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The 1 Skill College Students Wish Their Parents Taught Them

We invest a lot of time in teaching young people to be academically prepared for the future, but we often overlook the skills they really need to succeed.

Why Do Stories of Change Inspire?

By Art Markman Ph.D. on August 17, 2017 in Ulterior Motives
A staple of self-help groups is that people who have been through addiction and alcoholism tell stories of their journey. Why are those stories inspiring?

What Are the Roots of Distress Among Refugees?

Research is changing the way we address the mental health needs of refugees.

Dealing with Stress at School in an Age of Anxiety

By Daniel P. Keating Ph.D. on August 15, 2017 in Stressful Lives
A stress epidemic threatens students' learning and mental health. Understanding the sources can help teachers, leaders, and parents create a culture of reslience at school.

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A Sacred Circle

By Elizabeth Young on August 17, 2017 in Adaptations
Everyone took her neighbors' hands and the circle steadied and tightened: we created and held that sacred space.

Where Do You Really Stand in the Wake of Charlottesville?

By Deborah L. Davis Ph.D. on August 17, 2017 in Laugh, Cry, Live
Following the Charlottesville riots, reactions are disturbingly mixed. Here’s how to strengthen your thinking about the effects of racism.
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What We Leave Behind

By Elizabeth Young on August 16, 2017 in Adaptations
Women in a therapeutic writing group discover that adaptation includes grieving parts of themselves that they have to leave behind.
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The 50th First Day of School

By Elizabeth Young on August 16, 2017 in Adaptations
The start of the school year presents opportunities for the survival of the fittest. Hop on the bus to learn how.

Taking Care of Yourself and Others During Racial Trauma

By Mariel Buque M.A. on August 16, 2017 in Unpacking Race
Taking care of yourself and others during racial trauma: a guide for healing in the face of race-based turmoil.

12 Ways of Seeing Your Entanglement With a Narcissist

Seeing patterns objectively—yours and the narcissist's—is as important as acknowledging your feelings.

Coal Miners and Resilience

By Michael Ungar Ph.D. on August 15, 2017 in Nurturing Resilience
Making families and communities resilient when industries are in decline is possible but we have to give people the resources they need to build new lives.

How to Bounce Back from Epic Parenting Fails

Social media has changed the way we talk about parenting failures. And not necessarily for the better.

Does "Tough Love" Produce Better Working Dogs?

Puppies with overly attentive mothers have poorer problem-solving abilities and are less likely to succeed as service dogs.

How Can We Change the Rampant Disrespect in Our World?

Is disrespect wearing you down? Some ways to begin making a difference.

First Memories

Like a child who uses a blanket to self-soothe, a memory may be a psychological mechanism awakened at certain moments to protect us from hopelessness.

Why Technology Makes it Hard to Raise Mentally Strong Kids

While our digital devices make many aspects of life easier, electronics makes it tougher than ever to raise resilient kids.

Holding the "Both-And" in Times of Stress

Compassion, wisdom, and curiosity may just be able to help us avoid the well trodden path to polarization, them vs us, and the limits of right and wrong. We are more than all that!

Should Your Employees Toughen Up or Soften Up?

Do you need your employees to toughen up? Might your organizational dollars and leadership efforts be better spent on helping your people to soften up instead?

How Are You Preparing for the Apocalypse? I'm Hoarding Books

The way that other Doomsday Preppers might line their cellars with canned goods, gallons of water, boxes of batteries, and cans of Spam, I'm stockpiling every book ever written.

5 Ways to Turn Mistakes Into Valuable Life Lessons

You can gain a lot of wisdom from your mistakes. Here's how to learn the most from your blunders.
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Yes, It IS Possible to Lose Weight

A recent study shows that weight loss is possible.

Keep on a Happy Face

Is feeling sad or depressed so socially unacceptable that we must pretend to be happy?

Why We Tune into the Bachelorette: Romance & Lessons Learned

By Deborah L. Davis Ph.D. on August 08, 2017 in Laugh, Cry, Live
In the finale of The Bachelorette, Rachel finally says goodbye to the guy who wouldn't commit and says yes to Bryan, the bold romantic. What can we learn from her arduous journey?
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Dealing with Loneliness

By Tara Well Ph.D. on August 07, 2017 in The Clarity
Six ways loneliness can help you improve your relationship with yourself and others.

How Financially Vulnerable Are You?

The answer relies on a host of psychological & behavioral markers that indicate financial weakness.

7 Science-Backed Reasons You Should Spend More Time Alone

Studies show spending just 10 minutes a day alone with your thoughts could change your life.
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True Optimism and the Path to Meaning

By Alex Pattakos Ph.D. on August 04, 2017 in The Meaningful Life
Do you believe that life just happens to you? A lesson in true freedom can help you cope.

How to Deal With a Workplace Psychopath

Science has identified what it means to be a 'successful psychopath.' Here's how to stay mentally strong when you have to deal with a psychopath in the workplace.

Crisis Response 4 A's-Acknowledge, Accept, Allow, Adapt

Do you let the negative—or even cataclysmic—events in your life become “part of the story” or do you cling to that moment and turn that moment into your story?

How Couples Resolve Disagreements About Sex

By Robert Burriss Ph.D. on August 04, 2017 in Attraction, Evolved
Why it’s easier to have a warm conversation with your partner about sex than about any other topic.

Failure to Listen

By Marty Nemko Ph.D. on August 04, 2017 in How To Do Life
A short-short story about suppression and commitment bias.

Going Native

By Joachim I Krueger Ph.D. on August 02, 2017 in One Among Many
When you “go native,” you not only enter an unfamiliar group, you also find that your folks don’t like it.

Healing Through Storytelling

By Judy Carter on August 02, 2017 in Stress Is a Laughing Matter
Have you ever wondered what the meaning of your life is? What your essential life message is? Your life message is in the stories you tell.
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Why Be So Obnoxious at the Airport and on the Plane?

By Steve Albrecht DBA on August 01, 2017 in The Act of Violence
Can't we all just get along in the airport and on the plane?