Self-Help Essential Reads

Happiness for Sad People

By Marty Nemko Ph.D. on July 27, 2016 in How To Do Life
Modest mitigators of moroseness.

How To Manage ADHD Without Drugs

By Clifford N Lazarus Ph.D. on July 26, 2016 in Think Well
Here are seven nonmedical methods that help people with ADHD.

Feel Good About Your Eating and Your Weight

You can lose excess weight and keep it off by changing your relationship with your body. You can do it by becoming more compassionately self-aware.

3 Easy Things You Can Do to Be More Successful

By Ryan Anderson on July 24, 2016 in The Mating Game
Are you wondering how to be successful? Greatness is within everyone. A few simple adjustments to your life can go a long way.

Are Authentic People More Self-Interested?

Are authentic people more selfish, aggressive and out for themselves. Research suggests otherwise and that authenticity may actually be for the common good.

Are You Smiling?

By David Ludden Ph.D. on July 24, 2016 in Talking Apes
Most people are prisoners of their emotions. Take control of yours, and you’ll see more positive outcomes in your social exchanges.

Do You (Figuratively) Lick Your Wounds? Should You?

Metaphorically, for humans the essence of wound-licking involves not a lapping tongue but a rationalizing mind.

How Couples Misunderstand Each Other

A heart-breaking experience of counseling couples is seeing good people suffer due to the entirely avoidable illusion of sameness.

Acceptance and Transformation

Should left-handers demand that half the baseball diamond be reversed?

Stuart Smalley Was Wrong

By Sarah C. Newcomb Ph.D. on July 12, 2016 in Loaded
Can affirmations help you avoid over-spending? The right way to affirm yourself for better self-control.

Misdiagnosis of a Behavioral Addiction

By Jon E. Grant, JD, MD, MPH, Brian L. Odlaug, PhD, MPH, and Samuel R. Chamberlain, MD, PhD on July 12, 2016 in Why Can't I Stop?
Many people with behavioral addictions have been told that they have a form of obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD).

Does It Matter Whether You Pay With Cash Or A Credit Card?

Research shows that pain of spending affects shopper behavior.

Why Some People Undermine Their Power to Change

Do you sabotage yourself when you want to change? Here's how to stop giving away your power.

Ask and You Shall Receive

By David Ludden Ph.D. on July 06, 2016 in Talking Apes
Approaching a stranger to ask a favor can be difficult, but refusing a request can be just as hard.

How to Create Your Way to Better Stress Management

By David DiSalvo on July 02, 2016 in Neuronarrative
A new study offers compelling evidence that adults seeking stress relief, no matter how artistically gifted or experienced, should stop making excuses and start making art.

Stoicism: Being Indifferent to Pain or Pleasure

By Adrian Furnham Ph.D. on July 01, 2016 in A Sideways View
Many of the world religions suggest that being stoical is wise and virtuous. But many therapists suggest that rather than repress our emotions we should learn to embrace them.

Restructuring Your Money Code

By Michael F. Kay on June 28, 2016 in Financial Life Focus
Your money code is what you believe about your financial life. It’s your guide, your foundation and the meaning behind your money

From Freud to Frodo

By Sarah C. Newcomb Ph.D. on June 28, 2016 in Loaded
Money messages surround us. What stories do you believe about money, and how have they affected your life?

Difficulty Making Decisions?

Decision-making is hard for many of us. There are 3 good reasons, and a 4th not-so-good one, why decisions can be hard. Here’s how to handle those and get better at making choices.

The Only Proven Way to Improve a Relationship

Evidence shows that this simple behavior makes people happier in their relationships.

4 Steps to Calm Yourself When You’re Anxious

The human brain is good at creating anxiety, and we all feel threatened by tiny cues that were relevant long ago. You can undo your anxiety when you know how you created it.

2 Steps to Start Believing the Best About Yourself

Inaccurate beliefs about yourself will limit your potential. The good news is, you can train your brain to think differently.

Meet Your Worst Enemy

By Ryan Holiday on June 15, 2016 in The Obstacle Is the Way
Wherever you are, whatever you’re doing, your worst enemy already lives inside you: your ego.

How Your Risky Behavior Affects Others

By Jon E. Grant, JD, MD, MPH, Brian L. Odlaug, PhD, MPH, and Samuel R. Chamberlain, MD, PhD on June 14, 2016 in Why Can't I Stop?
Behavioral addictions impair function, can have legal and financial repercussions, and can lead to mental health issues such as depression and thoughts of suicide

Got Cheese?

By Rick Hanson Ph.D. on June 14, 2016 in Your Wise Brain
When you help the early mammalian parts of your brain feel rewarded and fulfilled it's easier to let go of longing, disappointment and craving.

My Best Ideas

By Marty Nemko Ph.D. on June 14, 2016 in How To Do Life
I'd want these ideas scrolling in the video played at my memorial

Can We Take the Eye Out of the Adolescent Storm?

The self-help industry is a $10 billion a year industry and Los Angeles is arguably the capital. However, is it even effective?

10 Ways to Break Out of a Rut (Right Now)

By Tania Luna on June 11, 2016 in Surprise!
Why does your brain love spontaneity? And how can you become more spontaneous?

How to Make Peace With Something You Cannot Control

When the world disappoints your expectations, your brain releases cortisol and it feels like an emergency. You can re-wire your brain to feel safe when you’re not in control.

7 Tips to Get Smartphone Overuse Under Control

By Linda Wasmer Andrews on June 07, 2016 in Minding the Body
How can you control your smartphone use so it’s not controlling you? Lisa Strohman, founder of the Technology Wellness Center, offers some smart phone advice.