Clinical Consulting Psychologist

  • To Tweet or Not to Tweet, That Is the Question

    To Tweet or Not to Tweet, That Is the Question

    See if this is familiar: You post a picture on your social media account, maybe of your vacation or of the meal you prepared, or of your pet doing something so adorable that it puts videos of other people’s grandchildren to shame. Your few dependable “likers” are the first to acknowledge your post...

  • Shedding Light on the Age of Endarkenment

    Shedding Light on the Age of Endarkenment

    In January of 2017, over a thousand psychologists convened at the Society for Personality and Social Psychology’s annual conference to discuss the recent uptick in the public’s rejection of scientific data, especially regarding man-made climate change, vaccine safety, and even Darwin’s 150-year-old...

  • Reducing Stress and Depression through Mindfulness

    Reducing Stress and Depression through Mindfulness

    Many people who practice yoga, whether as a lifestyle or as a means of staying fit by taking weekly classes, swear by the positive effects yoga has on them. For some, the benefits of yoga include increased fitness, while others practice yoga for the calming, destressing effects. But new research...

  • Managing Disappointment during the Holidays and Beyond

    Managing Disappointment during the Holidays and Beyond

    One of the constants of the end of the year, especially during the holiday season, is the expectation that comes with all the possibilities for a life change or reward. Society sells the holiday season as a magical time in which wishes and miracles are granted in a Frank Capra-esque ending because...

  • The Empathy Booster: It's Not Just Small Talk

    The Empathy Booster: It's Not Just Small Talk

    Since the election on November 8, the tension and conflicts that have been simmering (or outright roiling) across the country have not abated. There are two distinct sides, but it is important to realize that each of those sides has more offshoots and subheadings than a March Madness bracket. Many...

  • The American Dream and the American Shame

    The American Dream and the American Shame

    Earlier this year, Neal Gabler wrote a watershed article published in The Atlantic, entitled “The Secret Shame of Middle-Class Americans.” The author and screenwriter described the moment in which he read a poll conducted by The Federal Reserve that revealed that a staggering number of Americans—46%—did...

  • Coping with Toxic Coworkers

    Coping with Toxic Coworkers

    What do you do when you have a boss who is a bully? What about a boss or supervisor who is such a bad organizer that their chaos and mismanagement affects your ability to do your job well, but if you were to address this with them, you risk reprisal or retribution?  Maybe it’s not a supervisor...

  • The Woes (and Highs) of Workplace Feedback

    The Woes (and Highs) of Workplace Feedback

    “You’re doing it wrong.” “You could be doing it better.” “I see room for improvement.” “So I guess we should probably go ahead and have a little talk.” “I'm also going to need you to go ahead and come in on Sunday, too.” Workplace feedback from managers can be an anxiety-inducing prospect, especially...

  • Perspectives and Politics: Confirmation Bias and the Filter Bubble

    Perspectives and Politics: Confirmation Bias and the Filter Bubble

    Does this sound familiar? On Facebook or another chosen social media site, you see a friend’s post that has a link to The National Review with the title “FBI Rewrites Federal Law to Let Hillary off the Hook,” while a few scrolls later, another post from a different friend shares the article from...

  • From Habitual Behaviors to Addiction—New Research Offers Insight to Potential Treatment

    From Habitual Behaviors to Addiction—New Research Offers Insight to Potential Treatment

    The brain acts through habitual action and goal-directed action. It is important to be able to switch back and forth between these types of actions: For example, if our brains operated only on goal-directed action, we would have to think about the process of driving home every day, following a...

  • A Better Solution to Alleviate Stress

    A Better Solution to Alleviate Stress

    These days, there seem to be an almost limitless number of reasons to feel stress, from finances, supporting a family, and work (or lack thereof), to social pressures, competition from online social media, loneliness, the current political landscape, and the online comments section of any type...

  • Soliloquies and Self Talk: Absentminded Habit or Powerful Tool of Self-Control?

    Soliloquies and Self Talk: Absentminded Habit or Powerful Tool of Self-Control?

    Anyone who has taken even a 10th grade literature course has come across a Shakespeare soliloquy at some point. Richard III goes through the list of all the reasons for his discontentment then boldly declares he will be a villain. There are seven soliloquies in Hamlet in which he walks himself...

  • The Enigma of the Narcissist’s Appeal

    The Enigma of the Narcissist’s Appeal

    It seems as though lately it’s difficult to avoid hearing about narcissism—one has only to turn on any coverage of this unique Presidential cycle to be exposed to any number of armchair diagnoses, mostly involving a particular candidate who is a proverbial poster child for this topic. But are such...

  • Shamebook: The High Stakes of Social Comparison

    Shamebook: The High Stakes of Social Comparison

    Loneliness, dissatisfaction with your job, physique, finances, overwhelming feelings of inferiority—these are the hallmarks of sabotaging self-doubt, as I discussed in a previous column. These aren’t unique to modern society, as literature abounds with examples of jealousy and low self-esteem (see...

  • Resolve to Reset: Making a Better Workplace Environment

    Resolve to Reset: Making a Better Workplace Environment

    The beginning of the year is a reminder to take stock of all the ways we can improve on what we do and ways in which we can make positive changes. Most of us want improved well-being, and often this comes from maintaining a positive outlook. However, it can be difficult when so much of our time...

  • Gratitude: More than just a platitude

    Gratitude: More than just a platitude

    Many people report that the end of the year is a stressful time. For some, the end of the year marks the realization that they didn’t get to all the things they wanted to accomplish, the bank account isn’t what they’d hoped it would be, or there is disappointment of another year marked in an unsatisfying...

  • The Double Standard of Adversity

    The Double Standard of Adversity

    Psychological study is deeply rooted in humans’ ability to empathize with those around them. In a recent column, I discussed studies done on the forgiveness centers of the brain, which appear to be in the more evolved, less primal, sections. The studies suggest that empathy, required for forgiveness,...

  • Overcoming Habitual Self-Doubt to Gain Success

    Overcoming Habitual Self-Doubt to Gain Success

    The most significant component of success is self-confidence, and the number one killer of confidence is self-doubt. This includes self-defeating habits. Part of this comes from focusing on pleasing others rather than pursuing your own goals or fulfilling your own needs. If you are stuck in this...

  • The Power of Forgiveness and Your Health

    The Power of Forgiveness and Your Health

    We all know the anger and frustration of being wronged. It would be difficult to get through life without encountering someone or a situation that injured or misused you in one way or another. You might have been wronged at the workplace, or by a partner, someone in your family or in your circle...

  • Helping Workers Reduce Workplace Stress

    Helping Workers Reduce Workplace Stress

    The main area in which Americans feel growing stress in their lives is at the workplace. In fact, chronic employee stress has been considered by some researchers to be reaching epidemic levels. And while not every employee feels the same type or degree of stress, it is easy to see how a stressful...

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