Happy Thanksgiving!

Happy Thanksgiving! Thanksgiving has always been one of my favorite holidays.  As a kid, I liked that it was on a Thursday—which was my favorite day of the week because I had art on Thursdays. Fall is my favorite season, and in North Carolina, November can be a beautiful month that has long evoked feelings

A Psychologist’s Review of the Movie Gone Girl: If They Could Only Get Her. (Spoiler Warning!!!)

I’ll start off by saying I have not read Gone Girl. I also have not read any reviews or articles on the book or the movie. I was aware of the hype when the book came out, and saw some of the buzz related to the casting and making of the movie. From this I

Boundaries: Are They Worth the Risk?

“Boundary” seems to be a bit of a buzzword these days. People like to throw this idea around a lot: when talking about personal space (literal and figurative), when retelling a story of an acquaintance who texts 10 times a day, or when a stranger offers personal and unsolicited advice. It’s easy to set “boundaries”

Obesity: Facts You Need Know

According to the Center for Disease Control and Prevention, more than one-third of US adults are obese. This equates to 78.6 million individuals in America who meet the criteria for obesity. What is more alarming is that some of the leading causes of preventable death conditions (like Type 2 Diabetes and Heart Disease) are related

Out of the Darkness: Social Support and Awareness Help Cure ALL Illnesses, So Why Do We Discriminate?

Out of the Darkness: social support and awareness help cure ALL illnesses, so why do we discriminate? A high school freshman is diagnosed with a rare form of cancer that is known to spread quickly and be fatal- but is highly treatable if identified early and treated to promptly and consistently. His parents rally the support

Valuing the Invaluable: Care for the Caregiver

Caregivers are people who provide unpaid care and assistance to loved ones suffering from chronic illness or disability.  Being a caregiver, you know it can be a very rewarding, personal experience. Caregiving requires many qualities including humility, vulnerability, altruism, and empathy. These qualities ground us in our humanity and give life a sense of meaning

The Force Behind Healthy Cholesterol

Cholesterol is like the Force. We have the Jedi cholesterol (Good Side) and the Sith cholesterol (Dark Side). And just as in Star Wars, there is a struggle for balance. We must live with both the good and the bad. The key to maintaining a good Force is by embracing the positive ways of the