Brian Hite, Ph.D.

Phone No: 818-430-4182
Email: Brian@BeginAgain

Challenging Your Perceptions: Overcoming Confirmation Bias for a Clearer Reality

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“It’s not what you look at that matters, it’s what you see.” – Henry David Thoreau We all have core values and beliefs that heavily influence how we perceive our environments. One of the ways this influence occurs is through something called the confirmation bias. The confirmation bias is our tendency to confirm what we already […]

Taking Control: Harnessing Neuroplasticity and Mindful Practice to Create Beneficial Habits

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“Your net worth to the world is usually determined by what remains after your bad habits are subtracted from your good ones.” -Benjamin Franklin Neuroplasticity refers to the brain’s ability to rewire itself to make whatever neural connections it makes most often more efficient. Thoughts, feelings, and behaviors are simply patterns of neural connections. So, when […]

Breaking Free from Perfectionism: Embracing Mistakes and Growth

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Perfectionism is an internalized oppression.” – Gloria Steinham Many people describe themselves as perfectionists without really understanding what that term implies or how detrimental it can be. World-renowned emotions researcher Brene Brown defines perfectionism as “a self-destructive and addictive belief system that fuels this primary thought: If I look perfect, live perfectly, work perfectly, and do everything perfectly, […]

Embracing Change: The Power of Fixed and Growth Mindsets

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When you enter a mindset, you enter a new world. In one world (the world of fixed traits) success is about proving you’re smart or talented. Validating yourself. In the other (the world of changing qualities) it’s about stretching yourself to learn something new. Developing yourself.” Carol Dweck In 2007, Dr. Carol Dweck introduced the concepts […]

Embracing Acceptance: Focusing on the Present to Navigate

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“For after all, the best thing one can do when it’s raining is let it rain.” Henry Wadsworth Longfellow Unwanted things happen all the time that we have absolutely no control over. These things make us angry, sad, or frustrated and wreak havoc with our meticulously made plans…and there’s nothing we can do about it. In […]

Understanding Behavior: Checking Beneath the Surface

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“Human behavior flows from three main sources: desire, emotions, and knowledge.” Plato “People say I make strange choices, but they’re not strange for me. My sickness is that I’m fascinated by human behavior, by what’s underneath the surface, by the worlds inside people.” Johnny Depp The behavior of others constantly impacts us. Whether talking about the behavior […]

Escaping the Hedonic Treadmill: Pursuing Real Happiness

Pursuing Real Happiness

“Folks are usually about as happy as they make their minds up to be.” Abraham Lincoln From time immemorial, human beings have been pursuing happiness and well-being. Although definitions abound, the one that has stood the test of time is the concept of eudaimonia, usually understood in terms of flourishing or thriving. Eudaimonia can be compared […]

Living in the Present Moment: Balancing Hope and Fear

Balancing Hope and Fear

“[Hope and Fear] belong to a mind in suspense, to a mind in a state of anxiety through looking into the future. Both are mainly due to projecting our thoughts far ahead of us instead of adapting ourselves to the present.” Lucius Annaeus Seneca Although thinking ahead to plan and prepare for upcoming events is unquestionably […]

Fight Inertia: Overcoming Challenges to Change Your Life


Nothing happens until something moves.” Albert Einstein Inertia is the tendency for a body in motion to stay in motion and a body at rest to stay at rest unless acted on by an outside force. Inertia is most often discussed in terms of physics but is relevant in our everyday lives as well. For example, […]

Emotion vs Fact – What’s Your Opinion?

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When we hear new information, we often experience an immediate emotional reaction. Then, based on that emotional reaction, we determine whether we believe the information or not. That is, our opinion about a matter tends not to be based on a thorough analysis of the relevant facts but solely on how the information makes us […]