Self-Help Essential Reads

To Affirm or Not Affirm?

By Leena S. Guptha DO on April 25, 2017 in Embodied Wellness
Struggling with negative thoughts? Use self-affirmations to rewrite the subconscious mind and start thinking positively!

Research Shows What Makes Trolls Tick on Mobile Dating Apps

By Grant H. Brenner M.D. on April 25, 2017 in ExperiMentations
Internet trolls are everywhere. What draws them to dating apps and how can you deal with them?

Three Reasons Why Most Motivational Speakers Are Dead Wrong

By Bobby Hoffman Ph.D. on April 24, 2017 in Motivate!
Many authors and speakers tout "proven formulas" and share "motivational secrets," guaranteed to improve performance and personal growth, but do these methods help or harm?

Overcoming the Paralysis of Toxic Shame

How might toxic shame play a role in your anger?

Note to Self: It Is Easiest to Avoid Abstract Temptations

By Art Markman Ph.D. on April 14, 2017 in Ulterior Motives
Which would you rather have, a dessert or a mouthwatering warm chocolate chip cookie?

What Is Your Conflict Style?

By David Ludden Ph.D. on April 14, 2017 in Talking Apes
Conflict is inevitable, but how couples approach it determines whether their relationship will be strengthened as a result, or torn apart.

3 Reasons Why Couples Have the Same Fights Over and Over

If you’re married, or in a committed relationship, you’ve probably noticed that some of your arguments never seem to get resolved. Rather, they regularly get recycled.

Emotional Complexity

A few of the elements that make emotions so complicated are habituation, inhibition, constriction, and disinhibition/excitement.

How Some Beliefs Limit Loved Ones

By Fran Simone Ph.D. on April 02, 2017 in A Family Affair
You can identify and change beliefs that limit you.

Writing for the Self-Help Consumer, Pt 2

By Melissa Kirk on April 02, 2017 in Test Case
With good organization, there’s no more staring anxiously at a blank page because you don’t know what to write next. What to write next is in the outline!

Yes, You Can Have Depression and Still Be Mentally Strong

Just like someone with diabetes can be physically strong, someone with depression can still be mentally strong.

New Research Shows an Easy Way to Help Improve Your Memory

There’s memory for the past and memory for the future, or what you need to do. This new perspective based on cognitive style can help you improve both without much effort at all.

Is Your Relationship a Good One? 4 Ways to Know

Evaluating whether a relationship is right for you just got a bit easier.

Is It True That "Movement is Medicine?"

By Meg Selig on March 30, 2017 in Changepower
Too tired and achy to exercise? Evidence is piling up that exercise is just what you need to prevent certain health problems and reduce the risk or harmful impact of others.

Staying Safe in a Fast-Changing World

By Steve Casner Ph.D. on March 30, 2017 in Careful
Everyday accidents are on the rise and here's how to avoid them.

Date Night: Not a Luxury, A Necessity

By Dianne Grande Ph.D. on March 30, 2017 in In It Together
Do you find yourself making excuses not to plan a date night? It's time to reconsider!

What Do Your Words Broadcast About Trust?

You can see trust at work. You can hear it, too. The words we choose broadcast trust or distrust to those around us. What are your words saying?

Shaming Methods in Popular Psychology

Shaming methods can injure and are rarely sustainable.

Never Underestimate Your Partner’s Defenses, Here’s Why

All your psychological defenses exist to protect you from perceived ego threats. So any person menacing basic feelings of safety or security will compel you to react negatively.

Effective Communication During Relationship Conflict

By David Ludden Ph.D. on March 29, 2017 in Talking Apes
No communication style works in all cases. Instead, we need to tailor our approach to the specifics of the situation.

Why Virtual Reality Could Be a Mental Health Gamechanger

We’re still a long way from from being able to provide timely treatment to everyone who needs it, but we could be on the brink of dramatic change thanks to VR.

Facts, Truths, Beliefs, Opinions, and "Alternative Facts"

By Clifford N Lazarus Ph.D. on March 25, 2017 in Think Well
In this time of "alternative facts," it's helpful to understand that a "fact" is a fact precisely because the "alternatives" have been disproven!

Why Resentment Lasts—and How to Defeat It

Resentment is a formidable foe. Are you willing to defeat it by trying these 5 approaches?

Are You Addicted to Your Sibling’s Addiction?

Help an addicted sibling by first saving yourself.

How "Daily Uplifts" Can Counter Depression

By Seth J. Gillihan Ph.D. on March 21, 2017 in Think, Act, Be
When we're depressed we tend to think that nothing will lift our mood. Results from a new study suggest otherwise.

What Are You Resisting?

By Rick Hanson Ph.D. on March 21, 2017 in Your Wise Brain
It is easy to accept life’s beautiful things. It is the hard things in life that are hard to accept. The sweet spot is both by accepting the fact that they are what they are.

Is Your Self-Esteem Too High to Be Successful?

By Rob Henderson on March 20, 2017 in After Service
Self-esteem can be dangerous. Here is a better option backed by research.

When Meditation Is Not Enough

Strategies for bringing mindfulness into everyday life.

5 Ways Predators Prey on Politeness

Think you can spot a predator while traveling? Here are 5 tips to make sure you can. Take these precautions to ensure that your Spring Break travel is both satisfying and safe.

Bipolar II or Bipolar Too?

The challenges of accurate symptom identification for those newly diagnosed with bipolar disorder as well as for diagnosed individuals who also struggle with emotional reactivity.