The Pleasure Trap: Mastering the Hidden Force that Undermines Health and Happiness


Date Thursday May 27th 2004
Time 4:00-5:00pm
Venue George E. Pake Auditorium

PARC Forum

A new paradigm for the psychology of health has revealed that those who battle with their weight, are sick and ailing, or are junk food junkies aren’t that way because they’re lazy, undisciplined, or stuck with bad genes. They are victims of a dilemma that harkens back to our prehistoric past –”the Pleasure Trap.” A clear understanding of this process together with a recent revolution in motivational psychology offers fresh hope for anyone stuck in a self-destructive cycle.


Douglas J. Lisle, Ph.D., graduated Summa Cum Laude from the University of California at San Diego. He received the Presidents Fellowship and was a Dupont Scholar at the University of Virginia where he completed his doctorate in psychology. Dr. Lisle was then appointed Lecturer at Stanford University, and conducted research at the National Center for PTSD in Menlo Park. He is currently in private practice, and is the Director of Research for the TrueNorth Health Center in Rohnert Park, California. He is the co-author of a new book, The Pleasure Trap, with Dr. Alan Goldhamer. (

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