How to Get Motivated

Motivation is literally the desire to do things. It's the difference between waking up before dawn to pound the pavement and lazing around the house all day. It's the crucial element in setting and attaining goals—and research shows you can influence your own levels of motivation and self-control. So figure out what you want, power through the pain period, and start being who you want to be.

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Stanford Researchers Identify Life-Changing Power of Mindset

Mindset plays a surprisingly significant role in our health and longevity, according to a new study from Stanford University.
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Four Missing Men and the Urge to Know

With the ongoing investigation of the murdered young men in Pennsylvania, we find social media's support for the natural human inclination to figure it out as soon as possible.
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How to Develop a Successful Personal Recovery Plan

Taking action without planning is a sure recipe for disappointment.

Is Genius Inherited?

It is usually assumed that genius is a completely inherited attribute but experimental studies vary. This study shows that strong motivation and inheritance play a critical role.

How Technology Lowers Emotional Intelligence in Kids

Five negative consequences caused by tech dependence.
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Why Would Anyone Want to Major in STEM?

By Ross E O'Hara, Ph.D. on July 13, 2017 in Nudging Ahead
Why should college students major in STEM? Intriguing research suggests that it's about more than career prospects and starting salaries.

Cause Célèbre? The Question of Women CEO Compensation

By James Bailey Ph.D. on July 10, 2017 in At the Helm
Women CEOs need to be vigilant about their impact.
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How Type A People Procrastinate

By Caroline Beaton on July 10, 2017 in The Gen-Y Guide
Why so many competent, ambitious people accidentally procrastinate.

Do People Learn More from Mistakes or Successes?

By Marcia Reynolds Psy.D. on July 08, 2017 in Wander Woman
Do you want someone to change? How you do this will affect their brain to either open up or shut down. This post gives you guidance for holding effective growth conversations.

The Opioid Crisis

The latest information suggests the crisis may get worse before it gets better.

Creativity—what's Curiosity Got to Do with It?

Are inquiring minds creative minds?

Mixed Feelings About School

By Julia Moeller Ph.D. on July 02, 2017 in Passion 101
Are highly engaged students those we do not have to worry about? High learning motivation can come at high costs.

Why I Left Academia to Write Fantasy Books

By Liz Swan Ph.D. on June 30, 2017 in College Confidential
Stuck in a career rut? Here's how my weekend hobby rewrote my future.

Some Thoughts on Independence

For many of us, being dependent on others for comfort, support, and security gives us the ability to be independent.

4 Steps to Finally Accomplish Those Goals You Keep Setting

By Jennice Vilhauer Ph.D. on June 29, 2017 in Living Forward
Goals are what we use to create our life on purpose but more often than not we set goals then give up. Learn how to stop sabotaging your efforts and set yourself up for success.
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How to Set Achievable Personal Recovery Goals

Is your goal workable? Answer these five questions.

What Really Motivates You at Work?

So if money, rank and prestige aren’t the right tools to motivate today’s workforce, what works?

Should You Finish What You Start?

Do you have several half-finished projects going at a time? If so, here's a neat trick that might help you finish things more often.

How Can You Make Your Dream Job a Reality?

By Peter Bregman on June 27, 2017 in How We Work
Do you have a dream you’ve been waiting to make good on? Bernie Roth lays out his formula for following through on your most ambitious goals and dreams.

Differences Between Self-Directed and Progressive Education

By Peter Gray Ph.D. on June 27, 2017 in Freedom to Learn
Self-Directed Education and progressive education both emphasize the education of the whole, unique person, but they differ greatly in how that education is best achieved.

The Psychology of the Curated Closet

How cleaning out our closets can ease our minds and de-clutter our lives, while helping our wallets.
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Dealing With Disappointment

By Tara Well Ph.D. on June 25, 2017 in The Clarity
Disappointment can be an opportunity to get clarity on what you really want — get it!

First aid for when your toddler doesn’t communicate

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Interviewing a Criminal: Who Is Interviewing Whom?

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Are You Working for the Right Reasons?

In the second of three posts on defining success for yourself, I talk about the dangers of working without knowing what you're working toward.

Sticking With Your Goals

By Katherine Hawley Ph.D. on June 21, 2017 in Trust
If you're struggling to achieve your goals, try recruiting a little help from your friends.
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Dieting and Eating for Weight Control?

By Monica N. Starkman M.D. on June 20, 2017 in On Call
Need help controlling your weight? Here are effective psychologically-based tips.

Are You Setting the Right Goals?

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Pathological Resistance to Change Does Not Make Us Great

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