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When Struggling, Shift From Negative to Realistic

When Struggling, Shift From Negative to Realistic

Nowadays, people are really focused on thinking positively. We’re encouraged to practice gratitude, be optimistic, and shift our negative thinking to positive thinking. We are told that if you just think positively, positive things will happen to you. Ignore the...
People Only Change a Small Amount

People Only Change a Small Amount

I was working on a project with a work colleague the other day, and I found myself wishing she were different. We had different styles about how we approached deadlines. I wanted to get the project done pretty far ahead of time, so that I wouldn’t be stressed out as...
Is Happiness ‘Out There?’

Is Happiness ‘Out There?’

One of the most common lies that people believe about happiness is that it is somewhere ‘out there.’ In other words, people think that if they just can get some external thing to happen, they will be happy. You know you have bought into this lie when you tell yourself...
Changing Our Mind

Changing Our Mind

I’m giving a series of talks this week on intellectual humility, so I have been reflecting quite a bit about what it means to be open to other perspectives, including the extent to which we should be open to changing our mind. I read an interesting post on social...
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