Friday, October 23, 2009


The New York Times Magazine has a great article about anxiety. Highly recommended reading.

Some babies are "hyper-reactive" from birth, and these babies tend to have more anxiety, more hyper-sensitivity to their bodies, more fear at new elements in their environment.

Cow hypothesizes that maybe most bloggers were hyper-reactive. If not much about the world bothers you, if you're essentially happy and content, if you are not wracked with worries about the world, your place in it, or the neighbor who comes knocking on the door for no good reason, maybe there's nothing to blog about!

This post and link dedicated to Linda, with thanks for the charming postcard too!



Blogger Linda and her Twaddle said...

That is a very interesting article and I was able to relate to it. I know I am inclined to anxiety and have a series of things I partake in to head it off at the pass so to speak. My son has my nature but is not so fretful as I think I have taught him skills to use it to his advantage.

Blogging, writing, reading, thinking, studio work and keeping busy are the things that help greatly. I know I seem calm from the outside and have worked hard at that. Learning to control ones mind without restricting it is my aim.

Thank you for the link - it gave a positive feeling about anxiety types.

So glad you got your postcard. Imagine, you went on holiday and came back to a postcard. I think that is funny!

2:59 PM  
Blogger R. Jacob said...

good post Miss moo.
It shows compassion and learning about a subject many would scoff at.

3:41 AM  
Blogger meno said...

Thanks for the link. Interesting. Don't think it applies too much to me, but i certainly recognize some of these characteristics.

6:09 PM  
Blogger The Topiary Cow said...

Linda: very glad you also found it interesting and helpful.

The idea that much anxiety is caused by "hyper-reactivity" to environmental factors that less highly-strung people would ignore or just not even notice was a real eye-opener, and has helped Cow try to tamp down her over-reactions to much of life.

"Learning to control ones mind without restricting it is my aim."

This is a very good aim to have! Sort of like, having Topiary but not restricting it only to Cow shapes but also embracing bunnies!

YES the postcard was a treat--who knew Melbourne had such futuristic buildings (Cow quickly wikipediaing)


7:38 PM  
Blogger The Topiary Cow said...

RJ: Cow is all about learning. But then when one is menaced from birth with people wielding pruning shears one pays strict attention to The World And All That Is In It!

(Cow bowing head modestly) Cow thanks you for the compliment!

Meno: Cow very glad Meno can rollick along through the world in a more ebullient and less anxious manner!


7:41 PM  
Blogger I Hate to Weight said...

very interesting article. thanks, cow

i've always been an anxious gal. i am, indeed, a hyper-reactor. i have, indeed, alway wanted to be someone who was real casual and easy about everything.

9:00 AM  

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