The Colin McEnroe Show
4:10 pm
Wed October 30, 2013

Is Work the Best Place to Work?

David Arai is the president of Maier Design Group
Chion Wolf

I've been writing a newspaper column for The Hartford Courant since 1982. For my first 15 years or so, I tended to write the column at The Hartford Courant. In the last ten years, I have written columns in the following places: a sports bar in San Francisco; a boat moving along the Rhine; the famous Brasserie Balzar in Paris; an outdoor clearing in the Yucatan jungle where, bizarrely, there was WiFi; and a living room in Kobe, Japan.

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The Faith Middleton Show
12:29 pm
Tue October 29, 2013

Can Music and Art Bring Countries Together?

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From Faith Middleton: Music and art can make your life bigger. And, under the theory that the world is now “flat,” music and art just might dissolve boundaries, making the world a more manageable place.

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Sweet Tooth
5:56 am
Sun October 27, 2013

A Sweet And Sour History Of Our Obsession With Candy

Originally published on Thu October 31, 2013 10:47 am

Trick-or-treaters demand it. Dentists despise it. Pop musicians have sung odes to it.

Love it or hate it, candy is a cultural fixation — and it isn't going anywhere.

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The Faith Middleton Show
10:05 am
Mon October 21, 2013

Psychology: Feeling Controlled

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by Faith Middleton 

Psychologist Dr. Nancy Horn explores how we control one another and try to control ourselves.

Questions: Have you ever been called controlling? Why do couples struggle with who is in charge? When is it smart to give up control? When does a manager become too controlling? When is control a great idea? Is government over-controlling in an age of terrorism?

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Mea Culpa
9:09 am
Fri October 11, 2013

Coming to Grips With Guilt

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Near the beginning of Thursday's Colin McEnroe Show about guilt, Colin referenced a selection from the Book of Common Prayer:

"Almighty and most merciful Father;
We have erred, and strayed from thy ways like lost sheep
We have followed too much the devices and desires of our own hearts.
We have offended against thy holy laws.

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The Colin McEnroe Show
8:00 am
Thu October 10, 2013

I Wish I Hadn't Done That!

Dr. Hank Schwartz is the Psychiatrist-in-chief at Hartford Hospital's Institute of Living. "Guilt gets a bad rap because we tend to think of it in excess," Schwartz said. "Moderate amounts of guilt motivate us.
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I really meant to donate to the NPR fund drive. I just forgot. Well, actually I didn't. But still, I should have donated. I feel so guilty! Guilt is a funny thing. It's a pervasive emotion with the power to both motivate--and oppress.

The Faith Middleton Show
2:03 pm
Tue September 24, 2013

Dr. Nancy Horn's Tips on How To Avoid Food Fights

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Why do grownups and kids fight about food? Is there a way around it? I talk with New Haven psychologist Dr. Nancy Horn about re-framing the food fight strategy. Maybe you've had a food fight… or two million. No? Think about it…

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The Faith Middleton Show
3:01 pm
Mon September 16, 2013

Recognizing Everyday Traumas Leads to Happier Lives

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by Faith Middleton

I'm featuring New York psychiatrist Dr. Mark Epstein's fascinating new book, The Trauma of Everyday Life, because it explains the big pay-off for learning to notice the small and big traumas we all experience daily in an unpredictable world. By comprehending these traumas, he says, we permit their release, which leads to less stress and a greater sense of feeling fully alive. Dr. Epstein is a Harvard trained psychiatrist with a private practice in New York City. He's interested in the interface of psychotherapy and Buddhist philosophy.

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The Faith Middleton Show
11:56 am
Thu August 29, 2013

Love 2.0

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We all know love matters, but today, positive emotions expert Barbara Fredrickson joins Faith to show us just how much. Even more than happiness and optimism, love holds the key to improving our mental and physical health as well as lengthening our lives. Using research from her own lab, Fredrickson redefines love not as a stable behemoth, but as micro-moments of connection between people—even strangers. She demonstrates that our capacity for experiencing love can be measured and strengthened in ways that improve our health and longevity. Finally, she introduces us to informal and formal practices to unlock love in our lives, generate compassion, and even self-soothe.

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The Faith Middleton Show
4:00 pm
Tue August 27, 2013

Drunk Tank Pink

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Today: The way the thoughts we have and the decisions we make are influenced by forces that aren't always in our control.

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Where We Live
10:11 am
Mon July 22, 2013

HM and the Science of Memory

The Faith Middleton Show
1:41 pm
Wed July 3, 2013

Becoming a Life Change Artist, and Bruce Clements on Trust

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Becoming a Life Change Artist: 7 Creative Skills to Reinvet Yourself at Any Stage of Life

The Artist's Way meets What Color is Your Parachute? in an innovative approach to reinventing yourself at any stage of life.

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The Faith Middleton Show
3:05 pm
Tue July 2, 2013


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Mirrors, ladders, black cats, salt, cracks in the sidewalk, pennies, rabbits' feet, umbrellas, crossed fingers, crossed hearts, crossing yourself…

Today: Superstitions. We'll look at how and why irrational beliefs keep us happy, healthy, and sane.

