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The Anxiety Series, Part IV, Conclusion, That Self-Inflicted Disorder, Perfectionism


Reasonable, Healthy Thinking:

– A person has an everyday goal of having one’s attire pulled together, looking presentable;

– Wanting to live in a safer, cleaner neighborhood;

– Eye-balling job tasks more than a few instances before turning in completed assignment to the boss when proficiencies are of import, and

– Parents sending their children to better schools so that offspring can have a quality educational experience.


Unreasonable, Unhealthy Thinking:

– Anyone who is anybody wears these designer clothes;

– Wanting to live at a certain zip code where “important” people reside;

– Failing to turn in job assignment to the boss within the deadline because worker is proofing to the extreme, and

– Parents demanding offspring receive all A’s on report cards.


These are foolish and damaging thought patterns and behaviors, which will result with somebody experiencing a mental health disorder.

Tabaka (2017) has a narrative about how perfection can wreck an individual’s mental health, and how dissimilar these traits are in comparison to high-achieving people in, 8 Signs You’re A Perfectionist (And Why It’s Toxic To Your Mental Health).




Tabaka, M. (2017).  8 Signs You’re A Perfectionist (And Why It’s Toxic To Your Mental Health).  Retrieved From


The Anxiety Series, Part III, Cognitive Dissonance

A person with two competing thoughts that cause psychological distress is an informal definition of cognitive dissonance.

The more formal definition, per Sarkis (2017) is:  “Cognitive dissonance is the feeling that something is not sitting right with you”, and “…having contradictory beliefs.”

Cognitive Dissonance. When You Are Confronted With Opposing Information, Your Brain Resists (Sarkis, 2017) has advice in combating that emotional discomfort that can create anxiety.




Sarkis, S. A., Ph.D. (2017).  Cognitive Dissonance.  When You Are Confronted With Opposing Information, Your Brain Resists.  Retrieved From


The Anxiety Series, Part II, Toxic Relationships

“A toxic relationship contaminates your self-esteem, your happiness and the way you see yourself and the world” (Young, 2019).


The toxicity could be with:

– Spouse;

– Partner;

– Relative;

– Co-worker, or

– Neighbor.


Also, the issue could be the corporate culture at work.  It was appealing initially, and then became miserable because of nonsensical policies instituted over the years.  Employees no longer believe hard, smart work is appreciated.  Thus, smart and talented workers are no longer appreciated.

Returning to when another person is creating a toxic relationship:  The person suffering needs to determine if a pattern of behavior exists to remove any doubts about what is actually occurring.

The toxicity goes well beyond having a personality clash with someone.  The person with the toxic personality can be hypercritical, argumentative unprovoked, and has a disturbed belief they should have authority over the target.

If allowed, the individual with a toxic personality will stifle one’s creativity, and suffocate a person’s emotional and mental good health.  Also, the target will no longer believe in their capabilities because the toxic individual took self-efficacy away from the target.

There are individuals who argue everyday with family members, spouses, partners, etc.  These individuals will say that is how all of them get along.  Be that as it may, what they fail to realize is arguing that often is damaging their health.  Also, each instance they speak to others outside of those relationships there is an argument-at-the-ready tone in their voice which can be an unpleasant experience, in particular for those with an easy-going personality.

Cory (n.d.) talks about how a toxic relationship can be a dangerous relationship in, Toxic Relationships:  What They Are And 8 Types Of Toxic Individuals.



Toxic Relationships


Finally, everyone has a right to view themselves in a positive light with healthy self-confidence.  Therefore, when an entity comes along with questionable intentions with the motive to damage someone in any form, that is an entity best left alone.

Listen to your intuition.  Observe patterns of behavior.  That vibe.  Don’t allow yourself in becoming victimized.

Stay safe!





Cory, T. L., Ph.D. (n.d.).  Toxic Relationships:  What They Are And 8 Types Of Toxic Individuals.  Retrieved From


Young, K., Ph.D. (2019).  15 Signs Of A Toxic Relationship. Retrieved From




The Anxiety Series, Part I, Long-Term Stress Can Lead To Anxiety, With Another Mental Health Issue Lurking In The Distance

The National Institute Of Mental Health (2020) provides information concerning traits associated with stress in, 5 Things You Should Know About Stress.

When unhealthy (long-term stress) is not reduced, it can lead to an anxiety disorder.  Bhatt (2019) provides a listing of these disorders, according to The Diagnostic And Statistical Manual Of Mental Disorders, Fifth Edition (DSM-5):


– Separation anxiety disorder

– Selective mutism

– Specific phobia

– Social anxiety disorder (social phobia)

– Panic disorder

– Agoraphobia

– Generalized anxiety disorder

– Substance/medication-induced anxiety disorder

– Anxiety disorder due to another medical condition



An effective method in reducing stress can found in,




The preventative health care has to occur during the stress phase to stave off the potential health calamity by engaging in stress management techniques.


Some of the others are:


– Painting

– Crocheting

– Photography

– Sewing

– Sculpting



Listening To  Music

Construction (example, Habitat For The Humanity)

Volunteer Work



For people who believe their stress is Coronavirus related, Gutterman (2020) gives a presentation on useful ways in how to deal with stress in,




The calamity:

When anxiety symptoms are ignored, anxiety can lead to depression;

Long-term depression can lead to psychiatric medicine usage because brain chemicals became damaged;

Certain psychiatric medicine can lead to weight gain;




The weight gain can lead to metabolic syndrome:

– Cardiovascular issues;

– High blood pressure;

– Blood sugar (diabetes), and

– Cancer.





Bhatt, N. V., M.D., MPH. (2019). Anxiety Disorders. Retrieved From


Gutterman, D., Ph.D. (2020).  6 Ways To Cope With Coronavirus Stress And Anxiety.  Retrieved From


National Institute Of Mental Health.  (2020). 5 Things You Should Know About Stress.  Retrieved From


Therapy In A Nutshell.  (2020). 3 Minute Stress Management  – Reduce Stress With This Short Activity.  Retrieved From




The Anxiety Series, Introduction, Sociology, Social Psychology

This.  New.  Century.  Has.  Been.  Weird!

And 2020 walked in bringing another dynamic to the landscape.

As a result, we have earned a certain amount of stress which none of us wanted, or needed.

Over the next few weeks, this blog will discuss stress and anxiety and their many components to bring awareness on these topics, and methods in reducing these health difficulties.

The first part is Sunday.

See you then.




A Brief Quiz To Determine Coronavirus-Provoked Anxiety

Lee (2020) has an evaluation for readers to complete in understanding how well they are coping in this environment with, Coronavirus Anxiety Scale (Lee, 2020).

Contact your doctor for any concerns regarding unhealthy levels of anxiety, and other mental health issues.





Lee, S. A., Ph.D. (2020).  Coronavirus Anxiety Scale.  Retrieved From