Essential Reads

Living in the Here and Now

Chronic restlessness has blinded me to my life’s many blessings.

Red vs. Blue: Which Should You Choose?

Has anyone researched whether playing on red team or the blue gives advantage?

Traveling Through Time

And why we do it every day.

Generations Divided

How America Became Segregated by Age

Recent Posts on Sport and Competition

The Meaning of Touch

By Adrian Furnham Ph.D. on November 14, 2014 in A Sideways View
Why and when and where do we touch other humans? What can we learn from a handshake? What in an inappropriate touch?

How to Write Your Own Story and Other Tips to Lead Positive

By Kathy Cramer Ph.D. on November 13, 2014 in Lead Positive
Find out from renowned crisis communications experts what it means to write your own story and discover your unique authenticity.

Age Appropriate Chores for Children

By Rebecca Jackson on November 13, 2014 in School of Thought
Learning habits take firm root in children by 3rd grade, so it’s helpful for parents to know what chores are age appropriate.

Smiling Depression

By A Guest Blogger on November 12, 2014 in The Guest Room
Think you know what a depressed person always looks and acts like? You’d be surprised.

Olympian Mary Killman Wants You to Find Your Greatness

By Michael Friedman Ph.D. on November 12, 2014 in Brick by Brick
Mary Killman, an olympic synchronized swimmer, shares how she found her path to emotional and physical health amidst the grueling schedule and high-pressured world of elite competitive sports.

3 Essential Mindsets for Athletic Success

By Jim Taylor Ph.D. on November 12, 2014 in The Power of Prime
When I talk about mindset, I mean what is going on in your head just before you begin a competition, whether on the field, course, court, track, what-have-you. What happens in your mind during that oh-so-important period sets the stage for whether you perform to the best of your ability or crash and burn. I have found three mindsets that the best athletes use most.

Ten Scientific Reasons Why You’re Feeling Depressed

We all have those “blah” days, but why do they happen and what can we do about them? The latest research studies show many potential culprits, ranging from the weather and hormones to brain chemistry, negative thinking, and lifestyle. Read on to find out more.

Why Organizational Leaders Need to Care About Hazing

By Oscar Holmes IV Ph.D. on November 11, 2014 in Beyond the Cubicle
These threats are sufficient for organizational leaders to include a discussion during the socialization and onboarding process to explain how deviant behaviors committed by employees outside of work not only can affect their employment options within the organization, but also can present serious ramifications for the overall organization as well.

Surprising Lessons From Marijuana Legalization Votes

Marijuana legalization victories in Alaska, Oregon, and the District of Columbia follow in the footsteps of previous ones in Colorado and Washington. Already we are learning unexpected lessons as the new policies are implemented; and the issues we are encountering are quite different from the ones many had feared.

You Can’t Always Get What You Want

By Bill Knaus Ed.D. on November 10, 2014 in Science and Sensibility
Do want to get more out of life with less stress? Dr. Sam Klarreich, author of “Pressure Proofing”, tells how.

The Real Reason We Don't Exercise

By Sherry Pagoto Ph.D. on November 10, 2014 in Shrink
People say they don’t exercise because they have no time, but in the same breath talk about how much they want to get healthy and how much they believe exercise is the path to health. It is a puzzling contradiction. Or is it?

Self-Efficacy and Success: Is There Any Relationship?

What's your self-confidence level? Use our comprehensive assessment battery to find out if you have too much or too little. Either can be problematic.

Too Busy to Play? Six Ways to Push Back for Healthy Balance

Balance is essential for raising happily productive kids. It’s good for kids to have lots of stimulation, challenge, and learning, but they also need ample time for free play, nature, reflection, imagination, and even boredom. Here are six ideas you can implement starting today that will help you push back against overscheduling, and create a healthy balance.

Why Adolescents Can't "Keep It All Together"

When entering adolescence, the old self-management system that was adequate for the simpler world of childhood is no longer sufficient to cope with the more complex world of growth toward individuality and independence that now begins.

26 Mysteries of Life Explored and Explained

Why do brides buy their wedding gowns (which, one would imagine, that would wear only once) but grooms rent their tuxedos (which, one would imagine, they would have other occasions to wear--if only as a joke?

Supporting Work-Life Balance with Natural Medicines

Some workaholics drive themselves into a state of chronic fatigue, motivated by an internal sense of perfection or a commitment to a cause. Others, driven by ambition or competitiveness, may develop gastrointestinal distress. Either way, natural medicines can relieve the physical symptoms and help the person set healthier boundaries at the same time.

Choosing People Wisely

By Marty Nemko Ph.D. on November 09, 2014 in How To Do Life
Many of us can’t resist the wrong types of people. This article may help.

Love Your Work, Hate Your Tattoos and Piercings

By Steve Albrecht DBA on November 08, 2014 in The Act of Violence
Tattoos and piercings in the workplace are causing dividing lines between freedom of expression and company policies.

Just Stop Thinking

By Jonathan Fader Ph.D. on November 07, 2014 in The New You
Part of my job as a sport psychologist is helping athletes not think, or as many like to call it, getting them “into the zone.” This is the state when an athlete is relaxed and focused solely on the present moment, and thus better enabled to achieve peak performance. So what can you do to just stop thinking?

The Emotionally Intelligent Coach

This article considers the role of emotional intelligence for the sports coach. It appears that what separates great coaches from the rest of the pack is often not determined by an extraordinary amount of tactical and technical knowledge, but rather the ability of a coach to be aware and regulate emotions, empathize, and build effective relationships.

Coaching, Character, and Youth Sports

By Michael W Austin on November 05, 2014 in Ethics for Everyone
Coaches have a special responsibility to attempt to foster sportsmanship and other virtues in their athletes, in part because of the power they possess as coaches.

The Spirit of Suzan Shown Harjo

By Michael Friedman Ph.D. on November 05, 2014 in Brick by Brick
Suzan Shown Harjo, one of the most revered human and civil rights leaders in the country, has dedicated her life to fighting for the rights of Native Peoples. Her message: “Native” team names and images are racist, they destroy the mental health of actual Native children, and this racism must stop.

Natural Consequences

By Mendi Baron on November 04, 2014 in On the Verge
The benefits of facing natural consequences

Seven Steps to Enjoy the Holidays

By Bill Knaus Ed.D. on November 04, 2014 in Science and Sensibility
Create great opportunities to enjoy the people in your life this holiday season.

Redefining Masculinity for the Greater Good

By Judy Y. Chu Ed.D. on November 04, 2014 in When Boys Become Boys
Increasingly common patterns of violence committed by boys call for new definitions of masculinity that will affirm rather than diminish boys' humanity.

Understanding Impatience

Here's why we're growing more impatient than ever, and what to do about it.

Excessive Attention Seeking and Drama Addiction

By Billi Gordon Ph.D. on November 04, 2014 in Obesely Speaking
When silent desperation is not silent

Are You a Workaholic? If So, This May Be Why

Whether you love or feel bad about what you do too much of, you may be great at ...

Creating the Next Financial Crisis

By Ken Eisold Ph.D. on November 03, 2014 in Hidden Motives
We know how to prevent it, but we don’t seem to want to pay the price. It’s like our dependency on fossil fuel.

Failing in School vs. Playing Sports

Should underachievement in the classroom keep kids from playing sports?