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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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10 Good Habits to Cultivate in 2012

(10) Comments | Posted December 30, 2011 | 8:07 AM

In a recent article I described 10 bad habits to let go of in the coming year. Now I'd like to talk about 10 good habits to adopt in 2012 so that you can go into the year armed with some tools designed to bring you success and...

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10 Bad Habits to Let Go of in 2012

(81) Comments | Posted December 29, 2011 | 7:58 AM

Instead of making another batch of new year's resolutions that you're probably going to break before January comes to a close, consider the following 10 bad habits and which of these you might want to let go of in the coming year.

Jealousy is the first one. The way I...

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The 12 Elements of Emotional Intelligence

(13) Comments | Posted November 15, 2011 | 8:13 AM

Intellect and emotional intelligence are very different things. The former is the ability to synthesize and analyze data, to problem-solve and make associations based on available information. The latter is a set of innate and learned skills which facilitate relationships and enable a person to negotiate more easily through all...

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What Men and Women Really Want in Love (and How to Get it)

(6) Comments | Posted November 8, 2011 | 8:33 AM

Those of you who insist that there are no differences between the sexes should probably stop reading this right now.

I regard men and women as equal but different and I'm going to be talking about how understanding these differences will foster better male-female relationships.

Getting our needs met...

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When to Un-Friend an Old Friend

(62) Comments | Posted November 1, 2011 | 9:43 AM

Friendship, like many other things in life, can have an expiration date. There are some friends who stay with you for your whole life but there are also many friends who come into your life and are part of it only for a certain amount of time.

Through our lives,...

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