Marcia Sirota
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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.

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Leslie Jones And The Crime Of Shattering Male Expectations

(17) Comments | Posted July 22, 2016 | 4:09 PM

Leslie Jones resigned from Twitter this week, and it's not at all surprising. She's been subject to one of the most virulent attacks by social media trolls that the Twitterverse has ever witnessed.

And why was Ms. Jones the subject of such a horrific attack? It's because one...

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Swift-Kardashian-West Feud A Circus Of Narcissism And Bullying

(1) Comments | Posted July 19, 2016 | 12:55 PM

Someone sent me a link to the recent back and forths between the Swift and Kardashian-West camps these days, and they encouraged me to write about it. Even as I do so, I'm highly ambivalent, as the whole affair is rather unsavoury, to say the least.

For those...

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After The Orlando Massacre, So Many Questions And So Few Answers

(1) Comments | Posted June 16, 2016 | 10:58 AM

When I think about the massacre in Orlando this past weekend, my heart breaks. The senseless loss of so many innocent lives is horrifying, but there are some aspects to this tragedy that are equally shocking.

I'm devastated for the victims, their friends and families. My heart goes out to...

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Lessons Learned From My Year Of Working Minimally

(2) Comments | Posted June 6, 2016 | 11:28 AM

laptop at cafe

I'm a pretty strong, resilient person, but in the past few years I've lost a lot of loved ones, and I mean, a lot. Finally, it started getting to me.

My patience was wearing thin, my tolerance for some of the stuff that tends...

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5 Tips To Make Your Children Brilliantly Successful At Work

(0) Comments | Posted May 30, 2016 | 11:41 AM

If you're a caring parent, of course you want the best for your children. You think about their future and want them to be happy, healthy and successful in life.

You want them to have good relationships when they grow up; meaningful pastimes and success in whatever job or career...

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Chewbacca Mom And The Power Of Authenticity

(3) Comments | Posted May 27, 2016 | 9:57 AM

Chewbacca Mom, Candace Payne at Good Morning America to talk about being the new internet sensation on May 23, 2016 in New York City. (Photo by MPI02/Bauer-Griffin/GC Images)

When Candace Payne uploaded a video last week in which she sat in her car, put on a Chewbacca mask...

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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.

In...

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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

(1) 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

(4) 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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