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21 Ways to Overcome Networking Awkwardness

| Andrew Griffiths | Posted 12.22.2014 | Small Business

For many people, the thought of going to a networking event is akin to getting a tooth pulled. They know they have to do it, but the prospect of stand...

How to Plot the Perfect French Exit for the Holidays

Jay Clark | Posted 12.19.2014 | Comedy
Jay Clark

Between office parties and family gatherings, you may find yourself in a similar panic-button situation this holiday season. By no means am I endorsing such disappearing acts, but it's important to be realistic about the likelihood you'll want to perform one.

What Do Emotional and Social Agility Have to Do With Creativity?

Todd Kashdan | Posted 12.08.2014 | GPS for the Soul
Todd Kashdan

Ask yourself, "Is this contributing to my wholeness?" and if you're getting constructive criticism, if you're dedicating effort toward a meaningful goal, and you feel uncomfortable... it is.

4 Strategies to Handle Criticism Well

Todd Kashdan | Posted 12.05.2014 | Healthy Living
Todd Kashdan

Let's accept a fact -- not all criticism is valid. Do not let your brain fool you. Just because words are published online does not mean they hold any merit. Here are four strategies to handle criticism well.

How a Psychiatrist Treats Depression: A Peek Behind the Curtain

Dr. Matt Goldenberg D.O. | Posted 12.01.2014 | Healthy Living
Dr. Matt Goldenberg D.O.

If you are suffering from depression, or know someone who is, my goal of writing these articles on depression is to spread a message of hope. Psychiatry is a field of medicine that specifically focuses on diseases of the mind including depression. Even a single consultation can help to clarify the diagnosis, treatment options and can begin the healing process.

You Might Be Underestimating Just How Much Your Friends Love You

The Huffington Post | Carolyn Gregoire | Posted 11.14.2014 | Healthy Living

Social anxiety disorder can make it incredibly difficult for people to interact with others and make friends. And according to a new study, people wit...

Your Biggest First Date Worries... Solved

Dr. Shannon Kolakowski | Posted 12.20.2014 | Healthy Living
Dr. Shannon Kolakowski

Especially if you're shy or tend to be anxious, those first date jitters can translate into full blown dating anxiety, which can be paralyzing. The days and hours leading up to a date can be worry-filled, and you may even avoid dating altogether if it's too intense.

8 Tips for Helping Shy Kids Make Friends

Susan Stiffelman | Posted 12.01.2014 | Parents
Susan Stiffelman

My son is a very shy child. He had one friend at school who was his best buddy last year (in first grade), but that boy moved away. My little guy is t...

5 Ways to Overcome Dating Anxiety

Dr. Shannon Kolakowski | Posted 11.22.2014 | Healthy Living
Dr. Shannon Kolakowski

The message is one of hope. Social anxiety can be debilitating, isolating and lonely. But it doesn't have to be that way. With treatment, practice and a willingness to try new behaviors, dating anxiety can be overcome.

Coming Out, Again: A Singer Battles Depression and Stage Fright

Doug Kreeger | Posted 11.01.2014 | Healthy Living
Doug Kreeger

Words have meaning and intent, and denial of this fact is ignorant. I believe that in the great cage match of life, enlightenment destroys ignorance, and enlightenment is my truth, my whole truth, and nothing but my truth, in whatever way I choose to illuminate the darkness of my own tightly-locked closet.

Finding A Holistic Way To Treat An Anxiety Disorder

HuffPost Live | Rahel Gebreyes | Posted 08.25.2014 | Healthy Living

40 million Americans suffer from general anxiety disorder, but just a third of them receive treatment. How do those with anxiety deal with panic attac...

How I Got Healthy: Part One: Panic Attacks and a Work in Progress

Julie Sacks | Posted 10.18.2014 | Healthy Living
Julie Sacks

While the anxiety attacks are gone, and I feel really great most of the time, I am still a work in progress. I am eager to embrace what's ahead for me as I continue to grow and evolve. I truly feel lucky to be happier and healthier, but always learning.

