Understanding human trafficking in one way resembles the story of the blind men describing an elephant. According to the story from ancient India, several blind men touched an elephant and then reported on it. The man who touched the elephant’s trunk was sure the elephant was a snake. The man who touched the elephant’s side knew the elephant was a wall. And the man touching the elephant’s tusk was certain the elephant was a large, smooth spear. In the case of human trafficking, there are also many ways of looking at the subject. Each way of looking at the subject can be true and accurate without being the whole story. Human Trafficking and Criminal Activity Diane Halfman’s view of human trafficking will be, for many, a new way of looking at trafficking. Halfman is a retired police undercover agent, and to continue the elephant metaphor, she isn’t just touching the elephant, she’s aware of the whole ecology of elephants, like where they feed and who else is in the herd. … [Read more...] about The Evil Ecology of Human Trafficking
An easy way to reduce this 4-inch pile of mail Author's collection Organizing Tips I love to read organizing tips, and there are some great ones out there. For example, there’s the famous two-minute rule offered by Getting Things Done guru David Allen. This rule advises you to get those random calls and tasks off your list first thing in the morning—as long as each one will take no more than two minutes. Fellow PT blogger Gretchen Rubin uses a " power hour " each week to demolish those one-time chores that stick to your to-do list. But there is one tip that has not only saved me both time and frustration; it has also helped me add focus to my work day. Ever since I read this advice about 7 years ago, I’ve probably saved roughly 30-40 minutes a week by terminating an activity that was frittering away my precious time. And the entire process was painless. The Best Time-Saving Tip The tip that has been such a great time-saver is this: Stop aimlessly flipping … [Read more...] about An Easy Way to Save 10 Minutes a Day—and Be Happier
Source: American Academy of PediatricsxSELF, used with permission Co-Authored by Drs. Rachel Zoffness PhD & Samina Ali MD* A New Era: Vaccines and Needles We have finally, thankfully entered a new era: the era of the COVID-19 vaccine. While research indicates that vaccines are both effective and critical for ending the pandemic (Thompson et al, 2021), vaccine-hesitancy and fear slow our progress (Rosenbaum, 2021). And the fear isn’t just of the vaccine: It’s of needle pain, too. In fact, over 60% of children (Taddio et al, 2012) and almost one-quarter of adults fear needles (McLenon & Rogers, 2019). These untreated fears can lead to a lifetime of needle phobias, anxiety , and avoidance of important medical procedures like vaccine injections (McMurtry et al, 2015). In the era of life-saving COVID-19 vaccines, it’s never been more important to address needle phobia and fear of pain so that we — and our children — can be protected. But how? Research … [Read more...] about Preparing Kids (and Parents!) for COVID Vaccines
Guest post by Brian Scott Hamilton Emotions are complex. Even the most basic emotions can be difficult for adults to understand, let alone articulate. Now imagine that you’re four years old and trying to convey how you feel about someone taking your favorite toy. Are you angry or sad? Are you surprised or fearful? Maybe you’re appalled. Maybe you’re disappointed. Maybe you’re feeling all of these things, but you just don’t have the words to convey it. When we look at the brain, it’s easy to understand why these problems exist. The parts of the brain responsible for generating emotions are known collectively as the limbic system (Shelat, 2020). This system represents some of the oldest structures in the human brain (Bruce and Neary, 1995). By contrast, the frontal lobe, the part of the brain that generates speech and controls emotional expression (Healthline, 2020) is one of the latest structures of the brain (Robson, 2011). It doesn’t even fully develop in humans until we’re … [Read more...] about What Emotion Does That Pokémon Represent?
There’s a deep abiding loneliness that comes with addiction , other mental health conditions, and experiences of trauma . More accurately, there are different forms of loneliness that may be both cause and consequence of these forms of suffering. One form is the loneliness of losing relationships with others that have been the warp and weft of our identities. Many people start to withdraw from relationships lest their struggles become known to others. They may fear losing the respect of important others or revealing themselves to be less than what they are taken to be. Those others may be the ones to end relationships, finding it too difficult or painful to remain connected. Some relationships fray over time while others seem to rupture suddenly and result in what can feel like a catastrophic loss. If those relationships have been axes around which a person’s life turned, their loss and subsequent loneliness can be profoundly alienating. Addiction, trauma, and mental … [Read more...] about 3 Types of Deep Abiding Loneliness