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Do You Have to Be Self-Centered to Be Self-Actualized?

What would you do to reach your highest potential? A new series of studies raises doubts about the classical view of self-actualization.

How to Reclaim Your Self-Respect After a Bad Break-Up

By Jennice Vilhauer Ph.D. on June 24, 2017 in Living Forward
The one thing worse than ending a relationship with someone you love, it is hating yourself on top of it. Learn how to regain your self-respect and confidence.

The 5 Defense Mechanisms That Can Sabotage Your Relationship

Defense mechanisms are a common way to manage anxiety, but they can get in the way of your close relationships. New research shows how to make your defense mechanisms work for you.
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Motivating Others? Embrace This Hack to Ignite Performance!

By Bobby Hoffman Ph.D. on June 12, 2017 in Motivate!
Regardless of whether you are running a household, a small business, or a huge company, this Motivation Hack will make the difference between leadership success and failure!

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How to Give to Others Without Burning Out

By Emma M. Seppälä Ph.D. on June 26, 2017 in Feeling It
Many of us feel burned out. Taking care of others seems like one more burden. Here are science-backed ways you can give to others, reap the benefits, and feel nourished too!

Resilience — A Sustaining Gift for Your Children

Resilience in learning, as in life, provides the capacity to persevere through setbacks, take on challenges, and even risk making mistakes on route to reaching goal achievement.

The Self, Lost and Found

How creativity holds up a mirror to your inner world.
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What’s Your Relationship With Your Life?

We have a relationship with our lives and a story that we've created that shapes its outcome. You have the power to nurture the relationship and change the story.
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Thick and Thin

It seems, in the end, the character trait most in question is, well, character.

Why Do We Struggle to Express Affection?

New research shows that low self-esteem can cause us to underestimate the benefits of showing affection and gratitude to our loved ones.

For Millennials, One Key to Happiness

For sound mental health, Millennials should reconsider this pervasive hobby.

I Didn't Want to Betray My Wife Again

By Loren A. Olson M.D. on June 07, 2017 in Finally Out
​I had broken my vows to my wife, and I left her when I realized that if I made those vows again I would only betray her again. My attraction to men was too powerful to contain.

Are You Self-ie Absorbed?

By Zack Carter Ph.D. on June 03, 2017 in Clear Communication
Much research supports the notion that hyper-levels of self-photographs are damaging to self and relational growth. But people just aren't accepting it. So, what's the deal?

Enhance Self-Esteem by Embracing Imperfections

Do you ever wonder why “being bad” almost always feels so good? Can you let go of guilt when you fall back into a less than ideal habit?

Wonder Woman in the Ring: MMA Fighter Sarah Kaufman

By E. Paul Zehr Ph.D. on May 31, 2017 in Black Belt Brain
Mixed martial arts fighter Sarah Kaufman shares thoughts on life in the ring and the importance of role models like Wonder Woman.

Is Body Positivity Leading Us Astray?

In the body positivity movement, self-acceptance has been bypassed in our quest for self-love. But when you feel anything but love for your body, might acceptance be a better goal?

Are You Smart, or Smart Enough?

Do you see yourself as smart, or not smart? And just how smart is smart enough?

Should Women Start a Good Ol' Girls Club?

Networks can serve as your insurance for professional longevity. Contacts are like an insurance policy. The more you have, the more security you can have in your career.

Where the Rubber Hits the Road: Sage Advice In Unwise Times

By Mark Matousek on May 30, 2017 in Ethical Wisdom
The wise American spiritual master talks about how to live skillfully, and happily, in a world where the "other" is denigrated, and causes for upset and rage abound.

Kindness Towards Oneself and Others Tones Your Vagus Nerve

Having compassion towards yourself and others is the key to creating an "upward spiral" of well-being as marked by healthier vagal tone in your vagus nerve.
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5 Ways to Deal with Smiling Depression

Are you or someone you know smiling on the outside but sad, lonely, anxious, or depressed on the inside?

You Love to Teach!

By Liz Swan Ph.D. on May 29, 2017 in College Confidential
Why do millennials expect perfection in themselves but resist like crazy the hard work it takes to get there?

Video Game Addiction

By William R. Klemm Ph.D. on May 29, 2017 in Memory Medic
Video-game addiction causes change in mood, conflict, behavioral problems, and, more tellingly, the same phenomena seen in drug addiction (tolerance and withdrawal symptoms).
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Quiz: Self Care for the Sensitive

How narcissistically vulnerable are you? Take this quiz and learn how to protect the narcissistically vulnerable parts of yourself.

Watch Your Language!

"She gave her baby up for adoption." What's wrong with that?

Digital Silence, and Its Impact on Relationships

Why do we get so upset when we don't get a quick response to our text or email?

4 Ways People Sabotage Their Breakups

Healthfully letting go brings self-knowledge and psychological wellbeing. Here are a few common ways that people inadvertently sabotage their breakups and divorces.
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5 Ways to Practice Self- Compassion After Loss

Struggling with grief? Here are ways to practice self-compassion.

Tinder Users Are Different Than Online Daters and Here’s How

By Martin Graff Ph.D. on May 16, 2017 in Love, Digitally
Tinder users scored highest on sexual permissiveness.
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Body Shame Is Not a Diet Plan

By Renee Engeln Ph.D. on May 14, 2017 in Beauty Sick
Fostering body shame is not an effective way to get healthy. Shame makes you want to withdraw from important activities and meaningful connections with others. Shame can be a threa

What Might You Be Telling Yourself That's Holding You Back?

By Gregg McBride on May 13, 2017 in The Weight-ing Game
What we say to and about ourselves matters. We hear it. We feel it. We embody it. It becomes part of our psychological makeup on every level.

To Those of Us Struggling with Infertility This Mother's Day

By Jamie Long Psy.D. on May 11, 2017 in Finding Cloud9
Mother's Day can hang heavy on the hearts of those struggling with infertility. On a day of celebration, here's what if feels like to be on the outside.

Why You Might Have Low Self-Esteem and How to Cure That

When you believe the lie from others that you are worth less than the rest, then you sometimes believe it. Don’t.