Total Brain Blog

The Hard Data on Self-Love and Why It Leads to Success

Whether we’re high power execs or stay-at-home moms, self-criticism is a tendency that many people have. In fact we often think of self-criticism as key to self-improvement. We ...
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An Alternate Way for Veterans to Overcome Trauma

“I am not a victim” said a young Marine in our study. Recently returned from Afghanistan, he suffers from post-traumatic stress disorder. A man or woman with the courage to go ...
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The Science of Compassion

Decades of clinical research has focused and shed light on the psychology of human suffering. That suffering, as unpleasant as it is, often also has a bright side to which ...
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Why Embracing Hardship is the Secret to Well-Being

Research shows that we have more positive experiences than negative ones, yet research also shows that our brain tends to focus on the negative aspects of our lives. We take ...
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6 Tech Tips to Avoid the Facebook Funk

Does texting or using Facebook and Twitter to connect with others make you feel better or worse? It probably depends. Fortunately, scientists are diving into this question and ...
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The Importance of Increasing Investment In Mental Health

World Mental Health Day this year comes at a time when our mental health is being challenged due to the COVID-19 pandemic. These past several months have brought on new ...
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Thought Tamer: A Tool for Reframing Negative Thoughts Using CBT Techniques

Do you notice when you are falling into negative thought patterns? For most of us, it is difficult to spot cognitive distortions that drive negative thinking.
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How Feeling Down Can Make You Mentally Strong

To be alive is to feel. Travis, a veteran of the Iraq war and a participant in my study on yogic breathing for post-traumatic stress, shared with me at the beginning of the ...
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