WHAT MARSHMALLOWS CAN TEACH YOU ABOUT DELAYING GRATIFICATION | Habits

WHAT MARSHMALLOWS CAN TEACH YOU ABOUT DELAYING GRATIFICATION

Academic success, social skills, emotional maturity, weight gain, alcohol abuse, self-esteem, and more . . . According to Columbia University Professor Walter Mischel, all of these can be evaluated using marshmallows. Well, it’s a little more complicated but it all relates to one of the most important qualities in making any behavior change. Walter Mischel’s […]

WHAT MARSHMALLOWS CAN TEACH YOU ABOUT DELAYING GRATIFICATION | Habits

WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW ABOUT DIETS: A PSYCHOLOGIST’S PERSPECTIVE

Atkin’s, Paleo, South Beach, the Zone, Mediterranean . . . Each diet claims to have found the holy grail of weight loss. Just follow these easy steps and the fat will melt away. Wrong! In this article, I’ll discuss the evidence about the effectiveness of diets and provide honest advice about what it really requires […]

WHAT MARSHMALLOWS CAN TEACH YOU ABOUT DELAYING GRATIFICATION | Habits

IS THE NEWS DEPRESSING YOU?

Should I stop watching the news? It’s a question that many patients have asked me. I used to say “no” without hesitation but now I’m recanting my advice and advising people to limit the amount of news they watch. Let’s be clear: the real question is not whether you should watch, read, or listen to […]

WHAT MARSHMALLOWS CAN TEACH YOU ABOUT DELAYING GRATIFICATION | Habits

ARE YOUR NEW YEAR’S RESOLUTIONS REALISTIC? LESSONS FROM THE PLANNING FALLACY

When it comes to understanding why 40% of New Year’s resolvers never stick to their pledges, most blame lack of willpower or withering motivation. Many tune in to Dr. Phil or search the self-help section of their local bookstore for answers. The problem may not be a lack of determination but a lack of realism […]

WHAT MARSHMALLOWS CAN TEACH YOU ABOUT DELAYING GRATIFICATION | Habits

WHY STARTING NEW HABITS IS SO DIFFICULT

A Lot of Talk, Little Action. I often suggest some kind of stress management technique to my patients, like meditation, diaphragmatic breathing, or just doing a neglected hobby. But come our next meeting, when I ask how it went, many confess they were just too busy, forgot, or were stymied by some other obstacle. This […]