How Self-Limiting Beliefs Can Sabotage Our Success and Happiness

By Ray Williams January 10, 2020   Many people are feel like failures because they believe success, happiness or fulfillment has evaded them in life. These beliefs are often strongly held and don’t necessarily result from a rigorous examination of logical facts...
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Is America Becoming an Autocratic State Under President Trump?

By Ray Williams May 21, 2019   Part 2 of the Article: Are Americans Becoming More Authoritarian Under An Autocratic President? Many observers argue that America is slipping into an autocratic state under President Trump, and the signs are clear. And it’s...
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Are Americans Becoming More Authoritarian?

By Ray Williams May 19, 2020   Part 1: The Rise of Authoritarianism and Decline of Democracy in America   “ First they cam for the Jews, and I did not speak out because I was not a Jew. Then they came for the Communists and I did not speak out because I was...
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America’s Political War Against Science and Experts

By Ray Williams May 12, 2020 Recent attacks on the U.S. Federal government’s own virus pandemic scientists such as Dr. Anthony Fauci and Dr. Rick Bright by FOX News, conservative politicians and pundits, and even President Trump reflects an anti-science, anti-expert...
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How Mindfulness Can Help You Deal With The Stress of COVID-19

By Ray Williams May 7, 2020       The daily news about COVID-19 can be relentless. Couple that with isolation, financial worries, new family or home-schooling responsibilities, college-aged children making an unexpected return home and, in the...
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The Problem with the Self-Help Movement

By Ray Williams, October 19, 2019   In times of doubt and uncertainty, many people turn to self-help books, groups or gurus in search of encouragement, guidance and self-affirmation. The positive self-statements suggested in these books, such as “I am a... read more

Why The Best Leaders View Vulnerability as a Strength

Why The Best Leaders View Vulnerability as a Strength By Ray Williams, April 20, 2019 There is compelling evidence that leaders who are prepared to show their vulnerability more easily gain the trust of others, and are, in fact, more effective leaders. Admitting our... read more

The Psychology of First Impressions: Are They Accurate?

By Ray Williams, February 11, 2019   Remember that famous line in the movie Jerry Maguire where Renee Zellweger says to Tom Cruise, “You had me at ‘hello’ “? Or how participants in a speed dating exercise almost instantly assess the likeability... read more

How Neuroscience Can Make Better Leaders

By Ray Williams, February 6, 2019     Leaders today must understand and apply the knowledge of neuroscience to manage organizational change successfully. In the past, efforts at organizational change which have focused on the structural aspects of... read more

Have We Lost the Need For Physical Touch?

Has our hi-tech, media-socialized world lost something critical to our species—non-sexual human physical touch? Hasn’t human physical contact set us apart from other animals, and has helped us develop complex language, culture, thinking and emotional expression?

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Why We Procrastinate and What to do About It

Most of us have procrastinated about something at some time, and that is not abnormal. In contrast, habitual procrastinators repeatedly avoid doing things—particularly difficult things—and actively look for distractions. According to research from the American... read more

Self-Confidence: Nature or Nurture?

Are you born being self-confident, or do you learn to be that way? This question is the classic nature vs. nurture inquiry. While conventional wisdom has been on the side of nurture, there’s research that indicates some people may be genetically predisposed to be... read more