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Common Mistakes with Self-Evaluations & New Year’s Resolutions

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  This post is part two of a three-part series.  Be sure to read part one on Setting an Effective New Year’s Resolution & Proper End-of-Year Self-Evaluation.   There is a great deal of variation in the accuracy of our end-of-year self-evaluations, which can strongly impact the success of our New Year’s resolutions.  Research suggests that many of us are prone... View Article

Setting an Effective New Year’s Resolution & Proper End-of-Year Self-Evaluation

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  New Years resolutions can be beneficial for people looking to improve their lives in 2014, but an effective New Year’s resolution requires more consideration than we often intentionally dedicate to the task. In order to choose a New Year’s resolution that is realistic and achievable, I recommend starting with a good end-of-year self-evaluation.   As we’ve seen before, An end-of-year... View Article

Research on Social Anxiety and the Effectiveness of CBT

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  Two questions that people often ask me relate to my use of Cognitive Behavioral Therapy for social anxiety and the effectiveness of its use online. The research on social anxiety and CBT is pretty clear: dozens of gold-standard trials demonstrate that sufferers experience reduced anxiety and improved lives through the principles of CBT.  I have continued to use CBT for... View Article

Five Tips for Dealing with Social Anxiety During the Holidays

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  The holiday season can be both a blessing and a curse, especially the latter for those suffering from Social Anxiety Disorder. I am brought to tears by the stories my patients have shared with me, stories about being the only one missing at family gatherings, missed opportunities with a loved one before they passed, and the myriad consequences people experience by avoiding the holiday... View Article

What’s the worst that could happen?

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  One of the most common misconceptions needing clarification in CBT is the belief that challenging one’s thoughts –we call it “Thought Inspection” at Learn To Live—is the same as “Positive Thinking.” The two are very different.   Every day I work with people who have no interest in pretending that the world is perfect, that everything is great. They... View Article

Of Veggies and CBT

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  We psychologists, and our cousins in related disciplines, are notorious for creating terms that we enjoy but that others struggle to comprehend. One such term is locus of control. It refers to a source of power or influence or, rather, where we perceive the power or influence to be. On a regular bicycle, for example, the locus of control is within... View Article

A Little Backstory on Learn to Live CBT….

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  I am occasionally asked why I would attempt a new project in online CBT, Learn to Live, on top of my already busy professional practice. It’s a good question. The short answer is simple:  because I am deeply concerned about people struggling unnecessarily. The longer version has to do with wait lists, crowded schedules, proven methods, and an uptick... View Article

Of Resolutions and TeamMates

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  A friend of mine makes a resolution every year at about this time. He’s a bit countercultural and so prefers the new school year to the New Year. His newest determined action got me thinking about our resolve as people, in general. Do you remember your most recent resolution? Did you finish the last self-help book you started? Did... View Article

Social Anxiety and the Wizard of Oz

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  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