Essential Reads

Post-Traumatic Growth and Post-Traumatic Stress Can Coexist

By Christopher Bergland on January 14, 2018 in The Athlete's Way
We commonly associate PTSD with natural disasters. Surprisingly, a new study reports that personal growth can coexist with post-traumatic stress in the years following.

Women Who Are Comfortably Single at Midlife

By Bella DePaulo Ph.D. on January 12, 2018 in Living Single
A small study of midlife single women shows how they come to reject the story that tells them they are deficient and instead live full and meaningful lives.

Finding the Individual In Aggregated Study Data

By Nathan A Heflick Ph.D. on December 31, 2017 in The Big Questions
Story after story was shared in which music had changed people's lives in meaningful ways, helping people not just to survive but to live.

What Four Challenges Do Couples Face in 2018?

By Marty Klein Ph.D. on December 30, 2017 in Sexual Intelligence
What 4 challenges do couples face this year about love, sex, & intimacy? What do therapists need to understand about them?

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Fight Emotion With Emotion

By Shahram Heshmat Ph.D. on January 17, 2018 in Science of Choice
An important way to enhance self-control is to use our emotions to achieve challenging goals.

11 Tips to Fuel Personal Growth

How I applied 11 simple practices from Kate Hanley's new book, "How to be a Better Person" to fuel my personal growth.

Anxiety, Depression, and Other “Gifts” You May Have

By Jeff Corbin, MD MPH on January 14, 2018 in Rethinking Normal
Don’t blame your mother. It’s not her fault, or yours.

Yes, and...

The rule of improvisational theater is that you accept whatever your partner throws at you and move on from there. "Yes, and" applies to everyday life, too.

Flipping the Script on Innovation

By Kaja Perina on January 12, 2018 in Brainstorm
There’s endless handwringing about how soon AI and automation will gut today’s workforce. Some organizations flip the equation—and the narrative—with their focus on human labor.

Tackling Self-Blame and Self-Criticism: 5 Strategies to Try

By Peg Streep on January 10, 2018 in Tech Support
Do you believe when things go wrong, someone has to take the fall and that person should be you? Do you think people are capable of changing their reactions?

Are You Tougher Than You Think?

Unfortunately, life can sometimes take a turn for the worse. How confident are you to navigate your way through these kinds of challenges?

Shut Down the Bully In Your Mind With Positive Self-Talk

By John-Manuel Andriote on January 09, 2018 in Stonewall Strong
Even bullies' barbs and stones can't bring you down when you heed your own positive self-talk.

Keeping Up Your Chops

By Madelyn Blair Ph.D. on January 08, 2018 in Resilient Leadership
Leadership is a journey and also a performance. Preparing for those performance moments is real, doable, and produces brain growth.

Why Connecting With Nature Elevates Your Mental Health

By Douglas LaBier Ph.D. on January 08, 2018 in The New Resilience
What happens when you immerse yourself in nature? Most people feel greater connection and calm, and now a new research study shows how it impacts your overall mental health.

The Mental Strategy to Help You Keep Your 2018 Goals

By Mariana Plata on January 08, 2018 in The Gen Y Psy
Is goal-setting overwhelming for you? Here's the mental strategy that well-regulated people do to maintain their goals.

Five Ways to Overcome Fear of Failure and Perfectionism

By Christopher Bergland on January 05, 2018 in The Athlete's Way
An expert on coping with anxiety recommends five practical ways to overcome fear of failure and paralyzing perfectionism.

Has Mindfulness Become the New Kale?

Is mindfulness just a fad? Research shows that we need it and it works.

Living Beyond Regret

Are you struggling to get back on your feet again?

Resources Within Reach: The Merits of Speaking Up!

By Rick Miller LICSW on January 04, 2018 in Unwrapped
Were you bullied as a kid? Echoes of those messages often remain: “We deserve to be treated unfairly.” But those echoes will fade in the face of your superpower: Resilience!

Anti-Perfectionism Anthems Can Silence Your Inner Critic

By Christopher Bergland on January 04, 2018 in The Athlete's Way
Is perfectionism taking a psychological toll on your mental health? Listening to songs that unapologetically embrace imperfections helped me to challenge my own perfectionism.
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What Is Most Important In the New Year?

By Olivia Ames Hoblitzelle on January 03, 2018 in Aging with Wisdom
Inspiration for the New Year: Helpful guidance on cultivating your inner life.

Humorous Communication and Coping In Relationships

By Sean M. Horan Ph.D. on January 03, 2018 in Adventures in Dating
A person's Humor Orientation describes his/her tendency to use humor. This entry describes some ways that this orientation might be productive when facing difficult events.
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Building Resilient Communities in Times of Adversity

We live in a time of political chaos, terrorism, civil unrest, and economic unpredictability. We must build resilient communities if we are to survive and thrive. Here's how.

Texts and Textiles: Childhood Memories and What They Mean

My mother left school after the eighth grade, as her six sisters and one brother had done, in order to go to work. Yet our house was filled with books.

How to Incorporate More Gratitude Into Your Life This Year

Incorporating more gratitude into your life could be the easiest way to change your life this year. Here's an easy way to become more grateful.
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Have a “Happy New Year” by Avoiding a Fixation on Happiness

By Alex Pattakos Ph.D. on January 01, 2018 in The Meaningful Life
Are you looking forward to the New Year? If not, a shift in your attitude and focus of attention can help.

Stress Less in One Minute or Less

By Ruth C. White Ph.D. on January 01, 2018 in Culture in Mind
It's the time for New Year's resolutions and lots of people are joining the #newyearnewme bandwagon. So why not make less stress your new habit for 201?

Why You Should Not Share Your New Year's Resolutions?

When we talk about our goals to others, our brain is tricked into thinking that the goal was achieved. As a result, it stops investing energy in or inhibit actions toward our goal.

The Myth of Resilience

By Jen Kim on December 31, 2017 in Valley Girl With a Brain
Bouncing back from failure is not for everyone.

Need Motivation to Exercise? Science-Based Facts Can Inspire

By Christopher Bergland on December 31, 2017 in The Athlete's Way
Did you make a New Year's resolution to exercise more in 2018? Science-based knowledge of how physical activity optimizes your quality of life is a terrific way to stay motivated.

Positive Psychology in Martial Arts

Martial arts does not just teach us how to kick and punch. It provides a strong basis for living with positive psychology foundational principles.

What Is Your Risk for Clinical Depression after Disasters?

By Grant Hilary Brenner M.D. on December 30, 2017 in ExperiMentations
Due to the increasing prevalence of disasters, including natural disasters, technological accidents and terrorism, understanding risk and intervention is more important than ever.

What Can We Learn From A Year of Cyberbullying?

By Sue Scheff on December 30, 2017 in Shame Nation
After a year of cyberbullying and online shaming, how can we make 2018 a kinder and more compassionate cyber-place?