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The Colin McEnroe Show
12:07 pm
Tue June 11, 2013

Minding Your Digital Manners

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The Colin McEnroe Show
2:53 pm
Thu May 23, 2013

The Book of Psychiatric Diagnosis

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The Faith Middleton Show
4:11 pm
Mon March 25, 2013

Drunk Tank Pink

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Today: The way the thoughts we have and the decisions we make are influenced by forces that aren't always in our control.

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Prescription Drugs
6:42 am
Thu March 14, 2013

Stimulant Use Among Medical School Students

Colleges have known for years that students use prescription stimulants to focus and stay awake while studying. But new research finds that the rate of stimulant use among medical school students is higher.

Jadon Webb says he and a colleague got the idea for their research while in medical school, listening to a professor’s lecture.  

"He was talking with us about life in medical school 50, 60 years ago. And in the course of talking about it, he was joking about how whenever exams came up, everyone had to use speed."

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Where We Live
11:08 am
Tue March 12, 2013

'Marriage In the Movies'

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So how might we best portray the realities of marriage? In a novel, perhaps?  A long-running TV drama or sitcom?  What about a movie?

Serious business indeed. It seems hard to translate the ins and outs of a long relationship in a 2-hour capsule.  Hollywood has been trying since the silent film age, but not always with success.  Wesleyan Film Historian Jeanine Basigner calls a story about marriage a “screenwriter’s nightmare” in her book I Do and I Don’t: A History of Marriage in the Movies.

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The Colin McEnroe Show
4:28 pm
Tue December 18, 2012

Guns And The American Psyche

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We hear it all the time: America has a gun culture. What does that mean?

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The Colin McEnroe Show
3:10 pm
Mon November 26, 2012

The Science & Psychology Of Lucid Dreaming

The Grinch of dreaming is J. Allan Hobson.

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The Colin McEnroe Show
12:02 pm
Wed October 24, 2012

Sizzling Spectacles: Fashion And The Economics Of Eyewear

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Glasses get people talking.

Remember Sarah Palin? Last month, Politico ran an item suggesting that CNN's Wolf Blitzer had picked out new eyeglasses that closely resembled those of much younger, hipper New Yorker politics writer Ryan Lizza.  

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The Colin McEnroe Show
3:10 pm
Tue September 18, 2012

Introvert Pride!

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Maybe you've seen somebody in your life lately reading a book called Quiet by Susan Cain. It seems to be getting passed around a lot and given as a gift to known introverts.

The argument of the book is that our world treats the extrovert as normal and the introvert as diseased and needing treatment. Cain says that attitude ignores the strengths of the introvert.

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The Colin McEnroe Show
2:55 pm
Tue July 3, 2012

Exploring Earworms: Songs Stuck In Your Head

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We have a two-year running tradition of doing an episode in August gathering our music experts to argue about what song is the "Song of The Summer." (And on which critic Eric Danton suggests there is no such thing.)

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The Colin McEnroe Show
2:26 pm
Fri June 29, 2012

The Process: What's On Your Mind?

Chion Wolf

In the past month or so we've done shows about nuns, quitting as a good thing, procrastination, puns, lawsuits, putting a chip in your head, poetry, design flaws, invasive species and women who fall in love with prisoners.

And the month ahead will include shows about Nudism, First Contact with ETs, why songs get stuck in your head, urban beekeeping and the history and future of the TV remote.

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The Colin McEnroe Show
2:16 pm
Wed June 27, 2012

Procrastination Conversations

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One of the many interesting questions about procrastination is whether writers are, as a species, the absolutely worst culprits or whether writers are just better at describing procrastination than other people. Here's Paul Rudnick on the subject:

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The Colin McEnroe Show
2:51 pm
Tue June 19, 2012

When Does It Make Sense To Quit?

Click on the audio to hear Bobcat Goldthwait, Seth Godin and a former priest discuss why and how a person could decide that quitting is the right answer.

If you want to know how completely reviled quitting is, just type the word into the search field of Twitter.

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The Colin McEnroe Show
2:30 pm
Fri June 15, 2012

The Nose: Auriemma Drama, And Spoiler Psychology

Chion Wolf

A quick rundown of this week's Nose topics:

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The Colin McEnroe Show
3:51 pm
Tue May 1, 2012

Is It Time To Rethink Guilty Pleasures?

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What is a guilty pleasure?

In seventh grade, I had not quite given up on series books. Specifically, the Rick Brant books which I would say were a lot more satisfying (I guess I can't say they were cooler)  than the Hardy Boy books, all 43 of which I read in fourth grade.

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The Faith Middleton Show
3:50 pm
Mon April 30, 2012

Nature, Disagreements, and the Author of The Practicing Mind

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Master any task by developing a love of the practicing mind. New Haven psychologist Nancy Horn on how to acknowledge another person's feelings even when you disagree. And Bruce Clements on why nature transforms us.

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The Colin McEnroe Show
3:28 pm
Thu April 26, 2012

What Drives Political Polarization


Why do we have such terrible political arguments? Are we really so divided?

Topics like abortion, the death penalty, gun control, drug policy, tax policy all make us sound like a deeply divided nation, although I've long believed it's possible to formulate a position on almost anything that 65 percent of Americans will agree with.

 But it's not in our natures to do that. Compromise is boring. Dispute is exciting.

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