Columns by Dr. Pauline Wallin at My Body & Mind Magazine:
Nov 13 2013The precise mechanism of how gratitude works in the brain is not understood. But psychologically speaking, gratitude naturally draws your attention to the positive. When you focus on the positive, the negative drops into the background.
Sep 4 2013The stares. The whispers. The gawking. It's natural to want to puff up and protect your children, especially if they're different. But a positive response can go a long way.
Jun 6 2013Perfection comes at a price. Yes, it's gratifying to know that what you do or produce is flawless, but is the time and effort worthwhile?
Jun 4 2013If your recent graduate convinced you to let them go to Senior Week, don't fret.
Feb 19 2013Resilience helps us adapt to challenging circumstances. The adjustment process takes time, and there are difficult spots. But chances are you'll end up stronger and even more resilient at the other end.
Nov 14 2012Chatting at a cocktail party or other social gathering with people you hardly know can be quite a challenge. But there are things you can do to minimize the stress.
Oct 10 2012Most things get easier the second time around. But not breast cancer. A new occurrence can be just as distressing as the first time — or even more so.
Sep 6 2012Grandparents who want to be actively involved in their grandkids' lives can be a mixed blessing.
Jun 7 2012When it comes to professional athletic competition, mental skill is just as important as physical ability.
May 8 2012Are you a chronic worrier? Do thoughts continually run through your mind about everything that could go wrong, even though you know they're not likely to happen?
Feb 14 2012Is it possible to stay "in love" with your spouse over years or even decades? Absolutely.
Nov 16 2011How would you like to feel 12 years old again, with no effort required? Visit your family of origin over the holidays. Situational cues have a powerful influence. You might not even be aware that these physical surroundings trigger emotional memories as well.
Oct 6 2011You've just received a diagnosis of breast cancer. Even before it all sinks in, you're worrying about how to break the news to family and friends.
Sep 6 2011It's normal to prefer one gender over another. In fact a Gallup Poll published in June showed that two out of three people expressed a preference for a boy or a girl, with a bias toward boys. Nine previous surveys on this issue, dating to 1941, produced similar results. Thus, parents have been grappling with this issue for generations.
Jun 9 2011Losing a pet to death is a lonely experience. It's a painful time, for sure --- often as painful as when a human friend or family member dies.
May 4 2011Studies show that in order for a relationship to thrive, there must be a sense of equity. Both people must feel as if they are getting as much as they are giving. Not that they keep score, but over the long run things even out.
Feb 22 2011Have you ever tried to change a habit and failed? Not surprising. Once you acquire a habit, it tends to stick around with the habit memory etched in your brain. For the most part, that's a good thing.
Nov 10 2010Are video games good or bad for kids? As with TV and other media, there is no simple answer.
Oct 6 2010As a cancer survivor, you know that life never returns completely to the way it was before your diagnosis. During and after treatment, you must gradually adjust to a "new normal."
Sep 7 2010Pauline Wallin talks about the importance of being happy with your appearance.
Dr. Wallin’s Articles at APA’s YourMindYourBody.org: