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The Relationship Between Posture and Self-Confidence

July 31, 2013 7:50 am Published by 3 Comments

  I remember how amazed I was when taking my first psychology class and learning about research demonstrating that we can change our moods simply by changing our facial expressions. In many of those studies, participants started to feel happier after simply tensing certain muscles associated with smiling. In some studies, people felt even happier if they saw their own... View Article


On Beyond the Old Ways

July 22, 2013 6:44 am Published by Leave your thoughts

  I often find myself thinking inside the box of my personal experience and the ways of thinking and behaving I was taught. I think there is often a lot of good in these acquired and inherited thought patterns. We can learn plenty from our peers and siblings and from those with more miles on their odometers.   But if... View Article


Unintended Consequences

April 28, 2013 3:31 pm Published by Leave your thoughts

  Sometimes solutions can create new problems. I recently read that, after the Titanic sank in 1912 and cost the lives of over 1500 people, steps were taken to increase the safety of ships. The number of lifeboats required was increased dramatically. But sadly, as Edward Tenner suggests, the increase in lifeboats on the S.S.Eastland in 1915 made that ship... View Article


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Going Unnoticed

April 8, 2013 10:15 am Published by Leave your thoughts

  When I was in seventh grade I thoroughly enjoyed Sherlock Holmes stories.  I remember how impressed I was with the brilliance of Sherlock Holmes in Silver Blaze. In that short story, a race horse disappears and some sheep are found injured. Only Sherlock Holmes notices that the dog, which would ordinarily bark if a stranger approached the sheep pen,... View Article


It’s OK to want to be alone sometimes, isn’t it?

March 25, 2013 9:58 pm Published by Leave your thoughts

  Some people I’ve worked with have been sheepish while telling me that they get their “batteries recharged” by being alone. Most often I have thought of such comments as a useful tidbit of information that might help me to better understand the people I’m trying to help. People need to take the occasional breather, in whatever form that takes.... View Article


Celebrating Courage

March 4, 2013 8:40 pm Published by Leave your thoughts

  If she were still alive today Rosa Parks would be celebrating her 100th birthday. She was, of course, the African-American woman who mustered the courage to say no to an Alabama bus driver who told her to move to the back of the bus and had her arrested. In doing so, she served as a spark for the civil... View Article


You Aren’t Alone

February 26, 2013 11:07 pm Published by Leave your thoughts

  In my experience as a psychologist who treats anxiety, panic attacks, and phobias, I have seen people isolated and excluded by the disorders. My focus is, of course, on helping them conquer the problems. But during the process of learning the CBT tools to overcome the problem, how do they put one foot in front of another?   Consider... View Article


Valentine’s Day – A day to break the mold?

February 13, 2013 12:20 pm Published by Leave your thoughts

  There are innumerable forces that can influence our actions…and our inaction. A recent CBS news video referenced how Japanese men (and women) have historically been discouraged by unseen cultural forces from publically expressing love.   We are told that most of the men in the video segment were uncomfortable even saying the L-word on Valentine’s Day. But each of... View Article


I’ll never do THAT again

January 25, 2013 4:28 pm Published by Leave your thoughts

  Sometimes it makes sense to learn from our mistakes… maybe all the time. But sometimes bad things happen… and they aren’t mistakes, just bad outcomes. Anytime we take some measure of risk, however modest, and mix it with a quantity of real life, we may encounter bad outcomes. I loan my car to someone—he might not smash it up,... View Article


Social Anxiety and the Wizard of Oz

January 1, 2013 9:03 am Published by Leave your thoughts

  I really like old classic movies, but the Wizard of Oz has always troubled me. You know, flying monkeys and what not. And who wants to be surrounded by all those people telling you in song which road to take? But the part that really irks me comes at the end. Dorothy is stuck in Oz, maybe forever, when... View Article