Why your stress response can feel like it’s hijacking your personality, and what to do about it Stress, Vagus nerves and Polyvagal Theory, made simple (really)

Do you ever feel stressed, anxious, angry or shutdown?  Or perhaps you have physical ailments that you suspect are stress-related.

Well, it could be your Vagus Nerve.  This article teaches you how to be a better steward of your mind-body, informed by Stephen PorgesPolyvagal Theory.

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You should just let your anger out (or not) Self-help Hooey topic #2 - myths from pop psychology

If you are prone to angry feelings, which is the better strategy?  Let it out, or hold it in?

The answer is neither, because there’s a far superior option.  It’s much more effective than that old favourite “You must releeeease your anger” – usually by pummelling a pillow, taking a boxing class, or sealing your doors and windows and yelling at the top of your lungs.

Welcome to the second post in the Self-help Hooey series that myth-busts some of the more damaging beliefs of popular psychology.  Read more…