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Dear Sugar’s Advice on Life and Love

Dear Sugar, WTF, WTF, WTF? I’m asking this question as it applies to everything every day. Best, WTF This is the letter that launched the “Dear Sugar” advice column on TheRumpus.net as something new and different. In an uncharacteristic style for an advice column, Sugar begins with deep personal sharing and “radical empathy.” She walks …Read More

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Nocebo Effect and Medical Hexing

Many people have heard of the placebo effect, but fewer have heard of the nocebo effect. The Double-Blind Randomized Controlled Trial The gold standard for medical research studies is the double-blind randomized controlled trial (RCT). The simplest RCT study might take a target population (e.g., patients with high blood pressure) and then randomize them into …Read More

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Kelly McGonigal: Getting Good at Stress

With so much of the country facing the stress of natural disasters, we see communities coming together and neighbors helping neighbors. However, in the face of tragedy there is also the other side of humanity. Stress brings out both the best and the worst in all of us. For years, health professionals have been telling …Read More

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Reclaim your personal power through 6 body wisdom areas

If you’ve ever been stuck in your head (like me) with recurring thoughts racing around to create chronic anxiety, then you know that sometimes stopping to take 10 deep breaths just isn’t enough to calm the mind down. (Don’t get me wrong; it helps sometimes!) How can we align the mind and body, head and …Read More

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The Velveteen Rabbit on Being Real

What does it mean to be Real? to be seen? to belong? to connect? to be loved? to be Wholehearted? Here’s an inspiring passage from The Velveteen Rabbit, the 1992 children’s classic by Margery Williams. I recently came across the quote in Brene Brown’s book, Daring Greatly. The Skin Horse tells the Velveteen Rabbit what …Read More