Articles from the Week of August 18, 2023
"The highest reward for a person's toil is not what they get for it, but what they become by it."
"Insufficient facts always invite danger."
Humans are creatures of habit. If you quit when things get tough, it gets that much easier to quit the next time. On the other hand, if you force yourself to push through it, the grit begins to grow in you.
Success leads to success. But here’s something that may surprise you. The size of the success doesn’t seem to matter very much. When you feel successful at something, even if it’s tiny, your confidence grows quickly, and your motivation increases to do that habit again.
BJ Fogg, behavior scientist
"It is infinitely better to have a few good Men, than many indifferent ones."
We are what we repeatedly do. Excellence, then, is not an act but a habit.
Will Durant, historian and philosopher
What people in the world think of you is really none of your business.
Martha Graham, dancer/choreographer
Fascinating Facts (all from InterestingFacts.com unless otherwise noted)
The following things were created or discovered by accident: Post-It Notes, microwave ovens, penicillin, x-rays, vulcanized rubber, Velcro, and synthetic dye.
6 Mighty Facts (and Myths) About Pirates
Pirates probably didn’t use the language normally attributed to them (e.g., ahoy, mates, shiver me timbers, etc.) This myth probably came about through the actor Robert Newton in the popularization of Treasure Island. Pirates probably talked like normal sailors of the time.
They also didn’t make treasure maps that told where they had buried their bounty. They generally spent the money they gathered almost immediately.
Some pirates were women.
Most pirates didn’t have peglegs. Some did have parrots. They did use the skull and crossbones flag to intimidate other boats, but they often flew a false flag first (a friendly one), when they were approaching a boat, and then switched to the skull and crossbones flag once they got within striking distance.
What is the Largest Number of Children Born to One Woman?
69 (Source of slightly modified quotation: NeedtoKnowFacts.com) “Feodor Vassilyev, who lived from 1707 to 1782, had a wife whose name was never recorded. However, she does go down in the history books as the woman who gave birth to the most children ever. She gave birth to a total of 69 kids in 27 pregnancies. She had 16 pairs of twins, 7 pairs of triplets, and 4 sets of quadruplets.”
These Proposed Panel Speakers Support Sex Changes for Children, With Safeguards. A Top Child Psychiatry Group Won’t Let Them Speak at Its Annual Conference.
Many of the European countries that were once leaders in the transgender treatments have now stopped or significantly curtailed these treatments until further long-term studies have been conducted. However the U.S. medical establishment is an outlier in terms of allowing these treatments to go ahead with virtually no safeguards. This article discusses how The American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry (AACAP) had three proposals of panels of international doctors discussing why some countries are urging caution, and all three panels were rejected, even though they had tried to have balanced discussions. The AACAP said there was not enough space for these panels to present, even though they accepted 10 panels that had positive messages about acceptance of transgender treatments.
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Parents, beware: HBO’s ‘The Idol’ promotes depraved sexuality
If you have HBO in your home, or you have clients who have HBO in their homes, you may want to read this article and then make changes, or help families make changes, in their viewing habits.
How to Leverage Video Game Psychology to Improve Your Child’s Behavior
This author discusses how using the same principles that video game developers use to keep kids hooked into using video games for hours at a time can also be used by parents to help their children stay on-task for other activities. See what you think.
“My Checklist for Teaching Students with ADHD”
Four quick suggestions for teaching kids with ADHD by a student with ADHD. The video says the same things as the text, so you can use whichever you prefer.
Clinicians Are Talking: Euthanasia for Mental Illness – Right or Wrong?
This issue is one that you may have clients occasionally bring to you. In the U.S., in some states it is legal for medical doctors to assist clients with terminal medical illnesses if those patients request Medical Assistance in Dying. In Canada a new law was proposed to allow clients with certain mental illnesses to also request it. Because of the large amount of controversy, the implementation date of this expansion has been pushed from March 2023 to March 2024. It may be wise to think through this issue before someone brings this issue to you in the counseling room.
Hotel clerk saves 2 girls from sex trafficking
An alert hotel clerk In Lake Worth saved two girls from being sex trafficked. Since this happened close to us it pays for all of us to be alert to anything that looks suspicious.
Hey, America, Grow Up!
A former student sent this article to me. You may not be able to access it if you do not have a subscription to the New York Times. David Brooks gives an overview of some of the psychological mindsets that have been impacting our American culture (and our counseling offices). I think he makes some helpful points for us to consider. I believe the healthiest source for our self-identity comes from Scripture and what God has said about us.
See what you think.
Suicide reached record high in 2022 as vast differences among sexes remain: CDC
Nearly 50,000 people in the U.S. died by suicide in 2022: the ratio of men dying by suicide versus women remained about 4:1, as in the previous year. I think there are connections between the suicide rate in the U.S. and the issues mentioned in the David Brooks article above.
6 Tips to Release Mania and Embrace Stability
This author, who has Bipolar 1 Disorder, knows the thrills and excitement of mania and the increased performance that is often enabled by hypomania, but she has learned from experience that it is better to embrace stability rather than either of those states, and she shares the reasons and methods she uses to embrace stability rather than either of those two other states.
Forwarded by Ginny Sale
Sounds of Sorrow
Every one of us, and every one of your clients, is either dealing with grief or will deal with grief at some time in the future. Well-known CNN anchor Anderson Cooper developed a podcast in which he shared his experience of dealing with grief and invited others to do the same. The podcast rapidly became a highly popular one for people all over the world. Although I’ve not listened to the sessions, the description included in this article makes it sound like it would be something helpful to many people. I think if you read the article describing the podcast you’ll think of people whom it might benefit.
Understanding and Dealing with Chronic Pain
It is estimated that one in five Americans, particularly as we get older, live with chronic pain, and for some that chronic pain significantly interferes with their daily experiences. Here is a good article from a neurology magazine that explains what we know about pain at this point and why some people develop chronic pain while others do not.
Medical school professor, ‘feminist’ says trans kids identifying as ‘minotaurs’ are part of ‘gender revolution’
Some people are wondering where children identifying as something different than their natal gender will end. Here is an article about a medical school professor who is affirming childrens’ right to identify as minotaurs.
A Medical Breakthrough that May Help Many People
About 100,000 people in the U.S. are waiting for a kidney transplant. Pigs have been used for transplants of heart valves successfully for many years, so researchers have been wondering if pig kidneys could be used similarly. A brain dead man was used for the first trial, and the pig kidney has functioned successfully for one month. More studies will be done, but if they show similar success, this will be an important step forward for those whose kidneys have stopped working.
Rapid-Acting Pill to Treat Postpartum Depression is Approved
I know I mentioned this approval last week, but because Postpartum Depression is such an important thing to treat, I wanted to include a second mention and an article in a periodical I trust about it.
I hope you have a wonderful week or weekend!