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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.
Bobby Hoffman

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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The Creative Process of Psychotherapy

Effective psychotherapy is a mutual creative process between therapist and patient.

Self-Compassion a Vital Key to Dealing with Exam Stress

Are exams stressing you out? New research shows a way through.
Thomas Webb

Leaving the Road to Hell and Getting Back on Track

By Thomas Webb Ph.D. on May 08, 2017 in The Road to Hell
Can being kind to ourselves help us to get back on track?

If I Were a Rich Man

Some of the things money can—and cannot—do for us.

The Pros and Cons of Youth Sports Aren’t Only Physical

Are sports helping or hurting your child’s emotional well-being?

The Good Reasons We Stay in Bad Relationships

Do you know someone in a bad relationship? Have you ever wondered why they stay? Psychological research helps to elucidate why many couples remain in unfulfilling relationships.

Erectile Disorder: Not the End of the World

By Ari Tuckman PsyD, MBA on May 04, 2017 in Sex Matters
Erections sometimes go missing, but it doesn’t need to be a big deal.

Slam Poetry Facilitates Sharing Stories of Mental Illness

Sharing poetry can build self-esteem and promote self-love in both speakers and audience members, and can be a form of therapy to treat anxiety and depression.

4 Ways to Overcome a Toxic Relationship

If you're experiencing a toxic relationship, then you likely move in and out of a state of denial about how unhealthy it truly is. Here are 4 ways to overcome toxic love.

How to Respond Gracefully to Destructive Criticism

6 ways to cope with the critics in your life.

The Intimate Relationship With an Angry Person

By Dianne Grande Ph.D. on April 25, 2017 in In It Together
Is your partner frequently angry? Here are some constructive responses.

How to Rebound From Constructive Criticism in 5 Minutes!

By Pamela D. Garcy Ph.D. on April 25, 2017 in Fearless You
Becoming thankful for constructive criticism will disarm your critic, and it will remind you to find something of value in the criticism!

ADHD and Self Compassion

What’s the impact of living life with ADHD, seeing exactly what ‘should’ be done and often not getting there anyway.

4 Ways to Not Beat Yourself Up Over Your Breakup

Instead of self-criticism, use an agonizing breakup or divorce to grow and to better know what to look for (and look out for) the next time around. Here are four ways.

How to Break the Cycle of Shame With Your Child

The more empathic you are as you set the limit, the more your child will accept the limit, and WANT to shift gears to channel his impulses into more acceptable behavior.

Detoxing Your Mind

By Mel Schwartz L.C.S.W. on April 19, 2017 in A Shift of Mind
As important as food fasts, juice cleanses, workouts and yoga may be, there's a detox that's far more vital to your wellbeing. Detoxing your mind is the path to liberation.

Competing Commitments Part 1

If simply understanding what it takes to create a happier life were enough to achieve that goal, reading a book, listening to a tape, or watching a DVD would be sufficient...
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The Benefits of Self-Pity

Sometimes we know best how to comfort ourselves.

How Do You Know If Your Relationships Are Healthy?

By Dan Mager MSW on April 17, 2017 in Some Assembly Required
The quality of our relationships with others is a reflection of our overall state of mental & emotional health, but our relationships also affect our mental & emotional well-being.

Are Romantic Relationships Good for Your Self-Esteem?

By Bella DePaulo Ph.D. on April 16, 2017 in Living Single
What is the link between self-esteem and romantic relationships? A 3-year study of more than 9,000 people offers some surprising answers as well as some obvious ones.

Anxious? The Best Defense Is a Good Offense

By Robert Taibbi L.C.S.W. on April 12, 2017 in Fixing Families
Rather than ducking and weaving, the best way to handle anxiety is to go on the offensive.

Can Videogames Prevent Elderly Falls?

By Toby Ellmers on April 08, 2017 in Aging Brain, Aging Body
Are videogames the key for preventing falls in the elderly? Research reveals the hidden benefits of gaming.

Secrets to a Less Stressful Life

No matter what it is that’s making each of us anxious, we can all arm ourselves with the tools to help us stay calm, centered, and feeling strong in the face of challenges.

Do Narcissists Make Their Partners Jealous on Purpose?

By Grant H. Brenner M.D. on April 03, 2017 in ExperiMentations
What motivates narcissistic people to make others jealous? Research sheds light on why some narcissists do it on purpose, and others out of insecurity.
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Forms of Emotional and Verbal Abuse You May Be Overlooking

There's much more abuse than the 3,000,000 domestic violence cases reported yearly. Emotional abuse precedes violence but is often unnoticed and rarely discussed. Learn to spot it.

Paying Income Taxes Makes Us Happy

When we pay taxes, it triggers reward areas in our brain & is associated with greater well-being.

Are You Too Hard on Yourself?

How can we let go of subtle and not-so-subtle aggression against our own selves when we find ourselves flawed? In a world that suggests perfection exists, can we access peace?

What You Are NOT Saying to Yourself Can Sabotage Your Life

By Jennice Vilhauer Ph.D. on March 31, 2017 in Living Forward
We all know critical self-talk is damaging but the positive things we don't say to ourselves can do just as much damage.
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Why Do I Feel Like a Fraud?

By Abigail Brenner M.D. on March 30, 2017 in In Flux
People sometimes feel that who they appear to be doesn't truly reflect who they are. In essence, they feel as if they are fooling people and that one day they will be found out.

The Mental Wellness Routine That Will Change Your Life

By Jennice Vilhauer Ph.D. on March 28, 2017 in Living Forward
Do you know what you need to do in order to be happy? Here are 5 essential activities that if done regularly will bring about positive emotional well-being.