Score an A+ On The Test of Life – Six Tips

Life is a struggle, a joy, and  repeated tests. The hard time, what I call “Life Blows” and the mental health experts speak of as trauma, remain the most challenging. Once while riding the subway in NYC, a homeless man entered, ranting and raving, making rat-a-tat sounds between his words. Others scurried to move away …

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Life is Traumatic for All – Tips for Coping Well

We think trauma is about the big things, but for most of us it comes in smaller often unrecognized ways.  Think about this from the song Luka. Being beaten is traumatic, but so is seeing a loved one beaten. Unrecognized by mental health professionals, common  trauma victims  include the  homeless and very poor; the chronically ill, particularly …

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Six Steps Toward Enduring the Unendurable

Watching bombs fall? Guns killing? Children murdered? A loved one dying? Betrayal by a loved one? The loss of all you held dear? How do you go on? Traumas are events that change you forever. Such life blows can be something as personal as the death of a pet or as life threatening as living …

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HOW TO BE YOUR BEST YOU

All the urging to be yourself has a dangerous side. Yourself is many selves and the one you choose matters and requires thought particularly when in pain. Sullivan was the author of a biography of Beethoven.  Beethoven was born in 1770.  His music, which is generally split into three periods; each one related to  the …

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