Articles from the Week of August 25, 2023
Nothing brings down walls as surely as acceptance.
The greatest gift that you can give to others is the gift of unconditional love and acceptance.
“We have a saying in Tibet: If a problem can be solved there is no use worrying about it. If it can’t be solved, worrying will do no good.”
You have to accept whatever comes and the only important thing is that you meet it with courage and with the best that you have to give.
You may not control all the events that happen to you, but you can decide not to be reduced by them.
Let the watchwords of all our people be the old familiar watchwords of honesty, decency, fair-dealing, and common sense.
Opportunity is missed by most people because it is dressed in overalls and looks like work.
We are stronger when we listen, and smarter when we share.
Rania Al-Abdullah (wife of the king of Jordan and a champion of women’s rights for many years)
“If you can't explain it simply, you don't understand it well enough."
- Albert Einstein
Fascinating Facts (all from InterestingFacts.com unless otherwise noted)
The earliest vacuums, invented by Hubert Booth around 1901, were quite large and transported by horse-drawn carriages. Operators would drive to a home, 80-foot tubes would be put in the homes through open windows and doors, and the home would be cleaned. Obviously only the wealthy could afford this process. Booth’s first name for his invention was “Puffing Billy.”
James Dyson had 5,126 failed attempts before he created the first bagless vacuum.
Loud Animal Sounds
“It’s generally a good idea to keep your distance from lions, which is why it’s reassuring to know that hearing one doesn’t necessarily mean it’s nearby. A lion’s roar is so loud, in fact, that it can be heard from more than 5 miles away. Reaching 114 decibels (about 25 times louder than a gas-powered lawn mower), the sound is louder than that of any other big cat — just one reason why the lion is known as the king of the jungle. They’re able to make such an imposing call thanks to their larynx: While most animals’ vocal cords are triangular, a lion’s are square and flat. This allows air to pass through more easily and results in a loud roar that requires relatively little effort on the lion’s part.
“Lions aren’t the only animals that can be heard from long distances. Blue whales make the loudest sound of all, with males emitting a rumbling call that can reach 188 decibels and be heard by potential mates hundreds of miles away. The famous hyena “laugh,” meanwhile — actually a sound the animals make under stress — can reach a distance of 8 miles. Lions, blue whales, and hyenas would all be impressed by the mighty, tiny pistol shrimp, which shoots out bubbles to incapacitate its prey and in doing so creates a sound that can reach 218 decibels, louder than a gunshot. Fortunately for any humans that might be nearby, it lasts only a fraction of a second.”
Interesting Facts about Cleopatra
Cleopatra is best known for her affairs with Julius Caesar and Mark Anthony, but there are many interesting facts about her that are not as well-known. She was of Greek lineage, rather than Egyptian. She was a popular leader of Egypt. Much of what we know about her is due to negative Roman propaganda because the Romans had a dim view of strong female leaders. She was in Rome when Julius Caesar was assassinated. She married two of her brothers, a not-uncommon practice of the time, but had no children through those relationships. Arabic writers present a much more positive view of her and paint her as a scientist who made major advances in mathematics, alchemy, and medicine, and even hosted academic seminars.
Written Exposure Therapy Finds Solid Footing Alongside First-Line Psychotherapies for Posttraumatic Stress Disorder
The empirically-validated treatments for PTSD have up to this point included exposure therapy, cognitive-processing therapy and EMDR. Now a fourth kind of therapy, written exposure therapy, is showing good results as well. Written exposure therapy has the clients write out details of the trauma in the presence of the therapist, in five to seven sessions. It does not require clients to expose themselves to the traumatic event, does not require homework that must be completed, and does not require extensive counselor training (the first two of these requirements sometimes interfere with these previous therapies from being completed successfully).
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Dissociative Identity Disorder: Fad or Fact?
This is a fascinating article. A survey of French psychiatrists found that they was almost evenly split (50-50) between those who believe it is a fad (often modeled through movies and popular media) versus those who believe it is a rare but actual mental disorder. Read the article for further details.
Why the 'Stages of Grief' Need to Be Retired
Probably all of us are familiar with the late Dr. Kubler-Ross’s stages of grief—denial, anger, bargaining, depression and acceptance. Dr. Morse, a thanatologist, in this article gives her reasons why she believes this stages model needs to be retired. Since probably every counselor will deal with grieving clients sometime in their practice, it is probably wise that we be familiar with Dr. Morse’s reasons why we should retire this model.
8 Essential Things to Know When First Diagnosed with Bipolar Disorder
Tanya Hvilivitzky is a highly respected blogger who has lived with bipolar disorder for many years. Here are eight excellent insights to share with someone who has just learned they have bipolar disorder or with someone who is just now accepting that to manage their bipolar disorder they must start to do things differently than they have been doing. I think this article could be modified to be used helpfully to give to anyone who has just learned that they have a chronic disease that they must learn to live with.
