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

6 Parenting Traps That Will Turn Your Kid Into A Sociopath

(6) Comments | Posted March 21, 2017 | 11:32 AM

Most parents want only good things for their children. Their actions are based on what they believe will best serve their kids. Unfortunately, there are some mistaken ideas going around that are much more harmful to children than helpful.

When parents adopt these mistaken ideas they can take actions...

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The Entertainment Industry Double Standard Hurting Women And Men

(0) Comments | Posted March 9, 2017 | 12:45 PM

With International Women's Day fresh in my mind, I'm celebrating being a woman. I'm also taking the opportunity to vent a bit about an issue that's been bothering me for a while, now. It's about the glaringly different ways that men and women are represented in the entertainment industry.


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Make March Break More Meaningful For Your Teens

(0) Comments | Posted March 6, 2017 | 4:23 PM

March Break 2017 is almost upon us and everywhere, parents of teens are scrambling to figure out how to occupy their kids' time for an entire week. Many parents are planning vacations, sports camp or some other fun activities for their teens, but I think that this is a missed...

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Spoiling Your Teen Is Ruining Their Life

(12) Comments | Posted February 27, 2017 | 11:49 AM

With Family Day fresh in my mind, I've been thinking about the way some teenagers are growing up these days. I see these kids all over. They're angry and frustrated, miserable and lost, and it's mainly the fault of their parents who've been letting them down.

These teens are spoiled,...

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What Happens To The Children Of Extreme Narcissists?

(10) Comments | Posted February 23, 2017 | 3:50 PM

I recently wrote a post about who marries an extreme narcissist. Now, I'm going to talk about what happens to the children of extreme narcissists. In my practice as a psychiatrist, I've encountered many such children and they've all been adversely affected by having one or both parents with this...

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Who Marries An Extreme Narcissist?

(8) Comments | Posted February 16, 2017 | 8:06 AM

Recently, it was Family Day, and I got to thinking about all the different types of families there are: single-parent families, blended families, LGBTQ families, mixed-race families, multi-faith families.

The family that I'm most interested in these days is that of the extreme narcissist. I'll follow this post with one...

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What Do Addicts, Serial Killers And Billionaires Have In Common?

(2) Comments | Posted February 9, 2017 | 10:50 AM

On the surface, violent serial killers, crack addicts searching for their next hit and insatiably greedy billionaires don't seem to have very much in common, if anything at all. But they're a lot more similar than we might think.

What all these people share is the fact that their actions...

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Don't Let The Extreme Narcissists Of The World Silence You

(4) Comments | Posted February 6, 2017 | 10:53 AM

In the wake of recent U.S. events, I've been thinking a lot about extreme narcissists. Whether they're a boss, a colleague or an employee, a parent or a sibling, a lover or a spouse, the CEO of a corporation or the president of a country, all extreme narcissists have the...

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A Word On Extreme Narcissists In The Wake Of Trump's Inauguration

(33) Comments | Posted January 23, 2017 | 10:32 AM

It's 2017 and extreme narcissists are among us. These toxic individuals are a real problem, as they're destructive and often dangerous. When an extreme narcissist holds a position of power, say, as the head of a corporation or a country, we're in a mess of trouble.

What makes someone an...

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Michelle Obama Leaves Behind A Legacy Of Kindness

(23) Comments | Posted January 17, 2017 | 3:09 AM

Jimmy Fallon did a tribute to Michelle Obama the other day in which people were supposed to stand in front of a photograph of the First Lady and record a message for her to view at a later date.

Not surprisingly, Mrs. Obama and Mr. Fallon were listening...

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Stop Being A User And Open Your Heart To Others

(0) Comments | Posted January 3, 2017 | 2:31 PM

Lately, I've been thinking a lot about the importance of making connections. We all really need them but it seems that people are more disconnected than they've ever been.

Recently, I had a conversation with the psychotherapist Megan Bruneau, for my Ruthless Compassion podcast. She's also noticed how...

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Getting Into The 'Holiday Spirit' 365 Days A Year

(0) Comments | Posted December 28, 2016 | 2:13 PM

Even though the holidays are upon us, I've noticed that lately, many people in Toronto have been more rude, selfish and inconsiderate than usual. Driving in my car, I'm often cut off. People speed through red lights and try to squeeze into parallel-moving traffic, risking accidents as they muscle their...

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Men Like Trump Are Why Society Turns On Victims Of Sexual Assault

(62) Comments | Posted October 27, 2016 | 3:05 PM

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Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump denies recent sexual assault allegations, saying that if he ever touched a woman in the audience they would slap him. (Photo: REUTERS/Jonathan Ernst)

These days, the leaked video tape as well as the allegations of sexual...

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The Most Effective Managers Are Kind, Not Nice

(0) Comments | Posted October 18, 2016 | 7:49 AM

Sometimes, a manager thinks that they need to be "nice" at work. They're overly invested in being liked and they're uncomfortable setting limits or giving consequences. They especially don't like dealing with interpersonal conflicts between staff, assuming that at least one person will be unhappy with the way they resolve...

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Workplace Burnout Comes Down To Employees Being Too 'Nice'

(1) Comments | Posted October 17, 2016 | 4:26 PM

People talk a lot about workplace burnout but they don't always understand what it is, or how to prevent it. In my work as a psychiatrist and psychotherapist, I've seen many cases of workplace burnout and in my experience, it often comes from the employee being too "nice."

What does...

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Learning To Communicate With Your Teen

(0) Comments | Posted September 28, 2016 | 11:50 AM

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It's so important that parents have open lines of communication with their teenagers. When teens feel like they can talk to their parents, they can work through a lot of problems and avoid even more. But it's...

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Grace VanderWaal Deserved To Win America's Got Talent, But Should She Have?

(30) Comments | Posted September 16, 2016 | 3:39 PM

America's Got Talent used to be a really cheesy show with really cheesy acts, but as it often happens when a show develops a huge following, better quality people start auditioning and the tone of the show is elevated.

Such was the case this season, when the acts were so...

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What It Takes To Raise A Teenager

(0) Comments | Posted September 13, 2016 | 12:14 PM

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The teenage years can be hard on everyone. The young person is going through so many changes to their body and their psyche; they're discovering who they are and what they aspire to in life. Hormones are coursing through their veins,...

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Ryan Lochte Lied. So What Does That Mean To The Rest Of Us?

(22) Comments | Posted August 22, 2016 | 5:20 PM

The Olympics are over, but Ryan Lochte's lie lives on. Still, if we look at it, he was just carrying on the ignoble tradition of making up a story to avoid being embarrassed for some inappropriate behaviour. Hey, if former presidents of the U.S. can do it, Lochte...

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Heaven Help A U.S. More Concerned By Orlando Bloom's Junk Than Trump

(45) Comments | Posted August 5, 2016 | 12:00 PM

The other day, someone forwarded me a horrifying Huffington Post story by lawyer and commentator Lisa Bloom. The story was about why we shouldn't ignore the child-rape charges recently filed against Donald Trump.

Ms. Bloom was saying that Mr. Trump, as the current Republican presidential candidate, should be...

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