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Making Change by Thinking Realistically

It’s no secret that many physical issues, like obesity, heart disease and diabetes are strongly influenced by lifestyle and behaviour. Behavioural choices also contribute to emotional issues, like anxiety, stress and depression. Often, we know exactly how to reduce the severity of problems or even avoid them outright simply by changing our habits. But it’s […]

Reacting AND Responding

Human survival has always depended on our ability to react to quickly. Acting on instinct, without thought was rewarded by the opportunity to continue living, so our bodies became exceptionally good at it. We’ve never lost that ability. Whenever we perceive some thing or event, that is, when we see it, hear it, smell it, […]

The Anxiety Feedback Loop

The human body values survival so highly that it devotes a large portion of its energy resources to watching for and reacting to potential dangers. The ‘fight-flight reaction system’ is our built-in mechanism to focus attention and help us manage with trouble. It works automatically, sounding alarms without the need for conscious control because waiting […]

Set An Intention and Do It

Standing at the finish of the Sporting Life 10K this morning, watching several thousand of the estimated 23,000 runners cross the line, it was hard not to notice the differences among them. Some crossed the line in focused sprints, putting all of their remaining energy toward the goal of finishing with their best time, while […]

Successful Spring Flight Seminar

Ten very brave people faced their fears of flying over the weekend of May 5-6, 2012. The group spent two days with psychologist Dr. Ian Shulman and commercial pilot, Captain Marc-Antoine Plourde working to understand what scares them about flying and learning how to cope more effectively”. Like most fearful fliers, many in the group […]

Take Control of Your Fear of Flying

May 5 & 6, 2012 at Toronto Pearson Airport Openings are still available for Shift Cognitive Therapy and De Plour Research and Training’s spring session of our successful workshop on learning to control your fear of flying. The session occurs in a comfortable boardroom within the SkyService Terminal on the grounds of Toronto’s Pearson International […]

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