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Applying psychological science for health and well-being.
Thomas Rutledge Ph.D.
Everyone desires the virtues of happiness and health. Why do so few seem to possess them?
A better formula can markedly improve the level of success we achieve.
Tools work best when we learn how to use them. The "calories in, calories out" equation is a tool for weight loss that can improve our results once we understand its application.
Bariatric surgery produces better results when accompanied by a perspective emphasizing the role of the person and the need for psychosocial changes.
Science perhaps can't explain the spiritual benefits of meditation, but it is improving our understanding of how meditation aids our health and well-being.
What we are taught matters most for weight loss actually matters least.
Despite headlines questioning the validity of the 10,000 steps-a-day recommendation, research demonstrates the benefits of this or even greater levels of regular physical activity.
The idea that pain is "in your head" predates the Declaration of Independence, yet remains common today. It is long past time this idea was retired.
Are your habits promoting health and happiness or sickness and sorrow? A better habit-building plan may make all the difference.
Sleep research suggests a close relationship between sleep and our metabolic health. Understanding what this research means to you can make a difference.
A new perspective on weight loss plateaus might help you to reach new levels of success.
Many of our common ideas about health are wolves in sheep's clothing
Few people see a psychologist for chronic pain treatment because they don't know how pain psychologists can help.
Chronic pain is both a medical condition and a psychological condition. Appreciating the psychology of chronic pain can lead to better treatment approaches and better results.
Knowing your personality can help you select exercise types you are most likely to succeed with long-term.
Thomas Rutledge, Ph.D., is a Professor-in-Residence in the Department of Psychiatry at UC San Diego and a staff psychologist at the VA San Diego Healthcare System.