What Everyone Gets Wrong About Positive Thinking

Positive psychology is a new and important concept, which includes studies on happiness, gratitude journals, and emphasizing strengths rather than weaknesses. But this belief can be emotionally & psychologically harmful.

5 Facts Every Resilient Person Knows

Linda Carroll on Resilience

Resilience, or our capacity to withstand painful and disruptive life experiences (and even catastrophes), is taking on more importance than ever in the uncertain world we live in today. Surviving dysfunction, disappointment, and devastation in love and work has always been a part of our lives.

Exactly How To “Fight Right” in Relationships

Linda Carroll: Relationships

Picture this: Riding a bike with your partner, or walking your dog against the backdrop of a gorgeous sunset. There is ease, openheartedness, and affection. And then: “We need to talk about something you said at the party last week that bothered me.”

How Yoga Can Help You Deal with Tragedy

As I walked into my yoga class, I passed a close friend sitting on her mat, rocking back and forth. I saw that she was crying. When I reached out to her, she fell into my arms like a child. I suggested we leave; we went to the car, and she told me her story.

The Psychological Reason You Get Defensive

Defensive Behavior

If you know a defensive person, it can be extremely frustrating. If you’re a defensive person, are you doomed to drive people away with your defensiveness forever? If you’re in a relationship with a defensive person, should you just cut and run? Not just yet.

What It Really Means If You Love But You’re Not In Love

“I love her, but I’m not in love with her.”

In the 35 years in which I have been a relationship counselor and life coach and among the thousands of couples I have seen, at least 25 percent begin with this statement.