There are many temptations to organize our life around the experience of earlier trauma. But that may short-change the future—which starts by our envisioning something better.
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Todd B. Kashdan Ph.D.
Are you beholden to myside bias, where you use different standards for ideas that fit with your ideological beliefs? See how the problem plays out among psychological scientists.
Relying on self-discipline is a strategy that works for some. More promising, however, is to increase physical health activities with a strategy known as "temptation bundling."
Are trigger warnings helpful or harmful in classrooms? What about in the workplace and the rest of society? Science offers new insights.
An issue has been missing in the conversation about whether the National Collegiate Athletic Association should allow college student athletes to earn money. It's about identity.
What we know about the science of happiness begins with one study by one author in 1969. It is time to remember what he discovered and how it helps us today.
I am not alone in feeling unable to fit into the political parties in the U.S.
90% of suicide attempts are non-fatal, forming a large group of suicide attempt survivors. Unfortunately, we know little about the trajectory of long-term psychological well-being.
An insufficient amount of attention is being given to being authentic, genuine, and guided by intrinsically-motivated passions. Here is a mantra for the upcoming year.
When you are a teacher or professor, everyone is your student. It should not matter what their political ideology is just as it should not matter their race, sex, gender, or age.
These are the very best books that I read this year.
I am witnessing adults publicly pronounce the end of friendships if they vote differently in political elections. I suggest we carefully think locally over nationally.
With 196 well-being components and 99 well-being measures, how do you choose? New theoretical models are being created every few months. This blog post offers a strategy.
Nearly the entire literature on Acceptance and Commitment Therapy hinges on a single measure. ACT is designed to target psychological flexibility. We discuss existing issues.
Nearly the entire literature on Acceptance and Commitment Therapy hinges on a single measure. We discuss existing issues.
Part III: Best practices on being an interesting and effective online teacher.
More strategies for teachers and professors transitioning to online classrooms.
Based on three weeks of online teaching and the advice of experts, here are concrete strategies for teachers, professors, students, and parents.
The science on the consequences of unemployment can help policymakers make better decisions and the public be better informed and nuanced in their thinking.
Seven strategies to add to your arsenal as you manage quarantine and protect yourself from COVID-19, gathered from the annals of scientific research.
New thoughts on the under-appreciation of cognitive diversity in deriving creative solutions to this COVID-19 situation.
It is unfortunate that only a select few are privy to the unwritten, unspoken rules of academia and science. This is what's behind the curtain.
This is my annual list of book recommendations. Not what came out this year but the best of what I read...
A summary synthesis of a lot of research on screen time in youth.
There are problematic sociological trends, including a generational increase in anxiety, conflict, and conflict aversion.
I felt the need to examine any related research that could shed light on how women in sports are viewed differently from men, if at all. The summary is here.
Is long-term romantic love rare? What happens to couples who maintain, versus love, the romance?
My most popular post each year: a list of the best books I read over the past 12 months.
With the rise of positive psychology, there has been a surge of research on strengths and a call for incorporating it into clinical work. We offer some rethinking.
Young adults suffer from more severe anxiety & depression than ever before. This has been the story. Here I offer a careful data analysis with a different interpretation of society
The depression epidemic has repeatedly flashed in the news, almost inevitably in unfortunate ways. We offer a corrective.
Todd B. Kashdan, Ph.D., is a professor of psychology at George Mason University and the author of The Upside of Your Dark Side: Why Being Your Whole Self–Not Just Your 'Good' Self–Drives Success and Fulfillment.