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Mary Pritchard
Mary Pritchard, Ph.D., is a professor in the Department of Psychology at Boise State University. She has authored and coauthored journal articles for leading psychology journals such as Personality and Individual Development, Stress and Health, Journal of Human Behavior in the Social Environment, and Eating and Weight Disorders. She regularly provides workshops on body image, eating behaviors, and self-esteem. Follow her on Twitter. Link with her on LinkedIn.
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Entries by Mary Pritchard

Lessons Learned From a Broken Heart

(2) Comments | Posted February 6, 2015 | 6:17 PM

After two months of chest pains, I finally got in to see a cardiologist. The verdict? There's nothing wrong with my heart.

While I was ecstatic at the news, it begged the question: why the chest pains? And then it hit me:...

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The Art of Receiving

(0) Comments | Posted January 5, 2015 | 2:02 PM


At the end of December every year, I like to close out my year and plan for the next one. As part of this process, I always pick a word of the year -- something that embodies what I think I need...

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Maiden, Mother, Bitch

(0) Comments | Posted December 7, 2014 | 11:34 AM


In my sessions with private clients, I often find myself working with traditional female archetypes. The young women I see are often in the midst of their maiden years, trying to figure out just who they are and where they belong the world....

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Is Being Female Synonymous With Being Fearful?

(0) Comments | Posted November 6, 2014 | 4:58 PM


It's well-established in my field that women report more anxiety than men do. For several years I have assumed this was not a reflection of actual experienced anxiety, but rather a lack of social acceptability for men to admit to any...

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Burning the Candle at Both Ends? Take Time to Recharge This Fall

(2) Comments | Posted October 9, 2014 | 6:58 PM


I met with my doctor last week, and he had some interesting news for me. My blood work showed that my cortisol level was too low. As he explained it to me, that only happens for one of two reasons:

1) You are...

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Love Languages: Relationship Communication 101

(1) Comments | Posted September 29, 2014 | 11:47 AM


At the end of the day disappointment sets in. No gift, no card, only a verbal 'happy birthday' and a Facebook wall post.

I need more. I need symbols, signs. Call me materialistic but I learned something about myself in couples counseling a...

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Sometimes a Lesson Is Just a Lesson, or Is It?

(0) Comments | Posted September 17, 2014 | 12:07 PM

A few months back I shared the process I use to deal with life's little lessons -- you know, the things that happen to you presumably for no reason, but typically contain nuggets of wisdom in there somewhere? The universe recently sent me another one of those little...

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Do You Wear Your Busyness as a Badge of Honor?

(1) Comments | Posted August 20, 2014 | 6:23 PM becoming rare and precious. Everything is hype, noise, desire, desperation, speed and greed. We in the modern world are good at 'doing,' but anemic at 'being.' Entertainment, busy-ness, texting while walking or even driving...'Efficiency' is an addictive myth based on our fidgety fear of opening up. We can not...
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Finding Elusive Intimacy (Into Me You See)

(0) Comments | Posted June 30, 2014 | 7:34 PM


"Someday someone is going to look at you with a light in their eyes you've never seen, they'll look at you like you're everything they've been looking for their entire lives. Wait for it." -- Unknown, found on

I've been...

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Making a Commitment to Myself

(0) Comments | Posted May 26, 2014 | 2:29 PM

A few weeks ago I posted a blog entry about "How to Be Your Own Prince Charming." You see, if I learned nothing else after 21 years with my ex-husband, it's that there is no Prince Charming. All my life I have been unconsciously waiting for my prince...

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How to Deal With Life's Little Lessons

(0) Comments | Posted April 30, 2014 | 5:12 PM

A few weeks ago, I shared my "Ode to the Universe" with you. The great thing about the universe is that it will deliver exactly what you need, at the time you need it. You may not want it, but if you need it, it will come. What...

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How to Be Your Own Prince Charming

(2) Comments | Posted April 14, 2014 | 4:54 PM

As a child, I loved fairy tales -- Cinderella, Sleeping Beauty, Snow White. What I loved about them was that at the end, each princess found her Prince Charming. That, I thought as a young girl, is what I need. A handsome prince on a white steed, riding in to...

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Ode to the Universe

(0) Comments | Posted April 1, 2014 | 6:39 PM

I love the universe.

2013 was an awful year for me. Between my divorce, move, breaking my heel for the second time in a year, and turning 40, I felt like Lieutenant Dan in the movie Forrest Gump, when he was raging against the awful storm that ironically caused their...

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Turning Body Shame Into Body Love

(2) Comments | Posted March 11, 2014 | 2:19 PM

I'll be the first one to admit that I tend to be my own worst critic when it comes to my body. You see me -- however it is you perceive me -- and I see flaws. Things that need to be improved. Things that need "fixing." But, of course,...

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Self-Love Doesn't Include My Body, Does It?

(0) Comments | Posted February 21, 2014 | 12:52 PM

In the past week, I've given four talks on self-love, and I've been amazed at the audience reactions. During the first talk, I opened with Christine Arylo's definition of self-love:

"Self-love is the unconditional love and respect you have for yourself that is so deep, so solid, so...
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Make Valentine's Day Self-Love and Appreciation Day

(5) Comments | Posted February 9, 2014 | 9:23 PM

For the first time in 21 years, I will be spending this Valentine's Day alone. Although my ex-husband and I rarely made a big deal out of this "Hallmark holiday," I find myself getting resentful at the hearts and flowers filling the aisles of my local grocery store. It's as...

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A Disordered Eating Researcher Comes Clean

(4) Comments | Posted January 22, 2014 | 11:29 AM

Who's happy with what they look like? As it turns out, pretty much no one. About 90 percent of college-aged women and 80.9 percent of college-aged men report being unhappy with their weight.

I knew this. But I've been out of college for so long...

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Listen to Your Heart

(0) Comments | Posted January 3, 2014 | 6:39 PM

I always thought the best way to protect your heart was to keep it hidden behind walls -- layers of beliefs, masks you show the world. I figured that was the easiest way to ensure you didn't get hurt.

But it occurred to me a few weeks ago that...

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How to Survive the Holidays With Your Sanity Intact

(0) Comments | Posted December 13, 2013 | 7:03 PM

It's that time of year -- holiday decorations abound, shopping takes on a whole new meaning, and what should be a peaceful, happy time usually turns into a chaotic, stressful mess.

When stress levels skyrocket, it's important that we dive head first into self-care. Yet, that's the last thing...

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Is Self-Care Selfish?

(0) Comments | Posted November 27, 2013 | 11:53 AM

If I decided to leave work early to go get a massage, what would you say? She's a slacker? I'm not paying you to get a massage during working hours? If you have time to get a massage, then I need to give you more work to do?

As a...

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