Essential Reads

5 Paradoxical Ways to Capture the Elusive Art of Creativity

Have you ever wondered how you can change your brain and lifestyle to be more creative?

You Are More Than Your Emotional Pain: You Are a Person

When you are in emotional pain, do your best to resist defining yourself primarily by that pain which you carry within. You are a person of great worth. Try to see this.

Are You in Love?

What does love and being in love look like?

In Pursuit of Happiness: Why Pain Helps Us Feel Pleasure

By Brock Bastian Ph.D. on June 22, 2017 in The Other Side
Is happiness just about the good times? Do painful experiences only make us unhappy? Here is new research on why our painful experiences are in fact necessary for happiness.

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How to Make Important Life Decisions

Big, life-changing decisions can be challenging to make. Stakes can be high, pros and cons mixed. Here are some tips to help you find clarity and determine your best path.

Do You Reward Yourself in Ways that You Later Regret?

How do you prefer to reward yourself, or celebrate? Indulgent foods, spending and alcohol may feel good in the moment, yet can leave a trail of regrets in their wake.

Seven Key Points to Help You Transition Through Change

By Abigail Brenner M.D. on June 28, 2017 in In Flux
Change is inevitable. Yet for many, transition and change bring up uncertainty, fear, and anxiety. This piece offers helpful ways to cope, enjoy, and even embrace change.

How You Doing? You Okay?

Are millions of people across our nation suffering from free-floating anxiety?
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Panic Attacks: A Four Pronged Approach to Prevention

Panic attacks easily lead to hyper-vigilance that can fuel further panic attacks. A four step model for putting panic attacks to rest.

Mastering Your Reality

By Isaac Lidsky on June 28, 2017 in Mastering Your Reality
Your life isn’t happening to you. You’re creating it. If you choose, you can learn how to do so with awareness, purpose and accountability.

Feeling Understood—Even More Important Than Feeling Loved?

Absent the substantial chemical attraction intrinsic to the heated glow of romantic love, can you actually stay in love with someone who you feel can’t “get” who you are?

Knowing When to Accept and When to Change

Learning to accept what is can bring inner peace. Finding the courage to change can be life-saving. But knowing when to engage each of them requires a far greater wisdom.

When Life Goes Wrong

Has something terrible happened to you, that you can't understand? Grief, loss and broken dreams are a natural part of this life. Here's how to get through when it happens.
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Stop Making Me So Anxious!

Consider these five ways to move yourself away from the negative overtones and undertones and back to a centered, peaceful place.

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.

Cute Puppies Can Make Your Relationship Happier

Can an unconventional intervention involving photos of your partner with a puppy help a relationship last?

An App for Recovery from Anorexia

By Emily T. Troscianko on June 27, 2017 in A Hunger Artist
A new idea for an app to provide a structure for recovery from anorexia – without total calorie counts or bodyweight targets.

Recognizing and Accepting Psychological Distress

By Elyssa Barbash Ph.D. on June 27, 2017 in Trauma and Hope
It is very common for high-functioning individuals to brush-off symptoms of psychological distress, but addressing these difficulties can yield many positive benefits.

How is Meaning in Life Different from Self-Actualization?

Eudaimonic well-being is a fancy term for living a meaningful life. New research examines the different motives behind different kinds of self-fulfillment.

What Are We Missing in Today’s Conflicts?

The missing link in too many current conflicts--and what you can do about it.

Are You Getting Rope Burn?

By Rick Hanson Ph.D. on June 26, 2017 in Your Wise Brain
As you cling less, it becomes natural for one to lighten up, stay out of quarrels, have more compassion, and forgive. You'll feel more fed by the richness inherent in the present.

First aid for when your toddler doesn’t communicate

Every parent knows the feeling of both joy and anxiety when a baby starts growing up and discovering the world, trying everything and experimenting.

The Most Powerful Word For Promoting Love And Intimacy Is...

By Clifford N Lazarus Ph.D. on June 24, 2017 in Think Well
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

Some Advice on Coping Following Trauma

If you, a loved one or friend, has recently been through a traumatic and upsetting event, it may be worth considering some of the following ways of coping

12 Things to Know About Trust in Times of Distrust

Operating in an era of distrust requires greater trust-knowledge. Here are 12 dos and don'ts about trust at work in this age of increasing cynicism.

Grieving and Healing From the Loss of a Friend

Grieving is a process, or rather a difficult climb which requires strength, perseverance and endurance.
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A Choose Your Own Adventure Guide to Building Relationships

We build our relationships upon the strengths and weaknesses of our parents, as well as our own. An exercise in discovering the challenges and the keys to overcoming them.

Toxic Relationships: Accept or Reject?

The more things change, the more people seem to stay the same. Trying to change others is almost always a waste of time.

Andrew Weil: Coincidences in an Amazing Life

Coincidences in the professional life of a major contributor to the advancement of medicine.

Relaxing the Over-Controller

By Tara Brach Ph.D. on June 21, 2017 in Finding True Refuge
How do we shift from the identity of a controlling, wanting, fearing self into a compassionate witness that can see what is going on and knows how to rest and just be?

What’s “Emotional Reasoning”—And Why Is It Such a Problem?

One of the most baffling psychological problems is to acutely feel the reality of something without its having any basis in fact. Here are some examples...

The Extra-mile Inventory

By Marty Nemko Ph.D. on June 20, 2017 in How To Do Life
A self-assessment: Do you do what it takes to get an above-average result?
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How to Change Your False Beliefs

By John Kim, LMFT on June 20, 2017 in The Angry Therapist
How to life coach someone.