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We Worry About the Wrong Things

Five examples of how our minds get hung up on things that are unlikely to affect us, and overlook things more likely to matter.

Proactively Coping With Racism

For most people of color, it becomes increasingly impossible to escape the stress caused by the barrage of news coverage broadcasting the gruesome details of racial violence.

In Praise of Stress

By Tim Leberecht on July 13, 2016 in The Romance of Work
At work and beyond, without stress, without those signature moments that punctuate our comfort-seeking daily lives, we would be without leaps and peaks.

Heaviness in the Heart

I recently helped care for a patient recovering from a cardiac arrest. It turned out that part of his problem may have been due to an old spray can.

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Trump, Stress Reactivity, Trance, and Ethics

By Darcia Narvaez Ph.D. on July 24, 2016 in Moral Landscapes
Donald Trump paints pervasive threat, triggering the brain’s survival systems and attracting submission to his vision of dominance.
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Can Trauma Improve our Psychological Health?

The impact of trauma is complex. Not all of it is bad, and sometimes it may even be good.
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Traumatic Grief

As mass violence is becoming more prevalent in our society, we are becoming a nation of mourners.
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Is the Brain Like Muscle?

Grow your legs, grow your brain.

What Yoga Style is Best for Your Health?

By Marlynn Wei M.D., J.D. on July 22, 2016 in Urban Survival
New study compares different styles of yoga to answer the question is one yoga style better than another. The answer will surprise you.

How Do You Deal With Challenges?

Are you feeling dragged down by daily challenges? Mindfulness can make a difference.

Sexual Freedom: Only Part of the Equation for LGBTQ Refugees

LGBTQ refugees continue to experience social isolation, perpetuating a sense of danger and persecution.

Micro-Triumphs

I expected last Friday to be one of those terrible, horrible, no good, very bad days. Instead, I had a series of micro-triumphs. Here’s what I learned, Alexander.
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Behaving Badly for Good Reasons

By Tim Carey Ph.D. on July 20, 2016 in In Control
The key to changing unwanted behavior is to find and get to know that place in your mind where the behavior is not unwanted.

5 Good and Bad Ways Nature Impacts Your Emotional Health

By Guy Winch Ph.D. on July 20, 2016 in The Squeaky Wheel
By 2050, 70% of people will live in urban areas. Now consider how powerfully nature affects our minds, brains, and body as illustrated by these recent studies:
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Coping With Large Scale Tragedies

By Susan Noonan MD on July 20, 2016 in View From the Mist
Are you caught in the trap of information overload when bad things happen?

Dad's Psychological Well-Being Impacts His Kids' Development

New research illuminates the impact a father's stress levels and mental health have on his children.

How to Avoid Having a Lousy Summer Vacation

Is summer vacation getting stressful? Here are some tips to help.

Seeing Double, First Sign of Trouble

By E E Smith on July 15, 2016 in Not Born Yesterday
I would like to relate a very personal story, one which may save others from the ordeal I am going through right now. It might even save someone's sight.
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Is This Where Your Mindfulness Practice Is Going Wrong?

It seems from managing stress and anxiety, to improving depression and a range of health issues, mindfulness can help us.

The Toughest Part of Pokémon Go: Stopping

The wildly popular game is prompting exercise and sociability. But there might be another effect: addiction.

Mindfulness: The Gift of Taking Refuge in the Present Moment

The beauty of this practice is that it grounds you in the present moment, and this provides welcome relief from ruminating about the past and worrying about the future.

Failed Mental Health App Highlights Pitfalls of Social Media

When social media pits privacy against mental health, ethical concerns arise.

Is Success Worth It?

Are you a minority in tech? Your success may cost you...but it doesn't have to be this way. Try these mindset shifts to increase your well-being.

Why You're Miserable After a Move

It won't be rainbows and unicorns after you move, but a few simple changes can help you cope.
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7 Simple Ways to Make It a Better Day

The actions we perform on an everyday basis determine who we are in the long run.

Breathing Techniques for Anxiety

By Alice Boyes Ph.D. on July 12, 2016 in In Practice
Get instant stress and anxiety relief using these simple breathing exercises.

Self-Reg: Self-Regulation vs. Self-Control

By Stuart Shanker DPhil on July 11, 2016 in Self-Reg
So much of the behaviors we see in children today seems inexplicable until we realize that we are dealing with the effects of excessive stress.
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Why Do We Hate Difference?

By F. Diane Barth L.C.S.W. on July 10, 2016 in Off the Couch
Why do leaders who nurture prejudice and fan the flames of hatred become so incredibly and disturbingly popular? And what can you do about it?

Thinking While Black

By Billi Gordon Ph.D. on July 09, 2016 in Obesely Speaking
Racism and the brain-gut connection – a neuroscience perspective on racially motivated police violence towards Black Americans.

Who's More Likely to Try to Cheat Their Way to the Top?

The dark side of getting ahead involves cheating and sabotaging others. Lab research comparing the two sexes finds the dark side is more likely to be inhabited by men.

Summer Is the Most Depressing Time of the Year

Taking your own life because you hurt inside isn’t a good enough reason, because help can almost always be found.

Study: Some PTSD May Result From Blast Concussion

By Eric Newhouse on July 07, 2016 in Invisible Wounds
Researchers find a distinct pattern of scarring in the brains of soldiers who experienced concussive blasts and believe they may have caused post traumatic stress disorder.

8 Traits of Toxic Leadership to Avoid

By Jean Kim M.D. on July 06, 2016 in Culture Shrink
Workplace emotional health depends heavily on leadership. These are 8 bad boss behaviors to watch out for that can lead to stress in the workplace.

Former Monk on Mindfulness in the City

Can practicing mindfulness really help you see more opportunity in the world? Some simple techniques to get you started!