Andre Norman grew up in the hood of Boston. As a young boy, he witnessed countless times his mother being hit and abused by his father, who left them without word or explanation when Andre was in second grade. When Andre's mother re-married shortly thereafter, her new husband beat her as well. It was a vicious cycle of abuse, one that taught young Andre that it was okay to hit people, that he was going to have to protect himself, and that he didn't have to explain himself to others. … [Read more...] about How One Man Went from Poverty and Prison to Purpose-Driven
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Fourth, processing an issue in therapy requires that we engage it, think and talk about it. In doing so, we are practicing de facto exposure with regard to the emotions attached to the issue. Exposure is a therapy technique that lets a client face up to a scary or uncomfortable situation. The goal of exposure is to achieve physiological habituation, psychological mastery, and behavioral skill. Physiologically feeling your emotions and remembering your memories will result in nervous system habituation and, with that, lower anxiety. Psychologically confronting difficult memories will lead to a sense of agency, courage, and achievement. Behaviorally learning to feel, identify, express, and discuss one’s emotions will lead to improved communications and interpersonal skill. Moreover, with exposure, the client learns new associations regarding the issue at hand. (Through interacting with dogs, I begin to associate them with playfulness and companionship rather … [Read more...] about How Therapy Works: What it Means to “Process an Issue”
But another fear is growing now, less obvious but no less powerful. It’s the sense of vulnerability we feel when we don't have control over our own lives and futures. We may have lost our livelihoods, our freedom of movement, our normal social contact, lost the ability to do everything that “normal” used to mean. We’ve even lost the sense of what normal will look like in the future. All we can know for sure about the next several months, probably longer, is that life won’t be anything like it used to be. But just what it will be, no one really knows. That uncertainty brings a form of powerlessness and unsettling lack of control. Of all the psychological factors that make us worry more or less, a sense of control may be the most compelling. … [Read more...] about Should I Stay (Inside) or Should I Go (Back Outside)?
Causes Of Constipation Some of the most common causes of constipation are: Overeating, even if it is healthy food Consuming processed foods and junk foods often Consuming foods high in oil, sugar and gluten Not exercising on a regular basis Not consuming fibre-rich foods, vegetables, fruit and leafy greens Consuming excess red meat Consuming excess dairy products Consuming excess alcohol and smoking regularly Is Oatmeal Helpful In Curbing Constipation? Many of us would already know that oatmeal is a natural ingredient which is very healthy and comes with a number of health benefits. Oats are extremely rich in insoluble fibre and consuming fibre-rich foods is one of the best natural ways to curb constipation. … [Read more...] about Is Oatmeal Really Good For Constipation?
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