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The Yerkes-Dodson Law and Its Application to Life

The Yerkes-Dodson Law and Its Application to Life

One of the first things I learned in my introduction to psychology class in college was the Yerkes-Dodson Law. The Yerkes-Dodson Law has to do with the relationship between arousal and performance. The relationship looked like an upside-down U-shaped curve. Higher...
Sometimes NOT Engaging is the Right Move

Sometimes NOT Engaging is the Right Move

Awhile back, I received an email from a co-worker. I was immediately triggered. I felt like the colleague was trying to control me, and I thought the email was out of line. I started to write an angry reply back, explaining my position and telling the person to back...
Take a Break

Take a Break

I want to talk to you today about a simple intervention that can save you a ton of headaches and increase your productivity and happiness: Take a break. Anger and Frustration Sometimes my work can be frustrating. I spend a lot of my time writing, and it can be...
Find the Problem You Can Solve

Find the Problem You Can Solve

Most people shy away from problems. They don’t like them, so they try to avoid them. This is natural—we all have a tendency to avoid pain and discomfort when possible. However, if you want to be successful in life, you have to counteract this natural tendency to avoid...
6 Steps to Transform Your Life

6 Steps to Transform Your Life

One of the things I’m most passionate about in life is transformation. I love to see people tackle their problems and make huge changes in their life. That’s why I became a psychologist in the first place. I love to help people reach their goals, whether it is a...
How to Harness the Power of Collaboration

How to Harness the Power of Collaboration

“Two are better than one, because they have a good return for their work. If one falls down, his friend can help him up. But pity the man who falls and has no one to help him up!” -Ecclesiastes 4:9-10 Collaboration Takes Effort In my field, developing and...
How to Move from Passivity to Proactivity

How to Move from Passivity to Proactivity

One thing I’ve been working on lately is trying to accomplish my 3 most important tasks (MITs) BEFORE I check email and start responding to folks. This shift has been a game-changer for my work and productivity, because it moves me from passivity to proactivity....