Essential Reads

Why Are the Elderly So Revered in Asia?

By Cynthia Kim Beglin on July 21, 2016 in Culture Shocked
Why are most Asians particularly respectful of their elders? Learn how the teachings of an ancient Chinese philosopher have influenced generations.

Are You Bad at Going on Vacation?

By Lauren Fritsky on July 11, 2016 in Vacation Mentality
All vacations aren't happy ones—here are factors to consider to make the most out of your next trip.
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Are Your Friends Really Your Friends?

Can you read your relationships accurately? Probably not nearly as well as you think.
Hope A Perlman

Cognitive Distortions and a Myth About Success

By Hope Perlman on June 02, 2016 in Unmapped Country
The idea that successful people are somehow different from other people. That they have special DNA that gives them a deep down, elementary sense of the inevitablity.

More Posts on Personal Perspectives

Am I Not Feminine Enough to Feel Safe?

By Patricia Prijatel on July 20, 2016 in All Is Well
Judging people because they are different from us has to be exhausting because it takes aim at everybody else in the world.

5 Tips on How to be the Perfect Bridesmaid

By Cory Martin on July 20, 2016 in Love Sick
Are you a bridesmaid, but struggling to put on a happy face? Read these tips to find out how to get through the day with a smile.

You Can Change Who You Are

The debate in personality psychology has been whether character traits or the environment have been more responsible for observable behavior. An underestimated aspect is the mind.

Finding Meaning in Loss

By Tara Shafer on July 14, 2016 in To Begin Again
For bereaved parents navigating grief "choices" can feel impossible. Finding meaning in grief helps.

The Importance of Purpose

When you have depression, target-specific rather than generalized goals are key for reducing symptoms.

Managing Stress

In managing stress, the skills of resilience are ery similar to the ones that Goldman and others have defined as emotional intelligence.

When Is Envy a Good Thing?

Here's how the negative emotion of envy can be harnessed for positive change.

Invisible No More

By Victoria Maxwell on July 08, 2016 in Crazy for Life
Shopper’s Drug Mart and Ride Don’t Hide are leading the way so our invisible community no longer needs to stay in the shadows.
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Imposter Syndrome

By Hope Perlman on July 07, 2016 in Unmapped Country
I was recently infected with Imposter Syndrome. You’ve heard of it. It infects many women. You know you have it if you feel like a fraud in your own life.
Andrea Mathews

Love of Power, or Power of Love?

Love's shadow is control, but how do you know which it is, love or control?

Why Does Political Turmoil Hit Our Mental Health So Hard?

By Sarah Rayner on July 04, 2016 in Worry and Panic?
Are you anxious about the state of the nation? A little understanding can go a long way.

Political Correctness Be Damned!

By Terri Cheney on July 02, 2016 in The Bipolar Lens
Speak up, and up, and up.

The Shopping Trip

What actions would you take if you left a store and accidentally did not pay for an item?

The New Rules of Dating

By Cory Martin on June 28, 2016 in Love Sick
Here's why you should never wear a thong to the doctor's office.

Connecting Earth and Sky: Bringing Nature Inside You

By Dale M. Kushner on June 28, 2016 in Transcending the Past
Environments can increase or reduce our stress and anxiety. “Nature holds the key to our aesthetic, intellectual, cognitive and even spiritual satisfaction.” —E. O. Wilson

Using Art as Writing Prompts

By Laura Deutsch on June 27, 2016 in Memory Catcher
If you use a Warhol painting as a prompt, you might want to write about your 15 minutes of fame or what life would be like if you or one of your characters suddenly became famous.
Roseann Henry

Reflections on Pride

Why I felt drawn to this year's LGBT extravaganza

Seeking Transformation

By Laura Deutsch on June 24, 2016 in Memory Catcher
Twenty years earlier, I had visited the small, quiet Chopra Center in La Jolla. Now the Center is at La Costa. Could I find tranquility and transformation at this 400-acre resort?

I Believe in the Power of Vulnerability

By Sarah Fader on June 23, 2016 in Panic Life
Today, speak your vulnerable, raw, real truth to someone. Even if it scares you to the core. You deserve to be heard

5 Steps to Find the Right Medication & Reclaim Joy

By Victoria Maxwell on June 23, 2016 in Crazy for Life
With depression I felt perpetually shielded from the sun. Like I was wrapped in a wet sleeping bag, a hat with large visor on my head and heavy rimmed sunglasses over my eyes.

What I Learned from a Huichol Shaman

By Judith Fein on June 22, 2016 in Life Is a Trip
What I learned from a Huichol shaman that changed the way I look at life.

A Leap of Faith

By Laura Deutsch on June 19, 2016 in Memory Catcher
When I was young — free and springy and adventuresome — it didn’t seem like to leap of faith to move across the country. I moved to San Francisco and my adventure began.

Transcending Romantic Love

There is really one simple step to transcending romantic love: Stop making everything about you, and do for another. Compassion, loving-kindness, and just loving are the path.

The Lure of a Story About Rivers – And Remembrances

By Joseph H Cooper on June 17, 2016 in Pauses and Moments
Whether artful or not so artful, any of us can “instruct,” by meaningful recollections, which we try to deliver as faithfully as memory and conscience allow – "Keepers."

Travel After Tragedy

By Lauren Fritsky on June 17, 2016 in Vacation Mentality
Tourism and travel experts don't expect the week's events in Orlando to negatively affect the city as a sought-after vacation destination.

On Anti-Psychotics: When Is It Enough?

By Allie Burke on June 16, 2016 in Paper Souls
Give no one the power to strip you of what you love.

The Car Accident

How resilience can get you through difficult situations when one is wracked with guilt.

Four Easy Ways to Exercise Your Creativity

The purpose of these exercises is to condition your mind to quickly make new connections or combinations between two or more existing items or ideas.

The Detox Diaries

By Victoria Maxwell on June 13, 2016 in Crazy for Life
There’s a chance you’ll make it out in one piece, but then again, there’s also the possibility of going down in flames.

The Hurricane

A hurricane is moving up the coast and is approaching the community you’ve lived in most of your life. How prepared are you to deal with this crisis?