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Words Matter (If You Want People to Listen!)

Carrie Wilkens, PhD | Posted 04.08.2014 | Healthy Living
Carrie Wilkens, PhD

Words like "addict," "abuser" and "alcoholic" are widely used indiscriminately to describe people who struggle with substance use issues and are laden with negative connotations for much of the culture. As a psychologist who treats substance use disorders I usually discourage my clients and their families from using these words to describe themselves or their loved one.

Farewell "Bi" for Now, Hello "Diverse!"

Gary North | Posted 04.07.2014 | Gay Voices
Gary North

I'm tired of scientists, sociologists, politicians and religious leaders pontificating on whether I exist.

What'd You Call Me? Better Not Be 'Boomer'

The Huffington Post | Ann Brenoff | Posted 01.23.2014 | Fifty

A rose by any other name is still a rose, right? Maybe not. A recent New York Times story said that people in their 50s actually don't really like bei...

And What Will The Pretty One Have?

Kristin Shaw | Posted 01.23.2014 | Parents
Kristin Shaw

I can teach my son that people who say mean things, intended or unintended, are feeling mean about themselves or have had too much meanness directed at them. They are people with a lot of hurt in their lives too; it's impossible to feel happy when you are hurting others.

Don't Label Me

Doreen Guma, MA, FACHE, CPC, CLC | Posted 01.23.2014 | Healthy Living
Doreen Guma, MA, FACHE, CPC, CLC

If you must put a label on someone, tell them they have a tendency to be successful. Tell them that they will excel. Tell them that they are wonderful. Tell them that they are beautiful. Tell them that they shine.

Don't Blame Me -- My Child Has DMDD, ODD, and ADHD: The DSM-V, Parenting and Labels

Avidan Milevsky | Posted 01.23.2014 | Parents
Avidan Milevsky

The haphazard labeling of children has the potential of creating a parental lack of responsibility. It is much easier to blame some chemical imbalance for a child's behavior than engage in the excruciating hard work of proper parenting.

Let's Face It: Food Expiration Dates Are Worthless

OnEarth | Posted 09.24.2013 | Green
OnEarth

Although most of us routinely fall prey to those dated grocery store labels -- chucking entire jars of "expired" mayo for fear of poisoning our sandwich-eating kids, for example -- it turns out that those designations are actually pretty meaningless.

Meatless Monday: No Labels, All Heart -- Mollie Katzen and 'The Heart of the Plate'

Ellen Kanner | Posted 11.16.2013 | Green
Ellen Kanner

Mollie Katzen, author of the beloved "The Moosewood Cookbook," that 1970s volume that defined (and fed) a generation, didn't invent vegetarianism. She...

WATCH: What's A 'Chapstick Lesbian,' Exactly?

The Huffington Post | Christopher Rudolph | Posted 08.23.2013 | Gay Voices

Don't know what a chapstick lesbian is? A stem? Gender Queer? You're not alone. Terms to identify how "butch" or "femme" someone is within the gay com...

You Are Not Your Diagnosis

Eva M. Selhub, M.D. | Posted 10.02.2013 | Healthy Living
Eva M. Selhub, M.D.

If a doctor were to tell you that you had cancer, how would you feel in that moment? It is hard to have positive expectancy when your mind automatically sees a label or diagnosis as bad.

Stop Calling My Daughter A Princess

Carla Molina | Posted 09.29.2013 | Parents
Carla Molina

I tell them if they like princesses, choose the ones with admirable qualities. Choose the ones that empower them as little girls. None of this putting your life on hold until prince charming comes around.

WATCH: 'Star Trek' Star Clarifies Surprising Comments She Made About Her Sexuality

The Huffington Post | Glennisha Morgan | Posted 05.20.2013 | Gay Voices

Zoe Saldana has an issue with labels -- of any kind. During a recent interview with BET, the actress discussed her role in the recently released "...

Why You're More Than One Woman

Leslie Rasmussen | Posted 07.14.2013 | Women
Leslie Rasmussen

I'm so many different things to so many different people, and it changes depending on the time of day or even the month.

Flammable or Inflammable

William B. Bradshaw | Posted 07.03.2013 | Business
William B. Bradshaw

"Inactive" means not active; ""incapable" means not capable; "inseparable" means not separable; and on and on the examples go. It doesn't make sense that "inflammable" means flammable. But we need to keep in mind that it's not always easy to translate one language accurately into another.

Label-Loving Congressman Suddenly Hates Labels

Jason Salzman | Posted 06.24.2013 | Denver
Jason Salzman

There's a desperate quality to Mike Coffman's actions these days, typified by his No-Labels maneuver, and with any luck it will be fully dissected by reporters the 2014 election nears.

What's in a Name?

J. Travis Smith | Posted 04.29.2013 | Politics
J. Travis Smith

Rhetorical manipulation clouds reality. We aren't debating the facts anymore, but how the facts are delivered.

Labels Work Best on Soup Cans

Nancy Stordahl | Posted 03.24.2013 | Healthy Living
Nancy Stordahl

It didn't really matter what we called ourselves though, because everyone knew what the names really meant. Everyone knew they really meant top, middle or bottom. We all knew exactly what was being done. We were being labeled.

Walking Away From Labels

Dori Hartley | Posted 02.03.2013 | Religion
Dori Hartley

This year, I labeled myself several things. Now, I don't feel the need to defend my labels anymore. I feel like those labels were job titles and that the jobs were completed. My shift is over.

'Little Or No Standards' For Many Food Labels

AP | By GOSIA WOZNIACKA | Posted 11.12.2012 | Food

FRESNO, Calif. -- Want to avoid pesticides and antibiotics in your produce, meat, and dairy foods? Prefer to pay more to make sure farm animals were t...

Branded

Kara King | Posted 12.31.2012 | Teen
Kara King

Don't be identified by "who" you are wearing, but for where you go and what you do with that outfit.

The Pesky Persistence of Labels

Scott Barry Kaufman | Posted 12.22.2012 | Science
Scott Barry Kaufman

The tendency to classify and categorize objects is a deeply ingrained aspect of human nature. Without this ability, we'd quickly get overwhelmed in every new encounter, but this fundamental skill can also be extremely damaging, especially when it comes to categorizing people.

Ladies, Stop Calling Each Other Lesbians

Uloop | Posted 12.08.2012 | College
Uloop

I was enjoying a lovely stroll to Starbucks today when my morning was promptly ruined by the stupidity of a conversation between two ladies behind me....

Catherine New

You Can't Afford To Buy American

HuffingtonPost.com | Catherine New | Posted 09.18.2012 | Money

To be all-American these days is a luxury proposition. A pair of domestic-made 501 Levi's? Those cost a cool 178 bucks. In cowboy terms, that's a boon...

What Are You?

James Altucher | Posted 11.05.2012 | GPS for the Soul
James Altucher

Are you a Republican? Are you gay? Or straight? Are you pro-choice? Are you anti-environmentalist? Are you a Buddhist? Or a Jew? And, if Jewish -- are...

Vegan, Macrobiotic, Paleolithic: Is It Time to Let Go of the Label?

Marcelle Pick, OB-GYN N.P. | Posted 10.22.2012 | Healthy Living
Marcelle Pick, OB-GYN N.P.

I think we can all agree that for some people, eating in America has become a way to define yourself. We have vegetarians and vegans, people who follow raw food diets, macrobiotic diets, Paleolithic diets, the list goes on and on.