Social Emotional Learning
Texts in this set encourage students to understand and manage their emotions, set and achieve goals, be kind, practice empathy and responsibility, and build other soft skills.
The Complexity of Fear
Mary C. Lamia, Ph.D.
In this heavily researched article, Dr. Mary C. Lamia delineates between anxiety and fear.
Psychologist Carl Rogers explains how self-perception can shape a person’s identity.
Can a Devastating Shark Attack Really Lead to a Better Life?
A psychologist explores the way Bethany Hamilton, a surfer and shark attack survivor, managed to overcome her trauma.
Stress for Success
Alison Pearce Stevens
Many view stress as a burden, but it can also be a useful emotion.
The Bright Side of Sadness
Science News looks at recent studies suggesting that negative emotions might have some positive benefits.
Maslow's Hierarchy of Needs
Psychologist Abraham Maslow suggested that human beings are driven by a progression of universal needs.
This short but profound poem deals with the idea of hiding one’s identity.
Fear Is Simple and Profound
Julia Butterfly Hill
Julia Butterfly Hill uses an extended metaphor to explain how fear hinders people from “trusting the great mystery within.”
Different types of coping mechanisms can be used to deal with stress, which can yield both positive and negative results.
What Fear Can Teach Us
Karen Thompson Walker
In this speech, Karen Thompson Walker discusses how fear impacts the decisions we make.
How Resilience Works
Diane Coutu discusses the three main characteristics of resilience.
Depression, The Secret We Share
Andrew Solomon describes his experiences with depression and what makes some people more resilient in overcoming it.
The Keys to Happiness: Partly Genetic, But You Control the Rest
New research explores how genetics and personal choices contribute to a person’s happiness.
Scientists Reveal Three Keys to Happiness
Stephen and Rachel Kaplan’s study identifies three important elements for achieving happiness.
A speaker describes their outside face and their ‘underface.’
Can We Cultivate Our Own Happiness?
Martin Seligman researches how people can be happier and has developed the field of “positive psychology.”
Grit: The Power of Passion and Perseverance
Angela Lee Duckworth
Angela Lee Duckworth discusses the role that grit plays in success.
The New Era of Positive Psychology
Martin Seligman discusses the development of “positive psychology” and how people can lead happier lives.
Want to Get Into College? Learn to Fail
Angel B. Pérez
A dean of admissions dispels the myth that students should showcase perfection on a college application, and explores the relationship between past failures and college success.