Treating Traumatic Nightmares With Virtual Reality

One of the most devastating symptoms of those who suffer from Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) is terrifying nightmares. Sometimes these nightmares can be so intense that they lead to panic attacks, vivid flashbacks of negative past events, and even aggressive … Continue reading

When Trying to Fake Happiness Can Backfire on You

A popular piece of advice in psychology is to “fake it ’till you make it.” In other words, if we fake happiness (such as creating a “fake smile”) then eventually it actually becomes real and genuine happiness. I believe this … Continue reading

The Scientifically Proven Benefits of Mindfulness

Mindfulness is a state of deliberate and conscious awareness directed toward the present moment. The practice is incredibly simple on paper, but with diligent practice can reap many, many benefits. A great entry level exercise to mindfulness is the 100 … Continue reading

Realigning Your Locus of Control

“Locus of control” is the extent to which individuals believe that they have control over an event in their lives. Having a more internal locus of control means we believe we have more control over the event. Having a more … Continue reading

How Fictional Social Hierarchies Can Hurt Our Relationships

All societies and cultures have certain spoken and unspoken rules that influence how we judge people, label them, and rank their overall “value” in society. Those who we typically perceive as “high value” (like CEOs, celebrities, athletes, politicians, good-looking people, … Continue reading