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Understanding Myths About Mistakes

Have you ever beaten yourself up for a mistake? There's a better strategy.

Do We Humans "Need" Tragedies to Bring Us Together?

By Saul Levine M.D. on September 22, 2017 in Our Emotional Footprint
During major cataclysms, differences and conflicts between us seem to dissipate, and we tend to reach out to each other with increased caring, empathy, and sense of community.

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.

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Going From Lonely to Only: Talking with Nilofer Merchant

By Morra Aarons-Mele on September 21, 2017 in Hiding in the Bathroom
Sixty-one percent of people give up, cover, and hide themselves at work. Claim that spot in the world only you stand in.
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How to Stop Beating Yourself Up About Your Mistakes

By Tasha Eurich Ph.D. on September 21, 2017 in The Power of Insight
Are you stuck in an endless cycle of self-flagellation? The bad news is that catastrophizing is bad for us. The good news is that we can stop it in its tracks.

My Grandmother’s Hands

By The Book Brigade on September 21, 2017 in The Author Speaks
If we’re going to make any headway on America’s racial inequities and hatred, we need to pay more attention to the traumas that are carried in the body.

7 Things Mentally Strong Parents Know

Telling your kids to "act brave" or "look on the bright side" won't work if you don't role model the appropriate skills.
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Waitin’ on a Sunny Day

By Stephen Gray Wallace on September 21, 2017 in Decisions Teens Make
For many, sunny days may seem a distant memory regardless of season … or sun.

Compassion Fatigue

News of disasters can be overwhelming. But practical ways of helping others can be energizing.

Myth-busting About Open-mindedness

By Jeremy E Sherman Ph.D. on September 20, 2017 in Ambigamy
Becoming more open-minded isn't just saying you're open-minded or deciding to think out the box. It's disciplining yourself to follow out harder thoughts.

De-crazifying Crypto, Part II: An Open Letter to Wall Street

By Moses Ma on September 19, 2017 in The Tao of Innovation
Bitcoin may end up a bubble, but the total market cap for all blockchain ventures in a decade could be in the hundreds of billions. So focus on blockchains, not bitcoins.

Interview with Rene Denfeld, Author of "The Child Finder"

By Jennifer Haupt on September 19, 2017 in One True Thing
"It’s a myth that healing is something we must do internally, all by ourselves. Healing is the great gift we can give each other."

The Tide Always Wins, and Yet...

Take your place in the ebb and flow.

Stop Trying to Break Bad Habits

By Madelyn Blair Ph.D. on September 18, 2017 in Resilient Leadership
If it is hard to break a habit, yet just as hard to create a new one, why not spend time creating new ones?

How to Raise Mentally Strong Kids in Today's World

Mentally strong kids turn into resilient adults who are equipped to tackle whatever life throws their way. Here's how you can help your child build mental muscle.

Does What Doesn’t Kill us Really Make us Stronger?

By David B. Feldman Ph.D. on September 16, 2017 in Supersurvivors
As the U.S. reels from two deadly hurricanes, it’s easy to wonder if there’s any meaning to suffering.
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"Only Connect!"

By Elizabeth Young on September 15, 2017 in Adaptations
The magnetism of spinal cord injury survivors.
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Good Intentions Aren't Enough

By Alex Pattakos Ph.D. on September 14, 2017 in The Meaningful Life
In our failures we can find tremendous meaning, and only in meaning do our failures have a useful legacy.
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The "One-Two" Method

A positive perspective is important and useful—but acknowledging feelings before shifting to rationality can be valuable.

What You Should Know When Disaster Strikes

Recovery and healing are possible following a natural disaster. Here's how.

How To Be At Peace When Everyone Says You Shouldn't Be

It's easy to get overwhelmed by the endless stream of negative news. But what if I told you it's possible to stay informed without losing your sanity or sense of inner peace?

Teaching Kids About 9/11

By The Research Lab on September 11, 2017 in The Fundamentals
Tweaking how we teach kids about that September day. By Michael B. Stoff, Ph.D.

Once You've Survived: This Is What It Takes to Thrive Again

By Christopher Bergland on September 10, 2017 in The Athlete's Way
Hurricane Irma forged a life-threatened path of destruction that put millions in survival mode. New research on thriving offers fresh clues on bouncing back.

52 Ways: A Story of Showing Love Through Food

By Roni Beth Tower Ph.D., ABPP on September 10, 2017 in Life, Refracted
Feeding others shows love by providing for, nourishing, seducing, or delighting.

A Positive Psychology of Single Life

By Bella DePaulo Ph.D. on September 09, 2017 in Living Single
How do single people thrive, despite all the singlism and matrimania? A chapter in a new book about positive psychology offers some answers.

Your Own Personal "American Horror Story"

"American Horror Story" takes it to the extreme, but when our emotional well-being gets threatened, we may develop fears for our physical safety and security.

4 Ways Culture Impacts Acceptance of Mental Health Problems

By Lauren Mizock Ph.D. on September 08, 2017 in Cultural Competence
Four cultural factors that impact the process of acceptance of a mental health problem.

3 Times a Mental Health Day Could Do More Harm Than Good

A day off from work won't automatically improve your mental health. It's what you do with that time that matters.

When to Push a Child

By Stuart Shanker Ph.D. on September 07, 2017 in Self-Reg
Self-Reg helps us to understand when and why perseverance turns into something vastly different, with far from salutary effects.

Psychological Problems: Are They Your Parent's Fault?

There's no such thing as a perfect childhood. And while some of your struggles may have helped you grow stronger, others may have left long-lasting emotional scars.

Death, Grief and Pasta

Being distracted or spacy is part of grieving and that’s normal
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This Brain Needs Sugar!

By Elizabeth Young on September 05, 2017 in Adaptations
I groan louder because, I begin to know, I need help. I need help badly.

Is Realistic Positivity the Key to Happiness as We Age?

By Andrea Brandt Ph.D. M.F.T. on September 05, 2017 in Mindful Anger
Do you think you can change your mindset?