– I haven’t slept well in weeks. – My daughter peed in my bed yesterday. – I have no time to myself. – My body is so uncomfortable, and I feel like a cow! Yesterday I woke up a total Sourpuss. Six am. Awake with my five-week-old son, soon to be joined by my two-year-old […]
(Dis)Honesty – The Truth About Lies
From seemingly small white lies to full-blown criminal confabulations, lying permeates human behavior. For example, most people believe that they are better than average drivers, which is clearly not statistically possible! People lie on their taxes and justify it in a myriad of ways, such as telling themselves that the government gets enough money and no one will ever find out. And they lie in their online dating profiles—about just about everything!
The Stories He Told Himself: What We Can Learn From Brian Williams About Self-Deception and Lying
In February, 2015, reporter Brian Williams found himself under extreme public scrutiny for lying. A respected news anchor for decades, Brian claimed that he was riding in an Army aircraft that was shot by a rocket-propelled grenade while reporting on the Iraq war in 2003. Yet, that was not true. Brian was in Iraq and clearly affected by his experiences there, but was not in the aircraft that was struck. After being criticized for the lie by others who were there, Brian apologized and stated that he “made a mistake.” In fact, Brian seemed dumbfounded about how he made such an error saying, “I don’t know what screwed up in my mind that caused me to conflate one aircraft with another.”
All People With Eating Disorders Are Underweight, Right? Dispelling Three Common Myths About Eating Disorders.
As a clinical psychologist with an expertise in eating disorders, people frequently tell me stories about their experiences with eating and weight. Some tell painful stories of watching loved ones deal with severe symptoms. Some express their own struggles around dieting and body image. Some describe trying to treat patients. And some just ask questions.
Live As If You’ll Die Tomorrow—Write a Will Today
Writing a will is not something that most of us think about. Or talk about. Or want to think or talk about. Because writing a will reminds us that we are all going to die.
Death is a topic that causes most of us incredible fear, pain, and discomfort. The mere thought that our child, parent, or partner could die at any moment petrifies us. So, when it comes to our own mortality, it is not surprising that we would prefer to avoid the topic. In essence, writing a will is something that we rationally know we should do but politely avoid because it is unpleasant to plan for our own demise.
The Naked Truth about Human Sex Trafficking
I will never forget the first patient I treated who was the victim of sexual trauma and kidnapping. A 16-year-old immigrant who spoke limited English, the stories that she painstakingly recounted as we started the therapeutic process of recovery were so horrific that I would often leave the session in disbelief that humans were capable of such cruelty. How could someone do this to another human being, let alone a child?
I Want Chocolate!
‘Tis the season of decadent chocolate desserts! Milk, dark, or white, chocolate dominates the top-ranking cookies, cakes, and recipes of the season. With its enticing smell and delectable melt-in-your-mouth taste, chocolate is enticing in smell, texture, and flavor.
If you are like most people, you feel an overwhelming desire to eat chocolate from time to time. In fact, chocolate is the most craved food in Western cultural contexts (1). In a study examining chocolate cravings in American and Spanish college students, for example, Osman and Sobal (2006) found that 91% of American women and 59% of American men report craving chocolate.