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10 Tips to Keep Your Memory Sharp

Adapted from Mayo Clinic Resources Exercise Your Mind: Just as physical activity keeps your body strong, mental activity keeps your mind sharp and agile. Challenging your mind will keep it at its sharpest. Some ways to keep your mind challenged include learning to play a musical instrument, reading, interacting with people, doing crossword puzzles, playing […]

13 habits of self-made millionaires, from a man who spent 5 years studying rich people

Kathleen Elkins, Business Insider Mar. 17, 2016, 12:08 PM All self-made millionaires had to start somewhere. Much of their transformation from ordinary to seven-figure status can attributed to “rich habits,” a term coined by Thomas C. Corley, who spent five years researching the daily habits of 177 self-made millionaires. “From my research, I discovered that […]

15 Suggestions for Constructive Conflict

G.R. Bach and R.M. Deutsch 15 Suggestions for Constructive Conflict When something happens to trigger a fight between marital partners, it is important to keep disagreement as constructive as possible by avoiding detrimental communication patterns. 1. Be specific when you introduce a gripe. Do not make sweeping, labeling judgments about his (or her) feelings, especially […]

18 Awesome Career Choices That Most College Kids Have No Idea About

Max Nisen Business insider A grim job market and crushing student debt have many people second guessing their higher education decisions. Nearly half of recent grads regret choosing their school or major. A recent Reddit thread asked for some great careers that college kids have no idea even exist. Here are some of the best potential […]

A Model for the Purpose of Anger

Troy Todd, Ph.D., BCN It is valuable to comprehend anger as a tool. Anger is manifest as either physical or verbal aggression. Usually, it is directed at the object or person that is denying the person, or assumed to deny the person, a resource. The resource can be physical, emotional, or experiential. The need or […]

A Theory on ADHD

ADHD/ADD (the Attention Deficit Disorders) are, as the name implies, a inability to properly attend to relevant things. This has been observed to manifest as either a dysfunctional distractibility or an over-activity. Here, I will outline a useful theory for the reason for this disorder and its manifestation, which will naturally inform treatment. The human […]

A Tool to Improve Self-Confidence

It is important that we understand who we are, and that we continually work to maintain who we are. It is sometimes helpful to make a list of our attributes and review them frequently to assist ourselves in this process. Maintaining this strong understanding of ourselves can assist us in having more confidence and acting […]

Academic Performance Problems and Psychological Testing

Troy Todd, Ph.D., BCN Sometimes it is hard to tell if children are just choosing not to focus on school work or if they are having real trouble achieving academically. Unfortunately, it is unlikely they will be provided any type of intervention in the school until they are failing badly. By that time, the child […]

Alarming Thought Patterns to Avoid

All-or-Nothing Thinking. You see things in black-and-white categories. If your performance falls short of perfect, you see yourself as a total failure. You exaggerate the importance of things (such as your goof up or someone else’s achievement), or you shrink things until they appear tiny (your own desirable qualities or the other fellow’s imperfections). This […]

Assertive Communication

Troy Todd, Ph.D., BCN Effective communication is often difficult to accomplish, especially if we have not practiced it well throughout our lives. In concept, assertive and tactful communication is very easy to comprehend. It is likely easy to recognize when it is used in communication towards us. The characteristics of assertive communication can be understood […]

Childhood Psychological Distress

from: Psychological Trauma: Theory, Research, Practice, and Policy, Special Issue (as presented in Monitor on Psychology January 2015, p. 18) Childhood psychological abuse may be as harmful as sexual or physical abuse, according to a study led by a psychologist at The Trauma Center at Justice Resource Institute in Brookline,Massachusetts. Researchers analyzed data from 5,616 youths […]

Choosing a Counselor

Troy Todd, Ph.D., BCN When deciding on the right counselor for you, the most basic thing to understand is their level of training. The better trained and/or the more appropriately trained they are, the more likely they are to be able to help you reach your goals. There are many degrees that can be used […]

Communicating More Effectively with Your Spouse

Troy Todd, Ph.D., BCN A deep, personal relationship, as sought in marriage, is often seen as the most desirable aspect of human existence. High expectations often predispose disappointment. However, with the development of good communication skills, this highly desired relationship can be realized. The most reliable way for your spouse to know your needs is […]

Death’s Head Hawk Moth Behavior

I like this example of mimicry to accomplish a purpose (unfortunately, this could be used as a negative example as well, but I like to use it as a positive one): click here to read an article on this animal model

Deployment Stressors and Their Effects

Troy Todd, Ph.D., BCN By Maj. (Dr.) Troy Todd, USAF Psychologist in: The Air Force Psychologist, The Society of Air Force Psychologists, vol. 28, issue 2, Feb. 2009, pp. 7-9. This article is an attempt to outline the stressors of deployment, related coping mechanisms, and their effects on the military member. Hopefully, it will help […]

Developing Hobbies

Hobbies are an excellent means of self-care. We sometimes come to believe we are not allowed to take care of ourselves. If you are struggling to find good ways to take care of yourself through hobbies, these websites may be good places to start: click here to go to click here to go to […]

Diaphragmatic Breathing

1. Sit in a comfortable position 2. Place one hand on your stomach and the other on your chest 3. Try to breathe so that only your stomach rises and falls As you inhale, concentrate on your chest remaining relatively still while your stomach rises. It may be helpful for you to imagine that your […]

Diet and Depression: Foods and nutrients for recovery

By Jon Johnson | Reviewed by Natalie Butler, RD, LD Last reviewed Sun 16 July 2017 Depression is a prevalent mental health illness throughout the world, causing negative thoughts and behaviors in those who experience it. Many people with depression seek natural treatments for their symptoms, in one form or another. While there is no […]

EEG Biofeedback in the Treatment of Attention Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder

This nice article by Patrick N. Friel, BS found in Alternative Medicine Review (Vol 12, No 2, 2007) not only talks about how neurofeedback can be helpful for ADHD, but is a good general introduction to help you better understand neurofeedback: EEG Biofeedback – ADHD

Effects of Mindfulness

by: Stacy Lu Monitor on Psychology March 2015 Mindfulness training holds promise for treating mood disorders partly because it may lead to changes in patients’ brains, improving connectivity among some brain areas and changing tissue density in key regions, research suggests. The evidence indicates that when people pay attention to the present moment – an experiential […]