Optimism – How to Change from Pessimism to Optimism (“Learned Optimism” by Martin E. P. Seligman)

Optimism – How to Change from Pessimism to Optimism (“Learned Optimism” by Martin E. P. Seligman)

In the first post of this series on optimism, called “Optimism- The Science Behind Why You Want to Develop It“, we discussed how our relative optimism or pessimism towards life is impacted by our levels of learned helplessness–which is largely influenced by our explanatory styles.  This post is dedicated to the techniques and ways that […]

Optimism – The Science Behind Why You Want to Develop It (“Learned Optimism” by Martin E. P. Seligman)

Optimism – The Science Behind Why You Want to Develop It (“Learned Optimism” by Martin E. P. Seligman)

Reknowned as the father of positive psychology, Martin Seligman explains to readers of his book, “Learned Optimism” his twenty years of clinical research into how optimism is a skill that every one can develop.  His studies provide evidence as to why we would want to cultivate a more optimistic view on life as it enhances […]

Do You Know How the Principles of Influence Are Working On You? (“Influence” by Robert Cialdini)

Do You Know How the Principles of Influence Are Working On You? (“Influence” by Robert Cialdini)

The first installment of this series on “Influence” by Dr. Robert Cialdini explore the three of six “weapons of influence” that make an impact on the way we make decisions and behave.  This post explores the remaining three principles of persuasion.  The most compelling reason for me to personally understand how these concepts work in […]

Learning how to Master the Art of Persuasion (“Influence” by Dr. Robert B. Cialdini)

Learning how to Master the Art of Persuasion (“Influence” by Dr. Robert B. Cialdini)

Whether or not you know it, or like to admit it, those who have mastered the art of persuasion are working their skills on you.  This week’s Wisdom In a Pinch book, “Influence” by researcher and expert, Dr. Robert Cialdini explains the six universal principles of persuasion and influence.  At first read, these principles seemed […]

Changing how Your Child Views Themselves & Freeing Them From their Labels (“How To Talk So Kids Will Listen & Listen So Kids Will Talk”)

Changing how Your Child Views Themselves & Freeing Them From their Labels (“How To Talk So Kids Will Listen & Listen So Kids Will Talk”)

Upon reading this week’s Wisdom In A Pinch book, “How to Talk So Kids will Listen & Listen So Kids Will Talk”, I never thought about any labels or “roles” that I placed on my children. However, after further thought, I realized how easy labeling people and kids can be. My honest reflection on this […]

Why Your Kids May Not Be Listening To You! (“How To Talk So Kids Will Listen & Listen So Kids Will Talk”)

Why Your Kids May Not Be Listening To You! (“How To Talk So Kids Will Listen & Listen So Kids Will Talk”)

I am a proud mother of two children–ages 9 and 11.  Not a day goes by that I don’t have a parenting moment that gives me a nice, swift kick in the rear-end!  While being the most gratifying adventure I have taken thus far, parenting has also been extremely humbling, challenging and confusing at best!  […]