We are a group of
clinical and research psychologists from the University of
Toronto and McGill who are distributing tools
that will improve psychological and physical health to
interested individuals everywhere.
Jordan B Peterson, Professor, University of Toronto
• Dr. Daniel M Higgins, Post Doctoral
Fellow, University of Toronto
Robert O Pihl, Professor, McGill University
Dr. Raymond Mar, Professor at York University, Dr. Dominique Morisano,
Supervising Psychologist at The Child and Family Institute at St.
Luke's Hospital Center in New York, Dr. Bruce Shore at McGill, and
Dr. Jacob Hirsh at the University of Toronto helped with
the scientific validation and research.
Our research team has
produced more than four hundred published scientific papers on
topics as diverse as personality theory, clinical psychology,
psychology of religion, aggression, alcohol and drug abuse, anxiety,
intelligence, psychopharmacology, prefrontal function,
behavioral economics, and academic and business performance
We believe that writing exercises such as those presented
on this website can help people confront their past,
understand and improve their personalities in the present, and
increase the chances that their futures will be meaningful,
productive and healthy.
Careful writing is a form of complex
thinking, and thinking about your experiences, past, present and
future, helps eliminate uncertainty and increase promise and hope.
This is of vital importance, because uncertainty triggers
emergency mental and bodily responses, particularly through the
action of the stress hormone cortisol, and chronic cortisol
overproduction can increase the risk of cancer, heart disease,
obesity, anxiety, depression and infection. Such overproduction is a
major cause of mental degeneration, as well, and contributes to
It is not good for your mind and body to
be reacting to your life as if it were an ongoing emergency.
Coming to terms with the past, improving the present, and
planning the future can help you remove unnecessary stress from your