“If You Don’t Limp” – (Another Trauma Trap)

by Cindy Kunsman cross posted from her blog Under Much Grace as part of her series on traumaAll images either from NLQ or by Cindy Kunsman and Under Much Grace used with permission Post Traumatic Stress Disorder causes several different changes in the way that the brain works, most notably, the hyperactivity in the anxiety centers in the brain. As noted in a previous post, the area of the brain that is responsible for acknowledging that something applies to the self also shuts down to a great extent. It allows for a sense of distance from the pain of trauma to help preserve a person's function when under threat, but when it fails to shut off when the threat has passed, it creates a … [Read more...]

Creating Illusions Through Self-Injury When Trapped in Trauma

by Cindy Kunsman cross posted from her blog Under Much GraceAll images by Cindy Kunsman from Under Much Grace and used with permission.In addition to self-destructive impulsiveness that can accompany PTSD, the person struggling to regulate their mood can resort to willful physical injury or self-mutilation, one type of addictive behavior that is used as a coping mechanism. Self injury may include a whole variety of behaviors from cutting rituals to hair pulling or interfering with wound healing.People who experience PTSD contend with very difficult and disturbing symptoms of mood and behavior. They often become anxious quite easily because of seemingly innocuous things which … [Read more...]

Church Statistics and Abuse

by Samantha Field cross posted from her blog Defeating The Dragons [trigger warning for child sexual abuse, rape, domestic violence] I’m not entirely sure when it happened, but from the reading I’ve been doing, sometime in the last 30 or so years there’s been a subtle shift in how churches talk about growth. What my reading tells me is that this is at least somewhat connected to the rise of the “mega church,” with it becoming impossible for pastoral staffs to simply look around their churches and understand who their congregation is. … [Read more...]

Quoting Quiverfull: Mental Illness is Self Focus?

by John Piper from desiring God - 10 Resolutions for Mental Health That night Dr. Kilby had a pastoral heart and a poet’s eye. He pled with us to stop seeking mental health in the mirror of self-analysis, but instead to drink in the remedies of God in nature. He was not naïve. He knew of sin. He knew of the necessity of redemption in Christ. But he would have said that Christ purchased new eyes for us as well as new hearts. His plea was that we stop being unamazed by the strange glory of ordinary things. He ended that lecture in 1976 with a list of resolutions. As a tribute to my teacher and a blessing to your soul, I offer them for your joy. … [Read more...]

Quoting Quiverfull: Low Self-Esteem Is Healthy?

by Jane Grey of Ladies Against Feminism and her blog Jane Grey So we are to have high God-esteem, and with that comes high esteem for God's creation, including ourselves. This is not an arrogant, conceited esteem of ourselves, … [Read more...]

Quoting Quiverfull: Defining What To Feel?

From Focus on the Family's Boundless Blog by Martha Krienke - Put Away The Panic Button Panic, worry, anxiety have no place in a believer's life. Comments open below … [Read more...]

Fascinating Womanhood Review: Introduction

by Samantha cross posted from her blog Defeating The DragonsIn the quoted portions, bold are my emphasis, italics are hers. That, folks, is what we’re going to be talking about today, and I’m going to start us off with a short explanation of what the male gaze is. … [Read more...]

Quoting Quiverfull: Psychiatric Drugs Witchcraft?

by Coach Dave Daubenmire of Pass The Salt MinistriesDo the adults realize that the word pharmacology is derived from the Greek word “pharmakeia” which is translated as “sorcery.” Adam Lanza took “meds.” Millions of mostly-little boys do. Is it possible that pharmacology alters the natural balance of the soul and spirit? “Come on Coach,” … [Read more...]

Beauty: In the Eye of the Beholder

by CaluluRecently I came across a very disturbing blog posting and another and another and another. It was from a blog that I'd quoted recently on No Longer Quivering for our Quoting Quiverfull feature. The post I used from that blog was one where the blogger's husband tried to say it was alright for a Christian man … [Read more...]

Religious Trauma Syndrome

by CaluluSeveral days ago a link to an article written by Valerie Tarico at Alternet.org arrived on my Facebook page. The piece was about a newly named syndrome - RTS - Religious Trauma Syndrome and … [Read more...]


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