Month: July 2009

Helping A Person Who Is Suicidal

One of the most difficult situations for a family member or a friend is when someone close to them expresses statements that suggest they are suicidal. It seems confusing that people, who survived a traumatic event, or a history of traumatic events, find themselves as their own worst enemy, feeling and thinking about dying. Often people who are depressed and thinking about suicide show several of these warning signs: Noticeable changes in eating or sleeping habits Withdrawal from family or friends Fantasies about running away or dying Persistent boredom and/or difficulty concentrating Drug and/or alcohol abuse Unexplained drop in...

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Sex, Drugs, and Rock and Roll

James D. Tippett – For some, sex, drugs and rock and roll are as American as apple pie, yet increasingly it is becoming Porn, overdose and Emo Music. The internet and high tech cell phones have made sex a public sport, the drug problem is almost everyone’s problem and music with self defacing and violent lyrics is gaining in popularity. How we react to these influences speaks volumes about our susceptibility to outside forces. This article is intended to examine these traditions of our culture. First Sex, we often hear of the school teacher, the priest, the judge...

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What Creates Confidence?

The Encarta World English Dictionary defines “confidence” as “a belief or self-assurance in your ability to succeed.” We all know people who appear to be very confident professionally, yet when it comes to personal relationships, appear to be very insecure. Personal confidence is totally different than professional confidence in that personal confidence is about who you are and professional confidence is about what you do. Personal Confidence What creates personal confidence? How does one become confident in who they are? If you grew up with parents who valued their own inner qualities and were role models for inner confidence,...

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Self Esteem: On Matters Of Trust And Faith To Create What We Want Out Of Life

With this article I am mindful of running the risk of opening a cosmic can of spiritual worms. So, I will stubbornly stay above the fray and opt out on debating the righteousness of any one set of spiritual beliefs versus another. I write this article hopeful it may engage your curiosity about the essence of creativity and its relationship to the mystical realm no matter where you fall on the “faith continuum.” I have no doubt that my experiences inside of as well as outside of traditional and non traditional houses of worship have influenced my spiritual beliefs....

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I Feel Empty

If you feel empty, you are not alone in feeling this way. Many people feel empty inside, and most people who feel empty have some deep false beliefs regarding why they feel empty. Below are some of these false beliefs. I feel empty because: My partner is not giving me enough love and attention. I don’t have a partner. I’m bored because my partner doesn’t provide me with enough stimulation. My work is unsatisfying. I’m not successful enough. I don’t have enough money. I have no one to play with on weekends. Nothing excites me. Life is boring. I don’t get enough love, attention and approval from people. I don’t get enough sex. None of these situations are the causes of inner emptiness. What do you usually do to try to fill the inner emptiness? Do you try to fill up with: Substances, such as food, sugar, alcohol, drugs, cigarettes? Processes and activities, such as TV, Internet, sex, computer games, work, shopping, spending, gambling, telephone, email? Manipulations such as anger, blame, over-talking, story-telling, caretaking others? There are many substances, processes, behaviors and activities that people use addictively to try to fill the emptiness. These may work for the moment, but not for long. Soon, the emptiness is back and you are looking for another fix to temporarily fill up the black hole. The problem with all these behaviors is...

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