Essential Reads

Facts, Truths, Beliefs, Opinions, and "Alternative Facts"

By Clifford N Lazarus Ph.D. on March 25, 2017 in Think Well
In this time of "alternative facts," it's helpful to consider the difference among actual facts, truths, beliefs, preferences and opinions.

Why Resentment Lasts—and How to Defeat It

Resentment is a formidable foe. Are you willing to defeat it by trying these 5 approaches?

Are You Addicted to Your Sibling’s Addiction?

Help an addicted sibling by first saving yourself.

How "Daily Uplifts" Can Counter Depression

By Seth J. Gillihan Ph.D. on March 21, 2017 in Think, Act, Be
When we're depressed we tend to think that nothing will lift our mood. Results from a new study suggest otherwise.

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How to Find Light in the Darkness

By Diana Raab Ph.D. on March 26, 2017 in The Empowerment Diary
Do you sometimes feel as if the darkness overpowers the light in your life? Here are some tips on bringing the light in.

Seriality vs Synchronicity: Kammerer vs Jung

While synchronicity theory has primarily stayed with Jungian thought, his contemporary Paul Kammerer had some very different ideas.

Why Simple Advice is Often the Best Advice

By Gregg McBride on March 25, 2017 in The Weight-ing Game
No matter how many times we replay past events or decisions in our heads, they are never going to be undone. So the sooner we swallow hard and move on, the better.

How Intention Shapes Blame

By Grant H. Brenner M.D. on March 24, 2017 in ExperiMentations
We tend to blame easily, at our peril. Blaming can take the place of thinking, and lead to vicious cycles. Understanding how blame works can help us make better choices.

Are you a Luck Maker or Breaker?

How lucky are you? And if not, why not?

8 Things Mentally Strong People Do to Gain Financial Freedom

These strategies can help you gain better control over your mind and your money.

How to Lead Yourself and Others to Success

How to Lead Yourself and Others to Success Tips to create an inspired, productive workplace
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Healing the Most Important Relationship In Your Life

If you had a choice, what would you rather be feeling right now?

Putting the Self Back in Self-Esteem

Don’t put your eggs in other people’s baskets.

Have You Got the "Too Busy" Blues?

Feelings of low mood and depression seem to be the norm these days, especially for women. Could it be that your too-busy life is largely to blame?

Relationships Are Like Surfing

“You can’t stop the waves from coming, but you can learn to surf.” -Swami Satchidinanda

Top "Turning Straw Into Gold" Pieces from the Past 6 Years

I always celebrate my anniversary of writing for Psychology Today with a post that offers some of my past pieces for reading.

Does Your Teen Procrastinate?

Can’t get through to your teen on procrastination? Try a different way.

5 Exercises That Train Your Brain for Happiness and Success

A strong mind will take you far in life. Here's how to exercise your brain.

A Single Act of Amnesty: the Heart of Com-passion

By Gregg Levoy on March 20, 2017 in Passion!
Passion comes from a word meaning "to suffer," and compassion means shared suffering. As with last month’s post, this month's features a second story about the power of com-passion

Life Decisions

By Marty Nemko Ph.D. on March 20, 2017 in How To Do Life
Three poems by a career and personal coach.

Radical Self-Honesty

By Tara Brach Ph.D. on March 20, 2017 in Finding True Refuge
We can see in our society how dishonesty poisons our world with cynicism and mistrust. This suffering calls for a deepening commitment to being real with ourselves and each other.

10 Ways to Find More Happiness

Happiness can be as confounding as Indiana Jones looking for lost treasure. Just when you think you have a clue, some giant boulder comes rolling toward you.

The Life Lessons of Children

Adults who can recognize children as teachers can learn some life skills that might improve their own life experience.

Creativity Rules: In Honor of Jimmy Breslin

Like Joseph Heller’s Catch 22, Jimmy Breslin’s work became so influential that it morphed into a colloquialism and changed the world of writing and art.

Guilt Me Not

Stop the guilt talk in your head.

How Relationships Work

By Grant H. Brenner M.D. on March 19, 2017 in ExperiMentations
Want a straightforward, research-backed, practical overview of how relationships work? Here it is.

Worth

By Marty Nemko Ph.D. on March 18, 2017 in How To Do Life
A short-short story.

Productivity Boosters

By Joel Minden, PhD on March 18, 2017 in CBT and Me
9 simple tips to get things done and be efficient.

Energizing Jung's Ideas About Synchronicity

Why spend a lifetime studying Jung's ideas about synchronicity? Professor Roderick Main is doing just that and, in this guest post, explains why.

The Art of Doing Nothing

By Colleen Long Psy.D. on March 16, 2017 in The Happiness Rx
Learn how wasting time is not time wasted.

L-Theanine Reduces Symptoms of Anxiety

Are you looking something that is safer than a prescription medication for anxiety? L-theanine may be the answer.

Kava Is an Effective and Safe Treatment of Anxiety

Are you struggling with generalized anxiety and not getting relief from prescription medications? Kava may be the solution you've been looking for.