Marcia Sirota
Marcia Sirota is an author, speaker, coach and psychiatrist. She's the founder of the Ruthless Compassion Institute, whose mandate is to help people have better relationships, be happier and create good habits.

Entries by Marcia Sirota

How I Learned To Avoid Cleverly, Play Wisely And Procrastinate Brilliantly

(0) Comments | Posted May 24, 2016 | 12:58 PM

Over the years in my creative journey, I've engaged in some habits that at times I've felt guilty about, and yet I kept on doing them.

These habits include a pattern of avoiding certain people and activities, a fair bit of aimless meandering and a whole lot of procrastinating.


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Raising Your Workplace EQ: The Value Of Creating Connections

(0) Comments | Posted May 19, 2016 | 12:07 PM

When you're trying to be successful in your career, it's not enough to simply show up, work hard and persevere. It's not enough to take risks, think outside the box, or be innovative.

There's an essential part of work that must be mastered if you want to achieve a high...

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The Ambitious Woman's Guide To Finding Love

(3) Comments | Posted May 13, 2016 | 3:12 PM

Whoever said that a woman can have it all is being very optimistic. Most women are pulled in a dozen different directions every day, and most of us would be thrilled to borrow the two extra arms of the Indian goddess Kali, to accomplish everything we need to get done...

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3 Sure-Fire Ways To Permanently Beat Food Cravings

(0) Comments | Posted May 11, 2016 | 10:01 AM

There are lots of things that people say about how to overcome food cravings, but I have a sure-fire way that anyone can use, with guaranteed results.

There are three steps to overcoming your food cravings, and you'll need to do all three if you want to succeed.

Step one:...

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The Problem With Seeing Only What We Want To See

(0) Comments | Posted May 9, 2016 | 9:39 AM

I've been thinking about how it's human nature to see what we want to see and ignore anything that goes against our expectations of how things ought to be, or how we want things to be. We'll miss something that's staring us right in the face if we don't want...

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Prince: The Tragic Death Of A Strange Genius

(0) Comments | Posted May 6, 2016 | 11:09 AM

It really hit me hard when I heard the news that Prince had died, and I've been wondering why it upset me so much. I felt the loss as though he was someone I knew personally; someone important to me. I imagine other people have been feeling similarly. This was...

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17 Ways To Become Incredibly Creative And Productive

(1) Comments | Posted May 3, 2016 | 11:34 AM

Some people are extremely creative and productive. They're prolific writers, painters and musicians; they're visionary designers, architects and speakers. It's as though they experience no obstacles to producing a constant flow of high-quality work. Many of us wonder, "How do they do it?"

The answer lies in a few simple...

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12 Ways To Be Your Best Self And Live Your Best Life

(0) Comments | Posted April 29, 2016 | 5:08 PM

What does it mean to be your best self and live your best life? In my mind, being your best self is coming as close as you can to fulfilling your innate potential; being the best version of yourself that you can be.

Living your best life means maximizing the...

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Beyonce's "Lemonade": Thoughts About Art, Love, Betrayal And Forgiveness

(0) Comments | Posted April 26, 2016 | 3:58 PM

The release of "Lemonade" is fascinating for a number of reasons: an enormously popular musician is using her art to detail all the stages of confronting her husband's cheating. She shares her process with her listeners, revealing inner turmoil, deep insights, and a powerful emotional arc.

Beyonce begins the album...

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How To Go From Online Relationships To Real-Life Ones

(0) Comments | Posted April 21, 2016 | 8:51 AM

It's spring, and you should be out there dating, so why are you indoors, typing in front of a screen?

These days, we're conducting so many of our relationships online that when we're finally face-to-face with another person, we're often more awkward, uncomfortable and unsure of ourselves.

Lately, I've heard...

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Our Social Media Addiction Makes Dating Even Harder

(5) Comments | Posted April 19, 2016 | 12:14 PM

Spring is finally here. It's been a long, dark winter and many of us are eager to feel the sun on our face again. It's time to leave the warm cave where we've been hibernating and start reconnecting with our fellow human beings -- some of us might even want...

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10 Steps To Help You Bounce Back From Adversity

(0) Comments | Posted April 7, 2016 | 1:48 PM

Life can be beautiful, but occasionally it can also kick us in the teeth. We can experience loss, disappointment, adversity. Eventually, everyone has to face their fair share of pain. What makes the difference between someone who barely survives these challenges in life, and someone who meets these challenges head-on...

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There's A Difference Between Being 'Nice' And Being Kind

(2) Comments | Posted April 1, 2016 | 4:15 PM

If you're someone who's realized that over the years that you've been much too "nice," and that this habit of pleasing others hasn't been making you happy, perhaps it's time for a change.

Maybe it's been confusing that after spending so much time trying to be "nice," you've experienced bullying,...

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What We Can All Learn From Rob Ford's Passing

(16) Comments | Posted March 30, 2016 | 1:31 PM

It's a tragic story. Former Toronto mayor, Rob Ford has died of cancer at age 46, leaving behind family, friends, colleagues, supporters and a whole lot of nay-sayers. A polarizing figure in Toronto politics, Ford was loved and reviled, possibly in equal measure.

When I think about Rob Ford, the...

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Do You Know Why You're A People-Pleaser?

(0) Comments | Posted March 22, 2016 | 5:25 PM

Some people are really, really nice. They're almost never angry but most always pleasant and agreeable, no matter what's going on around them. We all know at least one person like this. Maybe, you're one of them?

Maybe you're someone who tries really hard to make others happy; someone who...

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Releasing Your 'Inner Warrior' Combats Self-Doubt

(0) Comments | Posted March 22, 2016 | 1:34 PM

I think about what it means to be empowered, and what it would be like to feel strong, confident, brave and free. In today's society, where we're lucky enough not to have to fight for our territory, property or survival, being empowered has a very different connotation than it did...

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To Get Ahead, Stop Being Nice And Start Being Real

(7) Comments | Posted March 18, 2016 | 3:32 PM

If you're hard-working, responsible, loyal and able to take initiative, but you aren't managing to achieve that next level of success, there might be a simple answer to this problem.

If you love your children and care for them the best you can, but you find that they're defiant, oppositional,...

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Why Are Some Siblings So Hateful Towards Each Other?

(4) Comments | Posted March 1, 2016 | 1:47 PM

Siblings can be our best friends or our worst enemies. I've heard of one sibling giving up a kidney for another; being a surrogate for another one's pregnancy, or giving another sibling the down-payment for a house.

I've also heard of one sibling sabotaging another sibling's career or love-life; stealing...

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Why Is Kesha Being Punished?

(30) Comments | Posted February 24, 2016 | 10:43 AM

The recording artist Kesha broke down in tears the other day. This came after a New York City judge ruled against her in her ongoing struggle to extricate herself from her contract with music producer Lukasz Gottwald, known in the industry as Dr. Luke.

Kesha alleges that early...

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5 Bad Breakup Mistakes You Want To Avoid

(0) Comments | Posted February 22, 2016 | 6:02 PM

Breaking up is never much fun, even when you're the one who's doing the breaking up. It's hard to hurt the other person and of course, it's awful to be hurt.

Breaking up can be horrible, but there are things you can do to make it easier for yourself. I've...

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