Archives for August, 2012

Flying Phobia

Magical Thinking And Fear Of Flying

Birds of Myanmar by Saidoe

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There is an art, or rather a knack, to flying.  The knack lies in learning how to throw yourself at the ground and miss. —Douglas Adams, Hitchhikers Guide to the Galaxy

The Douglas Adams quote is one of my favorites.

I'm still doing my SOAR course and it is still working. You can read my first two posts (here and here).

I'm slowing up a...
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anxiety

Seriously Ill, But Positively Uplifting

Peacock Feather "Eye"

Depression and anxiety and even hopelessness are not uncommon in people with chronic, life-altering, even terminal illnesses. Certainly, it would be reasonable to believe that depression in response to a neurological illness like MS (multiple sclerosis) or ALS (amyotrophic lateral sclerosis aka Lou Gehrig's Disease) would be a typical response.

Yet, a friend of ours who had been diagnosed with MS and had then sunk into...
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General

Bias And Political Diversity In Social Psychology

writes: Last fall the Netherlands' Tilburg University made headlines (and a Therapy Soup blog post) when it was found that one of their highly-esteemed researchers was essentially a con artist.

Diederik Stapel, PhD, world-renowned social psychologist and researcher (much admired here in the ), admitted to massive research fraud. At last count, dozens of Stapel's studies were shown to be falsified and over 100 of his papers are still...
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General

Change and the New Narcissist

The notion of newness and change for the sake of newness and change is a chimera—an empty concept that offers only momentary confetti-type excitement with unknown final outcomes. And no, the ends do not justify the means, especially if people get hurt along the way.

Surprisingly (perhaps) often, when change is applied in efforts to improve existing systems or concepts, the change-makers (because they are perceived as outside the system or concept they are trying...
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anxiety

Anxiety, Rubber Bands and a Fear of Flying

I'm still working on the SOAR program I blogged about last week.

I hope I'll be ready to fly without fear long before hypersonic flight becomes a reality on passenger planes!

Yesterday I spoke with Captain Tom Bunn, LCSW of SOAR, who told me a bit about the genesis of some of the effective exercises in his flying-phobia treatment protocol.

For one technique, his inspiration came from anxiety expert Jerilyn Ross.

Ross's 
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Flying Phobia

Scare In The Air: A Fearful Flyer Confesses

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I'm going to disclose something I have been ashamed of for many years: I am a fearful flyer.

Yes, I've flown around the world but if it's at all possible, I'd drive for hours (even days) to avoid flying. I'd probably even walk.

In the past few years, I've learned that a surprising number of my (female) friends are afraid of flying. I have one friend who took her kids on a cross-country trip by...
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General

Thoughts On The Sikh Temple Tragedy

's thinking.

Another American heartbreak. It's really impossible to make sense of tragedies piled upon tragedies and the loss of life. I have questions, though.

1. I read about concern from some pundits about the fact this racist killer (we are trying to avoid naming him) was in the military at some point. Some are also mentioning the June 2012 murder at Fort Bragg and the horrific mass-murder at Fort Hood in 2009 as if there...
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Addiction

Anxiety, Depression and the Importance of Sleep


How're you sleeping?

If you can't sleep, or if you can but you wake up every so often choking or gasping for breath, or if you snore loudly and often, you probably have a sleep disorder.

You also might be at risk of developing anxiety or depression or might already be struggling with one or both of these mental health issues.

Amir Sharafkhaneh, MD, PhD and Max Hirshkowitz, PhD, recently discussed...
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