Self-Help Essential Reads

How Beneficial Are You?

By Marty Nemko Ph.D. on October 01, 2016 in How To Do Life
A self-assessment: How positive or negative are your impacts?

6 Strategies for Dealing With Adult Sibling Rivalry

It only takes one person to change the functioning of an entire family system – as you shift your own behaviors, others will have to shift in response.

The Top Ten Myths About Men’s Sexuality

By Joe Kort Ph.D. on September 30, 2016 in Understanding the Erotic Code
It is time to stop gender bias and catch therapists up to understanding what really is happening in men’s erotic universe.

Just-in-Time and Deep: The Secret to Less Stressful Planning

Are you worried that you're doing too much planning and not enough doing? Once you know the purpose of personal project plans, you'll know just how much to plan, and when.

Staying in the Present Can Bring Happiness

Staying present it one of the most effective ways to relieve the symptoms of anxiety and depression, trauma, and suffering. Here's how to do it.

What to Do When You Feel Annoyed by Your Partner

By Deborah L. Davis Ph.D. on September 27, 2016 in Laugh, Cry, Live
When you’re feeling annoyed by your partner, what can you do in the moment that will make things better, not worse? Here are 5 winning tips for soothing the flames of indignation.

9 Things Highly Sensitive People Do

Studies estimate 15 to 20 percent of the population meet the criteria for being highly sensitive people. Here are a few telltale signs you might be one of them.

5 Common Ways Money Issues Wreck Relationships

By Andrea Bonior Ph.D. on September 23, 2016 in Friendship 2.0
Issues surrounding money are one of the most common conflicts within relationships, even where there is plenty of love. Here are five ways that money damages partnerships.

The Antidote to Envy

Envy tells us that someone, somewhere has it all—but it just isn’t true. The best we can do is be thankful for what we have and try to do something useful with it.

How Do Relationships Survive Long Distance?

What makes a long-distance relationship work?

The Art of Giving Advice

By Marty Nemko Ph.D. on September 20, 2016 in How To Do Life
How to make suggestions the recipient will actually embrace.

What I Wouldn’t Change If My Health Were Restored Tomorrow

By Toni Bernhard J.D. on September 19, 2016 in Turning Straw Into Gold
I’ve lived with chronic pain and illness for over 15 years. This is the first of two pieces on the subject of what I would and what I would not change should I regain my health.

Why Is It Hard to Live for the Moment

By Eyal Winter Ph.D. on September 19, 2016 in Feeling Smart
Can our evolutionary disposition to overly focus on the past and the future be tricked into giving the present more space?

6 Things Predators Know About You

By Katherine Ramsland Ph.D. on September 16, 2016 in Shadow Boxing
Basic principles of social influence and persuasion are effective tools for predators.

How to Protect Your Brain Cells From Shady Brain Sales

Neuroscience is everywhere. Here are some important words you need to know to stay ahead of the curve!

Human Intimacy

Few human endeavors are as rewarding and as frightening as acts of intimacy.

What If We Have It Wrong About Boredom?

What if we've got it wrong about boredom? Despite its negative connotations, boredom may actually be valuable.

Therapy Without a Therapist?

By Seth J. Gillihan Ph.D. on September 13, 2016 in Think, Act, Be
Learning and practicing new skills is at the heart of CBT—whether you're working with a therapist or on your own.

Is it Time to Unclutter Your Social Network?

Is your circle of friends more like a chaos of clutter?

How to Be a More Authentic Parent

By Stephen Joseph Ph.D. on September 11, 2016 in What Doesn't Kill Us
Authentic parenting is hard and no one gets it right all of the time. Here are three things that you might try to make it easier.

Do You Outsource Your Self-Esteem to Relationships?

It’s a sad reality that people who haven’t been loved adequately in childhood are often loved inadequately in adulthood. There's a way to break this pattern.

A Productive Way to Think About Social Anxiety

By Joel Minden, PhD on September 09, 2016 in CBT and Me
Most concerns about social anxiety are unproductive. Here's what to do instead.

Happiness Is (Literally) a Bowl of Cherries

By Susan McQuillan M.S., RDN on September 05, 2016 in Cravings
Can eating healthier foods make you a happier person? Researchers say "yes!"

Do Coincidences Signal It’s ‘Meant to Be’ or Not?

All coincidences are best not painted with the "It's all good." paint brush

Anthony Weiner Is Not a Sex Addict

By Joe Kort Ph.D. on September 02, 2016 in Understanding the Erotic Code
This simplistic label of "sex addict" does nothing to help someone with out-of-control sexual behaviors

5 Ways Origami Boosts Mindfulness

By Marlynn Wei M.D., J.D. on September 02, 2016 in Urban Survival
Looking to branch out from the mindful coloring books? Origami is a beautiful calming craft that can enhance your mindfulness.

I'm Not Really Unemployed! (Am I?)

By Dawn R. Norris, Ph.D. on August 31, 2016 in The Next Step
Being out of work can make identity confusing.

9 Ways to Say "No!"

By Susan McQuillan M.S., RDN on August 31, 2016 in Cravings
Having trouble turning other people down? Try a variation on "no."

Does The Donald's or Hillary’s Health Status Really Matter?

By Peter Edelstein M.D. on August 31, 2016 in Patient Power
The Donald would be the oldest person to occupy the Oval Office! And is Hillary suffering from confusion? What are their real medical risks if either becomes Commander in Chief?

How to Spot Authenticity

Authenticity is about more than speaking your mind with passion and commitment.