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Tips and strategies to increase happiness and life satisfaction in a hyper-connected world.
Mike Brooks Ph.D.
Managing kids' screen time is an ongoing challenge for parents. Here are three things parents should know to help keep this challenge in perspective.
This pandemic has forced many of us, especially our kids, to be on screens more than ever. Reducing our kids' screen time as the pandemic subsides can be a challenge.
It is curious that we seem to love to hate because hatred is often viewed as a negative emotion that undermines our happiness. Why is hate the candy that everybody wants?
Our political divisions have become progressively more toxic in recent decades. Interestingly, we could take a cue from UFC fighters and learn how to have conflict without hate.
Even under the best of circumstances, it can be extremely difficult to admit when we are wrong. Why is that?
Feelings of anger and hate threaten to tear America apart. In order to help us heal and grow, we must first find a way to make peace within ourselves.
Are you ready for a better you in this new year? The foundation of change and growth rests on our ability to be flexible. We need to be fluid, like water.
America has become more polarized, hateful, and awash in various conspiracy theories. With our trust in one another at a low, are screens partly to blame?
We have many concerns about the effects of screens, especially on our kids. How worried should we really be about the harms of screens?
Negative partisanship has grown to toxic levels in the United States. It is the shared enemy of both the right and the left. If we don't realize this, our democracy is in trouble.
America is more polarized now than it has been in over a hundred years. If we don't learn to stop vilifying one another, we are in trouble.
Our unconscious need to impose order on an increasingly complicated world is causing suffering on individual and societal levels. It's time to level up our flexibility game.
What's the purpose of life? Philosophers and theologians have argued about this for centuries. Here's an answer that also points to how we should live as well.
The United States is pretty divided, with each side showing contempt for the other. Perhaps if we viewed America like a marriage, we'd make some progress.
We'd like to think we have objective reasons for the support we show for our politicians, but it is much like rooting for our favorite sports team.
Tribalism is part of our evolutionary heritage. Our ingroup bias skews our view of reality, but it is often hard to detect within ourselves. This short test can help you detect it.
We'd like to think we are objective in our views of reality, including our political beliefs and positions. However, tribalism trumps reality... and it always has.
We are on the front-end of the Pandemic School Year. While there are reasons to be concerned, we can make it through this. These five tips can help.
We tend to view the world, including others, in ways that are not rooted in truth, but in our evolutionary history. This is causing problems, yet points to a solution too.
We did not evolve to live in the world in which we now live. This "evolutionary mismatch" explains many of the problems we experience, on both individual and societal levels.
We feel compelled to understand the truth and reality because understanding our world has an evolutionary purpose.
In an era in which "fake news" gets tossed around frequently, truth matters, and here is why we must pursue it.
Many people claim that video games are a waste of time. However, when we examine this indictment more closely, we can see that it doesn't ring true.
There has been a lot of anger in the form of protests coming from the left recently. Some on the right accuse Democrats of hating America. Is this true?
Many people are "woke" to the bigotry and discrimination that have been part of our history. Attempts to right these wrongs can create some problems too.
George Floyd's death has sparked outrage in so many of us. Sometimes it feels like the world is falling apart. What do we do about it?
We have given up much of our freedom during this pandemic. While this saves lives, at what point are we willing to risk life for liberty?
This pandemic is forcing us all to stay-in-place so that we won't catch or spread the COVID-19 virus. Our kids are on their screens more than ever. Should we be worried about that?
Many people have said that screens are destroying our society. Right now, we should be grateful that we can benefit from our screens.
In dealing with the coronavirus, most of us are in uncharted waters. While we need to take this seriously, we should try not to panic. That can make a bad situation worse.
Mike Brooks, Ph.D., is a psychologist who specializes in helping parents and families find greater balance and life satisfaction within an increasingly hyper-connected world.