Tag Archives: Making Change

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Bring Conscious Awareness to Your Actions

Human bodies are exceptionally good at making complicated things routine, like driving cars down busy roadways at the same time that we’re singing along to music and adjusting the mirrors. This is really useful because it means I don’t have to waste my precious mental resources relearning everyday things, like how to move my hand […]

Autobiography in Five Short Chapters

We get stuck in habits because we do them automatically, without thought. Doing something differently requires that we bring our awareness to the process and keep working at the changes over time. Things stay the same when we don’t. The poem below by the late Portia Nelson reflects this beautifully. Autobiography in Five Short Chapters […]

“Exercise is Medicine and Physicians Need to Prescribe It!”

That was the gist of a recent article in the Toronto Star’s Weekend Life section. It spoke about the growing list of scientific evidence showing that exercise “is the much needed vaccine to prevent chronic disease and premature death.” While you might say that doesn’t exactly qualify as ‘news’ (who among us didn’t already know […]

On Winning and Losing

The recent commotion about Lance Armstrong’s admission of cheating prompted a thought-provoking discussion about winning and losing between Jian Ghomeshi, host of the CBC Radio program “Q” and recurrent guest, actor/musician Torquill Campbell on January 24, 2013 (click here to download the podcast). The thrust of the discussion was that it’s unfortunate that so many […]

Shift Supports Oakville’s Fareshare Food Bank

At Christmas this year the staff at Shift Cognitive Therapy donated 100% of a day’s revenue to Oakville’s Fareshare Food Bank to support the work of that organization. According to their website, the Fareshare Food Bank is a not-for-profit organization run by volunteers that has been providing for needy members of the Halton community since […]

The Assertiveness Workbook: How to Express Your Ideas and Stand Up For Yourself at Work and in Relationships

Author: Randy J. Paterson. New Harbinger (2000). If you feel guilty saying ‘no’ to unreasonable requests or shy away from expressing your needs and opinions; if you find yourself passively going along with the crowd instead of doing what you want; or if you find yourself exploding angrily after long periods of holding your tongue, […]

Reinventing Your Life: The Breakthrough Program to End Negative Behavior and Feel Great Again

Authors: Jeffrey E. Young and Janet S. Klosko. Plume (1994). Why am I always choosing partners who are no good for me? Why can’t I say no without feeling guilty? Why do I always feel like what I do is never good enough? Questions like these and the problems they cause are often the result […]

Willpower: Rediscovering the Greatest Human Strength

Authors: Roy F. Baumeister & John Tierney. Penguin Press (2011). Every once in a while a book comes along that really helps to make sense of why things happen as they do. Willpower: Rediscovering the Greatest Human Strength is one of them. Drawing from decades of social psychology research, psychologist Roy F. Baumeister and journalist […]

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