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What Should You Look For in a Therapist? An Interview with Ryan Howes, Ph.D.

Sunday, December 8th, 2013

What Should You Look For in a Therapist? An Interview with Ryan Howes, Ph.D.What should you look for in a therapist?

I asked one of my favorite psychologists that question. Ryan Howes is a clinical psychologist in Pasadena, California. He writes the “In Therapy” blog on and is the coauthor of What Wives Wish Their Husbands Knew About Sex.

He shares what he knows as a therapist himself.

Learning to Be Good to Yourself: An Interview with Margarita Tartakovsky, MS

Tuesday, November 26th, 2013

Learning to Be Good to Yourself: An Interview with Margarita Tartakovsky, MSHow do you learn to go gentle on yourself? Where do you begin to teach self-love?

I asked a favorite blogger of mine, Margarita Tartakovsky, who is an Associate Editor at Psych Central, and the author of the blog Weightless. Margarita writes often on this topic, so I thought I’d pick her brain and dispense her wisdom to my readers.

How do you begin to be kind to yourself?

I think taking small steps is key. When you’ve spent years bashing yourself, the idea of kindness not only seems foreign. It seems utterly daunting. So start slow.

For instance, when you wake up tomorrow, ask yourself: What’s the kindest thing I can do for myself right now?

How I Create: Q&A With Author Barbara Abercrombie

Sunday, November 10th, 2013

How I Create: Q&A With Author Barbara AbercrombieBarbara Abercrombie is the author of one of my favorite books: A Year of Writing Dangerously: 365 Days of Inspiration & Encouragement.

It’s a tome of insight. This is the book you keep within arm’s length as you’re writing. The book you turn to when your brain feels empty, and you don’t think you’ll compose anything coherent, let alone helpful, ever again. It’s the book you grab for support, kinship and wisdom into the writing process.

This month I’m honored to feature Abercrombie in our series on creativity. Below, she reveals her inspirations and favorite resources; how she navigates potential obstacles to her creative process; her advice to readers; and much more.

The Gift of Adversity: An Interview with Dr. Norman Rosenthal

Sunday, November 3rd, 2013

The Gift of Adversity: An Interview with Dr. Norman Rosenthal Today I have the privilege of interviewing Dr. Norman Rosenthal, the noted research psychiatrist about his new book, “The Gift of Adversity,” that explores how life’s disappointments and difficulties provide us with the lessons we need to become better, bigger, and more resilient human beings.

As a world-class psychiatrist, what have you found to be the most important tool your patients can arm themselves with when confronting adversity?

The most important tool is a clear head. Don’t panic. In most situations there is time to think; thinking is your friend, and impulsive action is your enemy. Analyze the situation, understanding what you’re up against and what resources you have at your disposal.

Of course, in emergencies you will need to act quickly, but that’s when your primitive fight-or-flight responses will click into gear and — with a bit of luck and quick thinking — will save the day.

How I Create: Q&A With Author & Consultant Todd Henry

Sunday, October 6th, 2013

How I Create: Q&A With Author & Consultant Todd HenryI was excited to interview Todd Henry for this month’s “How I Create” series, because he knows a lot about creativity.

Henry is the founder of Accidental Creative, a company that helps people and teams generate brilliant ideas.

He’s also penned two books on creativity: Die Empty: Unleash Your Best Work Every Day and The Accidental Creative: How to Be Brilliant At A Moment’s Notice.

In The Accidental Creative Henry gives readers practical strategies for supporting your creative process, especially when you need to produce bright ideas on a regular basis (and the muse is on vacation).

What is Cognitively-Based Compassion Training?

Wednesday, September 25th, 2013

What is Cognitively-Based Compassion Training?The root of compassion lies in realizing the interconnected nature of all beings on Earth. Cognitively-based Compassion Training (CBCT), a secular alternative to the Tibetan Buddhist tradition of lojong, trains practitioners to cultivate compassion through straightforward contemplative practices.

In addition to realizing greater compassion, practitioners also find an improvement in their health and well-being.

Geshe Lobsang Tenzin Negi, senior lecturer in Emory University’s Department of Religion, developed CBCT and has since initiated research studies into the effects of compassion meditation. UB Hawthorn spoke with him about how CBCT works, the health benefits of this type of meditation and the different kinds of compassion.

