Essential Reads

Our Emotional Reactions to Terrorism

By Paul Ekman Ph.D. on July 27, 2016 in Face It!
Here's how to untangle the confusing array of emotions we feel in the aftermath of terrorist attacks.

How to Respond to Romantic Rejection With Grace

What we can learn from 'the Bachelorette' about handling rejection well.
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Why Change Is So Hard

Change is hard only if you think it's so.

7 Tricks for Turning Mega-Threats into Micro-Triumphs

How do you convert big fat ominous threats into bite-sized micro-triumphs? Here are a few suggestions, based on some of the best applications of psychological research.

More Posts on Resilience

Better Mindsets, Better Results

Here are 4 mindset shifts that can help us win at life.

Just Having a “Plan B” Makes It More Likely You’ll Need One

Research has found that when you plan for failure, you're basically giving yourself permission to fail.

What to Do When Treatment Doesn't Work

By Allen J Frances M.D. on July 29, 2016 in Saving Normal
Giving up on curing the illness doesn't mean giving up on helping the patient.

Why I’m Giving Up My Job as an Undercover Muppet

By Kristen Lee Ed.D., LICSW on July 29, 2016 in Reset 24/7
Are you a perpetual people pleaser? Our performance driven culture can leave us depleted, requiring us to rethink our obsession with perfectionism in favor of self-compassion.
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How Self-Control Can Help You Live a Healthier Life

Self-control is a vital strength and key determinant of success in everyday life.
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'True Grit' as a (Strangely) Therapeutic Movie

We expect coming of age films to show an adolescent protagonist grow up, but in the Coen Brother's quirky remake of 'True Grit,' true development is hidden at the end of the film.
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Can Trauma Improve Our Psychological Health?

The impact of trauma is complex. Not all of it is bad, and sometimes it may even be good.

Mom With Metastatic Cancer Talks About Resilience

From time to time I receive inspiring letters from people who have encountered my work and are kind enough to share their lives. Here is one such letter that brought me to tears.

International Positive Education Network (IPEN) Festival

Flip your lid, settle your glitter, stand on your head, use your red cape and green cape, use your soaring words, and be an orange frog! Every school should host a mini-festival!

Why Every Leader Should Understand Narrative Psychology

What does narrative psychology have to do with being an impactful leader? The answer might surprise you.

Sexual Freedom: Only Part of the Equation for LGBTQ Refugees

LGBTQ refugees continue to experience social isolation, perpetuating a sense of danger and persecution.

Micro-Triumphs

I expected last Friday to be one of those terrible, horrible, no good, very bad days. Instead, I had a series of micro-triumphs. Here’s what I learned, Alexander.
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Grit: The Power of Passion and Perseverance

Is grit over-rated? As Angela Duckworth's new book Grit: The Power of Passion and Perseverance dominates the best-seller charts some interesting questions are starting to be asked.

An Interview with Tony Robbins

By Marty Nemko Ph.D. on July 20, 2016 in How To Do Life
The famous self-improvement expert's advice on achieving success in career, weight loss, resiliency, and public speaking.

The Walking Traumatized: Is This Life in the 21st Century?

Is the 21st century the era of the Walking Traumatized. Ongoing acts of terrorism with 24/7 news and social media coverage would indicate that the answer is yes.

Seeing Double, First Sign of Trouble

By E E Smith on July 15, 2016 in Not Born Yesterday
I would like to relate a very personal story, one which may save others from the ordeal I am going through right now. It might even save someone's sight.

The Four Behaviors of Next-Level Leadership

What pushes people beyond functional mastery toward true leadership? These four behaviors explain what separates managers from leaders.
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5 Surprising Tips for Taking the Sting out of Rejection

Your worse rejection story is probably not as terrible as you think.

The Revealing Questions No One Is Asking About Single Life

By Bella DePaulo Ph.D. on July 14, 2016 in Living Single
Single life isn’t marriage minus the spouse. It is a whole different experience, meaningful in ways that are rarely acknowledged.

How to Fight Fairly on Facebook and Other Social Media

Is your Facebook aflame with hateful discussions? How can you stand up, say your piece, and shed some light without getting burned or adding to the chaos? Here are some guidelines.

From 5K to Marathon

Want to run a marathon one day? I bet you can. Here’s how.

This Daily Habit Will Make You 25 Percent Happier

Research shows how this little change can make a big difference in your quality of life.

Want to Build Strength and Gain Muscle? Lift Lighter Weights

If you want to gain physical strength and build muscle—lifting lighter weights can be just as effective as lifting heavy weights, according to a new study.

Stop, Drop, and Panic

As someone that has always appeared calm on the outside, while internally choking on my panic on the inside, I knew that my story was just absurd enough.

My Daughter Won't Let Me Help Her With Her Breakup

Helping your daughter get over a breakup

Dealing With Your Partner’s Explosive Anger

By Marty Babits on July 11, 2016 in The Middle Ground
Explosive anger creates turmoil and confusion. Here are four tips designed to help you sort through the negative and move towards healing and resilience.

Guess How Many Life Traumas Make Us Stronger—Up to Four!

By Temma Ehrenfeld on July 11, 2016 in Open Gently
Overcoming physical challenges and also weathering traumas like a divorce make us stronger. In fact, up to four big traumas will leave you more resilient than a charmed life.

I'm Divorced. Now What?

You can take control of your life post-divorce by connecting with those who've gone before you.

“She Has No Money; She’ll Come Crawling Back.” NOT!

Financial control increases abusers' power over a partner. Innovative approaches offer survivors steps toward financial independence so they can take back their lives.

3 Things Not to Say After the Dallas, MN, and LA Shootings

Not sure how to respond after the recent shootings? Here's how to help without letting words get in the way.