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How to Tell if Your Decisions are from Your Evolved or Primitive Brain

August 31st, 2014
Decisions can be motivated by thoughtful consideration from our higher mind (frontal lobe/ executive functions), or fear-based survival instincts (amygdala, impulses) from a more primitive mind. When decisions are informed ...

Book Review: Living Independently on the Autism Spectrum

BOOK REVIEW.
Lynne Soraya grew up in a world that did not always make sense. She did learn to make her way through, but it was difficult. As an adult, she was diagnosed with Asperger’s Syndrome — then life began to make much more sense. Soraya’s book, Living Independently on the Autism Spectrum: What You Need to Know to ...

The Skill of Mindful Listening

The Skill of Mindful ListeningCommunication in the 21st century has some unique challenges, and some basic etiquette reminders may prove useful to facilitate effective communication. One may feel invalidated, ignored, or disrespected when attempting to talk with someone and competing for attention with their phone or ...

Why a Workplace Bully Is Too Expensive to Keep

Why a Workplace Bully is too Expensive to KeepThe most powerful argument you can make to get rid of a workplace bully is to build a financial case for why the person is just too expensive to keep. Surprisingly, it is a strategy that is ...

15-Minute Vacations

  <small><a href="http://www.shutterstock.com">Cardiovascular system photo by shutterstock</a>.</small>For those of us who have a 9-to-5 indoor job, it can sometimes feel like summer is passing us by. If we already took a vacation, it can seem like a distant memory. If a vacation week is a month ...

Mastering the Art of Quitting: Why It Matters in Life, Love & Work

BOOK REVIEW.
One of my earliest childhood memories is of me at three years old sitting on my mother’s lap while she read from the The Little Engine That Could. Originally published in 1930, the story is meant to inculcate children with the values of persistence. Hence the repetition: I think I can, I think I can. It is precisely ...

8 Keys to Eliminating Passive-Aggressiveness

BOOK REVIEW.
If you find yourself making promises you are never able to keep, or agreeing to do things you really have no desire to do, passive-aggressiveness may have slowly insinuated itself into your life without your even being aware of it. We have all heard of the term passive-aggressiveness, but sometimes it’s not that easy to recognize ...

Substance Abuse: The Power of Acceptance

The Power of AcceptanceAccepting reality enables us to live in reality. What does this mean? When life pleases us and flows in accordance with our needs and desires, we don’t think about acceptance. But when our will is frustrated or we’re hurt in some way, our displeasure ...

Perfectionism’s Trap: Matthew McConaughey’s Impossible Chase

Perfectionism's Trap: Matthew McConaughey's Impossible ChasePerfectionism is an addiction, meaning we’re repeatedly unable to stop our perfectionist behaviors. Like other addictions, perfectionism varies in severity and can have negative consequences. It harms our self-esteem, makes us unable to accept other people’s differences and their mistakes and ...

Overcoming Mobbing: A Recovery Guide for Workplace Aggression & Bullying

BOOK REVIEW.
Mobbing, as Maureen Duffy and Len Sperry explain in their new book, is a “destructive social process in which individuals, groups, or organizations target a person for ridicule, humiliation, and removal from the workplace.” It is different than bullying, Duffy and Sperry argue, but like bullying, it is ugly. In Overcoming Mobbing: A Recovery Guide for Workplace ...

The Department of Lost & Found

BOOK REVIEW.
Allison Winn Scotch’s The Department Of Lost And Found is a captivating read that depicts a young woman battling breast cancer. However, Scotch’s words are inspirational. She relays the message that once we take life into our own hands and hone in on our most authentic selves, we can grasp what’s important and ...

Top 5 Myths about Computerized Therapy

Top 5 Myths about Computerized TherapyThere are a lot of misunderstandings when it comes to the future of psychotherapy -- especially therapy that involves a computer. Won't we all just be talking to computers in the future for our therapy needs? Isn't it unethical to conduct ...

The Secret of What Makes a Winner

The Secret of What Makes a Winner“Quitters never win and winners never quit.” That was a playground cheer when I was growing up. It turns out there was something to it. Let’s first define “winning.” For my purposes here, winning means meeting a long-sought-after goal. It means ...

6 Reliable Strategies for Making Smarter Decisions

6 Reliable Strategies for Making Smarter Decisions We must make a variety of decisions on a daily basis. Many are less important, such as what to wear or what coffee to drink. But there are lots of these choices to be made. In fact, according to author ...

Emotional Vampires at Work: Dealing with Bosses & Coworkers Who Drain You Dry

BOOK REVIEW.
Is it him, or is it me? When up against a coworker who makes even minor interactions feel Sisyphean, it’s easy to blame ourselves. Maybe I haven’t adapted to this new workflow fast enough, we think. Maybe the editor was right to scream at me when I missed that typo. Maybe he’s just doing his ...

Three Things You Need to Know about Rockets

BOOK REVIEW.
  What was I looking for? I didn’t know, but I knew the taste of it. It was a feeling I wasn’t having in Los Angeles and wasn’t having that time in my work. -- Jessica A. Fox Jessica A. Fox’s Three Things You Need To Know About Rockets is dubbed as the “romantic memoir ...

Becoming a Nontraditional Student

Becoming a Nontraditional StudentNeisha, a divorced mom who lives with her 5-year-old son and her new boyfriend, came into my office and flopped into a chair. “So,” she says. “Today I waved goodbye to my son as he rode away on the school bus to start ...

How to Become A Genius: Insights & Exercises for Learning How to Innovate

How to Become A Genius: Insights & Exercises for Learning How to Innovate It's a common belief that geniuses are born, not made. That they’re a rare breed. One -- or two -- in a million. Seriously, how often do geniuses like Albert Einstein and Marie Curie come along? But, ...

Overcoming Perfectionism: Finding the Key to Balance & Self-Acceptance

BOOK REVIEW.
There are countless “aha” moments in Ann Smith’s revised, updated version of Overcoming Perfectionism: Finding the Key to Balance and Self-Acceptance, so much so that even the most well-balanced reader will gain valuable insights. If not about themselves, then most certainly about others. Smith’s profound understanding of what she terms covert and overt perfectionism is as much ...

Emotional Equations: Simple Steps for Creating Happiness + Success in Business + Life

BOOK REVIEW.
As the title suggests, Chip Conley’s Emotional Equations proposes a simplified, logical, almost mathematical approach to managing some of the modern world’s most common challenges. Drawing on wisdom from a broad range of psychology researchers, philosophers, writers, and world leaders, Conley presents readers with a number of realistic and useful formulas for thinking through problems ...

Career Choices & OCD: Finding the Right Balance

Career Choices & OCD: Finding the Right BalanceMy son Dan spent many years pursuing his lifelong dream of becoming an animator. After his freshman year of college, when his obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD) was so severe he could not even eat and he spent nine weeks at a ...

Clinicians on the Couch: 10 Questions With Psychologist Ellen Toronto

Clinicians on the Couch: 10 Questions With Psychologist Ellen TorontoIn our monthly series, clinicians give us a rare glimpse into their lives. They reveal the surprises, challenges and rewards of being a therapist. They also share personal tidbits, including if they’d choose the same path ...

Book Review: Gone: A Novel

BOOK REVIEW.
Cathi Hanauer’s Gone explores life’s pitfalls, changes and second chances, leaving the reader beautifully satisfied and content with the pages before them. The narrative alternates between the protagonists' contrasting viewpoints. Eve Adams must cope with the dawning realization that one night she’s wining and dining with her husband, Eric, and the next day she discovers that ...