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Find a Way

At 1:55 pm EDT on September 2, 2013, Diana Nyad, age 64, reached the shore of Key West Florida 53 hours after plunging into the Bay in Havana, Cuba
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5 Ways to Get out of a Rut and Get Your Groove Back

By John Kim, LMFT on February 17, 2017 in The Angry Therapist
What to do if you feel stuck.

For Better or for Worse?

By David Ludden Ph.D. on February 17, 2017 in Talking Apes
It takes both partners working together to make marriage a heaven on earth—or a living hell.

8 Signs You're in a Relationship With a Gaslighter

By Preston Ni M.S.B.A. on February 15, 2017 in Communication Success
How gaslighters emotionally manipulate, traumatize, and exploit victims in personal and professional relationships.

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Staying Centered and Calm in an Anxiety-Ridden World

Try these calming techniques to become more powerful when it seems that anxiety has you in its grip and you can’t release yourself.

Navigating the Swamp of Politics in a Relationship

By Dianne Grande Ph.D. on February 19, 2017 in In It Together
Do You and Your Partner Disagree About Politics? Ways to Cope With the Challenges

Big Screen, Big Life

By Laurie Helgoe Ph.D. on February 18, 2017 in Introvert Power
Would your life win an Oscar? Watch movies, watch your life, enjoy both.

Major Challenges to Cultivating Healthy Anger

What are the blocks to learning how to give up destructive anger? How can they be overcome?

Why Authenticity is the Hub of Meaning

By Stephen Joseph Ph.D. on February 17, 2017 in What Doesn't Kill Us
Finding meaning in life is important in all sorts of ways, but too often we don’t take the time to sort out for ourselves what it is that actually provides our sense of meaning.

What Is Synchronicity?

David Strabala had a question and set about trying to find the answer. He arranged interviews with experts who he hoped might help him figure out synchronicity.
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What’s Needed in These Uncertain Times? Maybe More Empathy.

By Allison Carmen on February 17, 2017 in The Gift of Maybe
During uncertain times, it can be hard to be empathetic to another's point of view, but empathy makes us wiser and more strategic, and it can even change how we view something.

Advice for Burned-Out Lawyers

By Marty Nemko Ph.D. on February 17, 2017 in How To Do Life
Incremental and major suggestions for the unhappy attorney.
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My F*cking Feelings

By John Kim, LMFT on February 15, 2017 in The Angry Therapist
Revelation of the week.

6 Reasons Why You May Not Know What You're Feeling

By Leon F Seltzer Ph.D. on February 15, 2017 in Evolution of the Self
It might seem almost unfathomable that someone might not be able to recognize what they’re feeling. But the phenomenon is much more common than most people realize.

7 Secrets to a Successful Relationship

Lasting love is hard to come by - how do successful couples make their relationships work?

Becoming More Efficient

By Marty Nemko Ph.D. on February 15, 2017 in How To Do Life
Making better use of your time.
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How New Year's Resolutions Succeed or Fail

Why change is so hard and why it doesn't have to be.

How to Make Your Relationships More Resilient

Developing high-quality relationships is critical to a happy, healthy and resilient life.

What To Get Your Ex For Valentine's Day

By Wendy Paris on February 14, 2017 in Splitopia
Valentine's Day is a chance to celebrate all the people in our lives—including our ex. 

Feed the Wolf of Love

By Rick Hanson Ph.D. on February 14, 2017 in Your Wise Brain
The wolf of hate today breeds alienation, anger, and conflicts with others. The wolf of love is fed with our hearts and with hopes.

Nine Types of Love

By Kimberly Key on February 14, 2017 in Counseling Keys
Cats may have nine lives. Humans have nine loves. In fact, we can benefit from all nine of these types of love.
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The Best Way to Apologize

Being human, it is unavoidable to hurt people sometimes. Yet it’s not always easy to recognize this an offer a genuine apology to repair the damage when we’ve injured or offended.

The 4 Primary Principles of Communication

By Dan Mager MSW on February 13, 2017 in Some Assembly Required
Want your communication with others to be more skillful and successful? Paying conscious attention to these four universal aspects of the communication process is the key.

Risks and Unspoken Promises of Intimacy

Are you ready to flex your world to accommodate the needs of another? That's what is necessary for healthy intimate relationships.

Real but Not True

By Tara Brach Ph.D. on February 13, 2017 in Finding True Refuge
Uninvestigated, our limiting beliefs are a veil between us and reality. But when we deepen our attention and start seeing past them, the light of the stars starts shining through.
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Rise Up: The Hidden Power of Your Phasic Strengths

By Ryan M. Niemiec Psy.D. on February 13, 2017 in What Matters Most?
How do you rise to the occasion? What strengths are part of "rising up" when we really need to?
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To App or Not to App

By Dora Calott Wang M.D. on February 13, 2017 in The Kitchen Shrink
American Psychiatric Association takes Leadership in the Wild West of Mental Health Apps

The Head, Heart, and Soul in Psychotherapy

Material loss clears the way for spiritual gain, but why wait?

Radio Stories: Synchronicities in a Therapist’s Office

An interview on a radio show dedicated to coincidence studies features a wide-ranging discussion of clinical experiences with synchronicity.

8 Signs You're a Romantic Introvert

By Preston Ni M.S.B.A. on February 12, 2017 in Communication Success
When it comes to love, introverts may think, act, and communicate in ways that are different than those who are more extroverted. Here are eight key signs...

Hearts, Candies, and Work

How to be sociable yet still get your work done.

How to Reduce Stress

By Neel Burton M.D. on February 11, 2017 in Hide and Seek
Simple advice for better living.
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Depression: A Psychiatrist Suggests Peanut Butter, Chocolate

By Monica N. Starkman M.D. on February 10, 2017 in On Call
Can peanut butter and dark chocolate help relieve depression?
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A Survival Guide for Uncertain Times #3: Positive Thinking?

By Allison Carmen on February 10, 2017 in The Gift of Maybe
Giving up positive thinking and embracing the mindset of Maybe can be the key to finding strength and resilience in uncertain times.