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Getting Your Eating Back on Track With a Food Plan

By Nancy Matsumoto on January 09, 2012 in Eating Disorders News
Our guide to getting the most out of a food plan to normalize eating

What Makes a Good Psychiatrist?

By Dinah Miller M.D. on January 09, 2012 in Shrink Rap Today
What characteristics make a psychiatrist good?

A Healthy Dose of Self-Compassion

By Barbara Markway Ph.D. on January 09, 2012 in Shyness Is Nice
With the start of a new year, many of us are focused on change. We are in a hurry to change our long-ingrained behaviors, and we are quick to berate ourselves when we fall short. Instead, I would suggest we all need a healthy dose of self-compassion. With this in mind, I have gathered the following quotes:

The Placebo Response: Not in Your Head but in Your Brain

By Richard E. Cytowic M.D. on January 09, 2012 in The Fallible Mind
How sugar pills and sham treatments mimic the real thing

Does My Teen Need Treatment? Part II

This is the second installment in the Raising Healthy Children series discussing the steps to take if you decide your teenager needs treatment or medication during your divorce.

Foot Soldiers of the Reagan Revolution

By George Davis on January 09, 2012 in Modern Melting Pot
If the middle class is destroyed, American society run by .001%ers would, over time, look more and more like a society run by communists.

That Place In Between

Passion is key in that it makes it possible to become proficient. Passion allows for intellectual exploration and creativity that wouldn’t be accessed without passionate pursuit, so being passionate about what you do each day makes room for success.

Tim Tebow: Lessons for Students About Prayer and Practice

I found a couple lessons for students embedded in all the Tebow hoopla.

Glenn Close as Albert Nobbs: Truth from the Inside Out

By Julie K Hersh on January 09, 2012 in Struck By Living
Glenn Close's Albert Nobbs helps us all understand that sometimes what we think is a dysfunctional exterior actually holds profound inner truth.

New Year's Resolution 2012: Take Better Notes!

By Judith Eve Lipton M.D. on January 09, 2012 in Pura Vida
Great new tools for writers! Take, store, and find your thoughts and notes!

Willingness to Change

By D.J. Moran Ph.D. on January 09, 2012 in When More Isn't Enough
Willingness is an important component to behavior change.

Should Ron Paul Accept Matching Funds?

Should Ron Paul apply for, or accept, matching funds from the government for his political campaign? Would he be justified in doing so? Or, more generally, what is the libertarian position on anyone accepting any monies from the state for whatever reason?

Personal Growth: "Know Thyself" Is the First Step to Life Change

By Jim Taylor Ph.D. on January 09, 2012 in The Power of Prime
I disagree with Marcus Buckingham, the co-author of "Now, Discover Your Strengths," who asserts that the way to achieve goals is to focus on your strengths. I believe that it is our weaknesses that prevent us from making substantial changes in our lives.

The Protestant Health Ethic – Clinical Calvinism?

By Pattie Thomas Ph.D. on January 09, 2012 in I Take Up Space
Fat people have become the canary in the mine of American public health. No matter what size body you have, you should be paying attention to the economic, political and cultural realities of fatness in America. It will tell you a lot about what is wrong with our medical systems, including our lack of compassion for the sick.

Holiday Inertia: Where Did My Normal Go?

Holidays can be biting and isolating, but you can find your way back to a happy normal.

Spooked by Shakespeare

By Matthew Hutson on January 09, 2012 in Psyched!
A short piece by Tad Friend in the January 9 New Yorker demonstrates no fewer than three forms of magical thinking in one column of text. The subject: John Logan, a playwright and screenwriter (recently: Hugo, Rango, Coriolanus). The scene: Bauman Rare Books on Madison Avenue.

Marijuana, Spice, and Our Youth

Although marijuana may have some medical uses, the rapid surge in the number of people obtaining this drug via prescriptions suggests that recreational users might be taking advantage of the medical system.

Psychology of Celebrity: Celebrities Have Low Self-Esteem

By Seth Meyers Psy.D. on January 09, 2012 in Insight Is 20/20
In an interview published in the new February issue of Harper's Bazaar, Demi Moore gets real and openly discusses some personal feelings that most people would only share with a best friend.

Must One Risk Madness to Achieve Genius?

By Scott Barry Kaufman Ph.D. on January 09, 2012 in Beautiful Minds
Must one risk getting lost in the sea of madness in order to reach the lone island of genius?

Is Facebook Hurting Your Job Search?

By Katharine Brooks Ed.D. on January 09, 2012 in Career Transitions
The blurring of personal and professional life online can provide a cautionary tale for job seekers. As Dan Schawbel points out, the Facebook "friend" today could become a "coworker" tomorrow. They might even be your future boss — or someone who has the power to hire you.

Let's Not Get Panicky

By Christopher Bergland on January 09, 2012 in The Athlete's Way
Everybody has the power to create a state of mental and physical calmness on demand. Athletes learn to have grace under pressure by training their minds and bodies to counter-balance physiological changes that trigger the ‘fight-or-flight’ stress response and cause them to fumble or choke. You can do this in your daily life by using THE RELAXATION RESPONSE technique.

Are You Really Doomed to Regain Your Lost Weight?

By Yoni Freedhoff MD on January 09, 2012 in Traumatic Dieting
A recent article by Tara Parker Pope in the New York Times suggests that long term success with weight loss is nearly impossible. I beg to differ.

Declare Something "Finished"

By Gretchen Rubin on January 09, 2012 in The Happiness Project
As a writer, I've learned that one of the most important things I do is to declare a project "finished." This resolution sounds easy, but I find it very, very difficult to do.

The Secret Behind Women's Laughter

Women's humor was shut away, sealed off as tightly as bologna in a Tupperware container, to preserve it for later.