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Archives for January, 2011


The Dark Days of Winter Got You Down? Seasonal Affective Disorder

We just got back from teaching in Santa Barbara California. The temperatures were in the upper 60’s to lower 70’s and the sun was shining every day. It was a nice break from the cold weather we’d been experiencing in New Mexico.

While away, I was asked to spend a week answering questions about seasonal affective disorder on a web site called cafemom (). Cafemom is a community...
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Exposure to Boredom Not Always a Cure For Anxiety

I’m sitting in a lecture. Psychologists, like many other professionals, are required to take continuing education classes. There are 17 people sitting in this workshop. I counted them so that I could distract myself from listening. By the way, we all paid money to attend.

I like to take classes in areas that I might find interesting. I always hope to learn something new, but if not new, I’m pretty pleased if...
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Anxiety, Mortgages, and Uncertainty

Humans, for the most part, like certainty and stability. Most people growing up in the United States believe that if they studied in school, worked hard, played fair, paid their bills, followed the laws of the land, and saved for the future, that their basic needs will be met throughout life.

Sure, bad things happen to good people, but those were generally considered the exceptions and not the rules.

A recent event...
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Communication Consternation: Help us with our Unresolved New Year’s Resolution

Like millions around the world, I spent some time discussing resolutions for the coming year with family and friends. Most of us talked about increasing healthy living, getting more exercise, eating better food, or working hard to decrease stress. Some talked about professional goals such as getting through a school program, successfully managing a work project, writing another book, or figuring out how to say “no” to a narcissistic, overly demanding...
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