Lower the Pressure

Rick Hanson, PhD looks at stress management from a neuroscience perspective and how we can “lower the pressure” we put on ourselves. Why? Things come at us with so much urgency and demand these days. Phones ring, texts buzz, emails… Read more »

Pet the Lizard

Rick Hanson, PhD takes a playful look at how we all can benefit from “petting our inner iguana” to calm our brains – and reduce fear, anxiety and trauma.   I’ve always liked lizards. Growing up in the outskirts of… Read more »

The Neuroscience of Gratitude

In The Impact of Gratitude on Health and Well-Being, Linda Graham, MFT offered a lot of practical benefits for people who practice gratitude daily.  Here she looks more deeply at the neuroscience of gratitude.  How does gratitude impact the brain? MRI imaging… Read more »

Your Emotional Leftovers – and How to Clear Out the Fridge by Re-wiring Your Brain

Neuropsychologist and writer, Marsha Lucas, PhD believes that emotional leftovers are similar to leftovers in your fridge.  They’re kind of messy – and much of the time they get old and you might even delay their removal longer than desired.   We’re… Read more »

4 “Can’t-Miss” Tools for Improved Resilience and Emotional Health

I attended the Psychotherapy Networker Symposium in Washington DC recently and left with some highly useful tools to benefit your emotional health from the workshop, Neuroscience and the Art of Self Care conducted by Linda Graham, MFT.  If you struggle with… Read more »

The Neuroscience of Resilience: Morality

(Post 9/9 in a series) As we learned in The Neuroscience of Resilience:  Intuition, ”Intuition is a deep and profound knowing often below the level of conscious processing of what makes the most sense.  The pre-frontal cortex integrates that ‘felt’  knowing with conscious… Read more »

The Neuroscience of Resilience: Intuition

(Post 8/9 in a series) As we learned in The Neuroscience of Resilience:  Insight and Awareness, “To cope with the mysterious and precarious unpredictability of life, we have to be able to expand our perspective from ‘why me?’ to ‘why not me?’” … Read more »

The Neuroscience of Resilience: Insight and Awareness

(Post 7/9 in a series) As we learned in The Neuroscience of Resilience:  Response Flexibility, “In order to cope with change, we have to be able to change how we cope.  The more flexible someone can be, not chaotic or floundering but… Read more »

The Neuroscience of Resilience: Response Flexibility

(Post 6/9 in a series) As we learned in The Neuroscience of Resilience:  Empathy, “neuropsychologists see empathy as the integration of body-based information and emotional signals and cognitive thought and beliefs about another’s experience, making sense, making meaning, creating understanding, and then… Read more »

The Neuroscience of Resilience: Empathy

(Post 5/9 in a series) As we learned in The Neuroscience of Resilience:  Attunement, an important factor of resilience is attunement – which stems from a sound resonance circuit developed via early, secure attachment experiences.  It allows us to have “felt sense”… Read more »