Essential Reads

Hassles Are Part of Being Human, Even for Our Ancestors

Being human, with all its messiness, is worth the hassle

Grit, Talent, and Character

Talent and grit combine to influence individual performance, but for teams performing under high-stakes, high-stress conditions, other character attributes are necessary additions.

Gutsy Third Person Self-Talk Utilizes Your Vagus Nerve

Excessive first person "self-talk" can increase egocentric bias. That said, using "non-first-person" pronouns and your own name has been found to promote healthy self-distancing.

Finding Sanity in Today's Political Chaos

By Kimberly Key on May 23, 2017 in Counseling Keys
Research shows that recurring negative stories (on TV or engaging in repeated negative discourse with friends) can have a deleterious effect on our mental and physical health.

More Posts on Resilience

5 Things to Remember When You're Embarrassed to Ask for Help

Asking for help is tough. But there are some good reasons why you should do it anyway.

12 Keys To A Great Self-Relationship, Starting Now

Self-care is where it's at, but it doesn't mean being selfish or overindulgent. Learn to have a great relationship with yourself. It's a long-term project, and you won't regret it.

Celebrate Graduation! Booster Shots Advised!

A "booster shot" of self-affirmation at the start of the academic year can have amazing effects on student accomplishment.

Two Words That Make Asking for Help a lot Easier

Asking for help is tough. Knowing what to say makes it a little easier.

No, Really, I'm a Good Patient!

You'll never hear a doctor call a patient Good or Bad. Why do patients call themselves one or the other all the time? What do they mean? Why should doctors know about this?

Anxious? There Are Two Ways To Go

Some believe the way to deal with anxiety is to replace uncertainty with certainty that what is feared can't happen. That is not the way the brain is supposed to work.

Failure Is Unacceptable

Your son sucks at school, but maybe that is not so bad.

Cultivating Resilience Through Story

Unlock the power of story to help you navigate life's disasters.

How Trauma Impacts Us

Hold onto your dreams.
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Are You the Black Sheep of Your Family?

Five strategies for staying resilient if you are the black sheep of the family.

Old Friends: Some of the Best Stuff of Life

Long term, close friendships enhance the substance and quality of our lives, and are important in times of celebration and sorrow: Appreciate them, nurture them, cherish them.

2017 International Day Against Homophobia

In the face of a world full of anti-gay, bi, and trans bias, building our resilience can be challenging. Here we explore research-based tips on how to foster personal resilience.
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Are You Sure?

By Tara Well Ph.D. on May 16, 2017 in The Clarity
Does the question "Are you sure?" leave you feeling anxious? A few tips can help you enjoy the unknown.

Ace Future Job Interviews With This Two Step Strategy

By Brad Waters on May 16, 2017 in Design Your Path
Even bad job interviews are good practice. A career expert's approach for making the most of every interview.

Happy and Resilient: Balancing Yourself & Your Relationships

Being happy in yourself and your relationships demands that you balance attending to them both.

A Vagus Nerve Survival Guide to Combat Fight-or-Flight Urges

The vagus nerve's ability to lower stress and reduce inflammation has been underutilized for too long. This post offers nine easy "vagal maneuvers" to stimulate your vagus nerve.

Emotional Resiliency in ASD Teens

One of the biggest challenges parents with teens on the Autism Spectrum face is teaching their teens how to develop emotional resiliency.

Children in Polyamorous Families Part 4

This blog offers a sneak peek into the ongoing fourth wave of research on children growing up in polyamorous families by focusing on the experiences of young adults.

The 80% Edge

We may want to perform at our best, but at times illness, injury, or life events conspire to limit what we can truly expect of ourselves.How then can we maximize our performance?

Want Greater Health and Well-Being? Try Showing Gratitude!

You might think it's "good" to feel grateful towards others' acts of kindness, but did you know that doing so increases your physical and psychological health
Courtesy Annabelle Gurwitch

The First Motherless Mother’s Day

By Lybi Ma on May 12, 2017 in Brainstorm
Guest post by Annabelle Gurwitch

Forgiveness Part 2

Monica found her way to forgiveness the hard way, the way many people do, by experiencing pain and betrayal.

6 Ways to Stop Worrying About Things You Can't Control

You could waste a lot of time and energy thinking about things you can't control. These strategies will help you become more effective and more productive.

The Best Mothers’ Day Gift

This Mother’s Day, honor all your mothers by asking for their stories. Asking for their stories is your gift to them; sharing their stories is their gift to you.

The Pros and Cons of Youth Sports Aren’t Only Physical

Are sports helping or hurting your child’s emotional well-being?

These Three Words Will Change Your Life for the Better

Stop waiting to get motivated. If you say these three words, you will instantly have all the motivation you need.

Is Your 'True Self' an Inner Child or an Inner Adult?

Is your "true self" an Inner Child or an Inner Adult?

What’s Your Anti-Gravity Strategy?

By Jeremy E Sherman Ph.D. on May 04, 2017 in Ambigamy
People seek transcendence by many means. Some come bundled with belief in supernatural magic at odds with science. Scientists can do more to help resolve the tension.

Clearing Out Weeds and Nurturing Buds of Change

If we really want to change, we must work to clear the weeds that get in the way of our mental health and nurture the innate strengths that are there. A balanced approach is key.
Laura Weis with permission

The Freudian Account of Leadership Failure and Derailment

The Leadership literature shown that a surprisingly high number of business managers cock-up badly. The question is why and what the Freudian interpretation has to offer?