Procrastination Essential Reads

Self-Deception Has Many Faces

Procrastination is a stealth form of self-deception

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.

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.

Perfectionism Is Self-Deception

Perfectionism is a nasty perception problem

Four Steps to a Calmer, Confident, Creative, Capable You

By Bill Knaus Ed.D. on January 20, 2015 in Science and Sensibility
Try a new way to feel serene, procrastinate less, and enjoy life more.

The 15 New Books to Read in 2015

By Adam Grant Ph.D. on January 07, 2015 in Give and Take
The most exciting books coming out on psychology and work

Freedom from Emotional Storms

By Bill Knaus Ed.D. on January 06, 2015 in Science and Sensibility
If you have more than your share of emotional crises, let’s look at how to avoid them.

Three Powerful Words to Overcome Your Procrastination

Try this simple, yet highly empowering approach to beat your procrastination tendencies. It changed my life for the better and can change yours, too.

How to Get Your Kids to Listen the First Time

By Erica Reischer Ph.D. on November 17, 2014 in What Great Parents Do
Feeling ignored by your kids? Try these 7 steps to teach your kids to listen to you the first time, without yelling or nagging

Why We Can't Make Up Our Minds

Why Making a Decision Can Be So Difficult. You might be trying to stop the clock. By David Braucher, L.C.S.W., Ph.D.

Making the Most of Second Chances

By Marty Nemko Ph.D. on November 07, 2014 in How To Do Life
You’re given a reprieve. Will you reform or recidivate?

The Cost of Continuously Checking Email

By Ron Friedman Ph.D. on November 03, 2014 in Glue
Shifting our attention from one task to another, as we do when we’re monitoring email while trying to read a report or craft a presentation, disrupts our concentration and saps our focus. Here are a few suggestions to help you stay on task.

Regret Prevention

People near the end of life tend to regret not having been more compassionate and loving to those they love.

Why We're All Overwhelmed Today

By Richard E. Cytowic M.D. on October 21, 2014 in The Fallible Mind
Prolonged and repetitive exposure to devices changes our behavior and even the way we think. The result is counterproductive interruptions and flitting from one task to another. Attention is like a spotlight: what lies outside it is in our cognitive blind spot.

Defensiveness Can Be Good For Your Mental Health

By Jeremy E Sherman Ph.D. on October 21, 2014 in Ambigamy
Defensiveness is just ego? Nope. Defensiveness has its place and serves a purpose, keeping you focused on your work and not your doubts. The question isn't whether to be defensive but in which situations. It has its place and we should focus on where to place it, and where to replace it with receptivity.

Why Do We Find It So Hard to Write About Ourselves?

By Jordan Gaines Lewis on October 16, 2014 in Brain Babble
When it comes to cover letters and personal statements, why do we find it so hard to write about ourselves? Of course, we’re not writing an autobiography here — we’re writing to seek the approval of others.

Adolescent Boredom

Parents should be sensitive to adolescent boredom because it can become a staging area for impulsive decision making that can lead to a lot of trouble.

5 Steps to Taming Perfectionism

Perfectionism: friend or foe? The promise and perils of unrealistic aspirations.

Can Circular Reasoning Make You Rich?

By Peter A. Ubel on June 17, 2014 in Scientocracy
Do you think circular reasoning or linear reasoning leads people to save more money?

9 Ways to Alleviate Your Memory Problems

In this week's post we're exploring more strategies for improving memory. These strategies will help with memory problems caused by brain injury due to disease or trauma, such as a stroke or Parkinson's Disease.

Can You Feel Two Emotions at Once?

Have you ever felt happy and sad at the same time? Or experienced an emotion as bittersweet? Or had feelings so mixed that you were compelled to vacillate between two courses of action—or reaction? If you can relate to any of these possibilities, this piece should help you better understand those times when you're feeling uncertain, confused, or ambivalent.

Pre-crastination: What Is It, You Ask?

By Timothy A Pychyl Ph.D. on June 06, 2014 in Don't Delay
Is pre-crastination, like its namesake, “procrastination,” another example of a suboptimal choice? In a recent series of studies, researchers posed a simple question: "Would people naturally prefer to pick up an object that could be carried a short distance rather than an object that would have to be carried a long distance?" The answer will surprise you.

How to Have Difficult Conversations

By Aldo Civico Ph.D. on May 26, 2014 in Turning Point
One mayor barrier to success in business and happiness in life is our inclination to avoid difficult conversations. Learning how to have a difficult conversation at work or in a personal relationship boosts one's confidence and increases one's self-awareness. Here are 3 steps you can take to prep you before engaging in a difficult conversation.

How to Get Past Indecision

By Marty Nemko Ph.D. on May 26, 2014 in How To Do Life
Excessive rumination impedes life. Perhaps this will help.

How to Overcome Chronic Lateness

By Guy Winch Ph.D. on May 20, 2014 in The Squeaky Wheel
Chronic lateness tends to be resistant to change. Here’s how to overcome it once and for all.


Psychologists can predict what kind of parents we'll be by how we talk about childhood. Parents who understand their own past are more capable of taking steps to foster the resilience needed while raising their own children.

If You Met All Your Goals Today, This Article Is Not for You

Smarter than SMART goals, this describes a research program to develop an online app that trains you how to make goals that have the maximum motivation and science theoretically allows.

Retire the Selfie

By Alain Samson Ph.D. on May 14, 2014 in Consumed
Help your future self to more savings by connecting it with your present self. Or was that the other way around? It's not a temporal paradox, it's behavioral economics.

The Role of Neuroplasticity in Pain: For Better or Worse

Most people are aware that neuroplasticity is the process by which our brains change. However, many people are not aware that the brain can learn pain. This type of pain is caused by neural pathways and the resulting pain is very real. It turns out that this process is surprisingly common. More importantly, it’s relatively simple to identify and often easy to treat.

Procrastination: Blame It On My Genes

By Timothy A Pychyl Ph.D. on April 25, 2014 in Don't Delay
A recent behavioral genetics study revealed that procrastination is moderately heritable, and that genetically it was not separable from impulsivity. Does this mean that impulsivity is the cause of procrastination? No, not at all. It’s all about goal-management ability.