• Schadenfreude: Celebrating the Misfortune of Others

    Like Sunday afternoon visits to London’s fetid insane asylums, we stare and gawk, fascinated yet repulsed, at unfortunates like Joseph Merrick (1862–1890). Joseph Merrick, incorrectly identified as “John Merrick” and also as “The Elephant Man,” his degrading stage name, attained a macabre celebrity status not because of wealth, success, or glamorous looks, but because of a grotesque physical deformity. 

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  • Laying the Groundwork for a Medication Conversation

    Therapists and counselors can have very different opinions on the role of psychotropic medications in mental health care. The majority of mental health professionals appear to agree that medications are necessary in the most severe forms of psychological disorders, especially when psychosis is present.

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The Betrayal Bond: Breaking Free of Exploitive Relationships by Patrick J. Carnes, PhD

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Exploitive relationships can create trauma bonds--chains that link a victim to someone who is dangerous to them. Divorce, employee relations, litigation of any type, incest and child abuse, family and marital systems, domestic violence, hostage negotiations, kidnapping, professional exploitation and religious abuse are all areas of trauma bonding. All these relationships share one thing: they are situations of incredible intensity or importance where there is an exploitation of trust or power.

In The Betrayal Bond Patrick Carnes presents an in-depth study of these relationships, why they form, who is most susceptible, and how they become so powerful. He shows how to recognize when traumatic bonding has occurred and gives a checklist for examining relationships. He then provides steps to safely extricate from these relationships. 

This is a book you will turn to again and again for inspiration and insight, while professionals will find it an invaluable reference work.

 

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