hectic, connected world it seems like we should be busy 24/7 just to keep up. Learn how to honor your goals and protect your time so you can achieve them.
Carl Pickhardt Ph. D.

Adolescents, Parents, and the Power of Self-Esteem

Self-esteem not only defines a person, but that definition can influence perception and motivation to the good or not so good.

Want to Come Up With Brilliant Ideas? Do This 1 Thing First

By Andy Molinsky Ph.D. on May 13, 2017 in Adaptation
The key to creativity is building a culture that stimulates people's intrinsic motivation in the work they're doing.

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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.

Keeping Patients Safe

Have you given enough thought to what's necessary to stay safe during a planned or emergency hospital visit?

The Best Way to Satisfy a Narcissist's Need for Pride

Pride is one of those double-edged emotional swords that can go before your downfall or help you achieve your goals. New research shows when it’s most likely to help, not hurt.
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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.

Between a Molehill and Mount Everest

Recent studies confirm that in matters of personal motivation and satisfaction, it’s not whether you win or lose; it's how hard you have to play the game.
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Leaving the Road to Hell and Getting Back on Track

By Thomas Webb Ph.D. on May 08, 2017 in The Road to Hell
Can being kind to ourselves help us to get back on track?
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The Pitfalls of Goal Setting

Goal-setting gone wrong can actually result in less happiness, which is the exact opposite of why we set them in the first place.

Five Counterintuitive Ways to Benefit From Psychotherapy

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

What Motivated Donald Trump’s Presidential Ambitions?

What happens when a billionaire seeks leadership and the limelight?

Teaching Large College Classes With a Smile

Professors sometimes are asked to teach large sections of classes. Does this format compromise the experience for students? Not necessarily. Here are some tricks to help.

Seed

By Marty Nemko Ph.D. on May 02, 2017 in How To Do Life
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Why Customers Often Don’t Get What They Want

It’s because companies & consumers define the concept of customer value differently.

Religious and Rational?

Can you be religious and rational? A United Methodist minister provides his answers to that question!

Competing Commitments Part 2

If you are one of the countless numbers of people who have had difficulty achieving your stated goals, you are not alone. Don’t take it personally; it’s not your fault.....

Is Your Life Coaching Career a Dream or a Goal?

By John Kim, LMFT on April 24, 2017 in The Angry Therapist
I believe anyone can be a life coach. All you need is a passion to help others and a story. You have both. The rest is logistics.

Warning: This Drug May Kill You

In this beautiful and sorrowful HBO documentary, we crisscross this country to meet families who represent today’s victims of the opioid epidemic.

Hardiness and Grit

One might argue that any therapy has as an implicit objective to help the individual acquire the characteristics associated with hardiness.

Finding the Right Path for Each Individual, Making It Work

The Resilience Regiment speaks with AToN Center.

How Do Work Breaks Help Your Brain? 5 Surprising Answers

By Meg Selig on April 18, 2017 in Changepower
Work smarter. Take a break! Discover 5 reasons why work breaks can lift your productivity, creativity, and motivation...as well as your spirits.

A Time to Decide

By Loren Soeiro, Ph.D. ABPP on April 17, 2017 in I Hear You
For the first time in their lives, today's young adults are making big decisions when there are no do-overs.
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Boston Strong

Do you dream of running the boston marathon? A few adjustments may help you cross the finish line.
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Mottos I Live By

By Paul Ekman Ph.D. on April 12, 2017 in Face It!
Perseverance with the help of three mottos.

Why Asking For Help Is Hard to Do

Find it difficult to ask for help? Employing these strategies will empower you to get the help you may need.