Bouncing Back When Things Get Difficult: The Psychology of Resilience (Positive Psychology Series #5)
October 9, 2018
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How much do you agree with the following statement? “Setbacks don’t discourage me. I don’t give up easily.” Psychologists who study resilience have found that some people are able to succeed... Read More...
Play to Your Strengths: The Science of Character Strengths (Positive Psychology Series #4)
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According to psychologists, understanding and utilizing our character strengths and virtues is a key component of living a good life. Rather than feeding the tendency to notice what’s wrong,... Read More...
The Study of Authenticity (Positive Psychology Series #3)
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What is authenticity? What does the research say about its relationship to well-being? How can we cultivate more of it? Learn more here from social psychologist, Elizabeth Hopper, PhD.

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Forging One’s Own Path: An Interview with Sherene Vismaya Schostak

Interview with psychoanalyst, astrologer, and writer Sherene Vismaya Schostak on psychotherapy and the hermit archetype.

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Look on the Bright Side: The Science of Optimism (Positive Psychology Series #2)
November 14, 2017
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Most studies show that being optimistic is good for us: optimists have better mental health and may even live longer.

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What is Focusing-Oriented Psychotherapy?
October 26, 2017
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Focusing-oriented psychotherapy evolved from a holistic and body-oriented practice called “focusing.” As a therapist, I sometimes describe focusing as psychological mindfulness because it is... Read More...
Positive Psychology: The Theory and Science – Part I
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Rather than removing pathology, the field of Positive Psychology focuses on ways to cultivate qualities like optimism, gratitude, generosity and resilience. This is the first in a series of upcoming... Read More...
20 Ways to Let Go of Ego (from David Richo, PhD)

Use this list to help cultivate healthy self-esteem, rather than egotism. From psychotherapist, teacher, and best-selling author, David Richo.

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You Are Worthy: How to Overcome Feelings of Shame
April 25, 2017
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We don’t often talk about it, but we all experience feelings of shame at one point or another – times when we feel deficient, faulty or unworthy. When we feel…

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The Cognitive Benefits of Slumber: We sleep to remember, to forget, and to live in the moment
April 13, 2017
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If you’re one of between 50 and 70 million American adults who chronically suffer from some sleep or wakefulness disorder, do not lose hope. Each of us can implement at least some methods that help... Read More...

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