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Self Control

Have American Parents Got It All Backwards?

Christine Gross-Loh | Posted 01.23.2014 | Parents
Christine Gross-Loh

Though parents around the world have the same goals, American parents like me (despite our very best intentions) have gotten it all backwards.

Get A Grip! How To Control Unruly Emotions

Dr. Ted George | Posted 07.06.2013 | Healthy Living
Dr. Ted George

Much of my treatment is aimed at helping patients learn how to override their brain's survival reactions and seize control of their emotions. I explain to people what they can do to control how their brain reacts. So does a person get a grip over powerful emotions?

Should We Ban Smokers? Some Companies Are

Dr. Judson Brewer | Posted 07.03.2013 | Healthy Living
Dr. Judson Brewer

I am yet to be convinced that policies such as not hiring or going as far as firing smokers is a better solution than devoting resources to helping them quit (and work).

The Secret To Changing A Habit For Good

Dr. Judson Brewer | Posted 06.25.2013 | Healthy Living
Dr. Judson Brewer

Besides taking a lot of blood, sweat and tears, relying on self-control to change our habits may not work so well because, well, we run out of blood, sweat and tears. When our tank is empty, that habit comes rushing back with a vengeance.

Self-Control Is a Non-Renewable Resource

Dr. Judson Brewer | Posted 06.15.2013 | Healthy Living
Dr. Judson Brewer

If you're gung ho on quitting cold turkey, make sure you've got plenty of gas in the tank (and can keep filling it up). Common signs of an empty tank are summed up in the acronym HALT (Hungry Angry Lonely Tired). Also, if going cold turkey has failed you before, or if it sounds particularly painful, try other methods.

For Obesity, the Future Is Now

Wray Herbert | Posted 06.12.2013 | Science
Wray Herbert

We do have the cognitive ability to project days or weeks or even years into the future, but we don't do it when we're making food choices in the here and now. What if we could trick ourselves into keeping our heads in the future?

How To Get A Handle On Emotional Triggers

Deirdre Maloney | Posted 05.24.2013 | Healthy Living
Deirdre Maloney

Triggers are certain people and situations that bring out our -- let's just say -- less-attractive sides. They are targeted little emotional barbs that cause us to react quickly, without thinking, and in ways we regret later.

STUDY: Facebook Use Affects BMI And Credit Card Debt

The Huffington Post | Christina Huffington | Posted 03.20.2013 | Women

Social commentators have issued warning after warning that social media use can be detrimental to self-esteem. A recent paper out of the University o...

Just A Quick Burst Of This Can Boost Self-Control

Posted 03.09.2013 | Healthy Living

By Annie Hauser for Everyday Health When it comes to exercise and your health, most evidence favors consistency over occasional bursts of activity....

A Simple Success Tip: Say 'I Don't'

Heidi Grant Halvorson, Ph.D. | Posted 03.24.2013 | Healthy Living
Heidi Grant Halvorson, Ph.D.

It's hard to motivate yourself to adopt new habits, but it's even harder to rid yourself of old ones. More often than not, it's the latter that keep us from becoming the person we really want to be.

Self-Discipline Isn't Unlimited, But It Can Be Replenished

Kripalu | Posted 03.21.2013 | Healthy Living
Kripalu

Ever wonder why it's easy to call forth self-discipline one moment, but difficult in another? Several years ago, researcher Dr. Roy Baumeister, a professor of psychology at the University of Florida, pondered the same question.

Is Self-Control Overrated? (And Will It Help You Keep Those New Year's Resolutions?)

David Sack, M.D. | Posted 03.10.2013 | Healthy Living
David Sack, M.D.

With a large volume of research showing that self-control is a limited resource -- one that can be depleted as quickly as the money in your bank account -- is it worth the effort it takes to achieve self-mastery?

This Is The Mistake That Derails Your Resolution Every Year

Heidi Grant Halvorson, Ph.D. | Posted 03.07.2013 | Healthy Living
Heidi Grant Halvorson, Ph.D.

Have you ever tried to lose weight by not thinking about food? How about trying to stop yourself from calling your love interest by blocking out all thoughts about that person? Ever try to quit smoking by trying not to think about smoking? Did it work? I'll bet it didn't.

7 Ways I Will Show Restraint In 2013

Ann Brenoff | Posted 03.06.2013 | Fifty
Ann Brenoff

The ability to show restraint is a virtue and I'm trying hard to practice it more often. It's my new anti-stress mantra: Don't get mad and don't get even. Just let it go.

Children Need Recess -- and Schools Need Help

Claire McCarthy, M.D. | Posted 03.04.2013 | Parents
Claire McCarthy, M.D.

Lots of times, when I ask my patients what they think is the best part of school, they say, "recess." They may be on to something.

Don't Sabotage Your New Year's Resolution Efforts Before You've Even Started: 6 Simple Steps

Ann Rasmussen | Posted 03.02.2013 | Healthy Living
Ann Rasmussen

If we come at New Year's resolutions with a teeth-gritted determination to change, we inevitably defeat ourselves. Why? Because when we assume a fighting stance, bracing ourselves against temptations, we actually limit the resources that we bring to our challenge.

Never Look Insecure Again

Heidi Grant Halvorson, Ph.D. | Posted 02.13.2013 | Healthy Living
Heidi Grant Halvorson, Ph.D.

You know you shouldn't do it. You know that if you keep calling and leaving messages he's going to think you are needy, or pathetic, or just plain crazy. You know that if you keep asking her if she's seen her ex-boyfriend, she's going to think you are insecure, or jealous, or even controlling.

Facebook Is Making You Poor

The Huffington Post | Caroline Fairchild | Posted 11.12.2012 | Money

We all know that Facebook is eating up our free time. But new research suggests that the social network may be making us fat and poor. Facebook in...

Pounds of Personality

Wray Herbert | Posted 01.02.2013 | Science
Wray Herbert

Is it possible that the interaction between personality and weight is a two-way street -- that is, that weight gain might also cause a change in personality, a shift toward impulsiveness over time?

Mitigating Unwarranted Anger and Mediating Your Own Thoughts

William Rose | Posted 12.31.2012 | Healthy Living
William Rose

Not a single one of us can go through life angry at others for not handling situations the way we would have handled them. I can't possibly cope with debating each and every person I disagree with -- no one can.

Impulsiveness and Discipline: The Coattails Phenomenon

Wray Herbert | Posted 11.21.2012 | Science
Wray Herbert

New studies offer evidence for a social self-regulatory process, by which we draw close to others to compensate for our flaws.

What Are Your Stress 'Tells'?

Gretchen Rubin | Posted 11.17.2012 | Healthy Living
Gretchen Rubin

I used to ignore or fight my tells, now I pay very close attention to them, which allows me to handle stress much better. Children's literature is one of my joys, and it's also my mental comfort food.

The 4 Elements of Empowerment

Rayanne Thorn | Posted 10.31.2012 | Business
Rayanne Thorn

Think about why you are living, why you work, and what you really want out of both. Heart, Might, Mind, and Strength. Empower yourself.

How To Boost Your Self Control

Posted 08.22.2012 | Healthy Living

Thinking about the big picture instead of the little steps required along the way can help to give us the self-control we need to reach a goal, accord...

The London Olympics: Up Close and Personal

Dr. Gregory Jantz, Ph.D. | Posted 10.09.2012 | Media
Dr. Gregory Jantz, Ph.D.

Paraskevi "Voula" Papachristou and Michel Morganella both trained for years to reach an Olympic level of competition. Each, in turn, was leveled by something notoriously difficult to train -- the tongue.