Monday, June 8, 2020

During school closure teens getting more sleep but it needs to be on a regular schedule

Teenagers and Sleep in the Digital Age - Spark & Stitch Institute

During the pandemic with school closure teens are getting more sleep which is a good thing because it makes them more communicative, family friendly, less moody while at home. It is important though to stick to regular sleep schedule. Staying up all night playing video games and messaging with friends is not conducive to a regular sleep schedule which is necessary to reduce inflamation and enhance physical and mental health.

I hear in my psychotherapy sessions about teen's symptoms of anxiety, depression, and irritability. I ask about their sleep. Almost always the answer is that it is disturbed and irregular in some way. This leads to an interesting observation. Is it the anxiety and the depression interfering with the sleep or the lack of sleep contributing to the symptoms? Which comes first the chicken or the egg? However you answer the question, improving the sleep cycle goes a long way in enhancing the feeling of well being.

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Saturday, April 25, 2020

The ego's need to be right is more powerful than the fear of death

Why You Don't Need To Be Right All The Time - RI Life Coach


I wonder if we reopen and things get worse will those protesters admit they were wrong. Conservatives are very reality denying, even in the face of evidence. But the reality of the pandemic is very harsh, but is it harsh enough to break through their denial mechanism?



They'd rather die first than admit they were wrong.

Remember the Vietnam Era when they said, "Better dead that red."

These folks have to die off which social Darwinism predicts will happen. Let them swarm and infect each other, but you and yours stay home and the hell away from them.

People are more than willing to die for a cause as long as they don't have to lose face and admit they're wrong. The ego is a deadly thing.

I don't say these things lightly. I have seen it clinically with people who kill themselves and kill others and then themselves. Freud is accused of calling it a death wish but that is an oversimplification. It is the tremendous need to be right which is more powerful than death.

Wednesday, April 15, 2020

What is the purpose of your life?

This idea that people benefit from a sense of purpose is not only especially true for children but for people over 60 until their death as well. What is your purpose in life?


Saturday, April 11, 2020

Do 12 Step Programs Really Work?

Do 12 Step programs really work?

From So Alcoholics Anonymous Is "Proven" to Work After All? Not So Fast by Stanton Peele on Filter on 03/08/20. For more click here.