Essential Reads

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

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

Relax, mobilize, and act effectively

Recent Posts on Procrastination

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.

Don't Let Anxiety Hold You Back From Living Your Dreams

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.

Techniques to Manage Your Procrastination: Part II

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 Creatives Succumb to Bedtime Procrastination

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.

8 Negative Attitudes of Chronically Unhappy People

All of us experience negative thoughts from time to time. How we manage our negative attitudes can make the difference between confidence versus fear, hope versus despair, mastery versus victimhood, and victory versus defeat. Here are eight negative attitudes of chronically unhappy people...

Tired of Being Tired? – Stop Your Energy Drains

By Randi Gunther Ph.D. on February 20, 2015 in Rediscovering Love
Many of my therapy patients are telling me these days that they are overwhelmed and exhausted in ways they have never felt before. They can’t seem to find the time or space to regenerate, and they are overwhelmed with what they feel obligated to accomplish.

Emotions As a Second Language - Or Should They Be Our First?

Emotional literacy is being able to feel and identify one’s feeling states. This fluency enhances emotional self-regulation, lessens over-reactivity to negative emotions such as anger, and is the basis of interpersonal emotional modulation.

Perfectionism Is Self-Deception

Perfectionism is a nasty perception problem

Feeling Powerful vs. Being Powerful

Most anger and resentment are attempts to feel powerful at the cost of being powerful.

Top Ten Career Tips for Starting Out

By Marty Nemko Ph.D. on January 28, 2015 in How To Do Life
Keys to career success for new graduates or people changing careers.

Day 25: Beginning to Live an 'And" Way of Life

Do you live an "or" kind of life or an "and" kind of life? One is better than the other!

Tough-Love Tips for Career Success

By Marty Nemko Ph.D. on January 24, 2015 in How To Do Life
Advice you’d probably not hear but should.

Is Your Planning Really Procrastination?

Planning is a necessary and positive thing and can dramatically boost the chances of a successful endeavor. But at some point, unless we are content to end our lives with nothing more than good intentions, we have to stop planning and start doing.

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.

Recovering from Anorexia: How and Why to Start

By Emily T. Troscianko on January 19, 2015 in A Hunger Artist
In this companion piece to my post on how and why not to stop halfway in recovery from anorexia, I focus on anorexia’s other halfway state, the one between first achieving insight and first taking action, and try to offer ways of both understanding and escaping this particular limbo.

Older Adolescents and Mindful Alcohol and Marijuana Use

When parents know from the adolescent's past use of alcohol and/or marijuana that some degree of recreational substance use is likely to continue when living away from home, they can offer possible guide lines for mindful use the young person might be open to consider.