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In this month’s blog, we’re wrapping up the final personality trait, which psychologists call Openness to Experience. This personality trait describes your cognitive style or how you think about the world around you.

Researchers in psychology are discovering that we are in control of a large part of how we view the world, interpret, and make meaning!

Not only can mental toughness provide an effective way to deal with stressors, it can also help individuals seek out opportunities for personal growth due to having a higher level of confidence in their own abilities.

Setting goals is an initial step, maintaining motivation, and creating behavior change is harder! We get it, we have all been there. So how can we make our goals effective in the present?

When focusing on college-aged students, ranging from age 18 to 24, studies have found that between 70-85% of them were suffering from psychological distress, particularly anxiety and depressive symptoms (Saleh, Camart, & Romo, 2017).

As July closes, another school year’s promise looms ever nearer and, with that promise arrives an equally exciting and nerve-wracking period for many high school juniors and seniors: the college application process.

Grit plays an especially important role when we look to accomplish something new. It’s that tenacity we mentioned before, the ability to accept and learn from obstacles, that paves a path to success. How do we build Grit, then? Through Growth Mindset- the belief tha...

Here at TOPPS, we believe there is a reason new goals are difficult to overcome: the underlying intention behind said goals. We encourage readers to first select a desired outcome (be it physical health, improved sense of self, or increased social interactions) and, o...

In the midst of our current 2016 to 2017 transition, we encourage readers to view ‘change’ in a different light. Science has proven that, “to maximize performance…we need a state of relative anxiety;” this level of slight uncertainty is called “optimal anxiety” and ca...

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