Marcia Sirota

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Why It's Sad When Women Say They Oppose Feminism

(99) Comments | Posted March 3, 2015 | 4:48 PM

It's very strange to me that the notion of feminism currently seems to be equated with man-hating or man-bashing.

As a feminist myself, surrounded by many other feminists, it's clear that none of us have the least bit of animosity, contempt or destructive wishes toward men.

For feminists the world...

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Why Women Need To Be More Powerful Around Men

(12) Comments | Posted March 1, 2015 | 6:51 PM

I've noticed a trend among women in their personal and professional relationships: the tendency to soft-pedal when expressing their displeasure with something a man has done.

These women are concerned about how the man might react to their feedback. They're afraid that he's going to become defensive or that he'll...

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A New Look at Resilience

(0) Comments | Posted February 25, 2015 | 8:14 AM

When you think about resilience, you probably think of the ability to bounce back when faced with difficult or painful situations. You think about being able to carry on when you've encountered stress or loss, disappointment, frustration or tragedy. And that's all true.

Resilience, as most of us understand it,...

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Wellness Is About More Than Health

(1) Comments | Posted February 2, 2015 | 4:52 PM

Our world is more toxic than ever -- polluted with neurotoxic and carcinogenic pesticides; hormone disrupting perfumes and packaging additives; toxins in house cleaning supplies, cosmetics, paints, and even in the finishing sprays to keep new clothing smooth and the coating on furniture to make it non-flammable.

We're also more...

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The Key to Health, Happiness and Success in 2015

(0) Comments | Posted January 13, 2015 | 4:14 PM

So, another year is almost over and a new one is about to begin. At this stage in my life, it's amazing how quickly the years fly by. I've started to think about what I accomplished last year and what my goals are for the coming year. Mostly, I realize...

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Why I Pity Today's Young Celebrities

(0) Comments | Posted March 13, 2014 | 11:26 AM

We live in the days of wayward celebrity youth. They're in and out of rehab, being booked for a DUI, or making videos that could double as soft core porn. These kids are not yet out of their teens, but their behaviour is wildly out of control.

It saddens me...

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10 Perils We Face in the 21st Century

(1) Comments | Posted April 22, 2013 | 5:20 PM

We're living in exceedingly dangerous times, and while we might think that the dangers we face come in the form of nuclear proliferation, rampant war-mongering, easy access to weapons, global warming and global financial collapse, we'd be wrong.

While all the above are dangerous, to be sure, they're just symptoms...

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The Seven Secrets of Spectacular Sex

(37) Comments | Posted March 8, 2013 | 4:26 PM

Everyone wants better sex, but many of us have the wrong idea about how to make it happen. Here are the seven secrets to achieving a spectacular sex life.

The first thing we need to understand is that, despite what television, movies and videos say, sex is an experience, not...

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Do You Love Like an Adult or Child?

(8) Comments | Posted December 22, 2012 | 5:59 PM

When I observe how people engage in romantic relationships, it seems that they do this in one of two ways: either from the perspective of a child or from that of an adult.

People who pursue love from an adult perspective are looking for companionship, romance, a life partner....

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Do You Have Dating ADD?

(25) Comments | Posted October 30, 2012 | 12:00 AM

A new malady has sprung up simultaneously with the ascent of online dating. It's called dating ADD. Symptoms of this disorder are similar to the more common form of ADD: easy distractibility, lack of focus and inability to stick to a task.

Dating ADD appears to have arisen out...

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A Canadian Psychiatrist in the U.S. Health Care System

(4) Comments | Posted September 26, 2012 | 4:23 PM

Many of my medical colleagues fuss and gripe about the health care system, and my patients occasionally do the same. It's not a perfect system by any means, but having practised psychiatry in the United States as well, I have an pretty good idea about the differences between the Canadian...

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Emotional Overeating Part 3: Be Aware of How You Eat

(0) Comments | Posted September 12, 2012 | 12:22 PM

This is the third post in an exclusive three-part series of excerpts from the author's book Emotional Overeating: Know the Triggers, Heal Your Mind and Never Diet Again.

In the media, there's far too much emphasis on food, both positive and negative. It's an enormously charged subject....

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Emotional Overeating Part 2: How to Tell if You're Doing it

(0) Comments | Posted September 7, 2012 | 12:19 PM

This is the second post in an exclusive three-part series of excerpts from the author's book Emotional Overeating: Know the Triggers, Heal Your Mind and Never Diet Again.

If you're an over-eater, you know that being heavy and eating excessively aren't your only problems. In fact, you...

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Emotional Overeating Part 1: The Most Overlooked Reason for Why We Overeat

(9) Comments | Posted September 6, 2012 | 12:00 AM

This is the first in an exclusive three-part series of excerpts from the author's book Emotional Overeating: Know the Triggers, Heal Your Mind and Never Diet Again.

It seems as though we've become a society of addicts. Everywhere we turn, we're confronted with evidence of our rampant addictions. TV...

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How to See Right Through a Liar

(34) Comments | Posted August 31, 2012 | 7:20 AM

Everybody lies, that's nothing new. What matters is the type of lie a person is telling. White lies are usually told to spare someone's feelings, and are often less hurtful than brutal honesty. The type of lie I want to discuss is one that's told for the purposes of control,...

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Six Ways To Eliminate Your "Inner Critic"

(0) Comments | Posted July 23, 2012 | 11:38 AM

You might be one of those people walking around today with an extremely negative voice in your head. It's the voice that tells you what you "should" and "shouldn't" do; it makes you feel stupid, small, awkward and inept; blaming you for the things that go wrong in your life...

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Why It's Impossible to be "In Control"

(5) Comments | Posted July 4, 2012 | 3:59 PM

The other day, one of my patients described herself as a "control freak," and an unhappy one at that. Certainly, she's not the first person I've worked with who's been frustrated in their attempts to be "in control," but it always saddens me to see someone wasting her time on...

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Relationship Woes? Maybe You're Making One of These Mistakes

(0) Comments | Posted June 27, 2012 | 12:21 PM

There are three common relationship mistakes that many of us make, which can get in the way of our happiness and success in love. Understanding what these mistakes are and why we're prone to making them can help us learn to avoid them in the future.

The first mistake is...

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How to Stop Being an Angry Person

(11) Comments | Posted February 27, 2012 | 10:08 AM

Everyone gets angry now and then. Anger is a normal emotion that arises when you feel attacked, abandoned, imposed upon, or deprived. It's a signal that something bad is happening to you, or that you're about to lose something that you need.

When you're in touch with your anger and...

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How to Survive Being Dumped

(3) Comments | Posted February 22, 2012 | 1:31 PM

One of the worst things that can happen to a person is to be dumped. By "dumped" I mean when you're dating someone or in a relationship with them and then all of a sudden, they decide that they don't want to see you anymore.

It hurts to be rejected,...

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