One of the reasons I love my job is the people we meet. People who have suffered trauma are often the kindest, empathetic and understanding people I’ve ever met. This post from PsychCentral explains well this phenomena. Below is a powerful meditation that brings strength to our most vulnerable moments. (Published in PsychCentral By Sarah Newman, MA ) “Facing the fact that we’ve been abused isn’t simple. It’s wrapped up in feelings of being deeply flawed.
We’ve all heard about viruses and websites that steal our sensitive private information. Cyberstalking has also become a problem on social media sites. Blogs, Twitter, MySpace and Facebook, in particular, are prone to this sort of abuse. Image by luc legay via Flickr But even cellphone texting can be a problem since you can forward others details where ever you want. Although there are mixed reviews of just how much of a risk there is, there is agreement there is a risk.
This is a sad story. But it’s simplistic to blame the abandoned children solely on poor mental health care. While the statistics are stunning about the incidence of mental illness in these children, another problem involved is the insufficient income of the parents, likely an inter-generational history of neglect and abuse, as well as the stigma of asking for help. Iowa Independent “The state of Nebraska faces a situation most parents can’t comprehend.
Recently, the 1NYTimes.com had an article about a malicious sort of on-line anti-social behavior called Trolling. One of the people the author interviewed was Jason Fortuny, a thirty-two year old web programmer, who’s passion is trolling. “Today the Internet is much more than esoteric discussion forums. It is a mass medium for defining who we are to ourselves and to others. Teenagers groom their MySpace profiles as intensely as their hair; escapists clock 50-hour weeks in virtual worlds, accumulating gold for their online avatars.
Child abuse/neglect is the scourge of our world. Every time I’ve looked behind the most heinous crimes in history, we find an abused or neglected child. Virtually all of the recent youthful mass murderers suffered bullying, emotional neglect, and often physical abuse at the hands of peers and/or parents. Today we make blogging history. Today, thousands all over the world are Blogging Against Abuse. Lets understand the scope of the problem.
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There seems to be a lot of talk about how chaotic our society is. However, there is a heavy stigma associated with the chaos. People who are unable to function, are blamed and shunned by our society. While there is a general knowledge that alcohol and drug abuse is involved, but there is very little talk about what causes the basic problem. There is a stigmatizing assumption that people are of “weak character”, inferior in some undefined way.