A Working Relationship with the Uninvited Guest:

Women, who have been traumatized, whether through rape, incest, or assault, unbeknownst to many, preserve a message within the very molecules of their bodies.  The human body operates like a machine, each system functioning in a synchronized way to keep it in good working order.  As can be seen, it runs unconsciously—by memory.  Can you imagine telling your lungs to take in air and your heart to beat?  Now that sounds a bit crazy.  When there is disease, the body accommodates trying to restore i
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Awareness Is the Precursor to Change

How many times have you heard that in order to change you must have awareness first?  You must be conscious to your surroundings, your habits, your beliefs, your patterns, your words, and your behaviours?  Even so, because you have awareness, this does not mean that your situation automatically changes.  In general, action must take place. Making the unconscious conscious when it comes to unresolved or hidden past grievances, trauma, and pain can be enough to resolve anxiety or other mood disord
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Feeling Alone During the Holidays

The holiday season is a wonderful time of year for many of us.  Filled with joy, laughter, great food, and the company of loved ones, the Thanksgiving and Christmas seasons keeps us busy three fold with festivities.  It’s a beautiful time of year when we have people around us to share the love. However, not everyone has this pleasure – to be around family, friends, or loved ones.  Whether you are a soldier away at war, have experienced a death of a partner or child, made a recent mov
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Balance Creates Harmony in Mind and Body

Moving through my abnormal psychology course, I found it extremely challenging (in the emotional sense). I had a difficult time keeping my boundaries – by keeping my emotions in check – from the material read. In a very real sense, I related to many of the psychopathological disorders. Having family members that have some psychopathologies, it has given me a sense of understanding; it allows me to empathize; and yet it permits me to know that “everyone” can seek out suppo
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Beneath the Appearance of Capitalism

“Competitive capitalism, allied with a culturally sanctioned acquisitiveness and driven by calculated pursuit of profit, is only at surface a rational form of society. Beneath the appearance of dispassionate practicality is a deep and suppressed conflict between the mechanical regulation of daily life on the one hand, and human imagination, creativity, and emotion on the other” (Parkinson & Drislane, 2011, p. 129). How, then, can capitalism provide for a peaceful, stable, and ord
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The Microcosm to Penn State Child Sex Abuse

Wolverton writes in The Chronicles of Higher Education stating that according to the 267-page independent report released on July 12th 2012, “A reverence for football was largely to blame for a series of missteps by to Pennsylvania State University administrators in failing to report repeated allegations of child sex abuse by Jerry Sandusky” (2012).   In addition to this:   “Two Penn State officials—Graham B. Spanier, the university’s former president, and Joe Paterno, the revere
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Beneath the Appearance of Capitalism

“Competitive capitalism, allied with a culturally sanctioned acquisitiveness and driven by calculated pursuit of profit, is only at surface a rational form of society. Beneath the appearance of dispassionate practicality is a deep and suppressed conflict between the mechanical regulation of daily life on the one hand, and human imagination, creativity, and emotion on the other” (Parkinson & Drislane, 2003, p. 129). How, then, can capitalism provide for a peaceful, stable, and ord
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Your Voice Matters

Self-expression keeps us healthy.  The fact is, though, some women have not been given justice to live with self-expression and, in the end, have lost their uniqueness as a self-directed woman.  Domestic violence, psychological and physical abuse, and sexual exploitation are some of the ways to inhibit a woman’s self-expression. Living in an oppressive environment, many children and women are forcefully pushed down and silenced.  This behavior, then, becomes them.  They continue to protect thems
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Most Powerful Tool to Support Others

Do you remember the last time you acknowledged someone? Do you remember when the  last time you acknowledged you? To acknowledge something or someone means to recognize as being valid or true in that moment.  A simple example (and years ago) is when  my son, Paul, rode his bicycle without falling.  I acknowledged him for his great success showing him that he was able to ride his bike for about 50 meters without falling. An acknowledgment allowed him to recognize that he didn’t crash and th
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Permission to be the true you

Many of us have a difficult time giving ourselves permission to be who we really are in character, career choice, hobbies, and even our hopes and desires. Unintentionally, we endeavour to be something we are not, and we strive to meet others’ aspirations even in a place of service.  Thus, these aspirations are not birthed from our unique and self-directed soul.  Instead, many ambitions are born from socialization, parental control, cultural beliefs, or rebellion.  Further, ambitions can grow fro
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