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The Emotional "Trials" of Trial Independence (ages 18 - 23)

Although parents wish otherwise, the hardest stage of adolescence comes last

Adolescent Self-Management for a Successful Independence

Graduate your high school senior with basic skills for self-reliance

8 Negative Attitudes of Chronically Unhappy People

8 Negative Thoughts of Chronically Unhappy People

Perfectionism Is Self-Deception

Perfectionism leads to loathing of Self and Others

Recent Posts on Procrastination

Three Strong Steps To Combat Anxiety And Insecurity

Do you feel tangled up in anxiety and insecurity? Learn a simple technique to break free.

Spring Cleaning: Tips For Finally Clearing That Clutter

Clutter can paralyze and terrorize, to the point where you give up and resign yourself to living with its oppressive, stressful presence. Here are some simple strategies to get rid of existing clutter and change the habits that create it in the first place.

A Workover: 60-Year Old Hasn't Worked in Ten Years

By Marty Nemko Ph.D. on April 27, 2015 in How To Do Life
How I advised a caller who needs and wants to go back to work.

8 Myths About Creativity

By Susan K Perry Ph.D. on April 25, 2015 in Creating in Flow
Admit it: we all have more than enough excuses and rationalizations for why we aren't doing the creative work we claim to value. Could creative myths be contributing to your procrastination?

11 Ways to Reduce Your Procrastination

By Marty Nemko Ph.D. on April 22, 2015 in How To Do Life
Here is a buffet of tactics that can keep that career killer under control.

5 Ways to Stop Anxiety Before It Stops You

Are anxiety and excessive caution getting in your way and stopping you from living a more meaningful and fulfilling life. Avoidance feeds on itself and makes you less confident, while getting started and taking action creates a positive cycle that naturally helps your anxiety go down. Learn five effective ways to get a handle on anxiety so you can move forward.

What Causes You Inner Turmoil?

Being in heated conflict not with others but with yourself can—let’s face it—be agonizing. To be split down the middle, to endlessly waver between two (and sometimes more) options, can at its worst be almost unimaginably distressing. Obsessive to an extreme, it can lead to a paralysis of will (not to mention, much lost sleep). . . .

Cash Cowards

Companies are happy to rely on cash cows—products or services that continually attract loyal customers—but when it is time to phase out the cash cows, corporate leaders often lose their nerve. This cowardice afflicts even the high flyers like Kodak, Encyclopedia Brittanica and, in the latest surprising example, Microsoft.

The Emotional "Trials" of Trial Independence (ages 18 - 23)

For many last stage adolescents (18 - 23) independence can prove too much of a good thing when they flounder in so much freedom, become stressed out, and experience emotional crisis as a result. At this juncture, parents can be of help.

8 Signs You're in a Relationship with a Sexual Narcissist

Sexual narcissism can be defined as a grandiose sense of one’s sexual prowess which, in the mind of the sexual narcissist, entitles him or her to engage in acts of emotional and physical manipulation at the partner’s expense. How do you know when your partner may be a sexual narcissist? Here are eight telltale signs...

Four Easier Tips for Increasing Your Willpower

By Marty Nemko Ph.D. on April 04, 2015 in How To Do Life
Traditional advice is too arduous. These tips are easier.

Dragging Dead Bodies

Dragging around the dead bodies at work sure can wear you out! Here is some good advice.

Understanding the Deception of Passive Aggressive People

Passive aggression is a form of anger, except the anger is expressed with a smile instead of the typical expressions. Learn how to communicate with and understand these types of people.

Cluelessness 101

By Frank T McAndrew Ph.D. on March 29, 2015 in Out of the Ooze
One of the seldom mentioned perks of being a college professor is the opportunity to play a role in the divine comedy of academic life, but we professors are not the stars of the show.

8 Tips for Finally Conquering Procrastination

Techniques to Manage Your Procrastination: Part II. 8 tips sure to work if you don’t put off using them. Part I of this post is Procrastination: Why You Do It. By Jane Burka, Ph.D. and Lenora Yuen, Ph,D.

Minimize Procrastination Using This Matrix

By Alice Boyes Ph.D. on March 25, 2015 in In Practice
One of the ways I avoid procrastination is by understanding what tasks I should do based on my current energy level. Here's how you can do this using a creativity/focus matrix.

Why We Procrastinate at Bedtime

By Jeffrey Davis M.A. on March 23, 2015 in Tracking Wonder
No external boss means we must self-monitor sleep habits.

The Mach 1 Experience: 6 Keys to Successful Risk-Taking

By Gregg Levoy on March 18, 2015 in Passion!
There’s no risk without fear, but living a passionate life means pushing yourself through your resistance. These 6 insights about successful risk-taking can help you jump-start your engines.

SXSW: How to Make it in Showbiz

Are you a struggling comic, writer, or filmmaker? Well, good news coming your way: there is hope! (But, maybe don’t quit your day job just yet). Celebrity keynoters at last week’s South by Southwest Conference (SxSW) in Austin, which included mega-stars had some great advice...

Procrastination Part I: Why You Do It

Procrastination: Why You Do It; What To Do About It. Procrastination is often used to manage struggles with self-esteem. By Jane Burka Ph.D. and Lenora Yuen, Ph.D.

After 15 Years, What Does Positive Psychology Teach?

By Temma Ehrenfeld on March 10, 2015 in Open Gently
The positive psychology movement is 15 years old. What have we learned?

Should You Use This Word? It Decreases Your Effectiveness

There is a common yet all-too-potent word that can profoundly undermine you. It also can antagonize others. Fortunately, there's tricks for eliminating it from your vocabulary.

All About You - Quiz

By Alice Boyes Ph.D. on March 06, 2015 in In Practice
A little positive self-reflection can be a very nurturing thing to do. Here are some questions to stimulate your thinking. There are no right or wrong answers here. Take a little "me" time to think about what's important to you.

Balancing Inhibition and Exhibition

By Gregg Levoy on March 03, 2015 in Passion!
The desire to keep your spark, your life-force, intact, will always have to contend with agents of decay and distraction. All the forces of resistance and inhibition, from within and without, that can rob you of your vitality if you let them. Here's how to referee that boxing match.

Why The Internet Is So Addictive

We often over-use the Internet as an escape hatch from our daily lives, which can eventually develop into a technology addiction.

Adolescent Self-Management for a Successful Independence

A major goal of parenting high school age adolescents is helping them develop basic skills of self-management that will support more independence soon to come.

Evaluating a Counselor, Coach, or Psychotherapist

By Marty Nemko Ph.D. on March 01, 2015 in How To Do Life
Evaluation may be the most valuable skill we're not taught. I attempt to do so in this article.

The Wonders of Home

By Jaime Kurtz Ph.D. on February 26, 2015 in Happy Trails
Wouldn't it be nice to see your hometown through the eyes of a traveler?

Should You Write With a Partner?

By Dennis Palumbo on February 25, 2015 in Hollywood on the Couch
Learn the pros and cons of writing with a partner.

Quick Quiz: How Anxiety Prone Are You?

By Alice Boyes Ph.D. on February 23, 2015 in In Practice
Test your anxiety proneness.