Stress Essential Reads

Stress Can Do This Strangely Positive Thing to You

By Ian H. Robertson Ph.D. on November 28, 2016 in The Stress Test
Is there an upside to stress?

The Teacher Burnout Epidemic, Part 1 of 2

Teacher burnout is an international epidemic. How is burnout affecting teachers, and why?

Tips to Survive Thanksgiving in Post-Election Turmoil

By Mark O'Connell L.C.S.W.- R. on November 22, 2016 in Quite Queerly
How can we get through Thanksgiving without harming anyone or being harmed? We must keep our expectations low, and our goals specific. Try to connect over being right.

The Truth About Lying

By Stuart Shanker DPhil on November 22, 2016 in Self-Reg
Lying is the quintessential example of misbehaviour, but confabulating is a stress behaviour.

Kids Can Thrive with Gay Parents

By Rebecca Compton Ph.D. on November 21, 2016 in Adopting Reason
New evidence reaffirms that children have equal chance to thrive in families with gay and straight parents.

Survive and Thrive

By Deborah Barrett Ph.D., LCSW on November 19, 2016 in Paintracking
Experiencing distress? Yoga may help you let go of unnecessary suffering.

9 Signs That You Might Be a Perfectionist

You might be a perfectionist and not even know it.

What Makes People Resort to Physical Violence?

By Sheila Kohler on November 15, 2016 in Dreaming for Freud
What makes people resort to physical violence?

5 Signs That You're Giving Negative People Too Much Power

When you're not careful, negative people can take a serious toll on your well-being.

The Perils of a Life in Isolation

By Frank T. McAndrew Ph.D. on November 12, 2016 in Out of the Ooze
When we experience social isolation, the lack of emotional support and comradeship can increase our anxiety and hinder our ability to cope with unusual sensory information.

How to Talk to Your Kids About Trump

By Ben Michaelis Ph.D. on November 10, 2016 in The Creative Imperative
A few ways to manage post-election stress.

Exercise During Pregnancy May Benefit Kids' Long-Term Health

By Christopher Bergland on November 07, 2016 in The Athlete's Way
Staying physically active during pregnancy may benefit the long-term health of a mother's offspring, according to new research on mice.
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Nasty Woman, Angry Bitch or Confident, Competent Female?

By F. Diane Barth L.C.S.W. on November 05, 2016 in Off the Couch
How can you be a “nasty woman,” that is, strong, aggressive and emotionally expressive, without being viewed as dangerous, unfeminine, or just plain bad.

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.

Fitness May Be a Prophylaxis for the Health Risks of Stress

By Christopher Bergland on November 01, 2016 in The Athlete's Way
Are you feeling stressed? If so, a new study drives home the importance of maintaining an active lifestyle—especially during times of high stress.

Overcoming the Consequences of Neglect

By Rebecca Compton Ph.D. on October 25, 2016 in Adopting Reason
Early-life neglect has a host of negative consequences for child development. What interventions can help?

Death Penalty May Not Bring Peace to Victims' Families

Does the death penalty provide true justice and closure to victims?

Skin Picking and Hair Pulling

Does skin picking or hair pulling significantly limit your life?

The Bizarre Outbreak of Hallucinations in Oregon

By Robert Bartholomew Ph.D. on October 19, 2016 in It's Catching
A mysterious outbreak of hallucinations has U.S. authorities baffled.

Reframing Temperament: “Difficult” vs. “Stressed”

By Stuart Shanker DPhil on October 18, 2016 in Self-Reg
Parents need to understand what their child’s limbic system is “telling” them. And when they’re able, children and teens need to do the same.
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Meditation Helps Eating Disorder Recovery

When people are recovering from an eating disorder, anxiety and stress can cause them to react through harmful behaviors. Meditation is crucial to a healthy recovery.

Are You Mentally Strong?

Answering these 27 questions will help you gain insight into how mentally strong you really are.

Fast Food Industry Demands ‘Emotional Labour’ from Employees

Cheerful presence can be essential to profitability in the fast-food industry. But emotional labour may be doing more harm than good to employee emotional and mental wellbeing.

The Top 10 Ways to De-stress (and Why You Need Them)

By Christopher Bergland on October 02, 2016 in The Athlete's Way
A new global survey has identified a strong correlation between rest, relaxation, and well-being. The researchers also conducted a survey that ranks the top 10 restful activities.
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The Case for Including Mental Health Care in the Workplace

You shouldn’t take for granted that your workplace positively contributes to your employees’ mental health.

7 Ways to Make a Long Commute Less Painful

By Juliana Breines Ph.D. on September 29, 2016 in In Love and War
Lengthy commutes can threaten health and happiness, but they don’t have to. Here are seven research-based suggestions for surviving (and maybe even enjoying) your commute.

How An Art Break Helps Kids Learn

By Darby Saxbe Ph.D. on September 27, 2016 in Home Base
Integrating play and creativity into the school day may help children learn. Here's an innovative school counseling program that did just that.

Just-in-Time and Deep: The Secret to Less Stressful Planning

Are you worried that you're doing too much planning and not enough doing? Once you know the purpose of personal project plans, you'll know just how much to plan, and when.

9 Things Highly Sensitive People Do

Studies estimate 15-20% of the population meet the criteria for being highly sensitive. Here are a few telltale signs you might be one of them.

This is Your Child's Brain on Video Games

By Victoria L. Dunckley M.D. on September 25, 2016 in Mental Wealth
Playing video games presents an "evolutionary mismatch": A fight-or-flight response unaccompanied by a physical discharge of energy. So guess where all the energy goes?