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February 15, 2018

Most people think of weight loss as a body challenge. But the real work happens in the mind. A therapist and employee wellness consultant reveals the hidden psychological mechanisms of successful weight-loss treatment.

Anxiety and depression can often lead to unhealthy food choices and decreased physical activity, both of which can result in weight gain.  While most people can indeed achieve weight loss by a change in nutrition and exercise, success is rarely sustained as long as the underlying emotional issues are unresolved....

February 1, 2018

When we feel generally secure, that is, we are comfortable with closeness and confident about depending on loved ones, we are better at seeking support – and better at giving it.  In a study by psychologist Jeff Simpson of the University of Minnesota, each of eighty-three dating couples filled out questionnaires about their relationship and then sat in a room.  The female partner had been warned she would soon be participating in an activity that made most people very anxious (the activity wasn’t spelled out).  The women who de...

January 15, 2018

After nearly six years of being single, I finally found myself in a great relationship.  He was incredibly sweet, kind, funny, creative, and incredibly bright.  But after only a few enjoyable months, it came to an end.  Despite the fact that we truly enjoyed each other’s company, something wasn’t right.  No matter how hard we tried, we were not the right fit for each other.  We were both disappointed but we also knew it was the right decision.  And yet, in spite of my acceptance, something was not sitting right with me.  In fac...

December 1, 2017

In my last blog we discussed the idea that conflict between partners, despite common belief, is not bad.  In fact, if it’s done properly, conflict provides an opportunity for you to get closer to your partner.  Healthy conflict includes love, respect, and patience.  When you practice these variables during a fight, you will come through the other end with greater connection.  The question then becomes, ‘How do you communicate with each other when there’s an issue?’ 

            Here’s the first thing we learn...

November 15, 2017

Conflict is bad.  This seems to be a universal truth.  But let me fill you in on a little secret.  This is not true.  Conflict is not bad.  In fact, conflict provides us with an opportunity to get closer to one another – provided of course it’s done in the right way.  When a couple engages in a fight in a healthy way, and resolves the issue, they are closer at the other end.  Isn’t this ultimately what we’re striving for?  Connection. 

            The question then becomes, ‘How doe we com...

September 15, 2017

In my last blog we discussed the idea of how to make your wife happy.  Insert obvious joke here.  We introduced the topic of Attention, including Undivided Attention (no tv, no cell phones, no electronic devices of any kind), and Assuming the position (sitting close to your wife, arms and legs uncrossed, while maintaining eye contact).  Explanations and the importance of these can be found in my previous blog.   Homework was give to practice 2 minutes of Undivided Attention every day for the past 7 days.  So, how did it go?  Wa...

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