9 Things Every Parent with an Anxious Child Should Try

Renee Jain | Posted 10.06.2014 | Parents
Renee Jain

I wish I could go back in time and teach the younger version of myself how to cope, but of course, that's not possible. What is possible is to try to reach as many kids and parents as possible with these coping skills.

Exercise May Literally Change How You See The World

The Huffington Post | Jacqueline Howard | Posted 07.22.2014 | Science

Yeah, yeah, yeah. Most of us know that regular exercise can reduce your risk of cancer and heart disease, prevent weight gain, improve sleep, and even...

Lindsay Holmes

8 Things Only People With Anxiety Understand

HuffingtonPost.com | Lindsay Holmes | Posted 05.10.2014 | Healthy Living

For the 40 million American adults who suffer from anxiety and panic disorders, everyday life can be a little more challenging than most people realiz...

Lindsay Holmes

6 Things Shy People Can Teach Us About Success

HuffingtonPost.com | Lindsay Holmes | Posted 04.11.2014 | Healthy Living

Chances are we’ve all experienced a bout of shyness in our lives, whether it’s when we've walked into a party full of strangers or tried to shine ...

For Some of Us, WWW = IRL

Paul Fidalgo | Posted 03.25.2014 | Technology
Paul Fidalgo

It's not so much that I use the Web as some kind of giant confessional with "like" buttons, but that I can just relax a bit more and talk about even boring and trivial things about myself. I even find it easier to be curious about others and their own trivialities, which I rarely am in physical space. I can breathe.

When Kids Refuse to Go to School

Debra Kissen | Posted 02.20.2014 | Parents
Debra Kissen

In treating school refusal, it is critical to first conduct a functional analysis to determine why a child is refusing to go to school. School refusal is not a diagnosis; it is a symptom of a disorder.

Are You Afraid to Approach Women?

Morty Lefkoe | Posted 02.02.2014 | Healthy Living
Morty Lefkoe

Feeling uncomfortable around others is one of the most common problems people have to contend with. There is a subcategory of such people who specifi...

5 Ways To Handle I-Feel-Stupid Moments

Posted 12.04.2013 | OWN

As told to Zoe Donaldson Is the social spotlight fraying your nerves? Our fearless panel is here to help. ...I walk into a room full of ...

Alone, But Not Lonely

Jesse Pollak | Posted 01.23.2014 | San Francisco
Jesse Pollak

Aloneness is a noun that describes the physical state of having no one else (or no friends) present. Loneliness is a noun that describes the aching sadness one can suffer from feeling alone. The two are often conflated in modern society -- but they don't have to be.

Your Social Life Is Not Your Social Media

Dr. Peggy Drexler | Posted 12.23.2013 | Media
Dr. Peggy Drexler

Social media-induced angst is happening with increasing frequency. Just as businesses and brands use social media to interact with their target audience and monitor consumer interest, people are using social media to gauge how their friends and acquaintances feel about them.

The Value of Being Alone Together

Simone Collins | Posted 10.21.2013 | Technology
Simone Collins

The internet and a litany of mobile apps have also made it far easier for shy and introverted people to make new friends. For the first 24 years of my life, I didn't date and made few new acquaintances.

10 Scientifically-Proven Ways To Have More Fun

Andrea Umbach | Posted 09.13.2013 | Healthy Living
Andrea Umbach

Adults and children must find a balance between structure and spontaneity. Structure allows for a framework, choices, and some flexibility, but rigidity means you follow the rules -- or else. How do you find balance?

How to Talk to That Cute Guy or Girl With Total Confidence

Catherine Chen, Ph.D. | Posted 09.08.2013 | Women
Catherine Chen, Ph.D.

How many times have you passed up the opportunity to talk to a stranger, held back by a fear of rejection?