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    How Your Brain Lies to You: Negativity Bias

    How Your Brain Lies to You: Negativity Bias

    The human brain didn’t evolve for dispassionately finding truth, but for ensuring our survival. It has built-in biases in the way it processes information, and neuroscience has identified specific ways…

    Pride Matters

    Pride Matters

    Maybe we’d become too complacent. I think I had. We have all known what it feels like to be unsafe in the world, and we have known how much it…

    Choosing Optimism

    Choosing Optimism

    It probably won’t surprise anyone that an optimistic outlook is good for your physical and emotional well-being. Optimists react to problems with a sense of confidence in their ability to respond…

    Generosity and Well-Being

    Generosity and Well-Being

    If you’re having a bad day, what is the best way to boost your mood? Will you be more likely to feel better if you do something to treat yourself,…

    Holding on to a Toxic Partner

    Holding on to a Toxic Partner

    Q: My close friend Mark (that’s not his real name)—fell in love with someone nine years ago—I’ll call him Sam. Sam has done nothing but harm to him. He can’t…

    Can Meditation Help with My Depression?

    Can Meditation Help with My Depression?

    Q: I’ve been dogged by times of really intense depression for most of my life. Anti-depressants have helped some, and I’ve been in and out of therapy for years, but…

    Overcoming Chronic Resentment

    Overcoming Chronic Resentment

    Q: I’ve been with my husband for almost fifteen years. We don’t have any major problems like physical abuse, or cheating, or drugs. I really love him and I know…

    If It’s Worth Doing, It’s Worth Doing Badly

    If It’s Worth Doing, It’s Worth Doing Badly

    Stan has come into therapy to decide whether or not to break up with his boyfriend, Michael. He loves Michael, and feels loved in return, but he’s finding so many…

    Happiness Is Not Enough

    Happiness Is Not Enough

    In September 1944, Viktor Frankl, a prominent Jewish psychiatrist in Vienna, was transported to Auschwitz along with his pregnant wife and parents. By the time the camp was liberated, his…

    The Shadow Side of Social Media

    The Shadow Side of Social Media

    In the last few months, a number of people have told me that they are taking breaks from Facebook and other social media because they believe that it is making…

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