Essential Reads

Surviving—and Even Thriving—Through Tragedy

While some some people bounce back from difficult times, other people are devastated. A growing body of evidence explains why.

The Benefits and Dangers of Highly Empathic Parenting

By Emma M. Seppälä Ph.D. on April 26, 2016 in Feeling It
Children of Empathic Parents Thrive. Parents Don't. Here's What You Can Do.


A core tenet that underlies evolutionary science is the fact that an inordinate number possibilities exist when it comes to just about anything. This fact can be an inspiration.
Ken Ginsburg

The Upside of Adolescence

Teens are searching for clues on how they should behave to be "normal," and the worst thing we can do is poison their environment with low expectations.

More Posts on Resilience

When Safe Spaces Become Danger Zones

The most important psychological characteristics for becoming a good citizen and mature adult are not forged in safe spaces.

David Oaks on Psychiatric Survivor Activism

The future of mental health interview series continues with David Oaks on psychiatric survivor activism.

5 Ways to Banish the Belief That You're Not Good Enough

You won't reach your goals unless you believe you're worthy of success.

Blast Injury: Coping With the Unexpected!

When life presents us with unexpected challenges like the Boston Marathon bombing, there is always a way to cultivate resiliency and recover a healthy life.

Bring It On! 8 Reasons Some Kids Thrive Despite Adversities

A groundbreaking new study has pinpointed 8 factors that promote flourishing in kids who face multiple "adverse childhood experiences."


A mindset is a belief that orients the way we handle situations. Our mindsets help us spot opportunities but they can trap us in self-defeating cycles.

Bipolar Treatment Is More Than Just Tools To Lower Intensity

By Tom Wootton on April 30, 2016 Bipolar Advantage
The brakes-only solutions that are the current standard of care traps everyone in the driveway for the rest of their lives where they live in fear for the next time the brakes fail

Yes, Your Teen Is Going to College, But Are They Ready?

By Tamar Chansky Ph.D. on April 29, 2016 Worry Wise
Kids in college, apart from parent's texts, phone calls and occasional visits, are suddenly set with the task of carrying their own lives on their backs.

Corinna West on Poetry for Personal Power

The future of mental health interview series continues with Corinna West on the organization Poetry for Personal Power.

5 Simple Ways to Turn Around a Bad Mood Fast

Learn how to control your emotions so your emotions don't control you.

The No. 1 Reason You Should Never Be Afraid to Try

New research confirms the proverb, "nothing ventured, nothing gained." Unfortunately, a fear of failure is contagious and often passed on from parents to their children.

Hands-Off Parenting For Resilient, Resourceful Children

It can be hard to resist helicopter parenting, but research suggests that less support is the best support. Here is an exploration of the issue and a few suggestions.

The Power of Public Grief

Community candelight vigils are super depressing. Here's why you should go anyway.

The Mindful Pause: How to Help Others

The very popular and short exercise called "the mindful pause" integrates character strengths & mindfulness. This post delves into its use by practitioners. Learn several examples.

Why It's So Hard to Get Rid of Your Clutter

The items you have trouble throwing out are likely to be linked directly to your self-worth.

Are You a Curious Person? Why You May Also Be More Resilient

Curiosity is a powerful mental skill that indicates and impacts resilience. Learn why the most resilient leaders cultivate curiosity.

Depressed Psychologists

A noble profession with few rewards

Unexpected Lessons on Greatness From Super-Champion Athletes

A new study reveals unexpected commonalities among elite-level athletes. These findings offer valuable clues for achieving greatness both on and off the court.

Jennifer Maria Padron on Peer Support and Peer Services

The future of mental health interview series continues with Jennifer Maria Padron on peer support and peer services.

Self-Criticism or Self-Compassion: Which Works Best?

Do you have a self-critical voice inside your head that feeds your self-doubt? Want to find how to quieten the voice and boost your confidence and resilience?

Timing Power

Time rules life. You want to know how to use it.

The Best Mindfulness Exercise Most People Don’t Know

Do you use the mindful pause? People are reporting it helps them improve their mindfulness and bring out the best in them. See several examples here.

Feeling Stuck at Work? Tap Into Your Resilient Leader

By Nacie Pereira on April 21, 2016 The Finch Effect
Resilient leadership merges the concepts of psychological resilience with core leadership principles. Here's why it matters to you.

Seventeenth Anniversary of the Columbine Shooting

By Izzy Kalman on April 20, 2016 Resilience to Bullying
The 17th anniversary of the Columbine massacre, an event that led to a worldwide anti-bully movement, went by practically unnoticed. And that movement is making bullying worse.

7 Stress Relief Strategies You Can Do in 10 Minutes or Less

It's Stress Awareness Month - these seven stress-relief strategies can be used when you're short on time.

The Secret of Steven Blush’s Success

It starts with deconstructing the definition of 'rock star.'

Good Grief

Although grief can be painful physically and emotionally, it can also be beneficial. As we live with loss, we can grow through grief.

"All Muslims Are Terrorists!"

By Izzy Kalman on April 19, 2016 Resilience to Bullying
News about terrorism has fostered Islamophobic bullying. Here is simple advice, consistent with Islamic teachings, on how Muslims can cope with Islamophobic bullying.

5 Ways a Group Can Help You Get What You Really Want

By Marty Babits on April 19, 2016 The Middle Ground
A group can help you to figure out what you really want and then to go after it!

"Hope Springs Eternal"

Hope is a uniquely human life force which enables the confronting of dire problems, healing from wounds, creating works of art, and spawning acts of benevolence and heroism.