6 Ways to Let Go and Achieve Happiness


We are all on a quest for happiness, but often times we have no direction on how to get there. But instead of trying to obtain something you don’t have, have you ever tried letting go? Here are 6 tips, on letting go, that will assist you on your quest for happiness. I personally have […]

Why Fear of Discomfort Might Be Ruining Your Life


Think about the major problems in your life — from anxiety to lack of regular exercise to a bad diet to procrastination and more. Pretty much every one of these problems is caused by a fear of discomfort. Discomfort isn’t intense pain, but just the feeling you get when you’re out of your comfort zone. Eating […]

Why Did I Relapse? Top Five Causes of Relapse and How to Avoid Them


It is common for people quitting or trying to control an addictive behavior to relapse at least once during recovery. Some people relapse several times before successfully overcoming their addictive behaviors. Many people do not understand why this happens – is it a lack of willpower, a lack of motivation or a lack of control […]

When Willpower Is Trumped By Bad Habits


Have you ever set out to start a new habit or goal, but found your willpower lacking? Many new ventures are foiled by the morning email habit, for example – we want to exercise or write or meditate, but we can’t resist checking out email for just a minute … and then we’ve gotten lost, […]

5 Steps to Create a New Habit


When I decided to quit smoking, I was 27 years old, my two oldest daughters were seven and five, and the twins were three. I didn’t want to be a bad example, I hid my smoking from them. I smoked when they were sleeping or when they were with the babysitter. As my addiction grew […]

“Food, Drugs, And Desire” Symposium Held By The Michigan Psychoanalytic Society On April 16, 2011


THE MICHIGAN PSYCHOANALYTIC SOCIETY PRESENTS: 36th Annual Symposium FOOD, DRUGS AND DESIRE: UNDERSTANDING AND TREATING ADDICTIVE BEHAVIORS AND DISORDERS IN PSYCHOANALYSIS AND PSYCHOTHERAPY Brian Johnson, M.D. Kathryn Zerbe, M.D. Saturday, April 16, 2011 8:15 am — 3:45 pm Baronette Renaissance Hotel, Novi, MI MICHIGAN PSYCHOANALYTIC SOCIETY ANNUAL SYMPOSIUM: The Michigan Psychoanalytic Society’s Annual Symposium is a collegial […]

Help For Compulsive Shopping Therapy


You Ask I am worried that shopping this holiday season may cause me to have a relapse. I have been free of compulsive shopping and debt for over 1 year but I have had extra stress this year and wonder what you would recommend? We  Answer You bring up a common concern, relapse, that people […]