Anxious About Calm?

Anxious About Calm?

Does the thought of taking time off drain your energy?   Believe it or not, it can. Our body has two energy production modes, corresponding to anxiety or calm. They require different diets and schedules. The mode of anxiety is opportunistic and reactive; the mode of...
Play (Seriously)

Play (Seriously)

While most of us would prefer to be happy rather than anxious, we should admit that happy can be a lazy place to be. Our most creative moments are moments of play, when we shift rapidly between happy and anxious. The difficulty arises when we have a source of stress...

Virtue in the Time of Coronavirus

Change is difficult in the best of times. Sometimes that change is joyfully awaited, such as the birth of a child. Even then, though, every parent will speak of moments of confusion, exhaustion, and perhaps grief over the changes that swept through their lives. Those...
Tinnitus and In-Ear Peace

Tinnitus and In-Ear Peace

Tinnitus is a perception of sound in the absence of an external source. While if placed in a sound-proof environment almost everyone will hear something, to the tinnitus sufferer the tones are perceptible even in normal life, and may in fact be loud enough to...
Tinnitus and In-Ear Peace

Convergence on Both Tracks

In archival training videos, Dr. Kappas was testy about “talk therapy.” A licensed psychotherapist himself, he bemoaned the first-session tradition of taking inventory of all the clients problems, sending them home feeling even worse about themselves than...