HEROES: Heroic Golden Retrievers Rescue 5 Boys from Dangerous Rip Currents
This story has nothing to do with counseling, but it’s such an amazing story I thought some of you might like it. Two golden retrievers, trained as rescue dogs, together with their trainers and an alert lifeguard, saved five boys from drowning. If you need a “feel good” story for the day, this could be it.
Experts Warn on Mixing New Alzheimer's Drug and Antidepressants
If you are working with a family of someone with Alzheimer's Disease who is also taking an antidepressant this would be helpful information to know.
Which Factors Distinguish Superagers from the Rest of Us?
Studies show that one of the greatest fears as people get older is losing their cognitive abilities. Therefore research on “superagers”—those people who retain the cognitive abilities of those 20 to 30 years younger—is helpful. This study, published in the Lancet, gives us some helpful information.
Taking Charge When Mood Swings Affect Your Relationships
I don’t know how many of you as therapists feel comfortable confronting clients pretty directly, but this client said that one comment from her therapist changed her life more than any other when her therapist said: “Julie, you are the most selfish person with depression I’ve ever met.” Read this story and see whether it might affect how you interact with your clients.
Peer Specialists with Autism Have Insight Few Others Possess
Researchers have found that often those with a specific mental illness or a substance abuse problem can be trained as peer specialists to help others with those same problems deal with life situations because they often have insights that those who do not have those challenges do not have. This insight is now being used to train peer specialists who have lived experience with autism. See article for further details.
Nearly 99% Of Adults with Autism Have No Employment Services
Although the article just above highlights a promising service, this article shows there are areas that are terribly deficient in providing services for those with autism. If you are praying for guidance in areas to specialize, this may be one to consider.
Good Jobs for those with ADHD
This author asked people with ADHD if they loved their jobs, and then compiled a list of those jobs that appeared most frequently. A useful article if you’re doing career counseling with a client who has ADHD.
Physician Groups Beg for Help with Emergency Rooms Flooded By Children In Psychiatric Crisis
Physicians say that psychiatric emergencies related to anxiety, depression and suicide are overwhelming their emergency rooms and they are not trained in how to respond to these types of emergencies. This might be a possible career possibility for counselors in the future to consider.
California Drought Undeniable Evidence of Climate Change – UPDATE: California Rain Undeniable Evidence of Climate Change
Following Hurricane, California’s Homeless Begin the Hard Work of Re-Pooping All The Sidewalks
Fun headlines from the Babylon Bee.
Should We Be Surprised by Leprosy’s Recent Spike in Florida?
Not a counseling article, but if you have an anxious client who has been disturbed by some of the recent headlines asserting that the COVID vaccines are causing an increase in leprosy, this article may be useful to them. The rare cases of leprosy found in the U.S. have remained constant over the last several decades, so it is probably not a case of being caused by COVID vaccines, since it was as frequent before they were created as it has been since. These rare cases of leprosy (Hansen’s disease) occur primarily in Southeastern states and is thought (medical experts are not sure of this, so it is a hypothesis) to be caused by interaction with armadillos. But if your client is thinking of getting an mRNA booster, they can be reassured that it will not increase their chances of developing leprosy.
Prediction: A ‘sham’ medical study that defends ‘gender-affirming’ care
Under some pressure, the American Academy of Pediatrics says it will conduct a study of “gender-affirming care.” However, a different and more conservative group, the American College of Pediatricians, asserts that the AAP will likely whitewash “gender-affirming care” rather than do an objective study of whether we should continue to allow this practice to continue. Based on the past behavior of the AAP, probably the caution that the ACP is encouraging is warranted.
Employment Resources for Those With Disabilities and Veterans
This is a job board specifically for those with disabilities. If you know of persons who might benefit you can pass this along to them. In addition to a job search tool it has a resume builder and two other services that may be of help.
John Piper on Why We Confess Our Daily Sins
Since all of our sins are paid for when we accept Christ’s atonement for our sins, some Christians wonder why we should confess our sins each day. If you have clients with this question, here is a very concise answer from John Piper, copied by Randy Alcorn.
Study Questions if Blue Light Blocking Glasses Really Work
Those marketing Blue Light Blocking Glasses often claim that they reduce eyestrain for those who spend a lot of time looking at computer screens or cell phones, and also that they help those who do either of those things to sleep better. Researchers who did this study found that blue light blocking glasses do not reduce eyestrain, and there is no evidence that they improved sleep quality. If you have wondered about this, or have a client who has asked this question, this research could be helpful.
Morning vs Afternoon Exercise Debate: A False Dichotomy
This article discusses what is the best time to exercise, especially if one has diabetes. If you wonder about this question, this article has some points that make good sense.
I hope you enjoyed this compilation of articles,