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January/February 2011


Diets and Our Demons

Does Anything Really Work?

Editor's Letter
By Richard Simon


Recipe for Life
By Judith Matz

Despite the common cultural notion that anyone can successfully lose weight—constantly reinforced by the $60 billion-a-year diet industry—at least 95 percent of dieters regain lost pounds. Here's an alternative approach to weight control.

Chew Wisely
By Fred Wistow
Remember as a kid being scrupulously taught that eating was a serious business that brooked no nonsense? A lifetime later, this author discovered that—as with so many other life lessons—his mother was totally wrong.

I Think, Therefore I Eat
By Judith Beck
From the viewpoint of Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy, the reason that dieters so frequently fail to stick to their healthy eating plans is simple: knowing what to do and knowing how to get yourself to do it are two entirely different skills.

It's Not about the Food
By Lisa Ferentz
The key to working effectively with eating disorders is understanding that starving, bingeing, and purging aren't simply bad habits. For treatment to work, it must get beyond the focus on negative behavior to grasp the emotional cycle of disordered eating.

By Mary Sykes Wylie and Rich Simon
MIT professor Sherry Turkle has spent the last 30 years studying what our machines have come to mean to us, and how they're altering—sometimes radically—our experience of intimacy, privacy, personal identity, and human connection.



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Clinician's Digest
By Garry Cooper

  • Virtual visitation rights
  • Effective PR for psychotherapy
  • Wise is as wise does
  • New approaches to alcoholism treatment

In Consultation
By Dan Short

That first session with a new client can be crucial to the success or failure of treatment.

Point of View
By Ryan Howes

Whatever happened to feminism? Psychologist and bestselling author Harriet Lerner offers some perspective.

By Diane Cole
The Invisible Gorilla and On Second Thought
While many therapists like to trust their intuition, research shows how often "gut instinct"  can lead us astray.

Family Matters
By Marian Sandmaier
Understanding your place in the great circle of life is often a matter of where you choose to look.