Posted by on Jun 21, 2014 in ACT, For clients | No Comments

The most common reason we get stuck in our lives is because of something called “experiential avoidance”. What is that? This brief video explains it beautifully.

Study: If you think of exercise as something fun, you’ll eat less afterwards

Posted by on Jun 5, 2014 in Cognition, Mind & Body | No Comments

This is a fascinating – and useful – look at how we think of  things impacts our behaviors. Towards the end of the article, it reads:

“We can frame our workouts in different ways,” Dr. Werle said, “by focusing on whatever we consider fun about it, such as listening to our favorite music or chatting with a friend” during a group walk. “The more fun we have,” she concluded, “the less we’ll feel the need to compensate for the effort” with food.

Check it out…

NY Times: Losing weight may require some serious fun

ACT: A psychology of the normal (vs pathological)

Posted by on Jun 18, 2013 in ACT, Psychology 101 | No Comments

This is one of the cleanest explanations of Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT) by one of its founders, Steve Hayes. Even if you aren’t interested in ACT, you’ll likely find some of the ideas in this 12 minute interview worthwhile. “Vastly more human suffering, ” Hayes says, “come from normal processes that run away from us” than from psychopathology.

The Big Think: Steven Hayes (12-minute video interview)

In Mindfulness, a Method to Sharpen Focus and Open Minds

Posted by on Mar 26, 2013 in ACT, Anxiety & stress, Mind & Body | No Comments

This is a nice description of mindfulness, how it is different from meditation, and how it has a very practical application in our day-to-day lives. I love the phrase “purposeful pause”; sometimes that is all we need to get our heads out of autopilot and make conscious choices in sync with who we want to be, and the live we want to create.

In Mindfulness, a Method to Sharpen Focus and Open Minds(NY Times)


What if the secret to success is failure?

“It is a central paradox of contemporary parenting, in fact: we have an acute, almost biological impulse to provide for our children, to give them everything they want and need, to protect them from dangers and discomforts both large and small. And yet we all know — on some level, at least — that what kids need more than anything is a little hardship: some challenge, some deprivation that they can overcome, even if just to prove to themselves that they can. As a parent, you struggle with these thorny questions every day, and if you make the right call even half the time, you’re lucky. But it’s one thing to acknowledge this dilemma in the privacy of your own home; it’s quite another to have it addressed in public, at a school where you send your kids at great expense.”

What if the Secret to Success is Failure? (NY Times)