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Peak Mind Pro: The Fundamental Attribution Error Sep 20, 2023

Our perception of the world is not objective. Rather, it is influenced by the way our brains process information. 

Think of it like algorithms that filter available content, distilling everything down to what's available in your news feed on whichever app you're into. Your feed and my...

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The Social Experiment to Feel More Connected Sep 19, 2023

My phone rang. 

"Why is Mackie calling?" I thought. He's one of my brunch friends. We usually catch up over biscuits or beignets. Sometimes we exchange sassy comments in our group chat. Occasionally, we text or hop on a phone call when there's something specific to talk about. But he'd...

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When Help Isn't So Helpful: How to Really Show Up for People Sep 10, 2023

For the most part, people want to help. Mother Nature designed us to be cooperative - it enabled our survival as a species. I think that has to be why it feels good to do good. 

But have you ever noticed how much friction and hurt feelings sometimes arise from efforts to help? 

If...

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Beyond the Surface: Tapping Into Empathy and Assuming Positive Intent Sep 03, 2023

 I am many things, but stupid is not one of them. 

Yet, I've been treated as though I am on more than one occasion, typically by airline staff. 

There was the woman who stared at me incredulously and pointed to the little indicator on the bathroom door when I asked if the restroom...

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The Precision Principle: How Getting Specific Fast-Tracks Success Aug 27, 2023

They weren't trying to annoy me, but they were doing a fantastic job.

I was at Village Inn with my two closest grad school friends, talking about my thesis proposal. I was studying the links between happiness, optimism, and social anxiety in teenagers. After I walked them through my research...

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Slow Down to Go Farther, Faster Aug 20, 2023

It's back to school...and back to chaos and stress for so many. I'm not a parent myself, but as a psychologist specializing in anxiety, this is one of the busiest times of year for my practice. Already, just a few days in, I've had parents and teens alike in tears as they face an untenable...

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The Power of Patience: How to Master This Essential Life Skill Aug 13, 2023

We've all heard the saying "patience is a virtue." I'll be honest, though, it's not a sexy, snazzy one. It doesn't conjure up strong, powerful images like courage or wisdom do. It doesn't seem big like creativity or boldness. Instead, patience calls to mind slowness or tranquility. It...

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Are You Selling Yourself Short? Key Questions to Achieve What You Truly Want Aug 06, 2023

I am fascinated by people who seem to beat the odds. The ones who play life by their own rules, tackle big hairy audacious goals, the kind of people who are truly, fully living.

It's easy to look at them and think, "I could never do that." We chalk their success or good fortune up to luck or...

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It's Time to Stop Making Excuses Jul 30, 2023

Last night, I went to watch a small local production of Rock of Ages. A friend of a friend was in the show, and a big group went to support her. The plan afterwards was to go karaoke in honor of the performer's birthday. While I generally love any excuse to have a mic in my hand, it was nearly...

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Peak Mind Pro: Empowering Workplaces through Shared Values Jul 24, 2023

You've probably heard of The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People by Steven Covey. It's one of the most popular personal development books of all-time, and it has stood up well over the decades since its initial release. One of Covey's recommendations is to write and routinely review your Personal...

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From Tragedy to Triumph: The Inspiring Story of Post-Traumatic Growth Jul 23, 2023

"I acquired my disability in 2012," he began. 

I was speaking with Wesley Hamilton, the Executive Director and Founder of the non-profit Disabled But Not Really. I found out about DBNR a couple weeks ago and reached out to explore possibilities for getting involved. Wes and I met by zoom on...

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Redefining Bad: How Changing Your Mindset Can Transform Your Life Jul 16, 2023

I feel a soapbox coming on. I hope you'll bear with me because the lesson here has the potential to make a real and noticeable impact on your life experience. 

While I spent part of my morning diving into studies examining the neural circuitry of the amygdala, chemical switches in the brain,...

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