How I Create: Q&A with Writer Nicole Gulotta

Sunday, September 15th, 2013

How I Create: Q&A With Writer Nicole GulottaI don’t remember how I found the blog Eat This Poem by Nicole Gulotta. But I’m so happy I did. It provides a steady stream of inspiration for my writing and my palate. Gulotta’s blog combines two of her passions: food and poetry.

She shares delicious recipes — everything from blueberry buckwheat pancakes to mushroom quesadillas with brie and honey. She also features her favorite poems and sometimes posts a poem of her own (like this beauty).

Plus, Gulotta regularly writes about creativity, including pieces on curing creative roadblocks, keeping journals and setting up a creative space.

In our monthly series, she reveals her personal creative process and solutions for stubborn obstacles, and shares inspiring, helpful advice for readers.

How I Create: Q&A With Novelist & Writer Justine Musk

Saturday, August 10th, 2013

How I Create: Q&A With Novelist & Writer Justine MuskThere are some people whose work you’re instantly drawn to. You’re curious about everything from their take on the world to their tips on improving your craft.

And when you read them, you’re itching to create. You want to pick up a pen, a paintbrush, a camera or whatever your tool of choice, and make something. They inspire you to raise your hand, and speak up, to contribute your voice to the conversation. And they remind you just how important expressing yourself really is.

For me, Justine Musk is one of those people.

How I Create: Q&A With Playwright & Creativity Coach Zohar Tirosh-Polk

Sunday, June 30th, 2013

How I Create: Q&A With Playwright & Creativity Coach Zohar Tirosh-PolkEvery month we chat with a different person about their creative process, hopefully gleaning an insight or two about creativity. Specifically, we delve into the activities that spark their imagination and how they overcome creativity-crushing obstacles. We also ask for their advice on how readers can cultivate their creativity.

This month we had the pleasure of interviewing Zohar Tirosh-Polk, an award-winning playwright and creativity coach. Through her company, Grow Creative Coaching, Tirosh-Polk supports creative women and moms on their artistic journeys.

What’s her creative process, her inspirations, and how does she get over those creativity distractions?

How I Create: Q&A with Creativity Coach Miranda Hersey

Sunday, June 9th, 2013

How I Create: Q&A with Creativity Coach Miranda Hersey In our monthly series, we take a sneak peek into the creative processes of everyone from photographers to authors to artists to creativity coaches.

This month I’m excited to share my interview with Miranda Hersey. Hersey wears many creative hats. She’s a writer and editor, creativity coach, and host of the blog Studio Mothers. And she’s a mom of five!

I’ve already interviewed Hersey for several creativity pieces, and I love her interesting insights and valuable tips. Her e-book on creativity and motherhood is excellent. (I shared a few of her tips here.)

And her mission is powerful: to help others live deeply satisfying, creative lives.

How I Create: Q&A with Photographer Vivienne McMaster

Saturday, May 18th, 2013

How I Create: Q&A with Photographer Vivienne McMasterEvery month in our interview series we take a peek into a different person’s creative process. We learn what inspires and fuels their beautiful work and how they navigate the obstacles that can potentially hinder their creative practice. Plus, we get tips that can be applied to our own creativity.

This month we’re honored to share our interview with Vivienne McMaster, a Vancouver-based photographer with a big heart and a spirit of playfulness. McMaster leads workshops and online classes that invite individuals to tell their stories using photography.

Her prime tool is self-portraiture. After experiencing a rough patch in her own life, it was photography, and self-portraiture in particular, that helped her heal and find her way back to herself.

Can We Stamp Out Thinspiration on Twitter? Torri Singer Thinks We Can

Monday, April 29th, 2013

Can We Stamp Out Thinspiration on Twitter? Torri Singer Thinks We CanPro-anorexia (or “pro-ana”) groups have been around online for over a decade, and we first discussed them here five years ago. More recently, with the rise of social networks such as Facebook, Twitter, and Pinterest, these groups have found a new life. Often associated with the label “thinspiration,” these groups elevate the idea of being thin to a virtual religion.

People who are all about thinspiration engage in disordered eating in order to be as thin as possible — a common symptom of anorexia. But they don’t see it as a disorder or a problem, making this an insidious problem.

Nonetheless, such eating and self-image problems can result in health problems, even putting the individual’s life at risk.

Some people have sought to get common words or terms that people engaged in thinspiration use banned from social networking websites. One such woman is Torri Singer, a broadcast journalism major who has recently begun a petition to get such terms banned from Twitter.

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