Essential Reads

Toxic Friend or Just the Product of a Toxic Environment?

Sometimes non-toxic friends display toxic relationship behaviors.
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Management Styles

By Robert L. Leahy Ph.D. on May 22, 2017 in Anxiety Files
What kind of manager are you and how is it working?
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Survival of the Scaredest

Why are we more afraid of insects than guns? Our emotions and perceptions are evolutionary products, and we can blame genetics for our infested minds.

The Ridiculously Easy Way to Become an Innovative Thinker

By Emma M. Seppälä Ph.D. on May 16, 2017 in Feeling It
Whether you're a stay-at-home mom or a CEO—innovation, problem-solving, creativity—they determine your success. Here's the easy way to access breakthrough thinking.

More Posts on Anxiety

Helping Kids Understand Frightening Events

How adults can help children cope with the Manchester bombing.

Helicopter, Snowplow, and Bubble-Wrap Parenting

Is there a relationship between parents micromanaging their kids and childhood anxiety?

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.

When You're Tapped Before Age 30

By Caroline Beaton on May 19, 2017 in The Gen-Y Guide
Until we permanently alter the behaviors exacerbating our exhaustion, we'll remain rutted in perpetual recovery.

The Age of Dissociation

We are past the point of anxiety, and our defenses are maxed out.
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Postpartum Depression: Mothers and Babies Are Still Dying

Scores of pregnant and postpartum women continue to suffer in silence and wonder if letting someone know will make things better or worse.
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Mental Illness Splits Families

By Susan Noonan MD on May 18, 2017 in View From the Mist
Does mental illness in one person create anger and resentment in your other family members?

Tonic Levels of Physical Activity Stimulate Your Vagus Nerve

Moderate physical activity is a guaranteed way to engage your vagus nerve and create a "relaxation response" that counters the panic and anxiety of fight-or-flight responses.
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5 Ways to Practice Self- Compassion After Loss

Struggling with grief? Here are ways to practice self-compassion.

Why Aren’t People More Open-Minded? Think To-Do Lists

By Jeremy E Sherman Ph.D. on May 16, 2017 in Ambigamy
One of the best ways to predict behavior is to focus on how events affect people's to-do lists.
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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.

Yoga Lifts Depression & Helps You Flex when Wound Too Tight

Controlling your breath can open the space that allows you to control your mood without any conscious effort on your part.
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Thinking of Anxiety as the Symptom, Not the Problem

Instead of seeking to get rid of anxiety immediately, we’re able to work with it, be with it, and understand it.

Don't Sweat the Really Huge, Horrible Stuff Happening Daily

By Eliezer Sobel on May 15, 2017 in The 99th Monkey
Truly, don’t sweat it. That kind of thing always happens when the end of the world is nigh.

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.

7 Ways to Co-Parent Peacefully After a High-Conflict Divorce

Recovering from the circus-like atmosphere of a contentious divorce means taking care of your mind, body and spirit in order to parent with peace of mind. These 7 tips can help.

Let’s Make an Effort to Be More Reflective and Less Reactive

We cannot be reflective while in a reactive state, because it interferes with our listening abilities and lends itself to misleading accounts and impressions.

Tips for Spring Cleaning

Cleaning up the stress mess is vital. Long-term, ongoing stress is bad for your physical and emotional health.

Psychology of Peak Performance

If you are looking for a competitive edge or trying to find more interest in life, these stories from around the web will get your juices flowing.

What Might You Be Telling Yourself That's Holding You Back?

By Gregg McBride on May 13, 2017 in The Weight-ing Game
What we say to and about ourselves matters. We hear it. We feel it. We embody it. It becomes part of our psychological makeup on every level.

Anxiety at Work

Do you feel like you have two people living inside your head? One is logical and calm and the other is dramatic and noisy? You might just be dealing with anxiety.

Social Anxiety in Toddlers

Social confidence varies from one child to another, and across time and situations. Parents can help their kids cope with social anxiety, and enjoy social interactions.

Superhero Therapy—Healing through fiction

Do you enjoy reading fiction, watching fantasy or science fiction TV shows, or reading Superhero comics? What if these have a potential to help us better manage our mental health?

How to Reach Higher Goals by Lowering Your Expectations

By Reid Wilson Ph.D. on May 10, 2017 in All about Anxiety
Paul Hamm had been training for this specific competition for a decade; he was on the road to a gold medal. And after his fall, the way he gets back up is inspirational.
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How to Help (and Deal With) an Anxious Person

Struggling with a person who is easily anxious? Here's how to help you and them.
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Stress and Addiction

There is solid evidence for the link between chronic stress and the motivation to abuse addictive substances.

Why the Happiness Chase Is Making You Unhappy

Tired of chasing happiness? Here is why you should drop the chase and welcome in the fulfillment instead.