What are the BEST examples of guilt trips you’ve ever seen?

Hi from your Surrogate Asian Father. As you know, if there’s one thing I understand, it’s guilt. See, I was raised by the best. (And if you’re Asian, Indian, Jewish, or basically if you have any ethnic parents or relatives, you know what I mean.) Even if you don’t, we ALL know what guilt feels like. ...

New mini-class: How to stop feeling guilty

I’m throwing a free mini-class on how to stop feeling guilty. And I’m doing it for a reason: The amount of emails I get from IWT readers who feel guilty is staggering. Like... “My parents want me to be a doctor, but I hate pre-med...” “Nothing I do makes my husband happy...” “I tried everything...yo-yo dieting, the ...

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Dealing with anxiety: How to stop feeling overwhelmed

Are you guys tired of people blowing smoke up our generation’s asses and not telling us the truth? LIE #1: Parents telling their kids that they can be anything they want (even kids who never built the discipline to finish their homework) LIE #2: TV “experts” -- and even the government! -- telling us that buying a house is ...

My answers to your questions on motivation & procrastination

All right, people. Yesterday I told you I was launching “Therapy Week with Ramit,” a week of tough love with my characteristic lack of emotional sympathy paired with insights so piercing they make you reconsider such facts as gravity and euclidean geometry. I asked you to send me your questions. I got thousands of them, largely ones that made me ...

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Ramit’s Therapy Sessions

In a rare generous mood, I recently asked some of my readers to send me their toughest questions so I could answer them. I expected challenging questions on asset allocation, multi-armed bandit testing, ethnographic research, and maybe advanced negotiation techniques. In actuality, I got questions like this: “Do you think most people cheat because their partner isn't doing enough? And ...

I took great pleasure in saying NO

A weird thing happened over the last 8 weeks. I started getting scattered messages from people who couldn’t subscribe to my email list, no matter how many times they tried. After I got more than 10 emails, I decided it wasn’t PEBCAK (Problem Exists Between Chair and Keyboard), and I had an IWT analyst look into it. We ...