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Successful Dieting in Tempting Environments: Mission Impossible?

Successful Dieting in Tempting Environments: Mission Impossible?

One of the areas in which temptations often interfere with people’s self-control is the domain of eating and dieting behavior. In the present article, we review research on the psychological processes underlying the failures and successes of chronic dieters in resisting food temptations. A goal conflict model of eating as well as research testing this model is presented to understand the difficulties that dieters... / more

Anger Management

Anger Management

Anger is an emotional response to a real or imagined threat or provocation. Anger can range in intensity from mild irritation to extreme rage. We all become angry, and most of us don’t like it. The question is how to get rid of anger, or at least reduce it. That is the topic of this article. / more

The antidote: happiness for people who can't stand positive thinking

The antidote: happiness for people who can't stand positive thinking

“It's recently occurred to me I might not even have a problem.” (Andrew Largeman, Garden State) I’m home for Christmas, and starting to get nervous. Soon I will meet my relatives, and with that a bunch of nagging questions will be waiting for me. Questions like “How’s your thesis going?” and “What will you be doing after graduating next summer?” and “What, you still don’t have a plan for the future? Doesn’t that make you feel uncomfortable?” – Well, what... / more

The passions of the mind: a biographic novel of Sigmund Freud

The passions of the mind: a biographic novel of Sigmund Freud

There are probably more misconceptions about Sigmund Freud than any other psychologist, or to be precise, medical doctor. My knowledge about Freud was limited to what I learned in my bachelor program and I felt that it was time to find out more about the founder of psychoanalysis. Therefore, when my PhD endeavor took me to a conference in Vienna, I decided to mix business with pleasure and grabbed Freud’s narrative biography written by Irving Stone. Irving Stone is a... / more

Sex, murder, and the meaning of life

Sex, murder, and the meaning of life

Kenrick has a very nice writing style and is quite self-deprecating in most of the anecdotes he presents. In his book Sex, Murder and the Meaning of Life, Kenrick talks about his years growing up in a tough neighborhood, his priorities in the different times of his life, and finally provides some advice based on his experience. His approach is to explain how and why humans behave in particular ways from an evolutionary psychologist’s perspective. However, this book was not... / more

Your Freudian Psychoanalysis… in five hours, not five years

Your Freudian Psychoanalysis… in five hours, not five years

Freud’s genius has left an indelible mark on the field of psychology. For decades, Freudian Psychoanalysis was the gold standard in psychotherapeutic treatment. However, the process of psychoanalytic psychotherapy can be costly and could keep the client in therapy for years as a regular couch attendant. As a result, the clients might attain the insights they seek to know about their inner enigmas which have engendered a subjective and perceived neurosis, and healing might ensue. Anthony Dugdale, a psychology instructor... / more

The Time Paradox: the new psychology of time that will change your life.

The Time Paradox: the new psychology of time that will change your life.

Not by chance did I read the latest book by Zimbardo and Boyd, called The Time Paradox: The New Psychology of Time That Will Change Your Life shortly before Christmas. Doing so, I had two goals in mind. Firstly, I am establishing a custom of giving personal Christmas gifts, i.e. books that I like and specifically chose for someone in particular. Therefore, when Christmas approaches my books-to-read list is filled with titles that I have gathered throughout the year as... / more

BLINK: The power of thinking without thinking

BLINK: The power of thinking without thinking

Malcolm Gladwell is a well-known journalist. His writing skills are extraordinary. Consequently, his book BLINK is well readable and describes the concepts Gladwell presents in a way that is easy to understand. I don’t think I would go too far by calling BLINK one of the grandmothers of modern popular scientific books that deal with psychological matters. The term blink refers to the blink of an eye, that is, to a very short moment that leaves no time for conscious... / more

Depression as a spiritual journey

Depression as a spiritual journey

Is human suffering an inevitable manifestation of life, or is it a divine and sadistic test of human faith and will to survive? Are suffering and pain the great sanctifiers that cleanse the soul from impurities, or are they the masochistic and mandatory passages toward maturity, wisdom, and emancipation from the banalities of life? Unfortunately, human suffering is multifaceted and assumes many shapes. Whether it is physical, emotional or mental the ensuing results would be either an utter anger and... / more

The meaning: poetic and spiritual reflections

The meaning: poetic and spiritual reflections

The search for meaning is a journey that every human being must take in order to make sense of the futility, the emptiness, and the alienation that an indifferent universe has imposed us by random or by divine retribution from the moment of birth and until death. It is often lauded when a skilled author is able to capture his inner most experiences and transduce it into meaningful words that communicate the strangulated truth that was once stifled by a... / more

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