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The 1 Skill College Students Wish Their Parents Taught Them

We invest a lot of time in teaching young people to be academically prepared for the future, but we often overlook the skills they really need to succeed.

When Weddings Hurt

Insight into why weddings might be particularly fraught for women.

On Coping with Political Strife On Social Media and Beyond

A conversation about struggling with what to post on social media in these times of social and political strife.

Dealing with Stress at School in an Age of Anxiety

By Daniel P. Keating Ph.D. on August 15, 2017 in Stressful Lives
A stress epidemic threatens students' learning and mental health. Understanding the sources can help teachers, leaders, and parents create a culture of reslience at school.

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Life’s Imaginary Prison Bars

By Alex Pattakos Ph.D. on August 17, 2017 in The Meaningful Life
"Prison bars imagined are no less solid steel."
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Professional Suicide

By Katherine Ramsland Ph.D. on August 17, 2017 in Shadow Boxing
Even great men with ground-breaking accomplishments can experience circumstances that break their spirit.

Where Do You Really Stand in the Wake of Charlottesville?

By Deborah L. Davis Ph.D. on August 17, 2017 in Laugh, Cry, Live
Following the Charlottesville riots, reactions are disturbingly mixed. Here’s how to strengthen your thinking about the effects of racism.
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Hey Doc, I’m Not Crazy! Part II

Mental health and physical health are linked more than you know.

Can Rest Make Us More Productive?

By Peter Bregman on August 14, 2017 in How We Work
Discover why even an hour of rest a week can increase your productivity and Marilyn’s principles for establishing a rest routine that works.
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It's Poverty, Stupid!

Billions spent to raise U.S. reading scores have had little, if any, effect. Is the money misspent? Maybe, but there is another major factor holding us back.

Holding the "Both-And" in Times of Stress

Compassion, wisdom, and curiosity may just be able to help us avoid the well trodden path to polarization, them vs us, and the limits of right and wrong. We are more than all that!

Personality and Potential Nuclear Confrontation

By Ian H. Robertson Ph.D. on August 12, 2017 in The Stress Test
The possible catastrophe of nuclear war rests on the psychology of just two men

You Won’t Believe Who Can Help You Relieve Stress

Is even vacation time grueling? A new way of thinking can reduce stress.

Four Tools to Stress-Proof Your Parenting Brain

By Susan Newman Ph.D. on August 10, 2017 in Singletons
How to get the stress related to your children under control and keep sane and calm during the parenting journey

The Case for Not Giving Grades

By Marty Nemko Ph.D. on August 10, 2017 in How To Do Life
Furthering intrinsic motivation while reducing undue student stress.
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Go Get Some Ice Cream

By Steve Albrecht DBA on August 08, 2017 in The Act of Violence
Ice cream will cure what ails you.
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Relieve Your Daily Stress with a To-don't List

Are you bogged down in a huge flood of data? Reclaim your life today by starting a to-don't list.
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30 Reasons You May Need a Grief Therapist

Are you stuck in your grief?

Be a Superconnector—not a Networker

By Peter Bregman on August 07, 2017 in How We Work
Discover the three ways you can show love in the professional world, the rules for smart giving so you aren't taken advantage of, and how to be a superconnector—not a networker.

How to Mindfully Parent in Real Life

By Yael Schonbrun Ph.D. on August 07, 2017 in Moderating
How mindfulness can help get you through the tough parenting moments.
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Depression and Loss of Energy: a Waiting Game

Reverse the downward spiral of depression.

How Financially Vulnerable Are You?

The answer relies on a host of psychological & behavioral markers that indicate financial weakness.

7 Science-Backed Reasons You Should Spend More Time Alone

Studies show spending just 10 minutes a day alone with your thoughts could change your life.

Trying to Help People Help Themselves Can Be Challenging

Never underestimate the degree to which our emotions influence our processing of information related to decision making.
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True Optimism and the Path to Meaning

By Alex Pattakos Ph.D. on August 04, 2017 in The Meaningful Life
Do you believe that life just happens to you? A lesson in true freedom can help you cope.

Blinded with Science!

By John Staddon, Ph.D. on August 04, 2017 in Adaptive Behavior
Hearing speech you don't like can cause physical injury. Really?

Maintain What’s Right in Your World

Polishing and sweeping can be good for your mind as well as your waistline.

Therapy Dogs for Homesick College Students?

By Hal Herzog Ph.D. on August 02, 2017 in Animals and Us
Over 900 colleges and universities now have animal-assisted therapy programs for homesick and stressed-out students. How well do they work?
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Why Be So Obnoxious at the Airport and on the Plane?

By Steve Albrecht DBA on August 01, 2017 in The Act of Violence
Can't we all just get along in the airport and on the plane?

Focused Distractions? How We Adapt to Multi-Tasking

“Don’t distract me, I am multitasking”: Distractions can be damaging, but even when multi-tasking, we learn how to focus on what is important.

How To Grow Your Career With Powerful Mentorships

By Peter Bregman on July 31, 2017 in How We Work
Discover why logistics are irrelevant, the wisdom behind the mentor model, and the difference between essence and form.

How to Thrive in a VUCA World

Tips for Thriving in a Volatile, Uncertain, Complex, and Ambiguous (VUCA) World!
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Trump’s Era of Anxiety Is Harming the Nation’s Health

Is our health threatened by the Trump Age of Anxiety? Here's how - and how to fight back.
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Have You Lost Your Mind?

Scientists and journalists make claims that stress and trauma are toxic to the brain, but the claims are based on flawed studies.