11/18/2012 Happy Thanksgiving!

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Tonight’s guests:

Dr. Howard Bracco, 8:06pm to 9:00pm

Dr. Howard Bracco is a licensed clinical psychologist who is currently engaged in the independent practice of psychology providing individual and organizational consultation. He retired from Seven Counties Services a large community behavioral health and developmental services organization after 33 years of services as its founding CEO. He has taught in the Psychology Departments of the University of Louisville and Spalding University, the Kent School of Social Work and the University of Louisville School of Medicine.”

Suggested questions:

  • 1. The approaching holidays are often referred to as “The Shopping Season.” What issues are typical for people during this time?
  • 2. What do we mean by “spending habits” and what contributes to their development?
  • 3. What is the difference between poor spending habits and compulsive spending or shopping?
  • 4. How can you tell if you have a spending or shopping compulsion.
  • 5. Isn’t it just a matter of will power?
  • 6. What is the impact of retailers and advertising?
  • 7. Is there a relationship between hoarding and shopping?
  • 8. What help is available to address these behaviors?
  • 9. What are things someone might do to manage their spending and shopping behaviors?

Related links:

Quotes for Black Friday 2012

Quotations for Buy Nothing Day

Shopping Quotes

Quotations about Thrift

Top 10 Tips to Getting the Best Bargains on Black Friday

Shoppers Alert — Keep the Receipt!

A Review of Compulsive Buying Disorder

You Might Be a Shopoholic If …


Sarah Shelton, Ph.D., 9:06pm to 10pm

Dr. Sarah Shelton is a Licensed Clinical Psychologist from Paducah, Kentucky. One of her specialties is Health Psychology – which includes thoughts, feelings, and behaviors associated with hunger and eating.

Suggested questions:

Problem –

  • 1.) Can you explain why hunger and eating are Psychological issues?
  • 2.)   What are some common issues that people have surrounding food and the holidays?
  • 3.)   Why are the holidays a particularly challenging time for people with regard to food?
  • 4.)   Is there a mood component to eating behaviors and the holidays? Why?
  • 5.)   Why do people make such a big deal about food and the holidays? Why not just enjoy it? What’s the big deal?
  • 6.)   Are there really long-term consequences that can result from just a few days of over indulging?

Solutions —

  • 1.) Are there any strategies that people can use to help them plan ahead to avoid getting into trouble with food at holiday gatherings?
  • 2.) What are some tips that people can follow to avoid overeating when they are already in the middle of a party, and they didn’t plan ahead?
  • 3.) Suppose someone ends up indulging at a holiday get together and then gets depressed or angry about it. Are there any tips to help someone feel better afterwards?
  • 4.) Is over indulging on special occasions with food a problem that requires help from a mental health professional?
  • 5.)  The New Year follows the holidays and many people take this opportunity to make resolutions, many of them involving good eating habits for health and weight loss.
  • a.   Why do these goals often fail?
  • b.   What advice can you give people about setting New Year’s resolutions they can actually keep?

Related links:

Health Psychology (wiki article)

Control Your Holiday Hunger

How to Avoid Eating Too Much During The Holidays

New Years Resolutions  (wiki info)

Popular New Years Resolutions  (and resources to help you achieve your goals) [from USA.gov]


Facts For Features: Thanksgiving Day, November 22, 2012

Did you know…

In the fall of 1621, the Pilgrims, early settlers of Plymouth Colony, held a three-day feast to celebrate a bountiful harvest, an event many regard as the nation’s first Thanksgiving. Historians have also recorded ceremonies of thanks among other groups of European settlers in North America, including British colonists in Virginia in 1619. The legacy of thanks and the feast have survived the centuries, as the event became a national holiday in 1863 when President Abraham Lincoln proclaimed the last Thursday of November as a national day of thanksgiving. Later, President Franklin Roosevelt clarified that Thanksgiving should always be celebrated on the fourth Thursday of the month to encourage earlier holiday shopping, never on the occasional fifth Thursday.  (Click the link for lots more info.)

Dr. Stan wishes you and your family a very Happy Thanksgiving!!!


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