The Perils of Black-and-White Thinking

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Black-and-white thinking—also known as polarized or all-or-nothing thinking—occurs when we process people and circumstances as either “all good ” or “all bad.” In such a mindset, tasks must be done in a certain way and lead to a specific outcome. When those lofty expectations aren’t met, black-and-white thinkers often see themselves as failures and are unable to […]

How to Change A Midlife Crisis to A Midlife Transformation

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Midlife is often a time of contradictions. On one hand, many psychologists have defined midlife, like adolescence, as a time of “Sturm und Drang”—emotional and mental disquiet. Others believe individuals in midlife have fewer psychological symptoms, higher levels of marital satisfaction, and, in general, better life satisfaction. The term “midlife crisis” was first identified by […]

Coping with Holiday-Related Stress

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For many women, the holiday season represents an opportunity to reconnect with loved ones, a time to create pleasant memories, and to make up for the other part of the year that we may have felt we were not being a good enough mother, wife, daughter, sister or friend. We send holiday cards to people […]

Striking a Healthy Balance Between Age and Beauty

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I recently had the opportunity to speak with Vivian Diller, Ph.D. the author of Face It: What Women Really Feel as Their Looks Change, which is a book about helping women strike a healthy balance between letting their looks matter and accepting the inevitable fact that their looks will change as they age. As a […]

Patterns of Overeating in Women

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Many articles have been written about women and eating disorders, such as anorexia and bulimia, but little has been written about women and emotional eating, also known as binge eating. Everyone overeats from time to time: taking an extra helping at holiday dinners or overeating during periods of high stress, for example, when coping with […]

Understanding a Narcissist Personality

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These days, narcissism may truly be on the rise as a result of our culture’s obsession with social media, youth and physical appearance. Many of us are familiar with the story of Narcissus, the Greek myth about a man who falls hopelessly in love with his own reflection in a pond. The myth has a variety of endings. A […]

4 Keys to Marital and Relationship Happiness

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Let’s be honest, relationships are hard work. They demand a lot from us and the quality of our relationships greatly predicts our degree of happiness in life. So working on cultivating and sustaining healthy relationships is very important for us to do. However, the majority of relationships do not last. Current divorce statistics report 45-50% […]

Mailbag: Am I Suffering from Depression?

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Hi, Doctor, I’ve always had high-power jobs. Most people regard me as fearless but, in fact, I’ve always been anxious to a point of terror. I have absolutely nothing to worry about: sound physical health, as much money as I’ll ever need, a 55-year marriage, two wonderful and successful children and three cherished grandchildren. My […]

How To Manage Adult Attention Deficit Disorder

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Attention Deficit Disorder is not just a childhood disorder. Adults with ADD/ADHD often have lives that are disorganized, chaotic, and out of control. Adults with ADD/ADHD bounce from one activity to another, experience difficulty staying focused and attending to necessary and daily mundane tasks. They have trouble keeping appointments, are forgetful, impulsive, and reactive in their behaviors […]

Career vs. Family: A Working Mother’s Lifelong Wrestling Match

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Sigmund Freud said that the goal of psychoanalysis and psychotherapy is to help the patient develop the ability to love and to work. Several studies have shown that satisfaction in one domain is associated with satisfaction in the other domain. However, this task may be more difficult for working mothers to achieve, especially for mothers […]