It is one thing to talk about how our minds can fool us. An adult remembers going to Disneyland as a child for a picture with Bugs Bunny? No problem. It is different when you see how our minds can fail us.
Building good habits can be difficult. That's especially true if you want to stick with them for the long term. Thankfully, there are a few simple strategies that you can use to build better habits and break bad ones.
When we think of unhealthy habits, items such as cigarette smoking, midnight snacking or a sedentary lifestyle are often the first that come to mind. Yet, many of our unhealthiest habits are not behavioral but psychological in nature.
Every morning I go off to a small studio behind my house to write. I try to ignore all email and phone calls until lunchtime. Then I launch into the sometimes frantic busy-ness of a tightly scheduled day. But that protected time in the morning is when I get my really productive work done.
If we listen to the words of authors, therapists and coaches, we come to believe that in order to lose weight we need to be disciplined. However, this advice is only half true and can easily betray our best efforts, goals and intentions.
As a minor key kind of gal, I often wonder: Why does sad music make me feel so happy? Why do I feel so thrilled when Jacques Brel sings of abandonment? Why do I prefer my Chopin in C sharp minor? Why do I love Leonard Cohen so much?
Go back to what it what like growing up -- both in and outside the home. Think about school, social life, etc. Even in your young adult life and into adulthood, what were experiences that happened to invoke these emotions? Why?
I find the more I claim about who I am, the more free I become. I believe my life is about wholeness, claiming all the parts of myself -- not being right, nice or perfect. I am just humbly (and not so humbly!) learning to be who I am without influence from others.
Hold your applause for fast food giants like McDonald's -- call them out on their ineffective commitments and hold them to a higher standard.
This is an interview with Roopa Singh, founder of South Asian-American Perspectives on Yoga in America (SAAPYA), and a business owner of Brooklyn-based health and wellness center Third Root.
The goal is to understand our nature so we can transform these unhealthy patterns into healthy ones. Our temperament is not a weakness, but a place where we can cultivate strength. Instead of trying to be someone else, you can strive to become the best version of yourself.
In addition to all these more deep-rooted belief systems we've made up in our heads, I'm finding that one of the biggest obstacles to us asking for what we need is that we often don't even know what we need.
So is pride a sin or a virtue? If one's pride stems from true ability and is expressed in moderation, it will be quite valuable. But if the pride is misplaced -- if it's not reflective of one's true abilities or competence -- then it is hubris and can only end in ruin.
Research is beginning to show that, while technology may not replace in-person therapy, advances are making life better for survivors.
A total stranger made a startling revelation to me on a recent plane trip. It was as if I had somehow strapped a lie detector onto him. The result w...
Central to the understanding of the concept of attachment is the assumption that all infants will become attached, but that such attachment can be either secure (i.e., "good") or insecure (i.e., "bad").
Being able to keep your focus amidst the daily din of distraction makes you better able to use whatever talents you need to apply -- whether making a business plan or a cheese soufflé. The more prone to distraction, the worse we do.
No one, in my estimation, bridged the gulf between science and faith better than Teilhard de Chardin, the French paleontologist, priest, and mystic (1881-1955). By his success, Teilhard provided a model for those who seek integrity in the reconciliation of science and spirituality.
This is an interview with Lilly Bechtel, who has been volunteering in correctional facilities since 2005. In 2010, Lilly became certified in a trauma-...
I recently got divorced from my wife of 26 years. This has put obvious stress on my two daughters. They're already pulling away and being disrespectful towards me. What can I do to stop this trend?