Essential Reads

How to Build Your Resilience

By Ellen Hendriksen, Ph.D. on September 18, 2017 in How to Be Yourself
Importantly, resilience is an acquired skill, which means whether you sink or swim is actually dependent on a skill that can be taught and learned over time.

How Mentally Strong People Respond to Snarky Comments

Studies show snarky behavior can spread. Here's how to stay strong when you're dealing with sarcasm, passive-aggressive comments, and backhanded compliments.

5 Simple Steps for Suicide Prevention

This week, National Suicide Prevention Week, it seems particularly appropriate to talk about both the good and the evidence-based.

The Children of 9/11: 16 Years On

By Adam Gerace Ph.D. on September 12, 2017 in Knowing Me, Knowing You
Thousands of children lost a parent on 9/11. More than a decade-and-a-half on, their stories are emerging.

More Posts on Resilience

A Recipe for Misery: I'll Be Happy When...

By Meg Selig on August 28, 2017 in Changepower
Are you waiting until "life returns to normal" to be happy? You could be waiting in misery for a long time. Instead, find moments of joy with these 12 suggestions.

The One Best Way to Bounce Back From Rejection

Rejection is always painful, especially when it’s by someone you trusted. New research on a simulated rejection game shows how to manage those feelings.

Heroism and the Heroic Imagination Project

What are the forces in our lives that make us shy away from offering help, standing up for ourselves or others, and acting wisely on our heartfelt values?
Ryan McGuire/Gratisography

Stripping Bare

By Elizabeth Young on August 25, 2017 in Adaptations
"I loved the eyes on me," she said at last, quietly.

Chronic Stress Discombobulates Gut Microbiome Communities

By Christopher Bergland on August 25, 2017 in The Athlete's Way
When people are relaxed, gut microbiome communities hum in perfect harmony. However, stress wreaks havoc on the gut-brain axis in unpredictable ways, according to a new study.

Tell Your Story, Change Your Life

By Susan K Perry Ph.D. on August 25, 2017 in Creating in Flow
Writing about loss can change your life in a positive way. Consider the five stages to writing and healing as explained in this guest post by Sandra Marinella.

Polyactivism

This blog explores three ways in which polyamorous people are working to combat discrimination including research, challenging discriminatory zoning laws & seeking legal protection

A Mindful Meditation on the Mysteries of Life, for Children

Even very young children can worry about death, birth, and change. And So It Goes is a delightful illustrated book for children who have questions about the mysteries of life.

Finding the Help That So Many Need

The Resilience Regiment speaks with Centered Health.
Jad Limcaco

Inflection Points

“Growing up doesn’t have to be so much a straight line as a series of advances and retreats.” That sentiment mirrors the unsteady footing of personal development.

10 Signs You're a People-Pleaser

Being agreeable and cooperative is a good thing. But being subservient could backfire.

A Back to School Stress-Management Toolkit for Teens

This time of year involves transition. Whether it's adjusting to high school, the new academic semester, or going off to college, teens need new coping tools to de-stress!

Jackson Pollock's Creation of Abstract Expressionism

Pollock's early painting was derived but he overcame symptoms of bipolar disorder and alcoholism to invent abstract expressionism by means of the creative janusian process.

We're Raising a Generation of Wimpy Kids

The ultimate goal of parenting should be to work yourself out of a job. But studies show most young adults feel they lack the emotional skills they need to face life's challenges.
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9 Strategies to Manage a Personal Setback

By David Susman, Ph.D. on August 21, 2017 in The Recovery Coach
Challenged by a loss or disappointment? How you manage it makes all the difference.
Carl Pickhardt Ph.D.

The Story of Adolescence

Sometimes it helps parents to remember that every teenager is acting out the same age-old story, just in her or his individual way.

Does Gut Microbiome Influence Mindset and Mental Toughness?

By Christopher Bergland on August 20, 2017 in The Athlete's Way
Harvard scientists have pinpointed specific gut microbiome linked to peak athletic performance. Someday soon, these findings could be used to benefit people from all walks of life.

A Simpler Way to Get Along Without Asking About Feelings

By Kimberly Key on August 18, 2017 in Counseling Keys
Some people, and lots of men, have been raised not to feel and are at a loss when they are asked to identify a feeling. Or worse, they have been abused for their feelings.

Are You Wired for Resilience?

If you knew you had the resilience to recover from almost any challenge or experience, what might you do differently? Would you finally start living the life you most want?
Ryan McGuire/Gratisography

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.
Ryan McGuire/Gratisography

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.
Ryan McGuire/Gratisography

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.