Category: Psychology

What makes a Man – Responses to “Toxic Masculinity”

Within the past couple of weeks, the internet, social media, and conversations are divisive on the whole concept of Toxic Masculinity. It appears this initially came out from the American Psychological Association's recent publication: APA Guidelines for the Psychological Practice with Boys and Men. To develop awareness, the APA provides A Closer Look at the APA Psychological Practice with Men and Boys.  ...

11 Permanent Emotional Scars Men of Dysfunctional Families carry with them

I recently came across an article entitled: 11 thoughts that the daughters of unloving mothers carry with them. This article happened to show up in my Facebook news feed. Curious, I read through the brief article and became fascinated with the quick breakdown of symptoms and prescription related to these thoughts. As important this is ...

Being Grateful

Finally brothers, whatever is true, whatever is honorable, whatever is just, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is commendable - if there is any moral excellence and if there is any praise, dwell on these things ~ Philippians 4:8, ESV ~ The Savior taught his disciples a fundamental truth when he responded to a ...

The Mystery of the Unmotivated patient

As a moderately seasoned counselor, one of the frustrating aspects of working with individuals suffering from substance use is the lack of motivation and engagement in their treatment and recovery. I become frustrated because they appear to be unmotivated, and underachieving. In my attempt to work with these individuals I am experiencing some consternation. This ...

Dispelling a myth and misconception

There is a post that shows up on my Facebook News Feed and typically is posted by some friends who believe this misconception. This is a continual myth and misconception that comes from an unempathetic and very judgmental perception regarding those individuals who suffer substance use disorder. This article will provide a break down and ...

Addressing recovery from a Christian and Biblical worldview

Carl Jung (1865 - 1961) worked with a gentleman by the name of Rowland H. This gentleman was a gifted affluent young businessman. He suffered from Alcoholism and sought out any possible cure for his problem. Rowland's attempt to address his drinking problem failed. Traveling to Switzerland, Rowland sought out Carl Jung. In their conversations, Rowland ...

Op-Ed: “Society is collapsing” and reflections on addiction

I find this statement, from Russell Brand's interview at BBC, quite interesting - and very relevant with the social climate of our time: "Society is collapsing, and people are starting to recognize that the reason they feel like they're mentally ill is that they're living in a system that's not designed to suit the human ...

Russell Brand Speaks out about Overcoming Addiction through Faith | Meg Bucher – Christian Headlines

Brand released his latest book at the end of 2017, titled, Recovery: Freedom From Our Addictions, in which he discusses his personal history with addiction. Discussing the release of his book and his new comedy show “RE:BIRTH” with the BBC, Brand stated that in his opinion "Society is collapsing, and people are starting to recognize ...

The lost art of speaking kindly

There is a deep rooted problem in society today. It appears that many people in our society has lost the art of speaking kindly to one another. Sure, there are probably small pockets of decent humanity where the art of speaking kindly is a delicatessen. However, in general, we seemed to have forgotten the importance ...

The nature of addiction as a disease of choice

The debate continues as to whether or not Substance use Disorder (or addiction / dependence) is to be considered a disease. On the one side, individuals claim that substance use is a behavior. Since it is a behavior, it is therefore possible to consider that it is a choice. On the other side, there are ...

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