Ever wonder why sometimes it’s easier to “be mean” via text rather than in person? How could admitting and accepting your emotional sensitivity change your life? Would you be more likely to work at overcoming your fears if you knew how to organize them?
Our Psych Central bloggers present some seriously thought-provoking ideas, studies, and overall conversation starters this week.
Hiding Behind Technology to Be Mean
(Relationships in Balance) — Bet you think it’s easier for people to “be mean” behind technology (think email, text messages, and social media) because, well, there’s a phone or computer or tablet between you and the other person, right? Think again. According to Nathan Feiles, we might just be expressing “mean” thoughts and emotions because we don’t actually care about hurting those people’s feelings, and doing it in person — and seeing their reactions — is just too harsh a self-reflection for us to deal with.
Borderline Personality Disorder: Naked Therapy
(Therapy Unplugged) — Sonia Neale walks us through how our therapy benefits when we stop focusing on what we’re wearing — including clothes, roles, and attitudes.
Why Order Your Fears into a Hierarchy?
(Panic About Anxiety) — Just as we don’t go from learning simple addition to mastering long division, we shouldn’t expect to overcome our greatest fears in just a couple of leaps and bounds, either. With a little help from Edmund Bourne’s The Anxiety and Phobia Workbook, Summer Beretsky explains how we can organize our fears — imagine the least scary and most scary scenarios involving our fears — and work on overcoming our fears one step at a time.
Creativity Versus Beauty
(Mentoring & Recovery) — Shannon Cutts recently stumbled across an old issue of TIME magazine, and we have a feeling you might be as pleasantly surprised as she was to learn just how high Americans think creativity outranks, well, just about everything.
Make a Difference: Accept Your Emotional Sensitivity
(The Emotionally Sensitive Person) — Dr. Karyn Hall provides a quick, must-read eye-opener (or, in some cases, reminder) for emotionally sensitive folks.
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Sparks, A. (2013). Best of Our Blogs: September 24, 2013. Psych Central. Retrieved on December 9, 2013, from http://psychcentral.com/blog/archives/2013/09/24/best-of-our-blogs-september-24-2013/