Essential Reads

The Ravages of Nature: Human and Otherwise

By Debbie Joffe Ellis on November 08, 2017 in Tried and True
When tragic events occur, we can choose to focus on what still is good in life, create stability within, and consequently cope well and act in more effective ways.

Practice, Hard Work, And Giving Up

By Jesse Marczyk Ph.D. on November 05, 2017 in Pop Psych
When it is is good to give up

52 Ways to Show I Love You: Transform a Negative Experience

By Roni Beth Tower Ph.D., ABPP on November 05, 2017 in Life, Refracted
Negative moments are inevitable, whether they come from outside ourselves, our perceptions, or our interpretations. Transforming them with creativity or kindness shows love.

A Perilous Journey: The Plight of Unaccompanied Minors

What are the mental health needs of children who become refugees on their own?

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10 Things to Be Thankful For

By Barton Goldsmith Ph.D. on November 18, 2017 in Emotional Fitness
Thanksgiving is a very special holiday. Embrace those around you and your ability to give thanks with the people you love.

6 Things That Make Me Truly Grateful This Thanksgiving

My fears and anxieties have taught me that even if they can't be entirely overcome, they can be faced and sometimes outwitted. For that knowledge, I am grateful.

Navigating Difficult People and Opinions During the Holidays

We are living in highly polarized, traumatized, and mistrustful times. Here's how you can avoid turning Thanksgiving into Thanksblaming.

Building Up Your Resilience Muscle

By Michael F. Kay on November 16, 2017 in Financial Life Focus
Resilience is the ability to bounce back from a challenging event or overcome a series of obstacles that have gotten in the way of an individual achieving their goals.

Oh No! Not Louis C.K.! A Star Admits to Sexual Misconduct

By Deborah L. Davis Ph.D. on November 16, 2017 in Laugh, Cry, Live
Louis C.K. is a talented and lauded comedian. What makes a good guy behave like a bad guy? And how can we come to terms with his grossly inappropriate sexual impositions on women?

Wean Your Kids and Yourself Off Fear

By Jenni Ogden Ph.D. on November 16, 2017 in Trouble in Mind
The obsession of iGen teens with safety is one cause of their unhealthy levels of anxiety and there's something adults can do something about.
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It’s Never Too Late to Put Yourself First

Sometimes we take a stand and decide it’s time to take a good look at our lives and change. Sometimes we find ourselves in circumstances that force to change.
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Making Better Bureaucrats

By Glenn C. Altschuler Ph.D. on November 15, 2017 in This Is America
Often deemed rule-obsessed, callous, petty, power-trippers, bureaucrats strive to satisfy the impossible expectations we have of them. They deserve our respect.

Women, Trauma, and Healing: What Mary Marxen Can Teach Us

By Pamela D. Garcy Ph.D. on November 14, 2017 in Fearless You
Are traumatic memories challenging your connection with your body? Mary Marxen's shares her inspiring story.

Sexual Assault Is About Power

From Trump to Weinstein: Part 1 of 2-part series on the impact of sexual harassment on mental health.

#MeToo: The Torrent Continues

Another voice is added to the heartfelt chorus: women who have experienced inappropriate, unwanted sexual advances. We must keep speaking out.

Hope Springs Eternal

If there is one grand universal truth about true leaders, it is that even in the worst of times, leaders convey hope.

Seasonal Stalking: How Ex-Lovers Turn Rejection Into Revenge

By Wendy L. Patrick, Ph.D. on November 13, 2017 in Why Bad Looks Good
Tis the Season. Jilted, persistent paramours and lonely ex-lovers view the holidays as the season to turn rejection into revenge. Recognize when holiday blues become red flags.

Fanning the Flames of Anger

Ever feel consumed by anger and unsure what to do about it? You might be surprised to learn that listening to it can go a long way.

Can Bad Emotions Be Good for You?

By Marcia Reynolds Psy.D. on November 12, 2017 in Wander Woman
Nonpositive emotions can motivate productive behavior. Learn how you can use them to channel your energy in positive directions.

The Resilience Option

By Bryan E. Robinson Ph.D. on November 11, 2017 in The Right Mindset
Are you Unable to Stop Blowing Your Top? The Resilience Option Will Curb Your Reactions
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What Suicide Grievers Don't Say

By Elizabeth Young on November 11, 2017 in Adaptations
"There won't be another son," I say quietly.  There's a long silence, and then Jack says. "No. There won't be another son." 

Why Does My Child Hate Math?

By Stuart Shanker Ph.D. on November 09, 2017 in Self-Reg
How can we help a child with a kindled math alarm? How can we prevent this from happening in the first place?
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Suicide's Grievers (Suicide-2)

By Elizabeth Young on November 08, 2017 in Adaptations
I feel like I don't breathe for 45 minutes, as each person describes the death of their loved one.

How to Talk to Kids About Terrorism

Talking about the harsh realities of life shouldn't be an attempt to toughen kids up, but it can be an opportunity to help them build mental strength.
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Taking Back the Male Gaze

By Tara Well Ph.D. on November 06, 2017 in The Clarity
Uncomfortable being stared at? Here's how to turn it around.

Virtual Reality Graded Exposure Therapy (VRGET)

Are you looking for non-medication treatments of PTSD, fear of flying, fear of heights or another phobia? Virtual reality graded exposure is a promising new approach.

Why Does My Child Hate Math?

By Stuart Shanker Ph.D. on November 06, 2017 in Self-Reg
Children are going into fight-or-flight at the mere thought of doing math. Self-regulation helps us to understand why this is happening and what we might do about it.
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6 Stages to Empowerment

By Robert Taibbi L.C.S.W. on November 05, 2017 in Fixing Families
Going from being victimized to becoming free and empowered is a often a long and difficult multi-step emotional and physical process. Here are the common stages and evolution

24 Signs of a Highly Sensitive Person

By Preston Ni M.S.B.A. on November 05, 2017 in Communication Success
Highly sensitive people often “feel too much” and “feel too deep”. Here are the telling signs.

How Do We Move Forward After Losing the People We Love?

By Caren Osten Gerszberg on November 03, 2017 in The Right Balance
Under the weight of grief, self-compassion and sharing stories may allow some light to shine in.

Batman and How Real Heroes Respond to Bullies

By E. Paul Zehr Ph.D. on November 03, 2017 in Black Belt Brain
Whether it’s from being a lion at heart or Batman here and now, we need to spread the effects of inspiration far and wide.

10 Reasons American Teenagers Are More Anxious Than Ever

We're robbing American teenagers of the mental strength they need to stay healthy.

How to Prepare for the Unexpected

By Michael F. Kay on November 02, 2017 in Financial Life Focus
In difficult times, you need to find an internal reserve of energy and hope to help you make your way through. In other words, you need to tap into your resilience.

Redefining 'Old' For Ourselves

By John-Manuel Andriote on November 02, 2017 in Stonewall Strong
As we ripen like apples in autumn, the resilience we develop by coming out can help us age gracefully.