The psychological need for support from and connection with others is thought to have its roots in our small-tribe hunter-gatherer heritage. Since then, several decades of scientific research into attachment theory have taught us about what good interpersonal connection looks like. Obtaining fulfillment from your social connections isn't only about what you receive from others, because meeting others' needs meets a need of your own.
Welcome to the Right Life Project.
We strive to support you in building and maintaining the most meaningful, fulfilling, and healthy life possible. The kind of life that comes from letting go of habits of thought or behavior that have held you in place and cultivating others that promote feelings of freedom and wellbeing. One in which your daily life, whether at home, work, or play, is aligned with who you are at your core—allowing you to thrive, not just survive.
Whether you're just here for interesting reading, or there are some areas of your life that you’d like to work on, or you’d like to make radical changes and don’t know where to begin, we hope you’ll find something that speaks to you.
The hierarchy of your goals—how relatively important they are to you—is one thing. A somewhat different matter is how concrete or abstract they are, and how you link the two types together. The process can have a big impact on your mood and overall wellbeing and, by extension, on your performance.
Neurobiological research is providing an ever-growing body of evidence supporting long-standing psychological theories about the importance of attunement with others, especially in early life. A recent pilot study hints that the same types of connections you need to thrive as an infant and adult may also keep dementia at bay.
Ambivalence shows up most obviously in areas of your life where a wide gulf separates opposing motivational poles. But it's also there in those little moments of truth when, even after you feel that you've reconciled your conflicting motivations and laid the groundwork for change, and all that’s left is to pull the trigger, you don’t.