Can I do more? 7 juillet 2015
Auteur: Camillo Zacchia
Titre du blogue: Psychospeak with Dr.Z
CAN I DO MORE? (SVP, Voir plus bas pour la version Française) Can I do more? This question is a trap if I ever heard one. Can I do more to help my parents? Can I do a better job on this assignment? Can I eat better? These types of questions are endless and the [...]

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Science and marketing: Strange bedfellows 23 juin 2015
Auteur: Camillo Zacchia
Titre du blogue: Psychospeak with Dr.Z
(SVP, voir plus bas pour la version Française) Here’s something I published today in the on-line version of Metro. Someone who read it asked me if it meant I was against all ‘Soft’ sciences. I’m not sure what is meant by that word but I am not for or against anything per se. Science simply [...]

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How many fingers? 2 juin 2015
Auteur: Camillo Zacchia
Titre du blogue: Psychospeak with Dr.Z
How many fingers? (SVP, voir plus bas pour la version Française) Every once in a while, when talking to a client, I briefly hold up two fingers. I then ask the person how many fingers I held up. He or she quickly says, “Two.” It’s a simple question and people never hesitate when answering. But [...]

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Do I need to take a pill? 26 mai 2015
Auteur: Camillo Zacchia
Titre du blogue: Psychospeak with Dr.Z
(SVP, voir plus bas pour une version Française) An article in the paper two weeks ago quoted a researcher who claimed that 98% of anti-depressants and other psychiatric medication prescriptions could be stopped with no ill effects. As much as I agree that they can sometimes be over-prescribed, I certainly don’t think his statement makes [...]

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The golden rule 2.0 12 mai 2015
Auteur: Camillo Zacchia
Titre du blogue: Psychospeak with Dr.Z
THE GOLDEN RULE 2.0 (svp, voir plus bas pour la version Française) The golden rule is nice – Do unto others as you would have them do unto you. Unfortunately, just like any advice, what may be good for one person can be a pretty bad for someone else. The rule of moral reciprocity is [...]

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Why is that cop following me? 5 mai 2015
Auteur: Camillo Zacchia
Titre du blogue: Psychospeak with Dr.Z
WHY IS THAT COP FOLLOWING ME? (svp voir plus bas pour la version Française) If a police officer were walking toward you, would you run? Clearly not. Most of us would never take off no matter how scared we were. We would never want to give the police officer a reason to believe we had [...]

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Inspirational people 27 avril 2015
Auteur: Camillo Zacchia
Titre du blogue: Psychospeak with Dr.Z
The kind of story that moves me the most is one where a person triumphs over adversity and manages to maintain a healthy positive attitude. (Chèrs lecteurs Francophone, voir plus bas pour une belle histoire inspirante, écrite en Français). There is enough horror and evil out there to make us all miserable. But we are [...]

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The flagpole and the flag 13 avril 2015
Auteur: Camillo Zacchia
Titre du blogue: Psychospeak with Dr.Z
THE FLAGPOLE AND THE FLAG (SVP, voir plus bas pour la version Française) A flagpole stays in its place while the flag keeps changing position. Such is the way of logic and emotion. These two parts of our minds are in a constant dance for control. They can work together as allies and take us [...]

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Am I having a heart attack? 12 mars 2015
Auteur: Camillo Zacchia
Titre du blogue: Psychospeak with Dr.Z
AM I HAVING A HEART ATTACK? (svp, voir plus bas pour la version Française) Do you worry whenever you get an unexplained pain in your chest? Whenever you hear of someone your age having died, do you suddenly start feeling the same sensations in your body as the other person noticed before dying? Health worries [...]

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I’m dying for some chips! 24 février 2015
Auteur: Camillo Zacchia
Titre du blogue: Psychospeak with Dr.Z
I’m dying for some chips! (Published on-line: La Vie en Tranches. Journal Métro, February 23, 2015) Man, don’t we all get the occasional hankering for some salt? A nice pile of crunchy chips will do the trick! Go to your cupboard, grab a bag, plop down in front of the TV, and munch away in [...]

