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Arnold A. Lazarus Ph.D., Clifford N Lazarus Ph.D., Donna Astor-Lazarus
Why many people will vigorously defend their beliefs even when faced with compelling proof they are wrong.
Many people confuse healthy self-interest with selfishness. Consequently, out of needless guilt, they often say “yes” when they want to say “no.”
Privacy is generally a good thing. But being too secretive and closed-off from others often leads to a lack of intimacy, self-alienation, and a less fulfilling life.
CBT emphasizing ERP (exposure and response/ritual prevention) is the most effective and scientifically validated treatment for OCD, but not everyone benefits from it. Here’s why.
A lot of parents feel guilty because, despite having unhappy children, they are basically happy themselves. This post discusses why it’s okay to be happier than one’s kids.
Here are a few core aspects of OCD. Understanding them can help you to loosen its grip and free yourself of its terrible clutches.
Everyone is a unique individual who calls for a tailored treatment plan in therapy. Still, many therapists use only one or a few methods even if isn't what's really needed.
Here are psychological errors even smart people make, and ways to correct them for enhanced relationships and self-esteem, and a nimbler mind.
Most people know of the power of positive thinking. But, just as "a picture's worth a thousand words," positive visualization can be much more powerful. Here's a good method.
The prophecy of the event can lead to the event of the prophecy. But it doesn't have to. Here's how to break the cycle of negative, self-fulfilling prophecies.
Here are a few illustrations of what narcissists really think and feel when they say and do things that seem normal.
No one can avoid criticism. But understanding the three basic types of criticism, and how to best respond to each, can help us navigate some of the social labyrinth of life.
Some people are quick to make judgmental pronouncements about others. Here is why they are usually wrong.
Hanging onto grudges and past grievances only contributes to unhappiness and corrodes relationships. Here's how you can defuse these psychological time bombs.
Clinical or major depression is a potentially deadly illness that affects many millions of people at any given time. Here's how to gain a better of understanding of it.
It's common for people to use overgeneralizations when criticizing others. Here's why they're almost always untrue and reflect a basic lack of understanding human nature.
Here are a few common, cognitive errors that cause anxiety and what you can do to correct them.
Here are five easy ways to improve your relationship, and four intimacy killers to work on eliminating.
A lot of people place excessive importance on material "success." They use money, things, and achievements as their metrics of choice. Here's why many of them are unhappy.
There is one simple word that has incredible power when it comes to promoting love, closeness and good feelings in meaningful relationships. It may surprise you to know what it is
It's increasingly believed, especially in academia, that all psychological therapies are basically equivalent. Here's why that's an absurd notion, and two other therapy myths.
The widespread absence of scientific understanding within the population is unfortunate. But its lack among our elected leaders is downright dangerous.
In this time of "alternative facts," it's helpful to understand that a "fact" is a fact precisely because the "alternatives" have been disproven!
Here is how to defuse a powder keg of self-imposed unhappiness and the three essential ingredients of happiness.
In the United States, most responsible occupations require specific training, passing a licensing exam, and/or rigorous psychological screening. Why, then, not the presidency?
Harness the power of distributed practice to maximize your productivity.
Here are three unreasonable demands that are often associated with unhappiness. By ridding youself of these irrational expectations you can boost your overall satisfaction.
Are you a clutterbug, packrat or full-blown hoarder? Here's why your stuff could be weighing down your health and happiness. And what to start doing about it.
The recent media attention on certain politician's and buisness leader's antisocial behavior is not surprising since certain personality types seem drawn to politics and business.
While it's counter intuitive, sometimes to make things better we first have to make them worse. Here's how to understand and use the power of paradox to solve many problems.
Arnold A. Lazarus is a professor of psychology, therapist, author, lecturer, and clinical innovator.
Clifford N. Lazarus, Ph.D., is Clinical Director of The Lazarus Institute.
Donna Astor-Lazarus is the Co-Clinical Director of The Lazarus Institute.