Wednesday, March 25, 2009

Seminar for Disability 101

On April 11th, I will be giving a talk to Disability 101. Disability 101 is a 501(c)(3), Texas Non-Profit Corporation dedicated to improving the lives of individuals with disabling medical conditions and their families, by reducing the emotional, social and vocational impact of illness. They accomplish this by providing educational programs to help those affected by disability to cope with every day life. They also collaborate with other organizations to develop programs and train their staff or volunteers and pursue our mission by raising awareness of the psychosocial needs of medical patients among physicians, nurses, allied health professionals, and mental health professionals.11:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. THE UNITED WAY 50 Waugh Drive, Houston TX

A light lunch & refreshments will be served.

Check out their website:

My topic is: Health Attitudes: The Power of Positive Thinking on Health. The program starts at 11:00 am to 1:00 pm at the United Way Building. 50 Waugh Drive, Houston TX

A light lunch & refreshments will be served.

I hope to see you there. Dr. Mike

Saturday, March 21, 2009

Are you in an emotional or physically abuse relationship?

From a Dr. Phil show recently, there were several good points made on what to look for to recognize if you are in an abusive relationship. Take a moment to review the following points to understand the characteristics.

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• Using economic power to control you

• Threatening to leave

• Making you afraid by using looks, gestures or actions

• Smashing things

• Controlling you through minimizing, denying and blaming

• Making light of the abuse and not taking your concerns about it seriously

• Continually criticizing you, calling you names, shouting at you

• Emotionally degrading you in private, but acting charming in public

• Humiliating you in private or public

• Withholding approval, appreciation or affection as punishment

Results of Verbal and Emotional Abuse, from the Center for Relationship Abuse Awareness:
• A distrust of her spontaneity
• A loss of enthusiasm
• An uncertainty about how she is coming across
• A concern that something is wrong with her
• An inclination to reviewing incidents with the hopes of determining what went wrong
• A loss of self-confidence
• A growing self-doubt
• An internalized critical voice
• A concern that she isn’t happier and ought to be
• An anxiety or fear of being crazy
• A sense that time is passing and she’s missing something
• A desire not to be the way she is, e.g. “too sensitive,” etc.
• A hesitancy to accept her perceptions
• A reluctance to come to conclusions
• A tendency to live in the future, e.g. “Everything will be great when/after …”
• A desire to escape or run away
• A distrust of future relationships

Thursday, March 19, 2009

Change Mastery

This week I gave two seminars to different corporations. At Halliburton, I gave on talk on $O$ for Stress: How to stop worrying about the economy and everything else. About 85 employes attended. Basically, the message was to develop life balance, reduce negative self-talk, exercise, communicate with family and friends to keep manage stress. Did you know that 80% of all visits to family doctors are for stress related disorders and problems? Reducing worry requires diligence in focusing on what you can control and letting go of thoughts and worries that never come true anyway. The other talk was for Aetna Insurance on Change Mastery. This talk had to do with overcoming fear of change, procrastination and perfectionism. Looking at your denial about change, expectations and acceptance helps you understand your resistance or ability to adapt. In essence, the more you embrace change, remain optimistic, and work proactively, the more "psychologically hardy" you become.

Tuesday, March 10, 2009


During these very difficult economic times, it is difficult to maintain life balance. To do so requires making some adjustments. To stay strong requires resilience. So what is resilience?

Resilience is the process of adapting well in the face of adversity, trauma, tragedy, threats or even significant sources of stress—such as family and relationship problems, serious health problems, or workplace and financial stressors.

Resilient people…...
Recognize their interdependence with others
• Have strong social bonds that they can rely on
• Are able to form and maintain close relationships
• Recognize ways in which other people’s skills can complement their own.
• Bounce back from adversity

So, work on the aspects of your life that will help you keep your balance and increase resilience.

Why Worry? Recently, a reprint of the book  Why Worry  by friend and prolific author, Eric A. Kimmel was recently released. Gayle and ...