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Edward T. Creagan, M.D.Edward Creagan, M.D.
"The magic of the electronic village is transforming health information. The mouse and keyboard have extended the stethoscope to the 500 million people now online." — Dr. Edward Creagan
The power of the medium inspires Dr. Edward Creagan as he searches for ways to share Mayo Clinic's vast resources with the general public.
Dr. Creagan, a Newark, N.J., native, is board certified in internal medicine, medical oncology, and hospice medicine and palliative care. He has been with Mayo Clinic since 1973 and in 1999 was president of the staff of Mayo Clinic.
Dr. Creagan, a professor of medical oncology at Mayo Clinic College of Medicine, was honored in 1995 with the John and Roma Rouse Professor of Humanism in Medicine Award and in 1992 with the Distinguished Mayo Clinician Award, Mayo's highest recognition. He has been recognized with the American Cancer Society Professorship of Clinical Oncology.
He describes his areas of special interest as "wellness as a bio-psycho-social-spiritual-financial model" and fitness, mind-body connection, aging and burnout.
Dr. Creagan has been an associate medical editor with Mayo Clinic's health information websites and has edited publications and CD-ROMs and reviewed articles.
"We the team of (the website) provide reliable, easy-to-understand health and wellness information so that each of us can have productive, meaningful lives," he says.
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Learned optimism — Make your inner dialogue more positive
By Edward T. Creagan, M.D.
Everyone struggles with disappointments, setbacks and missed opportunities. Why do some people seem able to bounce back and learn from these experiences, while others never rally and live a life of disappointment and frustration?
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There is no easy answer, but Martin Seligman, Ph.D., addresses these issue in his book, "Learned Optimism: How to Change Your Mind and Your Life." Dr. Seligman is a professor of psychology, a former president of the American Psychological Association, a credentialed, respected professional. He suggests, with ample evidence, that you can learn to see that light at the end of the tunnel. You can learn to see that the glass is half full, and adjust your reaction to the situation.
Although I agree with those who've commented that our past stays with us, that doesn't mean we are prisoners of our past. We can make choices. We can create options to maximize our inner peace and serenity, our health, and our sense of self-worth.
Of course, it would be wonderful if everyone had nurturing, affirming parents or role models, but that's not always the case. But having one person who truly believes in you can make all the difference in the world. Please share your insights. We each struggle with the same issues of affirmation.blog index