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December 17, 2014

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Many of my clients have recently heard me talk about the benefits and limitations of willpower and self-control. The Marshmallow Test designed by Dr. Walker Mischel at Stanford University in the 1960s first sparked my interest in this issue. (Any test involving sugar gets my attention.) For the study, Mischel gave 500 4-year-olds the option

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November 22, 2014

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Here are a few stories I wrote with the “intention” of getting your “attention.” Caroline has gained weight, and as a result, she feels lethargic, self-conscious, and uncomfortable in her clothes. She has dieted before, only to relapse. This time, however, she’s motivated to do the work necessary to look and feel her best and

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October 22, 2014

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Major life disruptions are a “gotcha” moment we all experience at one time or another in our lives. We get fired, laid off, or passed over; a loved one dies, becomes ill, leaves, or gets into trouble; a project stalls or gets cancelled. The list, unfortunately, is endless. For some, the impact of these hard

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August 20, 2014

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How many of us have heard these words or said them to ourselves? A wave of nervousness and anxiety rushes over you and you tell yourself- or worse yet, someone else tells you that you need to “calm down.” (Like that EVER actually works!) As counter-intuitive as it is, calming down or chillin’ out may

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May 18, 2014

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“Life is a balance of holding on and letting go.” ~ Rumi. This quote hits home on every imaginable level for many of us, myself included. May is notorious for being a month of moves, graduations, travel, new jobs, etc. We often experience myriad emotions ranging from reticence to excitement, and joy to sadness. In

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March 22, 2014

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“Calm down!” It’s ironic how these two words so often elicit an opposite and emotional reaction! Our society is fraught with anxiety, relying on medication and meditation as common antidotes. As a facilitator of Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction, I am a passionate proponent of conquering anxiety through awareness and breath. The Case Against Staying Calm

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February 22, 2014

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Many of you who know me well are familiar with my recent fascination with the human brain. My interest was sparked a couple of years ago while attending several continuing education classes that were designed and facilitated by Harvard Medical School neurologists. Their research and knowledge was so compelling that I fantasized (for a split

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December 22, 2013

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I feel such relief when I clear my desk and discard or file stacks of paid bills. Some bills, such as my monthly NY Times subscription, require little attention because they remain constant month-to-month. They are immediately paid and shredded – joy! Other invoices, while recurring, can vary greatly and must be closely monitored. My

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September 22, 2013

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After years spent working and dreaming, months of testing, applying, stressing, and anticipating, it is finally time to begin your college career. While your first semester has just begun, you have likely already experienced an avalanche of feelings: excitement, apprehension, joy, melancholy, eagerness, and fear. Let me assure you, these emotions are normal and expected

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February 15, 2013

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“Pay Attention!” How many times have we heard that? We’ve heard it from our parents, siblings, teachers, friends, and spouses. “Pay attention!” has been screamed at us from passing cars, bicyclists, and pedestrians. We have each uttered, said, or screamed those words countless times to our children and them to us. Just reading the words,

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