If You Are Tired of Beating Yourself Up, Try Shifting Your Mindset
Did your parents ever evoke the threat of the Bogeyman to get you to brush your teeth, clean your room, or eat broccoli? That imaginary object of fear, which I’m certain later inspired Jason, Freddy, and a whole host of shlocky 1980’s movie villains, could work wonders in getting kids to do stuff that they didn’t want to back in the day. Negative reinforcement wasn’t my jam, because it usually made me feel not good enough or resentful. That’s ironic, considering that I used it to jumpstart a major change in my life.
— Published on September 30, 2019