One of the fundamental treatments for anxiety is exposure: doing the very thing you fear the most. In therapy this is the difficult but rewarding task that usually takes place in small steps, over time, with gradually more and more exposure to the fear. Steps are taken to learn skills, to diminish the emotional “weight” of an irrational fear, to rewire neurological memories in our brain’s fear circuits, and the change our emotional experience or ourselves in the world.
Here is an example of a young business entrepreneur taking steps to overcome his fear of rejection by playing a game to spend 100 days getting rejected.
Here is a Youtube video of his Ted Talk , the Rejection Therapy game he used, and an interview with him on You Are Not So Smart.
In honor of mother’s day, here are some articles that continue to highlight the important influence of mother’s on our psyche in different ways. Both positive and negative, the impact may be subtle initially but long lasting. May we give thanks for all the ways our mothers have done the best they knew to impart to us what they hoped would be for our benefit.
A mom’s impact on body image and social relationships. Here is an article suggesting that the “tiger mom parenting method doesn’t work.”
Reducing the stigma associated with mental illnesses continues to be a concern in spite of parity laws and community service agencies tasked with trying to improve access to services. Cultural stigmas may even add to the burden for clients seeking to address mental health concerns. Here is an article from a Harvard Medical School instructor addressing some common myths. http://sampan.org/2014/07/top-five-mental-illness-myths-in-chinese-american-communities/
An online survey by Baidu (Baidu ZhiDao “Knows”), one of China’s top search engines shows some of the common fears of people in that country. In one sense, these are universal human fears but there are also some interesting cultural, geographic, and gender differences.