Tag: Psychotherapy

Thinking Yourself Healthy: How to Be Happier by Thinking Healthier

Dr. Clifford N. Lazarus ••• “I’m actually very pleased that Joe broke off our relationship.  ” None of Elaine’s friends believed her.  It was evident to them that she was really very hurt and puzzled by Joe’s behavior.  By rationalizing,…

Thinking Yourself Healthy: How You Think So Shall You Feel

Dr. Clifford N. Lazarus ••• Gina complained that she felt down or upset a lot of the time. “I have no control over the way I feel,” she said.  When she learned that her thoughts were largely responsible for her feelings,…

Strategies for Staying Sane: Beating Procrastination-Part 2

Dr. Clifford N. Lazarus ••• Ken’s friends kidded him about always putting things off. “If there were a Nobel Prize for procrastination,” they said, “you’d be a sure winner.”  But the fact that Ken had been fired from three jobs in…

Strategies for Staying Sane: Beating Insomnia

Dr. Clifford N. Lazarus ••• Betty’s poor sleep habits were getting her down. She took sleeping pills and tranquilizers from time to time, but hated to rely on pills ~ especially habit-forming drugs. She was not aware that some simple…

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,…