Essential Reads

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.

More Posts on Motivation

Paying Income Taxes Makes Us Happy

When we pay taxes, it triggers reward areas in our brain & is associated with greater well-being.

Write Better By Reading Better Books

By Susan K Perry Ph.D. on April 01, 2017 in Creating in Flow
Some authors find they can't read other writers' work while they're creating their own. Others never stop reading and learning from the best. Eight new-ish novels to sink into.

To Reach Your Goals, Like What You Do

By Art Markman Ph.D. on March 28, 2017 in Ulterior Motives
One of the hardest tradeoffs for people to make is between what they desire to do in the short-term versus what they want for themselves in the long-term.

How We Create Unnecessary Anxiety To Motivate Ourselves

By Grant H. Brenner M.D. on March 27, 2017 in ExperiMentations
How being dependent on anxiety is holding you back.

10 Strategies for Developing Self-Control

Self-control strategies are considered key drivers of behavior change to promote healthier behavior.

Why Simple Advice is Often the Best Advice

By Gregg McBride on March 25, 2017 in The Weight-ing Game
No matter how many times we replay past events or decisions in our heads, they are never going to be undone. So the sooner we swallow hard and move on, the better.

Are you a Luck Maker or Breaker?

How lucky are you? And if not, why not?

8 Things Mentally Strong People Do to Gain Financial Freedom

These strategies can help you gain better control over your mind and your money.

Why We Accidentally Prevent People From Changing

By Nick Tasler on March 22, 2017 in Strategic Thinking
New research reveals a hidden bias that prevents our kids, our co-workers, and our spouses from making the changes we hope to see.

Does Your Teen Procrastinate?

Can’t get through to your teen on procrastination? Try a different way.

How Relationships Work

By Grant H. Brenner M.D. on March 19, 2017 in ExperiMentations
Want a straightforward, research-backed, practical overview of how relationships work? Here it is.

Six Money Hacks to Trim the Fat From Your Budget

By Michael F. Kay on March 16, 2017 in Financial Life Focus
Smart tactics can firm up your wallet and put you on track.

A Really Big Question Part 2

By Jeremy E Sherman Ph.D. on March 13, 2017 in Ambigamy
Two friends happen to meet at a coffee shop and get talking about the meaning of life. They end up opening a giant worm can of wondering.
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“My Highest Ambition Is To Be What I Already Am.”

By Gretchen Rubin on March 13, 2017 in The Happiness Project
What is self-acceptance, really? Or self-knowledge? A mystery.

Will You Achieve Your Goals This Year?

It's way past New Year's...but where are you with your resolutions?

Why Is My Child So Mentally Lazy?

By Stuart Shanker DPhil on March 10, 2017 in Self-Reg
Are children and teens “mentally lazy”? Is it a generation that would rather play than study, or one whose “limbic braking system” is affecting their ability to think and learn?

What Motivates Cemetery Vandalism?

By Renee Garfinkel Ph.D. on March 09, 2017 in Time Out
Cemetery attacks are not just vandalism—they have psychological and political motivations.

Getting Things Done, Procrastinating or Not

Procrastination should not be linked with failure, just as early action should not be tied to success.

Constructive Discomfort

By Robert L. Leahy Ph.D. on March 08, 2017 in Anxiety Files
Practicing discomfort can help you achieve the goals that are important to you. But it means doing things that you don’t want to do.

Annoyed at Work? The “Flow” Hack Transforms Motivation!

By Bobby Hoffman Ph.D. on March 06, 2017 in Motivate!
Is your job boring, tedious or overwhelming? Even the worst positions can be transformed to engaging and exciting when you master the Flow Hack. It only takes a few minutes a day!

The Underrecognized Inspirational Value of Persistence

How long should you stick with searching for ideas – and why?

Let Go of Your Big Goals and Focus on This Instead

On my whiteboard in my office, I’ve written, “One thing at a time. First things first. Start now.” Below that, I’ve added, “Baby Steps. Just Begin."

Essential Anxiety Cure Taught by Children

By Kimberly Key on March 03, 2017 in Counseling Keys
This is in response to a reader who asked why children seem to be able to bounce back from stress better than adults.
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Writers: How to Be Fired Up, Not Burned Out

By Susan K Perry Ph.D. on March 02, 2017 in Creating in Flow
Starting something new is not the only way to get excited about writing again. Here are some reflections about how to find flow.

Do More, Feel Better

By Joel Minden, PhD on March 01, 2017 in CBT and Me
Overwhelmed by sadness, negative thinking, and passivity? Use activity as a behavioral antidepressant.
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How Athletes Can Perform Their Best When it Really Counts

By Jim Taylor Ph.D. on February 28, 2017 in The Power of Prime
It’s that time of the competitive season in many sports when results REALLY start to matter and it’s REALLY important that athletes perform their best.

The Military and Management Incompetence

By Adrian Furnham Ph.D. on February 28, 2017 in A Sideways View
Forty years ago Norman Dixon wrote The Psychology of Military Incompetence. It is the story of lost battles and poor generalship. It has important lessons for us today.

Moving Out of Life as a Lab Rat

"Lab rat living" feels as if you are “doing time.” There is no psychological engagement with the world, resulting in a limited range and depth of your emotional experiences.

Don't Let Them Kill Your Dreams

By Mridu Khullar Relph on February 27, 2017 in Culturally Incorrect
Why does everyone try to dissuade you from expressing your true desires? Here's how to keep those negative voices out of your head and truly go after your big goals and desires

Accountability With Physical Fitness Goals

If you do a review of what has worked for you in the past, what can you discover about how to set the stage for success with your goals?