Motivation Essential Reads

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.

Why the Fear of Disappointment Is Detrimental to Your Life

By Jennice Vilhauer Ph.D. on September 27, 2017 in Living Forward
For many, giving up on their desires, hopes and dreams is preferable to coping with disappointment. Learn 3 ways to stop the fear of disappointment from limiting you.
 Ashlee Rezin, Chicago SunTimes

To Kneel or Stand: The National Anthem

By Michael B. Brennan PsyD on September 26, 2017 in The War Within
Would you kneel or stand?

When Love Is the Driving Force in Work

The classic debate in motivational psychology is whether people will work harder for what they love or what they're paid for. The newest research shows why love trumps money.

Another Example of Less Teaching Leading to More Learning

By Peter Gray Ph.D. on September 26, 2017 in Freedom to Learn
Williams identified the "worst" boys in a city of 300,000 people. He allowed them to pursue their own interests rather than attend classes, and here's what he found!

Why Giving Up Can Sometimes Be Good

By David B. Feldman Ph.D. on September 25, 2017 in Supersurvivors
As children, many of us were told, “Never give up.” But new research shows that giving up on a dream can sometimes be the healthiest option.

Adam Grant on Leadership

By Isaac Lidsky on September 25, 2017 in Mastering Your Reality
See through “delusions of certainty,” encourage and reward givers, and foster accountability for your motivations.

Compassionate Parenting

We teach children self-regulation by modeling our more humane values.

Finding (and Making) Sweet Spots in Your Creative Process

By Wilma Koutstaal Ph.D. on September 21, 2017 in Our Innovating Minds
Where's your sweet spot for coming up with good ideas?

How to Build Your Resilience

By Ellen Hendriksen, Ph.D. on September 18, 2017 in How to Be Yourself
Importantly, resilience is an acquired skill, which means whether you sink or swim is actually dependent on a skill that can be taught and learned over time.

Should You "Write First, Edit Later"?

One of the most common pieces of writing advice is "write first, edit later," but does this work for everybody?

How Can Jobs, Housing, & Friends Aid Remission?

By John F. Kelly Ph.D. on September 12, 2017 in Addiction & Recovery 101
What effect do jobs, housing, and friends have on the brain of individuals in recovery from addiction?

Bipolar Disorder and Expectations About the Future

By Elizabeth Brondolo Ph.D. on September 10, 2017 in Take Control
I thought I could handle things, but bipolar really interferes.

How to Get Better at Achieving Your Goals

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

How To Make Turning Points More Likely In Your Life

Do you wish your life had a sudden beneficial turning point? A few mindset shifts can go a long way.

I'll Start Tomorrow

By Frances Kuffel on August 20, 2017 in What Fat Women Want
People lose weight for a million bad reasons, ones that won’t resonate back to them across the years.

Young Men and the Empathy Gap

By Philip Zimbardo Ph.D. on August 15, 2017 in Hero
We have an empathy gap when it comes to having compassion for the challenges boys and young men face, and we're going to lose a whole generation if we don't pay attention.

The Psychoanalytic Mind: Alive and Well

By Paul Siegel Ph.D. on August 10, 2017 in Freud Lives
Freud may be dead, but science is giving his ideas new life.

Who Will Use Open Data?

Who is open science for, and why should you care?

Anger, Anxiety, Resentment, Stress, and Basic Humanity

Your chances of consistently managing anger, anxiety, resentment, and stress, without becoming a better person, are practically zero.

What Does Self-Actualization Really Mean?

Self-actualization, rather than being a mystical pursuit of personal grown and realization, is grounded in basic functional motives. Clear understanding helps us find ourselves.

Beyond the Bystander Effect

By Cameron Brick, Ph.D. on July 24, 2017 in Grasping Risk
Are you more likely to recycle if someone is watching? It may depend on your identity

Why Meticulously Made Decisions Motivate Us to Persist

Decision effort signals the task's worth, raises confidence & increases chances of succeeding.

Change Is Your Natural State of Being

There is a difference between making change and allowing change. Humans are habitual beings who do not like to feel forced into new patterns and behaviors.

Perfectly Wrong: Why Perfection Can Destroy Your Motivation

By Bobby Hoffman Ph.D. on July 21, 2017 in Motivate!
Perfection is elusive and fleeting, yet a coveted desire for many. There comes a time when striving for excellence results in obsession and anxiety leading to damaging behaviors.
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Why Would Anyone Want to Major in STEM?

By Ross E O'Hara, Ph.D. on July 13, 2017 in Nudging Ahead
Why should college students major in STEM? Intriguing research suggests that it's about more than career prospects and starting salaries.

Cause Célèbre? The Question of Women CEO Compensation

By James Bailey Ph.D. on July 10, 2017 in At the Helm
Women CEOs need to be vigilant about their impact.