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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Mary McNaughton-Cassill Ph.D.
Mental health matters, even at the Oscars. What can we learn from the “slap” heard around the world?
We aren’t sure about the tree in the forest, but if an athlete falls in an empty stadium, it still takes a toll on their mental health.
Use the "five Ws" of journalism—who, what, why, where, and when—to help you understand what's influencing your behavior.
Tis the season to remember that one man’s junk is someone else’s treasure.
We’re not over the politics and through the pandemic yet. So, do we still want to go to Grandma’s house for the holidays?
Imagine that Roy Rogers was bucked off his horse. Would it have benefitted him more to get back on, or to spend the rest of his life giving "Trigger" warnings?
We live in a rapidly changing world. So why are college degrees still based on a model that originated centuries ago?
Some sportscasters have claimed that athletes need to redeem themselves after a failure. Do they put unrealistic pressure on competitors?
Simone Biles didn’t earn a gold medal yesterday. But by prioritizing her own mental health she earned a perfect score.
We can't change the past. But we can choose what to take with us going forward.
Mirror, mirror, on the wall, can we trust our eyes at all?
Ever wonder why it is OK to call in “sick” but not “sad” to work? Artificial distinctions between physical and mental illness are making us all ill.
Already nostalgic for the slower pace of the pandemic? Maybe it’s time to stop trying to keep up with the Techno-Joneses.
Is the pandemic straining your relationships with your adult siblings? You are not alone, but there are things you can do to cope.
Survival is difficult. Staying optimistic may be even harder.
The entire state of Texas just went through a week of freezing temperatures. The issue is not whether the weather is getting weirder, but how we can choose to cope.
Despite the rosy cards and commercials, far too many people find Valentine’s Day leaves them feeling disappointed or lonely. Maybe it’s time to repurpose this ancient holiday.
Reality, wishful thinking, and madness. The lines are fine since they are all a product of our own minds.
Do your New Year’s resolutions fizzle before the fireworks end? Maybe it’s time to change your approach to behavior change.
Wishes and willpower are rarely enough to make a New Year’s resolution come true. Maybe it’s time to try something new.
Holiday traditions have to start somewhere. Maybe 2020 is the year to create your own.
What if we approached education the same way we do sports? Here's the case for working together to enhance everyone’s performance.
Red light, green light is a child’s game. But what can traffic lights tell us about navigating our political differences?
Voting is just the first step. What we do after the election is what matters.
Finding the safe space on your 2020 disaster bingo card: the value of proactive coping.
The dangers of not understanding scientific communication in the age of COVID-19.
Are college students really failing, or is the system failing them?
What do sudoku, word searches, and conspiracy theories have in common? They are all products of the human brain's quest for plots and patterns.
Who is going to save us in 2020? Look in the mirror.
This won’t be a normal school year. But growth can stem from crisis and change.
Mary McNaughton-Cassill, Ph.D., is a Professor of Clinical Psychology and an award-winning teacher at the University of Texas at San Antonio.