Tag: mental health

Strategies for Staying Sane: Rapid Relaxation Methods

Dr. Clifford N. Lazarus ••• Carl used to be described as “uptight.” In fact, he was such a taut person that he suffered from chronic back pain and excruciating headaches that his doctors ascribed to tension. He was also very…

Strategies for Staying Sane: Meditation: Part 2

Dr. Clifford N. Lazarus ••• Terry entered the office, presented himself to the secretary, and sat down to await his appointment with the boss. As he waited, be closed his eyes briefly, and he used the rapid meditation method he…

Strategies for Staying Sane: Meditation: Part 1

Dr. Clifford N. Lazarus ••• When Irwin was advised to learn how to use meditation to handle his stress, he scoffed at the idea. “I’ve never felt comfortable in the lotus position, ” he jeered. He also sneered that you…

Strategies for Staying Sane: Problem Solving

Dr. Clifford N. Lazarus ••• Eric tended to wallow in self-pity. “I have so many problems that I don’t know what to do or where to start.” Actually, Eric’s list of problems was no greater than most people’s – it…

Strategies for Staying Sane: Enhancing Your Five Senses

Dr. Clifford N. Lazarus ••• Stan was described by someone as “up in the stratosphere.” He seemed to dwell on abstract intellectual issues to the exclusion of all else. He admitted that he did not particularly enjoy food, sex, music,…

Strategies for Staying Sane: Using Paradoxical Techniques

Dr. Clifford N. Lazarus ••• Clay was at his wit’s end. His mother-in-law often offered him free and unwelcome advice in the form of personal attacks. He went toe-to-toe with her once or twice, but this only aggravated matters. “What…

Strategies for Staying Sane: A Special Empowering Image

Dr. Clifford N. Lazarus ••• Leon had a demanding job and often felt stressed out. He grew concerned when his doctor told him that his blood pressure was too high. He discussed the situation with a close friend who mentioned…

Strategies for Staying Sane: Using an Emotional Thermometer

Dr. Clifford N. Lazarus ••• Ronnie was inclined to fly off the handle. She was hypersensitive and tended to respond with exaggerated emotion to most situations. A close relative commented: “Just about everything about Ronnie adds up to an eleven…

Strategies for Staying Sane: Breaking Bad Habits

Dr. Clifford N. Lazarus ••• Constance found herself pulling her hair again.  She had done so most of her life, but in the last few months became aware that her hair was actually thinning.  She knew she had to stop. …

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…