World of Psychology

Motivation and Inspiration

Harness Positive Energy to Master Your Personal Power 

In today’s world, everyone lives at a level of stress and anxiety that destroys the quality of their work, their relationships and their health. People keep striving and struggling, only to be left feeling stuck and frustrated because they can’t figure out how to reach the place in life that they long for.

While it’s often true that going after your goals requires some sacrifice, it’s also true that working to achieve goals shouldn’t leave you stressed and miserable in the meantime. The cornerstone of achieving your goals and, consequently, a successful life, is based on your level of feeling joy and fulfillment now -- not reserving those feelings until a particular goal is met.

Do You Feel Shame about Being Single?

If find yourself single, are you ok with that or distressed by it? Do you feel judged by others -- or perhaps judge yourself for your current status?

Growing up in our society, it’s hard to avoid the message that being married is required for happiness. We may feel pressured to believe that if we’re not in a partnership, there’s something wrong with us -- that it’s shameful to be single.

But is being single so horrible? Are married or partnered folks really happier than the single people among us? 


Podcast: Your Gut Instinct is Bad For Your Relationships

While caring for his wife as she struggled with a severe nervous breakdown, Dr. Gleb Tsipursky put the cognitive strategies he’d long been teaching others to work on his strained relationship. After seeing the incredible impact it had on his marriage as a whole, he decided to write a book to share these relationship-changing communication strategies.
Join us as Dr. Tsipursky explains why going with your “gut” can actually backfire and shares 12 practical mental habits you can begin using today for excellent communication.

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Anxiety and Panic

Eye Tracking Evidence Shows that Social Anxiety Changes the Picture

Social anxiety involves worry or fear that you will be judged, embarrassed, or humiliated in social situations and often leads to people avoiding or feeling distress in certain social environments. At the same time, research shows that social anxiety is not just how an individual consciously experiences or reacts to a scenario -- it can also affect automatic functions, those that operate outside our conscious awareness. For example, how individuals view things or people in a given environment may operate differently in people with social anxiety. Understanding differences in how people process visual images, particularly those involving facial expressions, can provide insight into the kinds of information individuals with social anxiety are gathering from their environment.

Forgiveness: Yes? No? Maybe?

“My step-father abused me, and my mother is always telling me to forgive and forget.” Jodie shook her head ruefully.

“And how is that going for you?” I ask.

“Not so good,” Jodie replies, “I’m not doing a good job at all.”

Podcast: Self-Help Cliches Have a Peculiar Value

Take the bull by the horns! Pick yourself up by your bootstraps! Are these cliches condescending for people with mental illness? Or is there a grain of truth to them? Today, Gabe and Lisa debate the pros and cons of the all too common “taking your life back” advice we all get from well-meaning people. Gabe shares his personal story of gaining back control of his life a day at a time while healing from depression.


6 Goal-Directed Strategies to Help Increase Your Resilience

Friedrich Nietzsche's adage 'That which does not kill us makes us stronger' is the idea of rising above adversity in reaching personal development and growth. The challenging part is actually taking the necessary steps to face adversity and rise above it, when life throws a curveball. It is little surprise that resiliency has been linked to greater well-being for a variety of populations, including those of childhood trauma, those in life transitions, and those in team development and skills-building. Yet, developing and increasing our individual resiliency is often avoided or denied because by developing resilience we are required to face often painful challenges that may not want to be faced.
Children and Teens

How PTSD Can Cause Learning Disabilities

Post traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) is a condition that affects about eight million people every year in the United States. Between 7 and 8% of the population will experience some degree of PTSD in their lifetimes.

While most people understand that PTSD can contribute to stress, anxiety, and insomnia, a lesser-known issue is the impact PTSD can have on the ability to learn.