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I’m dying for some chips 23 février 2015
Auteur: Camillo Zacchia
Titre du blogue: Psychospeak with Dr.Z
I’m dying for some chips! (Published on-line: La Vie en Tranches. Journal Métro, February 23, 2015) Man, don’t we all get the occasional hankering for some salt? A nice pile of crunchy chips will do the trick! Go to your cupboard, grab a bag, plop down in front of the TV, and munch away in a [...]

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Workaholic nutcases 11 février 2015
Auteur: Camillo Zacchia
Titre du blogue: Psychospeak with Dr.Z
Workaholic nutcases (Published on-line, La vie en tranches, Journal Métro, February 9, 2015) SVP, voir plus bas pour la versionFrançaise Would you like a recipe for building a strong and hyper-productive team? Here’s a strategy: Step 1: Hire ten people for your team. Among the ten, there is a pretty good chance you will find [...]

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It’s your turn to do the dishes! 28 janvier 2015
Auteur: Camillo Zacchia
Titre du blogue: Psychospeak with Dr.Z
Publié le 27 janvier, 2015: Journal Métro. SVP, voir plus bas pour la version Française. Wouldn’t it be nice if it were easy to ask for what you wanted? Being able to assert yourself is a necessary skill. It ensures that our rights are respected and that we are treated as equals in relationships. But [...]

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Boredom has its rewards 14 janvier 2015
Auteur: Camillo Zacchia
Titre du blogue: Psychospeak with Dr.Z
Boredom has its rewards (SVP, voir plus bas pour la version Française) There’s a funny thing about the activities that give us the most pleasure; we never would have found them if we weren’t bored at some point. If you think about the things you really enjoy – a sport like tennis or golf or [...]

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The foster mother 17 décembre 2014
Auteur: Camillo Zacchia
Titre du blogue: Psychospeak with Dr.Z
The foster mother (SVP, voir plus bas pour la version Française) We are blessed by the mother who gave up the child. – Lucinda Williams. As an adoptive father, that lyric makes me cry every time. My last two trips to the United States were to Burlington, Vermont and New York City. Both times we [...]

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Malala and the triumph of good over evil 11 décembre 2014
Auteur: Camillo Zacchia
Titre du blogue: Psychospeak with Dr.Z
Many people wonder if human beings are fundamentally good or evil. Most of us will acknowledge that there is a bit of both in the world. I agree but the quantity of each is not fixed in stone. Good and bad actions are forces that influence our collective mindsets. Malala Yousefzai was shot by the forces of evil. We are not [...]

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Not forgotten 5 décembre 2014
Auteur: Camillo Zacchia
Titre du blogue: Psychospeak with Dr.Z
Photo by René Lortie I have nothing more to add but in case you missed what I wrote five years ago, here it is:(SVP, voir plus bas pour la version Française) Today is the 20th anniversary of Marc Lépine’s rampage. Yesterday, I was in my car and heard two riveting interviews on CBC’s As It Happens. [...]

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I miss my Rolodex 3 décembre 2014
Auteur: Camillo Zacchia
Titre du blogue: Psychospeak with Dr.Z
Chances are pretty good that if you are under thirty you’ve never even heard of a Rolodex. Of course if you’re over fifty…there is probably one on your desk. (SVP, voir plus bas pour la version Française) I think of Rolodexes and manual typewriters whenever I think of how much my world has changed since [...]

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I have a weird feeling about this! 20 novembre 2014
Auteur: Camillo Zacchia
Titre du blogue: Psychospeak with Dr.Z
Premonitions (Voir plus bas pour la version Française) I have a confession to make. Before I get on an airplane I think about it crashing and I imagine my family at my funeral. When my kids are out late, I imagine a car crash and think of what I’d say in their eulogy. Occasionally I [...]

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Troubled loners 4 novembre 2014
Auteur: Camillo Zacchia
Titre du blogue: Psychospeak with Dr.Z
(SVP, voir plus bas pour la version Française) Life can be filled with moments of pure joy at times – the birth of a child, the warmth of love, the goose bumps felt when listening to music that inspires you – but unfortunately tragedy and grief are also part of the human experience. We witnessed [...]

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