Essential Reads

Who Do You Choose to Be?

By Marcia Reynolds Psy.D. on August 13, 2017 in Wander Woman
Whether you are wondering why you exist or looking to define the legacy you want to leave behind, these three steps will help you define your direction.

The Demise of the “Big Picture Thinker” in Psychology?

Should psychologists slow down and be more broadly thoughtful to improve psychological science?

Should We Have Children?

By Neel Burton M.D. on July 23, 2017 in Hide and Seek
This fundamental question raises profound ethical issues.

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Creativity and Aging

By Roberta Satow Ph.D. on August 20, 2017 in Life After 50
Does creativity involve taking risks?

How the Media Influences Us...Perhaps Without Our Awareness

By Marty Nemko Ph.D. on August 20, 2017 in How To Do Life
We explore using an example: the play, The Book of Mormon.

Are Older People Wiser?

By Lawrence R Samuel Ph.D. on August 20, 2017 in Boomers 3.0
Memory worsens as we get older, but research also suggests that our strategy for the way that we process thoughts and information changes for the better.

Are Friends the Enemies of Wise Choices?

Could your friends be causing you to make bad choices? Avoid this problem with a few tips from this piece.

Mental Health Principles from the Wisdom of Psychotherapy

In thinking about a value system based on psychotherapeutic principles, I began to consider some guidelines that might be of value for achieving a freer, more satisfying existence.

How Facing Nuclear Destruction Could Make Us Wiser.

By Grant H. Brenner M.D. on August 11, 2017 in ExperiMentations
We are apparently in a nuclear standoff. Do we find ourselves here again because we can't cope with death anxiety? Terror management theory informs the discussion.

Seven Studies Show That Virtue Truly Is Its Own Reward

By Meg Selig on August 09, 2017 in Changepower
Is virtue really its own reward? These seven studies suggest that good actions actually do bring a surprising wealth of benefits to those who help others.

False Is the New True—Part 2

By Eric Dietrich Ph.D. on August 08, 2017 in Excellent Beauty
Humans have never really like the truth, simply because it is almost always inconvenient. So, what's different now about blizzard of lies we experience everyday? Backsliding.

Dealing with Loneliness

By Tara Well Ph.D. on August 07, 2017 in The Clarity
Six ways loneliness can help you improve your relationship with yourself and others.

“Set for Life”

By Marty Nemko Ph.D. on August 07, 2017 in How To Do Life
A short-short story about a farmworker who won the lottery.

Cognitizing a Scenario

"Cognitizing" a scenario taps into behind-the-scenes mental activities such as reading a situation and picking up on subtle cues. It's about how to think, not just what to do.

Who Gets Our Stamp of Approval?

By Marty Nemko Ph.D. on August 06, 2017 in How To Do Life
We revere the wrong people.

Greed and Fear

Be clear that strictly private benefit is not life’s best ambition. The best forms of comfort come from the support of others and not from self-maneuvering.

All Things Considered

By Susan Rako M.D. on August 01, 2017 in More Light
How can we help our patients make peace with what they have in life?

Eight Ways to Cope with Annoying People

Good metacommunication describes annoying behaviors and annoying people in ways that they would readily agree with.

14 Career Myths

By Marty Nemko Ph.D. on August 01, 2017 in How To Do Life
Common sense often trumps conventional wisdom.

How To Grow Your Career With Powerful Mentorships

By Peter Bregman on July 31, 2017 in How We Work
Discover why logistics are irrelevant, the wisdom behind the mentor model, and the difference between essence and form.

52 Ways to Show I Love You: Expand the Circle

Others may feel threatened when you form a new love relationship. With perspective and integrity, do what you can to include them in your life, now that you are part of a couple.

20 Preachy Pleas

By Marty Nemko Ph.D. on July 29, 2017 in How To Do Life
Did your parents tell you these?

Reminiscing and Contemplating

There is a natural tendency with age to live too much in the past.

The Corner Cutter

By Marty Nemko Ph.D. on July 27, 2017 in How To Do Life
A short-short story about the wisdom of dotting every i.

Watch What You Say

By Marty Nemko Ph.D. on July 25, 2017 in How To Do Life
There are more minefields than ever.

Patient-centered vs. Lab-centered "Personalized Medicine"

By Allen J Frances M.D. on July 24, 2017 in Saving Normal
We shouldn't neglect the bedside art of medicine as we become enamored by its laboratory science.


By Marty Nemko Ph.D. on July 22, 2017 in How To Do Life
A debate: Should society's Haves redistribute more of their assets?

Unpacked, the Serenity Prayer is an Instant Wisdom Upgrade

By Jeremy E Sherman Ph.D. on July 21, 2017 in Ambigamy
Decades studying decision-making and I keep coming back to the serenity prayer. Unpack it for a wealth of wisdom.

Feeling Lost?: Part 1

The path of a committed relationship is challenging and rewarding. It helps to have a map of the terrain so that we can find our way.

Are Friends the Enemies of Wise Choices?

Don't let your friends take you for a ride! Learn how to avoid letting them manipulate you into making bad decisions.

Professor Talk

On Bob's first day teaching in a special education classroom, he punched a kid in the mouth. Bob then went on to a storied career as a special ed professor.

Humans Defeat Nature—As Prescribed. Now What?

By Darcia Narvaez Ph.D. on July 16, 2017 in Moral Landscapes
Sigmund Freud encouraged aggression against Nature, along with other Western scholars. We’ve now reached “biological annihilation” of species all over the earth. Are you happy?

Wisdom Made as Simple as Possible, No Simpler

By Jeremy E Sherman Ph.D. on July 14, 2017 in Ambigamy
The Golden Rule and other "Always do X" rules are one-sided half-truths posing as whole truths. Learn to see through them for greater wisdom and peace of mind.