Category Archives: Cognition

The Paradox of Choice

Do you every feel overwhelmed by the number of choices you make on a daily basis? You are not the only one. In the following TED talk, psychologist Barry Schwartz discusses how choices can sometimes lead to paralysis, not freedom. Continue reading

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Be Grateful for This Day

It is easy to forget that this moment is all we really have.  Watch the inspiring video by Louie Schwartzberg below to cultivate gratitude for whatever this day brings into your life.  If you are interested, there is a free … Continue reading

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Why Judging People Makes Us Unhappy

Criticism of others and self-criticism are two common topics in any therapist’s office.  Here is an insightful article on judgment that I found on “It’s not what you look at that matters, it’s what you see.” ~Henry David Thoreau … Continue reading

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What’s Your Story?

Each one of us has a unique story that reveals our internal complexity.  In this thought-provoking TED talk, novelist Chimamanda Adichie talks about the dangers of simplifying the story of a person or place, and the importance of valuing the … Continue reading

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Living with Your Hands Off Your Ears

Learning and growth only happen when we are willing to step out of our comfort zone, despite the fear and apprehension of doing so.  Immersing ourselves in the feared experience allows us to learn from it.  Here’s a great talk … Continue reading

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Is the Universe Friendly?

I’m reading a book called The Trance of Scarcity: Stop Holding Your Breath and Start Living Your Life by Victoria Castle. This book calls into question a central story most of us living in American culture have internalized: (1) I … Continue reading

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Runaway Brain

Are you a chronic worrier?  Do you obsess about things?  Or, does your mind seem to always be stuck in the past? When any of us experiences high stress (eg., an illness, a death, intense work pressure), our sense of well being is often temporarily hijacked … Continue reading

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