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

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.

Divide and Conquer Anxiety, Stress, and Procrastination

By Bill Knaus Ed.D. on January 13, 2015 in Science and Sensibility
Break the link between worry, anxiety, stress, and procrastination. Set yourself free from this vicious cycle.

6 Tips for Dealing With Passive-Aggressive People

Are you dealing with someone who’s passive-aggressive in your life? Relating to a passive-aggressive person can be a difficult experience, with many moments of frustration, anger, and despair. How can you stay on top of the situation and maintain your equanimity? Here are keys to successfully handle passive-aggressive personal relationships...

Using Technology to Motivate Fitness: 5 Apps to Try

Does the first of the year motivate you to think about your mental and physical health? It does for me. Technology can help. Instead of joining a gym you won’t attend, try one of the five mobile apps that I’ve found helpful. None of them are free, but compared to the cost of a gym membership, they're a bargain!

A Call for Heroic Leadership

By Kathy Cramer Ph.D. on January 07, 2015 in Lead Positive
As a leadership consultant, I often use a writing tool called the Hero’s Journey to explain the epic adventures that await leaders as they tackle tough challenges and opportunities to achieve greatness for their organizations. This is a brief overview of how the Hero’s Journey plays out in business and professional life.

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.

How To Spot and Stop Narcissists

Pathological narcissists often come across as grandiose, egotistical, manipulative, self-absorbed, and highly conceited. It's not easy when you have such an individual in your personal or professional life. How can you spot and stop a narcissist? Here are seven important keys...

Does a Soft Tongue Break the Bone?

By Neel Burton M.D. on January 03, 2015 in Hide and Seek
The lost virtue of patience.

Peace Is An Achievable Goal

“Peace” is a prevalent theme this time of year. “Peace on Earth”, “World Peace”, etc. are lofty ideals that we aspire to because they connect us with others outside of ourselves. However, neither can ever be achieved without each us first developing “Inner Peace” or “Peace of Mind” - yes, that’s where it all begins!

7 Keys to Increasing Your Self-Esteem Today!

Self-esteem can be defined as healthy respect for yourself, as well as healthy self-worth. In our competitive society, the propensity to be affected by low self-esteem is chronic and pervasive. The good news is that having low-self-esteem is largely a learned phenomenon. Here are seven keys to enhancing self-esteem...

Are You Practical, or Romantic?

By Donna Barstow on December 31, 2014 in Ink Blots Cartoons
Does he say weird things at the most inopportune times?

15 Inspirational Quotes for the New Year

By Jamie Long Psy.D. on December 30, 2014 in Finding Cloud9
A compilation of favorite inspirational New Year's quotes to help you get in the spirit to welcome 2015!