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Sorting out the good from the bad

Dr. John Norcross on the dangers of self-help

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The Tap Code

  • Bob S.
  • Bob Shumaker, a former POW in Vietnam, describes how he and his fellow prisoners developed a social network that was crucial to their surviving three years in solitary confinement. They succeeded by creating a tap code that allowed them to communicate through their cell walls.

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The space between your thoughts

  • Richard Gere
  • Actor Richard Gere ponders his personal philosophy of meditation. He talks about the value of using meditation to find the personal space between our thoughts.

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Remembering to exhale

  • Michael Baime, M.D.
  • Dr. Michael Baime, director of the University of Pennsylvania Program for Stress Management, tells us why meditation and mindfulness may help us undo the negative affects of stress. He says “We found huge changes in what (program participants) report. Anxiety and depression drop by about 50%.”

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Eat, Pray, Love...and Relax

  • Elizabeth Gilbert
  • Elizabeth Gilbert, the best-selling author of the book, Eat, Pray, Love, talks about why divorce produces such a high level of stress, how she discovered her own pathways to happiness, and why we must stand firm against the river of forces of stress in modern life.

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We are what we choose to think

  • Louise Hay
  • Louise Hay, the best-selling self-help author who claims to have cured herself of cancer through “positive thinking,” talks with Dan Gilbert about how we can control our emotions by what we choose to think. She questions the usefulness of scientific findings and says that she relies on her "inner ding" to validate her thoughts and feelings.

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A survivor's story

  • Michele
  • Michelle, diagnosed with ovarian cancer, struggles with the changes in her life. In addition to chemotherapy, she pursues various paths in an attempt to find the tools that will help her tap into her inner strength and survive emotionally. She attends the Heal Your Life Conference and self-help book fair and discusses her experience at the conference with her daughter.

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