Self-Help Essential Reads

What Makes Your Introversion Unique? 17 Ways to Tell

By Leon F Seltzer Ph.D. on December 06, 2016 in Evolution of the Self
There are several ways to distinguish one introvert from another. All the same, this personality trait can be extremely tricky to define, for it embodies multiple dimensions.

7 Ways to Get Yourself Unstuck

When we get stuck, we often wait for an external change to happen. But change doesn't happen to us, it comes from within us. Here's a guide to moving forward.

3 Holiday Depression Myths

Winter holidays may coincide with mood disorders, but are they linked to suicide?

Pet Therapy for Your Love Life

By Susan McQuillan M.S., RDN on November 28, 2016 in Cravings
Can your relationship with your dog, cat, or betta fish predict the success of your romantic relationships?

Why Taking Ownership Is Key to Divorce Recovery

By Wendy Paris on November 22, 2016 in Splitopia
I created seven Principles of Parting while going through my own divorce and writing a book about it. The Principles are guideposts that keep us stay on course during trying times.

Holiday Help for Emotional Overeaters

By Susan McQuillan M.S., RDN on November 21, 2016 in Cravings
Holiday anxiety creeping up? Don't let it trigger you to overeat.

Empowering Patients to Become Effective Self-Advocates

By Joanne Buzaglo, Ph.D. on November 17, 2016 in The Patient’s Voice
When you're diagnosed with cancer, you may feel like you've lost your voice. But it's important to be a self-advocate with your doctors and medical team.
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In These Times, Our Greatest Enemy Is Our Need for Certainty

By Allison Carmen on November 15, 2016 in The Gift of Maybe
Have you been extremely fearful and worried since the Presidential Election? Maybe embracing uncertainty will give you the hope you need to find strength and resilience.
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The 10 Most Common Questions About Grief and Loss

By Kristin Meekhof on November 13, 2016 in A Widow's Guide to Healing
Ever wonder what is on the minds of the bereaved? These are 10 most frequently asked questions about grieving.

Can You Meditate While Driving?

By Seth J. Gillihan Ph.D. on November 11, 2016 in Think, Act, Be
A new book describes how mindfulness behind the wheel can make you a more relaxed, more focused, and safer driver.
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Falling Down and Getting Up Again

Whatever we may feel about these election results, we must pick ourselves up and carry on. There's work to do.

Beat Procrastination in 3 Steps

By Joel Minden, PhD on November 07, 2016 in CBT and Me
Are you a procrastination expert? Use behavioral strategies to get things done.

Why Don't We Save Enough for Our Retirement?

Uncertainty about “the Number,” competition from other goals, and misunderstanding growth are big obstacles.

8 Keys to Handling Adult Bullies

Most of us encounter adult bullies at certain points in our lives. Here are eight keys to successfully handle them...

Psychological Abuse of Seniors, Part 1

Psychological abuse tends to be overlooked compared to many forms of physical abuse, which can be more apparent and easier to prove.

The First Step to Happiness

By Mark Holder, Ph.D. on November 05, 2016 in The Happiness Doctor
With over 5000 articles released on happiness every month, where do you start? What's the first step to increasing your happiness?

Relationships Can Reduce the Effects of Stress

By Marty Nemko Ph.D. on November 03, 2016 in How To Do Life
It’s long been argued that good relationships can buffer stress and facilitate physical health. USC Ph.D. student Kelly Miller’s research is strengthening that case.

Feeling Happy for Others Can Make You Happy

By Toni Bernhard J.D. on November 02, 2016 in Turning Straw Into Gold
Here’s my recipe letting other people’s joy make you happy. The true wonder of this is that the more you’re able to feel happy for others, the happier you’ll feel yourself.

3 Ways to Craft Compelling Goals

By Seth J. Gillihan Ph.D. on November 01, 2016 in Think, Act, Be
Carefully chosen goals inspire our best effort.

Estimating the Quality of a Coincidence

What are the odds? Coincidences can be rated on a scale of 1-10 for their quality. The lower the probability, the higher the quality.

A Minute Therapist Guide to Managing Anger

Defusing anger by changing what you say to yourself.

Why People Lie to Their Therapists

By Ryan Howes PhD, ABPP on October 26, 2016 in In Therapy
You spend money, time, and emotional energy going to therapy—so why not tell the truth?
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Tools of Influence

By Marty Nemko Ph.D. on October 26, 2016 in How To Do Life
Rhetorical devices used in some of our most influential speeches are exemplars of the exercise of influence.

9 Compassionate Tips for Surviving the Death of Your Baby

By Deborah L. Davis Ph.D. on October 24, 2016 in Laugh, Cry, Live
October is Pregnancy & Infant Loss Awareness Month. The death of a baby can bring profound grief. Here are some words of comfort and wisdom to carry parents through their mourning.

How We Commit

Committing to a relationship requires establishing a secure base and resolving any problems that threaten its security, safety, and well-being.

How to Build Your Belief in Yourself

Don't let your mind limit your potential. Train your brain to think differently.

Do You Know When to Confront Your Doctor?

By Eric Haseltine Ph.D. on October 18, 2016 in Long Fuse, Big Bang
Knowing what to say to your doctor can save your life.

How to Beat Perfectionism, Make Progress, and Find Happiness

By Ryan Holiday on October 18, 2016 in The Obstacle Is the Way
Don’t excuse yourself from trying to achieve your goal because the conditions aren't right. There are plenty of small steps that will help move you forward.

5 Steps for Navigating (or Leaving) a Toxic Relationship

By Ralph Ryback M.D. on October 17, 2016 in The Truisms of Wellness
Navigating toxic relationships is a process that requires help from supportive friends, family, and professionals. These tips can help you chart your course and build better bonds.
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Helping Older Adolescents Evaluate a Love Relationship

The great source of instruction about conducting caring relationships is experience; however, parental guidance can help sort that experience out.