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The Funny Guy Can Get The Girl!
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February 10, 2010 05:30 PM PST
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Today's podcast is a review of two studies that suggest women may be more likely to have a long-term relationship with guys who they find funny. It appears women rate funny guys as more intelligent than guys who are not so funny. And being funny may be seen as an attribute that makes the male a better catch.

"Building a Love That Lasts"- the new book from Dr. Charles and Elizabeth Schmitz
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January 12, 2010 03:26 PM PST
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Today I am happy to have Dr. Charles and Elizabeth Schmitz return as guests to THE SHRINK IS IN. If you have been a long time listener to my podcast you may recall that I spoke to the Schmitz’ last year about their book, “Golden Anniversaries”. The Schmitz' are America’s #1 Love and Marriage Experts and multiple award-winning authors, they have helped audiences around the world answer questions about love, marriage, and relationships. Their distinguished careers include over 65 awards, 350 books, articles and manuscripts, 1000 speeches, and frequent media appearances. With 26 years of research on relationships and successful marriage on six continents of the world and their own 43–year marriage, the Doctors know what makes relationships work. Today we are going to talk about their new book, “Building a Love That Lasts”, which provides more surprising insights on creating successful relationships. The new book reveals how to sustain a long-term loving marriage. In addition to exploring the seven key ingredients that define a successful marriage–togetherness, truthfulness, respect and kindness, staying fit, joint finances, tactile communication, and surprise and unpredictability–the authors have included hundreds of insightful and practical interviews with happy couples. Elizabeth and Charles also have a new website www.simplethingsmatter.com and a blog called “building Great Marriages” for www. psychologytoday.com.

How Exercise Does Reduce Stress
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December 20, 2009 11:56 AM PST
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We now have data with rats that shows how exercise creates new, calmer brain cells. I talk about the research and the implications for humans.

Seasonal Affective Disorder Revisited
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November 27, 2009 03:30 PM PST
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Today’s show is a follow up to a previous show on Seasonal Affective Disorder-SAD. Today, I review what to look out for when purchasing light boxes and two other treatments found to have some positive effects for patients with Seasonal Affective Disorder

Horoscopes, Tarot Card Readers and Fortune Tellers- Why We Believe them!
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November 06, 2009 03:44 PM PST
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Today, I give the listeners some research from Dr. B.R. Forer which may explain why we believe the generalized statements from Fortune Tellers, Horoscopes, and Tarot Card Readers.

OCD (Obsessive Compulsive Disorder) caused by PANDAS?
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September 30, 2009 02:01 PM PDT
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Today’s podcast is really a redirection of my listeners to a video I found on Youtube. This video was a conversation between Matt Lauer, from The Today Show, Beth and Sammy Maloney. Sammy was a healthy fifth grader who developed OCD out of the blue. A subsequent diagnosis of PANDAS saved him from a life of torture. I was able to put the audio track on the podcast. The website address of the video is: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=50bQtkfiHvs . You can also get information about the book Mrs. Maloney wrote about her experiences with Sammy at their website: http://www.savingsammy.net/. Check this out.

Dr. Mark Anshel and the “Disconnected Values Model.”
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August 27, 2009 09:30 AM PDT
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In this podcast I talk to Dr. Mark Anshel about why we do things every single day that we know are bad for us but keep doing them. Why is it so hard to stop and do the "right" thing? In addition, we explore Dr. Anshel’s intervention program called the “Disconnected Values Model”.
Dr. Mark Anshel is a professor in the Department of Health and Human Performance, with a joint appointment in the Department of Psychology, at Middle Tennessee State University. Dr. Anshel has been a professor of performance psychology, with specializations in sport and exercise psychology, and wellness program development for 29 years.
He has authored 120 research articles in scholarly journals, with five currently under journal review. He has also authored 11 book chapters and he is the author several books, including Applied Exercise Psychology: A Practitioner’s Guide to Improving Client Health and Fitness (2006), Sport Psychology: From Theory to Practice (fourth ed., 2003), Concepts in Fitness: A Balanced Approach to Good Health (2003), and Aerobics For Fitness (fourth ed., 1998).
His current research is focused on validating the Disconnected Values Model in exercise and wellness settings. This model provides an intervention framework for promoting adherence in replacing unhealthy habits with more desirable, “positive” routines, such as exercise and dietary changes.
Dr. Anshel founded and directed Tennessee State University’s first Employee Wellness Program. He is a member of the Society of Behavioral Medicine, a Fellow with the American Psychological Association (Division 47, Exercise and Sport Psychology), and a member of the Stress and Anxiety Research Society.

Dr. Jack Raglin Talks About Exercise and Mental Health
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July 27, 2009 06:43 PM PDT
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Today, I follow up on an earlier podcast about exercise and mental health. In this new podcast, I talk with an expert in the field, Dr. Jack Raglin, and we further explore the benefits of exercise adherence issues and ways to stick to an exercise program. Jack Raglin, Ph.D. is currently a Professor and Director of Graduate Studies, Department of Kinesiology, Indiana University-Bloomington. Jack is a Fellow in the American Psychological Association, the American College of Sports Medicine and the American Academy of Kinesiology and Physical Education. His research involves integrating the use of psychological and physiological variables to examine various issues in sport and exercise, including overtraining, pre-competition anxiety, performance, exercise behavior and adherence, and the relationship between exercise and mental health.

Paul Brewer talks About The Importance of Being Funny
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June 29, 2009 07:49 PM PDT
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Today I talk with Paul Brewer who is an author and illustrator of children’s books, with a particular interest in humorous stories. His specialty has become joke books, as he has written three of them so far. He wrote and illustrated You Must Be Joking! and You Must Be Joking, Two! These joke books include tips for remembering and telling jokes, plus how to perform them like a stand-up comedian. He also illustrated the popular “Robert” series of chapter books, written by Barbara Seuling, with titles like Oh No, Its Robert, Robert Takes a Stand and Robert and the Happy Endings. His wife, Kathleen Krull, wrote two light-hearted picture books, Clip Clip Clip: Three Stories About Hair and How to Trick or Treat in Outer Space, that Paul illustrated. They also co-wrote a book called Fartiste, illustrated by Boris Kulikov. Paul and Kathleen just finished a book they co-wrote called Lincoln Tells a Joke: How Laughter Saved the President (and the Country). It is about our famous president and his great sense of humor, which he used quite often to make himself and others around him feel comfortable. It was also a way to help him deal with his depression and the very turbulent times of his presidency. The book will be published in 2010. Paul and Kathleen live in San Diego, and have two adult daughters, Jacqui and Melanie, and a three-year-old grandson named Ethan, who already is showing the potential to be a great joke-teller.
If you want to learn more about Paul Brewer, check out his website at www.paulbrewer.com.

The Fraud Concept
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May 25, 2009 05:36 PM PDT

In today’s podcast, I present a problem that many of my patients have been troubled with, which has been labeled “The Fraud Concept”. I am not 100% sure if I came up with this label, or I heard of it many years ago,in either case, I have been using this label and description to help patients cope with their problems of believing that were frauds and that others would imminently find out that they were inadequate or incompetent. These patients always believed that they were somehow faking out others and that any day they would be uncovered as being a phony. I discuss the source of these erroneous beliefs, and why these patients are usually worried for nothing.

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