Your Emotional Immune System

There are germs everywhere; but most of the time, you don’t get sick because of your physical immune system, consisting of everything from the tough hide of your skin, to the snotty mucus of your nose; the white cells of your blood, to your ability to sneeze and vomit all the bad stuff out ofContinue reading “Your Emotional Immune System”

The Psychological Immune System

Germs abound. No matter where you go, there are people sneezing and coughing all over you. Despite this, no one gets infected as often as they could. In fact, studies show that even when researchers place a flu virus directly in a person’s nose, at least sixty percent of the time the subject will notContinue reading “The Psychological Immune System”

Living with Stress

You’re not supposed to choose to have stress, but many people do, for good reasons and bad. For many, very many, stress is an acceptable price they pay for values they hold dear. I’ve known people who are so dead set against having stress that they don’t try anything new because it’ll make them nervous,Continue reading “Living with Stress”

Shinrin-yoku and the Cost of the Placebo Effect

Bringing you the best of mental health Any time of year is a good time for a good dose of Shinrin-yoku; but, I think, for maximum effect, autumn in Western New York is the best.
 Shinrin-yoku is the Japanese term for forest therapy. That’s getting therapy by walking in the forest, not therapy for forests.Continue reading “Shinrin-yoku and the Cost of the Placebo Effect”

The Shrink’s Links: Hugging till Relaxed, the Video

Bringing you the best of mental health every week. Hugging till relaxed is elegant and simple. The basics require four sentences: stand on your own two feet. Put your arms around your partner. Focus on yourself. Quiet yourself down – way down. – David Schnarch Watch the video and learn:

What is Madness?

Someone asked why the name of this blog is Madness 101. Shouldn’t I call it Mental Illness 101? Isn’t mental illness the proper, politically correct term? It is, but it’s not really mental illness that I’m writing about. I’m writing about the related subject of madness. Illness is something that happens to you beyond yourContinue reading “What is Madness?”

The Shrink’s Links: Difficult Conversations

Bringing you the best of mental health and relationship articles on the internet. Today’s link from the shrink is: Difficult Conversations We all have to have them. Many avoid them. Many screw them up by being too aggressive. There’s a book that tells you how to have a productive difficult conversation. This link summarizes theContinue reading “The Shrink’s Links: Difficult Conversations”

The Shrink’s Links: Body Language

Bringing you the best of mental health and relationship articles on the internet. Today’s link from the shrink is: Your body language shapes who you are Here’s something you may not have known. Your own body language not only communicates to others, it’s also how you communicate to yourself. Click here to go to theContinue reading “The Shrink’s Links: Body Language”