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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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

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

Interviewing a Criminal: Who Is Interviewing Whom?

Criminals case others out for their own purposes in all sorts of situations.

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?

Do you struggle setting or sticking with your goals? It turns out you’re not alone. So where are we going wrong?

Games Master Manipulators Play: Exploiting Your Strengths

You might expect master manipulators to exploit your weaknesses. To conceal their motives, they may need to exploit your strengths instead.

Pathological Resistance to Change Does Not Make Us Great

Looking backwards won't make us great. We need innovation to tackle big problems like energy outages and their impact on the elderly. Our collective resilience depends on it.

My Relationship Ended. Now What?

None of us are taught how to grieve "right." After a breakup, it's important to give grief its due so we can heal, move on, and open up to love again.

The Gambler's Fallacy in Research

Clinical research differs from patient care in its goals and priorities. How are the two different and what are the gambler's fallacy and therapeutic misconception?
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A Roadmap to Helping an Addicted Loved One Enter Treatment

By Michael Ascher M.D. on June 16, 2017 in Unhooked
Effective tips to help a loved one seek treatment for a substance use problem.
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Eight Reasons Why We Get Bored

Boredom is an unpleasant emotional state in which the individual feels a lack of interest in and difficulty concentrating on the current activity.

Ten Essential Success Hacks That You Won’t Learn in School

By Bobby Hoffman Ph.D. on June 16, 2017 in Motivate!
Achieving personal success and financial freedom requires more than knowing facts. Win at life when you master these essential lessons.

100 Studies Show This Simple Technique Doubles Productivity

By Al Pittampalli on June 15, 2017 in Are You Persuadable?
Struggling to reach your goals? Try this simple 5-minute exercise.

Childrearing Tips for Modern Families

By Kimberly Key on June 14, 2017 in Counseling Keys
Research reveals what successful families do that increase resilience & functioning in kids--a must-read for any families in crisis or that suffer from addiction

Pain, Suffering, Basic Humanity

As a life-saving alarm system, pain keeps us focused on distress, for the purpose of relieving it, that is, pain motivates behavior that will help heal, repair, or improve.
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Building Resilient Organisations One Brain at a Time, Part 1

Want to build a resilient organisation? A few steps focused on the individual can make a huge difference.
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Motivating Others? Embrace This Hack to Ignite Performance!

By Bobby Hoffman Ph.D. on June 12, 2017 in Motivate!
Regardless of whether you are running a household, a small business, or a huge company, this Motivation Hack will make the difference between leadership success and failure!

Why Do People Lie to You?

By Bella DePaulo Ph.D. on June 10, 2017 in Living Single
What is it about you that tempts other people to tell you lies? Here are the good qualities and your not-so-good qualities that make you a target.

Live-streamed Violent Criminal Acts

Should we discourage live-streaming of violence by punishing online witnesses who do nothing? If not, do we become the bystanders?

'My Butt Actually Looks OK in This'

By Pirkko Markula Ph.D. on June 08, 2017 in Fit Femininity
How to choose your exercise outfit? Women exercisers talk about their strategies for looking good in fitness fashion.
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Changing the Tide for the Severely Ill Eating Disordered

​Eating disorder patients who have been on death's door provide profound opportunities for recovery. Doing the work is difficult, but fantastically rewarding: A therapist reflects.

Public Figure Attackers in the United States, 1995-2015

What motivates those who violently attack public figures? A new study reveals some surprising findings.

The Upsides of Being Average

Striving for uniqueness is a symptom of narcissism, rather than individuality.

Productivity Secrets of an Influential Young Scotsman

Here's how passion, action, and reason work together to help you get things done.

Are You Smart, or Smart Enough?

Do you see yourself as smart, or not smart? And just how smart is smart enough?
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I Give My Own Response to the “Ask Amy” Advice Column

To my mind, the writer’s problem is not “I’m lazy,” it’s “I need accountability.”

3 Ways Millennials Can Manage Their Ambition-Related Stress

By Caroline Beaton on May 28, 2017 in The Gen-Y Guide
Though responsible for great success and progress, ambition can also cause feelings of worthlessness, mania and anxiety. Neuroscience now explains why.

This Is What Happens to Your Brain When You Fail

By Caroline Beaton on May 25, 2017 in The Gen-Y Guide
Not only is this kind of failure spiral common; it's biological.