Self-Help Essential Reads

New Diet Ideas From the Artificial Sweeteners Controversy

Intriguing findings and new ideas reviewing 10 years of medical literature and research

Pure Solitude, Away From Devices, Is Calming: New Research

By Bella DePaulo Ph.D. on November 17, 2017 in Living Single
Four new studies show that pure solitude, away from electronic devices, is calming. They also help explain when time alone is and is not experienced as sad, lonely, or boring.

Expressing the Inner Voice May Bring Benefits

By Robert T Muller Ph.D. on November 16, 2017 in Talking About Trauma
Research reveals more about the promise of positive self-talk.

How to Neutralize Your Partner’s Defenses

By Leon F Seltzer Ph.D. on November 15, 2017 in Evolution of the Self
Unlike courtship, once couples enter into a presumably lasting commitment, they both—however unconsciously—focus more on what they never really liked about each other.

Your Aging Body

Why women shouldn't feel bad about getting older.

5 Traits of Positive Narcissism and Their Downfalls

By Preston Ni M.S.B.A. on November 12, 2017 in Communication Success
Narcissism is toxic. Some aspects of narcissism might be positive in the short-term and in limited ways.

The Struggle to Maintain Basic Humanity

Basic humanity is like a muscle, it gets stronger with exercise.

Seeking Self-Improvement? Start with IQ...by Ditching It

By Kevin Bennett on November 11, 2017 in Modern Minds
Many established IQ tests are valid, reputable, and trustworthy, but use caution with free internet tests. Either way, how much should you let a single number affect your life?

Social Media Societies Pose Risks to Mental Health

By Robert T Muller Ph.D. on November 09, 2017 in Talking About Trauma
Researchers found that online communities can encourage self harm.
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Seven Pathways to Thriving

By Ryan M. Niemiec Psy.D. on November 08, 2017 in What Matters Most?
New research reveals key personal enablers of thriving in life. Learn these seven pathways and the ingredients that can help you create them.

How-To: Mindfulness-Based Interoceptive Exposure For Pain

By Grant H. Brenner M.D. on November 07, 2017 in ExperiMentations
A simple technique techique for relief from chronic pain using mindfulness-based exposure to internal bodily sensations of pain.

How to Make Life Better: 12 Things to Do Today

Forget those articles in Cosmopolitan asking, "What Do Men Want in Bed?" The answer is simple: They want sex and a sandwich. Maybe pizza.

How to Stop Procrastinating on Self-Change

By Bill Knaus Ed.D. on November 03, 2017 in Science and Sensibility
Overcome the hidden "yes-but" factor in procrastination. Gain confidence. Fulfill your dreams.

The “Catch-22” of Dealing With a Narcissist

By Leon F Seltzer Ph.D. on November 01, 2017 in Evolution of the Self
Most pathological narcissists suffer from marked deficits in self-image. But their wildly over-compensating sense of superiority and entitlement can cause others to suffer, too.

The Meaning of Regret

By Bruce Grierson on October 31, 2017 in The Carpe Diem Project
Should we try to mine our mistakes for positives or just let them go? The complicated emotion of regret holds clues about when to look forward and when to look back.

The Things We Get Spooked About

What our phobias can teach us about our world.
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Boundaries: Where Do You Draw the Line?

By Robert Taibbi L.C.S.W. on October 29, 2017 in Fixing Families
Boundaries: Some folks are too rigid and inflexible, others are too soft and accommodating. How to find draw the lines that are just right for you.

Sex Talk

A simple way of improving your sex life tonight

Performance Enhancing Drugs in Everyday Life

By Saul Levine M.D. on October 25, 2017 in Our Emotional Footprint
We criticize athletes who use PEDs, but many people everywhere "self-medicate" to help them study, perform, sleep, have sex, stay awake, and lose weight, among other pursuits.
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Can Digital Health Rescue Health Care?

By Dora Calott Wang M.D. on October 24, 2017 in The Kitchen Shrink
Former executives of Coursera, Trulia, and LinkedIn turn their focus to behavioral health startups.
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Why Should We Grieve the Death of a Wild Animal?

It’s natural to mourn the death of a loved one or a beloved pet. But what would it mean to grieve the death of an animal we come upon in the wild?

Tap Into the Inner Genius You Didn’t Know You Had

Research show that genius is inside each of us, but how can we access it?

The Absolute Best Way to Start Your Happiness Journey

Are you ready to jumpstart your happiness. Here's some tips for getting started on the right foot.

We Project Onto Romantic Partners Our Own Desires to Cheat

By Grant H. Brenner M.D. on October 19, 2017 in ExperiMentations
We are often convinced that mistrust of our romantic partners is well-founded. Sometimes it is, but research suggests that suspicion also comes from our own attraction to others.

Genetic Research Uncovers Traits Associated With Longer Life

By Susan McQuillan M.S., RDN on October 18, 2017 in Cravings
Scientists are digging deeper into the secrets of longevity.

If Your Therapist Harasses You: #MeToo

By Kimberly Key on October 17, 2017 in Counseling Keys
What happens when you've been sexually harassed and/or assaulted by your therapist?

10 Ways to Deal with Mom-Shaming

By Susan Newman Ph.D. on October 17, 2017 in Singletons
A new poll finds a majority of moms feel judged. Learn how to handle criticism and have confidence in your parenting decisions.

Acute American Anxiety (AAA) Disorder: A New Diagnosis?

Serious stress, anxiety, and fear are in the air and seem pervasive in our country and culture with symptoms seemingly getting worse by the day. But we can cope better if we try.

Don’t Justify What You Want to Change

We justify resentment by citing evidence of unfairness and how badly other people behave. The more adrenaline we need for justification, the more subject to confirmation bias.