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Everyday Behaviorism: Liking Exercise, A Lot

Everyday Behaviorism: Liking Exercise, A Lot

I Am a Behaviorist At the core of my being, I am a behaviorist. This means that I tend to see the world through the lens of behaviors and the factors that reinforce them (rewards) or reduce the likelihood that they occur (punishments). These factors can be inside us (dopamine release in the brain) or...

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Binge-Watching Is Messing With Your Sleep

Binge-Watching Is Messing With Your Sleep

A Typical Night in the Daley Household: 8:38 PM: Younger Daleys are finally asleep after water, reading, and multiple questions about the schedule for the next day, weather, religion, choices for career….. 8:40 PM: Streaming comedy show with oldest Daley child 9:06 PM: Oldest Daley child is in room reading, husband tries to remember which...

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3 Mindfulness Hacks for Leadership

3 Mindfulness Hacks for Leadership

We All Need Some Mindfulness to Be Better Leaders in the Workplace and at Home. Without mindfulness, too many type-A career overachievers end up killing their leadership dreams. These star performers burn out before they get the corner office or that seat at the table, as chronicled in the article “The Talent Curse” in the...

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Can You Trust Your Memory?

Can You Trust Your Memory?

Human memory is a funny thing, in that we often expect more of it than it is capable, yet we also tend to underestimate it as well. For example, we often put incredible emphasis on the importance of eye witness testimony, and yet the work of Elizabeth Loftus and her peers has demonstrated that eye...

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Hacking Your Relationship with Validation

Hacking Your Relationship with Validation

Understanding Validation When I am working with families or individuals who are experiencing relationship struggles, there is one essential skill that I try to get them to master as soon as possible: validation. Get this one thing right, and your relationships will grow stronger. In a study which has become a classic, validation was a...

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Gender Inequality: Recognizing Our Bias

Gender Inequality: Recognizing Our Bias

When I think about the fact that women have only had the right to vote for almost 100 years, I feel pretty impressed with how far we have come. Having come a long way does not mean, however, that there aren’t some significant ongoing discrepancies for women in the workplace. Where Are the Disparities? 1....

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Simple Ways to Help Your Child Sleep Better

Simple Ways to Help Your Child Sleep Better

Help Your Child Sleep Better As we head back into a school year, sleep starts to get more attention. Gone are the lazy mornings where sleep schedule is less relevant and back is the intense race to have everyone ready. Here are some simple ways to help sleep go well this year: 1. Get Them...

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Guidance for the New Kid and Their Parents

Guidance for the New Kid and Their Parents

Back to School Guidance for the New Kid As schools around the US start a new year, many kids are going through the experience of being the new kid. Almost every person has been in this position, whether it is a new school due to relocation or simply due to advancing grades. I have been...

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Fake Health News: How to Be a Smart Consumer

Fake Health News: How to Be a Smart Consumer

Fake Health News Is Everywhere… As a health psychologist, I absorb information about health like a massive sponge. I live to watch documentaries and read articles about innovations in healthcare and treatment. It can be hard to know where to turn with health information, yet it is possible to tease information apart. In a recent...

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My Child Says They Are Transgender, Now What?

My Child Says They Are Transgender, Now What?

Your Child Says They Are Transgender. Now What? In many families, parents may be engaged with their child’s “coming out.” This process may be gradual or fast and can come in many different aspects of identity. For some, the coming out process involves sharing their sexual orientation, and for others, it can be sharing gender...