What to know about what you don’t know you know. #1: Intuition is very efficient—if you don't overthink it.
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Tips and strategies to increase happiness and life satisfaction in a hyper-connected world.
Mike Brooks Ph.D.
Time doesn't stand still, although sometimes we wish that it would. But internalizing the reality that our time here is limited can help us appreciate it more.
There is one harm of screen time that people aren't talking about, but they should be. It may even be the main harm that screens are causing—and it is a paradoxical one at that!
Thanksgiving is a wonderful holiday, but we, and others, can benefit even more if we have a daily practice of gratitude.
What can you do to be a better version of yourself? The inspirational Native American story of the "Two Wolves" might help you do just that.
Kids and teens are drawn to scary movies, shows, and video games. As parents, we are often concerned that they might be harmful. Should we be worried?
Managing our anger can be difficult and tricky. Here's a different take on anger management that you might be able to put to good use.
Whether we are arguing about politics with a stranger or who does more housework with our partner, we want to end up with the upper hand. How do come out on top when we argue?
We all fall prey to clickbait at times. How does it lure us in, and what can we do to resist it?
How on earth can my well-intentioned blogs make me a tad evil? Just read this to find out. I triple-dog-dare you.
Video games aren't to blame for mass shootings, but hatred might be. But where is the hatred coming from, and what can we do about it?
Rutger Hauer recently passed away at the age of 75. His portrayal of villain Roy Batty in the 1982 sci-fi classic Blade Runner is haunting, perhaps because of the truth he reveals.
Social media in the not-too-distant future could turn really ugly. While sci-fi shows might focus on the negatives, some of this is happening already.
We want to live the "good life," so we want to know what improves our happiness. But transcendent experiences can't be quantified.
There's a lot of concern expressed over the effects screens are having on us, especially kids and teens. The "real" harm might be different than what we read in the headlines.
What were your media experiences like as a kid? As parents, we are concerned about the "harms" caused by screens. Some of these harms are hidden and difficult to measure.
As parents, we want to know exactly how screens are affecting our kids—but in reality, it's difficult to determine.
It's difficult to know the truth regarding how screens are affecting us. Some insights by way of Daniel Kahneman might help us shed some new light on this important issue.
Part of the "magic" of shows like "Game of Thrones" lies not in what happens on the screen, but in what happens off the screen.
We have gotten in the habit of checking our phones in the presence of others. This can be problematic. Perhaps we ought to think of checking the phone like blowing the nose.
We spend a lot of time using social media, and "likes" are one of the hooks that keep us posting. But the reality is, no one cares about our posts.
We all experience the powerful pull of social media. We are bit like moths that are drawn to flame. While we are much more evolved than moths, there are some curious parallels.
With some mindful changes, we can get more out of our screens and reduce some of the negatives that come from compulsive use.
What's the "best" approach to parenting? We should be involved in kids' lives, but shouldn't be helicopter parents. A more balanced approach is the way to go.
There is a cautionary tale within Frankenstein that might help us tame the "monster" some of our technologies have become.
There is much division in America, with "The Wall" quite symbolic of it. What's one reason underlying this divide, and how can we move forward?
Why do our screens seem irresistible? The "Vegas Effect" is one of the reasons. Through understanding, resistance is not futile.
Screens offer many real benefits, but it's also extremely easy to overdo it.
The stream of news about the effects of screen use can be alarming, but at other times it can seem like there's nothing to worry about. What's the deal?
Kids often have video games or consoles at the top of their Christmas wish list—but it can be tough for parents to decide whether to indulge these requests.
With so much political tension in the air, holiday gatherings can be stressful and tense. These strategies can help navigate treacherous waters.
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.