Category: General

Strategies for Staying Sane: Exercising Your Brain

Dr. Clifford N. Lazarus ••• Molly, whom we met in the previous vignette, doesn’t know it, but she could employ several specific methods to better balance her perceptions. When a friend suggested some options for her, she said, “I’m satisfied…

Strategies for Staying Sane: Achieving Mental Balance

Dr. Clifford N. Lazarus ••• Molly was described by her friends as a well-developed negative personality. “She’s very good at seeing the dark side of things, but she does not often detect the positive aspects of her experiences,” they observed.…

2:15 am

The air in the room sits still It’s not hot or cold, it’s indifferent  • Plainly, I can’t sleep My mind running in all directions Possibilities stirring everything but the air  • My purpose calls from several directions In silent…

Strategies for Staying Sane: Reprogramming Your Mind

Dr. Clifford N. Lazarus ••• George had been an unhappy and anxious person for most of his adult life. Finally, after many years of silently watching him suffer, his younger sister, Jennie, suggested he seek counseling and disclosed to him…

Strategies for Staying Sane: What to Say When You Talk to Yourself

Dr. Clifford N. Lazarus ••• Charlene was very hard on herself and often put herself down.  While she’d never dream of verbally abusing or even harshly criticizing others, she nevertheless thought it was perfectly acceptable to treat herself in this…

Labor Day! A Day Off, for Many!

Happy, Labor Day! This federal holiday was originally based on a number of deaths of union workers, at the hands of the US military, during a strike of organized labor.  First observed September 5, 1882 – President Grover Cleveland reconciled…