World of Psychology

Success & Achievement

Fake It Till You Make It

It’s easy to look at self-assured people and wish, “Oh, if only I could be that confident, that self-assured, that easy-going.” Well, let me tell you that lots of those people, who look so self-assured, aren’t. They feel shy, shaky, even terrified on the inside, yet they present as competent and confident on the outside.

Don’t believe me? Listen to the successful actress Katherine Hepburn who confessed that, “Everyone thought I was bold and fearless, even arrogant, but inside I was always quaking.”

Social Media and Development: 7 Questions for the New Decade

In a very short time technology and virtual connections have woven into our everyday life and things seem to be changing at a breakneck pace. Many remember phones anchored to the wall with chords that limited space and privacy. Now it is estimated that over 5 billion people have mobile phones, over half being smartphones. Twitter and Facebook are just teenagers and Instagram is still in pre-adolescence. But in their short existence enlivened by smartphones, these platforms have altered social circles, learning, and relationships.

Podcast: Learn About Sex Therapy From a Licensed Sex Therapist

In today’s digital culture, sex is easy to find. But most of our encounters with it are shallow and unrealistic. Sexual images and films easily capture the lust, or carnality, of sex, but there is very little conversation surrounding intimacy and how sex actually works in a real human relationship. In fact, many people believe there is something wrong with them because their sex life doesn’t look like it does in the media. 

In this podcast, our guest Laurie Watson, sex therapist and licensed marriage and family counselor, discusses some of the most common sexual issues she encounters in her practice and shares how sex therapy can help people become more comfortable with their own sexuality.


Why Are We So Fearful of Change?

My favorite spot to practice yoga at my neighborhood studio is next to a big window overlooking several trees. From there, I can appreciate the birds and the natural variations of the seasons while I practice.

I admire the way nature so readily embraces change. Trees don’t complain about losing their leaves or being too cold. Flowers don’t desperately attempt to prolong summer. Animals gracefully accept aging.
Policy and Advocacy

Misunderstandings of Mental Illness Cost Qualified People Their Jobs

Complaining about work is a popular pastime. It can be a way of bonding with others who also have impossible bosses, annoying coworkers, or miserable working conditions. But few of us would want to be unfairly barred from all that work can offer. The benefits of a job go beyond economic support. In the best cases, jobs can provide structure, social ties and social support, welcome challenges, and maybe even a sense of self and a meaningful life.

RAIN: A Mindful Way to Process Our Feelings

We know it’s important to deal with our feelings and love ourselves. But how can we do that when we’re feeling stuck or overwhelmed?

Amidst the stress of modern-day life, we often live in a haze. Things happen at work or in relationships that we don't have time (or take time) to process. Life happens, but we’re often not present for it.  We might take better care of ourselves emotionally if we can find a structure or process for being with difficult or uncomfortable feelings as they arise. 
Anxiety and Panic

Helping Children Cope with Separation Anxiety

Separation Anxiety occurs, particularly in children, during times of stress or change. It is characterized by symptoms of insecurity and anxiety when a child must separate from a particular caregiver. Symptoms can intensify well after the initial point of separation and can become very disruptive for both child and parent. Symptoms might manifest as sleep disturbances, tantrums, withdrawal, or other behaviors otherwise atypical of the child.  

Podcast: Anger, Rage, and Mental Illness

Have you ever been so pissed off, in a state of absolute rage, and said or done something you completely regret later? Many people living with bipolar disorder understand this feeling all too well: At the time, you feel so righteous, so fueled with this powerful Hercules-like energy, so ready to take on your enemy (or the world), only to think later... What in the world was that all about? Yep, in these moments, the angry response tends to far outweigh the initial trigger.

In this episode, Gabe and Jackie discuss the blind rage that many people have experienced. They talk about how to deal with it and how it’s OK for you to move on from one of these episodes and not identify with your past. Gabe even shares his own blind rage moment and how he managed to put it behind him (after a mega-apology, of course).