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New Diet Ideas From the Artificial Sweeteners Controversy

Intriguing findings and new ideas reviewing 10 years of medical literature and research

Pure Solitude, Away from Devices, Is Calming: New Research

By Bella DePaulo Ph.D. on November 17, 2017 in Living Single
Four new studies show that pure solitude, away from electronic devices, is calming. They also help explain when time alone is and is not experienced as sad, lonely, or boring.

Expressing the Inner Voice May Bring Benefits

By Robert T Muller Ph.D. on November 16, 2017 in Talking About Trauma
Research reveals more about the promise of positive self-talk.

How to Neutralize Your Partner’s Defenses

By Leon F Seltzer Ph.D. on November 15, 2017 in Evolution of the Self
Unlike courtship, once couples enter into a presumably lasting commitment, they both—however unconsciously—focus more on what they never really liked about each other.

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Relationship Trouble? Go Bold, Not Timid

By Robert Taibbi L.C.S.W. on November 19, 2017 in Fixing Families
When problems flare in your relationship, it's easy to try and lay low, calm the waters. But this is an opportunity to step up, get things on the table, stop going on autopilot.

How to Spot the Stalker: When Casual Dating is Dangerous

By Wendy L. Patrick, Ph.D. on November 18, 2017 in Why Bad Looks Good
How many dates does it take to form a relationship? Stalkers might say one—or none. The distorted lens of unrequited love can be delusional and dangerous.

10 Things to Be Thankful For

By Barton Goldsmith Ph.D. on November 18, 2017 in Emotional Fitness
Thanksgiving is a very special holiday. Embrace those around you and your ability to give thanks with the people you love.

Six Elements Of Self-Care In Adults With Childhood Trauma

By Grant H. Brenner M.D. on November 18, 2017 in ExperiMentations
From childhood to our relationship with ourselves, carrying a negative or empty sense of self makes it learning self-love seem like an impossible bootstrap. Yet it can happen...

The Paradox of Relationship Commitment: Who Holds the Power?

When a relationship starts to go stale, here are some ideas for ramping it back up to speed.

Jack Daly on Living by Design

By Isaac Lidsky on November 16, 2017 in Mastering Your Reality
To get there, you must understand where “there” is, and plan your route.

Calling Out Sick From Work? Why You May Want to Unplug Too

By Sue Scheff on November 16, 2017 in Shame Nation
A new survey explains how almost half of employees are caught in lies on social media when they call out sick and some are finding themselves on the unemployment line.

Saving Silence: Finding Quiet in a Chaotic World

By Anna Akbari Ph.D. on November 16, 2017 in Startup Your Life
When is the last time you were truly in just one place and not on-call to the rest of the world?

A Pretty Good Organizing System for Non-Linear Thinkers

By Nancy Darling Ph.D. on November 15, 2017 in Thinking About Kids
Non-linear thinkers are great at connecting ideas. This organizing system helps harvest non-linear connections and tame the chaos.

You Can't Be Mad At Your Mind for Having Unconscious Biases

By Elizabeth R Thornton on November 15, 2017 in The Objective Leader
You Can't Be Mad at Your Mind for Having Unconscious Biases You can be proud of yourself for overcoming your biases with the help of a Bias Transformation Worksheet

Do You Know About The "Missed Approach" Procedure?

By Tom Bunn L.C.S.W. on November 15, 2017 in Conquer Fear Of Flying
It's a standard procedure, but since it isn't used often, if you don't know about it, it could really frighten you.
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It’s Never Too Late to Put Yourself First

Sometimes we take a stand and decide it’s time to take a good look at our lives and change. Sometimes we find ourselves in circumstances that force to change.

Is Your Sexuality Harmonious or Obsessive?

By Grant H. Brenner M.D. on November 15, 2017 in ExperiMentations
Research suggests that distinguishing between harmonious and obsessive passion is a useful psychological re-frame and associated with different outcomes.

Media Coverage of Sexual Assault Triggering Your Symptoms?

Are You a Survivor of Sexual Trauma? Has Extensive Media Coverage of Sexual Assault and Abuse Stirred Up Anguish From Your Past? Here's How You Can Take Care of Yourself

Beyond the Casting Couch: Part 1

How to help victims of sexual abuse begin to take back their lives.
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What You Can Expect From an Authoritarian, Part 2

Based on research on authoritarian wounding, learn what you can expect from authoritarian contact and how you can heal the wounds inflicted by that contact.

Why Do We Have an Empathy Deficit?

Have you been feeling an empathy deficit? If so, here's how to deal with it.

Living With Chronic Pain

By Ana Nogales, Ph.D. on November 13, 2017 in Family Secrets
The more you fight with your pain, the more pain you will have.
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Maslow's Hierarchy Is the Source of Our Self-Obsession

By Tasha Eurich Ph.D. on November 13, 2017 in The Power of Insight
Whether you know it or not, a powerful cult is recruiting you. How do you know if you're a member and why should you care?

Five Mistakes We Make When Complaining

By Guy Winch Ph.D. on November 13, 2017 in The Squeaky Wheel
If you want to get results when you voice a complaint to a partner, friend or customer service, you need to avoid these five mistakes...

Can You Be With The Whole Of Your Psyche?

By Rick Hanson Ph.D. on November 13, 2017 in Your Wise Brain
R.A.I.N. is an acronym developed by Michelle McDonald but adapted a bit by me, to summarize a powerful way to expand self-awareness.

Why We Might Feel Lonely Around Narcissism

By Grant H. Brenner M.D. on November 13, 2017 in ExperiMentations
Experiencing an unstable sense of self is a challenging experience on many levels. Empathy in narcissism is shaped by sense of self, as researchers are exploring.

16 Easy Random Acts of Kindness to Practice Today

By Meg Selig on November 12, 2017 in Changepower
Once you start practicing random acts of kindness, you will notice a multitude of opportunities to help others. Soon you may notice that you've developed "the kindness habit."

How to Heal the Primal Wound

By Darcia Narvaez Ph.D. on November 12, 2017 in Moral Landscapes
To protect ourselves from feeling the primal wound, we create a false world and a false self.

You Just Got Dumped – Nice Timing, Right?

By Joseph Cardillo Ph.D. on November 12, 2017 in Attention Training
These 5 energy changers can help heal your broken heart.

Mindful Sex Is Mind Blowing Sex

By Laurie Mintz Ph.D. on November 12, 2017 in Stress and Sex
Have you ever had your mind wander during sex? Most people have! Here's how to use mindfulness to bring yourself back to the moment and focus on sensations.

Five Ways to Help You Find Your Passion

By Barton Goldsmith Ph.D. on November 11, 2017 in Emotional Fitness
The important thing is to know that there is more of life you can fall in love with. Just give yourself a chance.

Aging, Health, and Conscious Evolution (Part 2)

How can we keep our inevitable failures from causing us to feel negative or downhearted or arouse self-pity?

Writing to Awaken: The Story of Your Life

By Mark Matousek on November 09, 2017 in Ethical Wisdom
"When you tell the truth, your story changes. When your story changes, your life is transformed."

Ten-Plus Happiness Games and Activities

Do you like games and want to be happier? These games were made to increase happiness.