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Predicting the End of the Pandemic: Is it Better to Be an Optimist or Pessimist?

Opinions about when the pandemic will end are like mouths: everyone has one. Optimists predict a flattening of the curve and a workable vaccine within six months; pessimists forecast that we’ll be flattened by the curve and will never return to our pre-pandemic way of life.   So which is better? To be an optimist and […]

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Is It Healthier to Have a Positive or Negative Outlook During the Pandemic?

The million-dollar question running through the minds of most of us during the pandemic, often multiple times each day, is “When will it end?” I’ve joined Zoom group meetings with friends that focus singularly on this question. After a while, we grow weary of talking about it, yet it still occupies a large portion of our brains every day.   Miss […]

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Anthony Silard’s article in Psychology Today | A Critical Danger to Our Way of Life: Insularity

Psychology Today recently published Anthony Silard’s article. Read it here.

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In One Corner: You. In the Other: the 24-7 Slot Machine in Your Hands

Yes, it’s true: on average, we touch our phones over 2,500 times per day. Why?   “Because we enjoy it!” many people tell me at my conferences. It turns out nothing could be further from the truth. We are constantly on our phones because we feel compelled to be.   Once again, why?   Dopamine.  Dopamine Drives You Toward […]

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Anthony Silard’s latest in Psychology Today | Your Daily Battle: You versus the 24-7 Slot Machine in Your Hands

Anthony Silard’s article was published in Psychology Today. You can read it here.

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Getting Through the Pandemic: Lessons from a British Navy Captain

Like many parents with children at home, my wife and I have experienced a high level of anxiety over these past few months. The question we have been trying to answer is, “What will we do with the kids?” Their schools are closed; they need our constant attention; we both work. Hmmm.  Trailing not too far behind that question was […]

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Anthony Silard’s article in Psychology Today | Leading During the Pandemic: Lessons from a Navy Captain

Anthony Silard’s article was published in Psychology Today. You can read it here.

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A Message to Parents: Don’t Squander Your Inheritance

The other day, I was listening to the 1974 Harry Chapin song “Cat’s in the Cradle” and was struck by the theme—a father doesn’t have time to spend with his son during his son’s most important developmental years. Later, once the father is retired, his son returns the favor and avoids him. (Read the song’s poignant lyrics.) The theme […]

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Anthony Silard’s latest article in Psychology Today | A Message to Parents: Don’t Squander Your Inheritance

Anthony Silard’s article was published in Psychology Today. Please read it here.

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Why the Pandemic is Destabilizing Us So Profoundly: The Cardinal Mistake of the Cognitive Miser

When asked what they most fear, being killed by a shark or dying in a traffic accident, most people reply that they are more afraid of the former.   Let’s consider the numbers: according to CDC data, every year about 1.35 million people die worldwide in traffic accidents, or about 3,700 per day. In 2019, two people worldwide were killed […]

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