Kids Who Believe They Can’t Sing Tend to Quit Music Education

-Traci Pedersen Elementary school children who have confidence in their own musical abilities are more likely to continue their music education through middle school, while those with poor musical self-concept are more likely to opt out of music class — regardless of their true talent for singing or even their love of music, according toContinue reading “Kids Who Believe They Can’t Sing Tend to Quit Music Education”

Mind-Body Practices Can Ease Early Memory Loss

-Rick Nauert, PhD A recent pilot study of adults with early memory loss suggests simple mind-body practices may help to mitigate or even reverse early memory loss in older adults. The West Virginia University research team discovered the practice of meditation, or a music listening program, may have multiple benefits for older adults with preclinicalContinue reading “Mind-Body Practices Can Ease Early Memory Loss”

Study Finds Workplace Peer Pressure Impacts Performance

-Janice Wood A new study has found that the presence of high-performing co-workers can improve an individual’s performance, which boosts earnings. Researchers from the University of York and the Centre for Research and Analysis of Migration at University College London (UCL), found that in low-skilled occupations, an increase of 10 percent in the average performanceContinue reading “Study Finds Workplace Peer Pressure Impacts Performance”

The Four Horsemen

-The Gottman Institute Today on The Gottman Relationship Blog, we would like to continue The Four Horsemen series by providing you with a strong foundation of understanding before we go into further depth about each specific communication style. Consider today’s posting an overview of what is to come over the next four weeks. The Four Horsemen ofContinue reading “The Four Horsemen”

Projective Identification: How Narcissists Project Their Identity Onto Others

-Christine Hammond, MS, LMHC A client walked into my office for the first time and began to describe her husband as a narcissist. They had been married for 15 years, had two children, were well-established in the community, and were both very career oriented. She came across an article about narcissism and concluded that herContinue reading “Projective Identification: How Narcissists Project Their Identity Onto Others”

6 Tips to Manage Stress and Avoid Burnout at Work

-Joe Wilner At times, we all experience stress, and for many people a major source of stress arises from work-related issues. Feeling overworked, facing tight deadlines, and experiencing a lack of job-security can keep us in a chronic state of fight-or-flight. Stress isn’t all bad, of course. A healthy dose of stress in the right contextContinue reading “6 Tips to Manage Stress and Avoid Burnout at Work”

The Curse of Counter-Dependence

-Jonice Webb, PhD Sophie was excited about her new position. Finally she would have the opportunity to use the marketing skills she had learned in her MBA program. But in the first week, it was clear to Sophie that she was somewhat over her head. With multiple demands coming at her from every direction, sheContinue reading “The Curse of Counter-Dependence”

7 Red Flags to Watch Out for in a New Relationship

-Kurt Smith, Psy.D., LMFT, LPCC, AFC You’re dating someone new and everything seems to be going pretty well. That is until you spot something a little off in his (or her) behavior. When you’re first getting to know someone, you don’t want to analyze and judge every single thing he does or way he acts, but you also wantContinue reading “7 Red Flags to Watch Out for in a New Relationship”

Four Ways To Become More Innovative

-Claire Dorotik-Nana, LMFT The philosopher Heraclitus famously said, “No man steps in the same river twice.”  His point — life is always changing. But the underlying message might have been even more insightful. Perhaps we shouldn’t be expecting to step in the same river twice. Life, after all, is anything but predictable. And yet how we dealContinue reading “Four Ways To Become More Innovative”

No Longer Bending Over Backward To Please People

-Edie Weinstein, MSW, LSW The term co-dependence has been in the recovery vernacular for a long time. It originated in reference to the enabling family and friends of those with addictions. You know, the folks who will consistently pick their partner up at the bar when they are too impaired to drive. On the oneContinue reading “No Longer Bending Over Backward To Please People”