How to Be Maladaptive: Fourteen Tips for Mental Activities Guaranteed to Enhance your Misery during Bad Times

  Those who learn about Peak Oil, climate change, and economic hard times show a series of short-lived symptoms of stress over several months, but these are normal and expected reactions to these stunning findings.  Roughly 50-60% of adults in North America are exposed to traumatic events, but only 5% to 10% develop maladjusted PTSD […]

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Ordinary Fears/Extraordinary Times: Fifty-Five (real) Things to Worry About (if you must…)

We have other things to worry about right now… This is an updated post. Peak Oil, Climate change and the Greater Depression will pose many challenges to our way of life but let’s get real, for a moment: Golden Hordes aren’t one of them. At least not now. Economic depression brings with it a host […]

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Update: “Wise Grandmother” Moves to a New Community

Hello Peak Shrink, You asked for updates from people who wrote to you two years ago… I wrote to you on July 4, 2006, and you signed my name as “Wise Grandmother.” We have made many changes in the last two years. We relocated to an agricultural community that we feel is a good choice […]

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The Psychology of Disaster

Fortunately, for most of us, we learn about disasters through movies or books and not direct experience. These renditions are dramatic snapshots of lives, events, and heroism, but rarely do they show us the long-term impact of disasters on wildlife, psychology, culture, environment or finance. While much has been written in the field of psychology […]

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