Using music to enhance learning and performance has become increasingly popular over the years. We know that listening to music can shift our mood, cause us to remember things from the past, or help us forget about things for a while. Decades ago, I would let my young sons pick out music to do chores by, we called this, “clean up music.” If they stopped doing the designated chore, I would turn off the music. I was using mu...

In our current culture, mental health is a top priority for many people. We hire coaches, teachers, tutors, counselors, nutritionists, trainers, and consultants for just about every aspect of life we want to do better in. When it comes to our mental or psychological health, we have to venture into a sea of counselors and therapists with varying levels of educational degrees, certifications, trainings, and experience. In a...

When striving for excellence becomes crippling perfectionism.

Research in the past decade is evolving rapidly regarding the influence of perfectionism in sports. In the past, it was a commonly held belief that perfectionism appeared to have a debilitating effect on an athlete, which undermines their sense of fulfillment in their achievements.

            In the field of Sports Psychology, the definition of ‘perfectionism’ ha...

How can trauma impact a relationship?

Trauma survivors with PTSD may have trouble with their close family relationships or friendships. The symptoms of PTSD can cause problems with trust, closeness, communication, and problem solving. These problems may affect the way the survivor acts with others. In turn, the way a loved one responds to him or her affects the trauma survivor. A circular pattern can develop that may someti...

There is a lot of press these days on the effects of ‘stress’ and healthy ways to manage the stress in our lives. Understanding how stress is defined will help us take steps to manage it properly. Everyone has stress in his or her lives. The good stress is called “Eustress,” which is when we challenge ourselves in positive ways. Such as, learning something new, or pushing our bodies during exercise. Eustress is the physiol...