Essential Reads

Nonconformity Has Counter-Intuitive Benefits, Study Finds

By Christopher Bergland on August 22, 2016 in The Athlete's Way
A new study reports that going along with a group—whose viewpoints you are diametrically opposed to—triggers a physiological threat response.

Talking About the Past With Your Child Builds Resilience

By inviting, validating, helping and supporting your child to construct coherent narratives, you teach skills for regulating emotions and building resilience.

How to Refer a Loved One for Counseling After a Disaster

By Jamie D. Aten Ph.D. on August 22, 2016 in To Heal and Carry On
Are you worried your loved one may need professional help? Here's how to know and how to help.

Curious About Cuba?

By Marty Babits on August 18, 2016 in The Middle Ground
Cuba will bring you to your senses! Mindfulness and aliveness join hands in the jewel of the Caribbean. Experience the transformation in the island and in yourself.

More Posts on Resilience

Crazy Busy? What Would You Pay for an Hour of Calm?

As you reflect on your life for a moment, how much would you pay to avoid feeling negative emotions or to experience more positive emotions?

10+ Ways Exercise Can Change Your Life

By Susan McQuillan M.S., RDN on August 25, 2016 in Cravings
One of them is bound to give you the motivation you need to get moving.
Rob Bye/stocksnap.io

The Art and Science of Mistakes

Ever made a mistake? That's a GOOD thing.

Firebird Redux

The human spirit is imbued with an individual and social resilience worth celebrating.

Impure Replications

By Rolf Reber Ph.D. on August 21, 2016 in Critical Feeling
A new replication failure in social psychology caused hype in social media. But is the failure real?

Letter to Young Activists

This post is adapted from a talk recently given to young community organizers about self-care and well-being on the journey to a more compassionate and just society.

Living With Intention

Intention is the power to redirect your thoughts. This power is limited. Here's how to grow it instead of wasting it.

Olympics May Increase Child Prostitution in Rio

By Michael Ungar Ph.D. on August 10, 2016 in Nurturing Resilience
With the Olympics has come more child sexual exploitation. A new film, in development, is focusing attention on what happens to Brazil's child victims when they grow up.

The Difference-Makers

Do you want to change a dysfunctional organizational culture? Speeches, values statements — none of these make a dent. But there may be a simple strategy that works.

Open Letter to Hillary

Lest you come off as a privileged bully who has no accountability, you must come clean.

My Homeless Shadow

Homelessness is a type of deep illness, a term coined by sociologist Arthur Frank for an illness that casts a shadow over your life.

Finding Strength in Vulnerability

By Michael F. Kay on August 09, 2016 in Financial Life Focus
Strength is admired and respected as a trait of winners; the weak are cast aside as not having what it takes. We need to reexamine what strength really means.

9 Habits That Can Keep You From Achieving Your Dreams

Your bad mental habits could be sabotaging your best efforts—and you might not even realize you're doing it.

What I Learned at the Global Positive Education Festival

By Mathew A. White Ph.D. on August 05, 2016 in Positive Education
My challenge to the positive education movement is to move on from excessive back slapping, address the theoretical and policy hurdles facing the field.

Inside the Mind of the Olympic Gold Medal Winner

Some involved in this research pointed out, amazingly, that their gold medal performance was not, in their view, the most outstanding moment in their career.
Gayathri Ramprasad

Stay Connected for a Healthier Life

Over the years, I have learned that social contentedness also helps us build the resilience we need to navigate through life’s ups and downs.

The Revolution Young Adults Need

By Tim Elmore on August 04, 2016 in Artificial Maturity
Our young are full of potential. Our world is full of problems to solve. It’s time for this revolution.

Transgender Homeless Youth Victimized by Shelter System

Housing discrimination remains a concern for homeless transgender youth.

When You Don't Know What to Say

By Wendy Lustbader M.S.W. on August 03, 2016 in Life Gets Better
Often we don't phone or visit when a loved one is ill or grieving because we don't know what to say and dread our awkwardness—then we feel guilty about our silence and inaction.

My Soul Needs More Than a Sound Bite

By Julie K. Hersh on August 03, 2016 in Struck By Living
A walk in the woods provides a welcome alternative to the news.
John Everett Millais' The Knight Errant of 1870, Wikimedia

Enough With the Trauma Reductionism!

By Michael Aaron, Ph.D. on August 03, 2016 in Standard Deviations
Psychology as a field has veered too far towards a social constructionist lens, placing too much emphasis on the effects of trauma, especially when it comes to sexuality.

5 Steps to Reclaim Your Life After a Bad Divorce

By Peg Streep on August 03, 2016 in Tech Support
There's no question that divorce can be a pivotal event in your life. Here's what to do to help yourself recover.

How to Beat Self-Doubt

How to get past your insecurities become your best self.

4 Ways to Set and Keep Your Personal Boundaries

Setting boundaries does not always come easily, but these four ways will help you draw healthy lines.

How to be Resilient During Election Season

Are you upset by this year's presidential campaign rhetoric?

3 Things You'll Experience When You Build Mental Strength

Although it takes hard work to build your mental muscle, there are some surprising benefits to becoming mentally stronger.
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Crushed by Disappointment?

By Susan Noonan MD on August 01, 2016 in View From the Mist
Curled up in a corner, crumbled in defeat? Or able to move on after disappointment?

Things That Matter to an Amputee

Have you ever wondered what it is like to have a limb amputated? The first challenge is accepting a new image followed by a psychological acceptance of yourself as adequate.

Quick Tips to Manage 6 Common Stressors

Here are six of the most common stressors along with quick tips to help you boost your stress resilience.

Pokémon Go and the Failure of Urban Design

By Colin Ellard Ph.D. on July 31, 2016 in Mind Wandering
Perhaps the popularity of Pokémon Go signals our thirst for interesting urban design.