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The Book that Changed the Way I think about Depression

Aside from many religious texts, a book that altered the way I think about depression is by Viktor Frankl titled, “Man’s Search for Meaning”. I was working graveyards at a Psych Hospital in Utah several years ago and decided that in order to keep…

TWO WOLVES…

A while back an old man was talking to me about this story that he heard once about two wolves. It turns out it likely comes from a Cherokee proverb of sorts. I wanted to share it with you below since I recently stumbled…

Effects of Anger on Families

Family ties are one of the strongest contributors to individual character development. Many of us spend years trying to understand, erase, or copy the influence of our family unit. When anger is part of a family’s tradition, it spreads itself much like a virus…

How Porn Affects Teens

A teen [or child] who views porn and makes internal assumptions about the purposes, motivations, bodily requirements, etiquette [and so forth] of sexual acts without the guidance, education, and wise filtering explanations of an adult [making the gross assumption that the adult has a…

5 Reasons to Talk to Your Teen About Porn

REASON #1: It is psychologically traumatizing and thus is associated with several forms of diagnosed mental disorders. When a teen stops viewing porn and is in Counseling the following symptoms could potentially be alleviated. Please do not misunderstand this section. The equation I’m proposing…

“Rough Drafts”

I was thinking the other day about how advice on writer’s block can be helpful to us who live the rough draft rather than write about it — I mean those of us who live life. Bravely giving people all that we have, a…

Liv-a-cide: Discovering Preventative Measures for Suicide

Let me start with an explanation of the experience I had writing the information below. When I set out to understand, solve, or explain something better, I usually ask myself three questions about the problem – “What is it?”, “How is it?”, “Why is…

Trauma: The Signs and Symptoms

PURPOSE OF THIS POST: I wanted to write this post to help aid parents in seeing some of the signs/symptoms of trauma in their children. Trauma symptoms can be sneaky and hide very well behind what most think are normal adolescent behaviors. The phrase…

Because we are all learning…

…And learning comes at a cost. A common takeaway from my experience of life traumas is that I, and the trauma inducing people, are still learning.  and learning lends itself to a conversation on forgiveness. Learning and Forgiveness I try not to expect a…

Trauma, Loss, and Grief

Defining Trauma The definition for trauma is kind of brief for me. What is traumatic for us is defined by our expectations [conscious or subconscious/assumed]. In other words: The root of trauma is when our expectations are unmet. Because there are no objective rule…

Parenting (Brief Post)

You’re not a horrible parent. You’re a learning parent. But sometimes learning feels horrible.

Much “ado” about Anger?

Anger is a good thing. What we sometimes do with it can be not so good. So why do I feel angry enough to hurt people instead of angry enough to state what I need that I am not getting? There’s many answers to…