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The Tap Code

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.


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%.”


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.


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.


Behind the scenes with Dr. Phil

  • Dr. Phil McGraw
  • Dr. Phil, a clinical psychologist, with the second-highest-rated daytime talk show on TV, speaks with Dan Gilbert in this behind-the-scenes look at America’s most popular TV psychologist. The two discuss the limits and extent of personal responsibility each of us has in our emotional lives.