Part 6: Building on Emotional Self Regulation – Adventures in Ambiguity

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by Cindy Kunsman cross posted from her blog Under Much Grace In the previous post, we explored the challenge of developing a healthy sense of personal power that we encounter when we exit a high demand group. How on earth can we get through life with a faulty set of coping tools, where do we go to learn them, and how can we figure out how to be balanced when all we've seen modeled for us is extremes of power and of emotion?   This topic is a huge one, but a person can do a lot of good work on their own to develop healthy Emotional Self-Regulation after exiting.REMEMBER:  As with all things that make generalizations about groups of people, if this doesn't describe your experience after … [Read more...]

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Quoting Quiverfull: Praise God Constantly So The Devil Doesn’t Make You Depressed?

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by Colin Campbell from Meat For Men - What Happens When We Sing High Praises?Editor's note: I supposed you could also draw the analogy from this bit that if you aren't praising God enough or in the correct way that Satan will make a family member depressed or doubt God. Sometimes the faith of cultural enforcers in evangelical fundamentalist quiverfull Christianity seems like a weak thing that can be damaged by every passing breeze if these 'Good Patriarchs' are to be believed by their words. A prime example of the toxic beliefs in the church that depression is somehow sin related. … [Read more...]

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How To Win Over Depression – review 88 – 112

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by Samantha Field cross posted from her blog Defeating The Dragons In the two chapters I’m going over today– “The Place of Anger in Depression” and “Self-Pity and Depression”– Tim makes an argument based on commonly held attitudes among evangelicals and fundamentalists. As I’ve talked about in the past, the common understanding in Tim’s circles is that there are “good” emotions and “bad” emotions– and the “bad” ones are sinful. In my experience, there are two emotions in particular that seem to be universally reviled in evangelicalism: anger and self-pity. He is building on that assumption, relying on a typical evangelical’s willingness to accept the claim that all anger and all self-pity is … [Read more...]

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5 Early Warning Signs of Toxic People

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by Samantha Field cross posted from her blog Defeating The Dragons A blogging friend of mine, Boze Herrington, asked a question the other day: what are some warning signs of toxic people? Many people thoughtfully responded with articulations of some of the “classic” red flags: they refuse to respect your boundaries, they routinely accuse people who are stating their opinion neutrally or even gracefully as being “abusive” and/or “hateful,” they frequently resort to name-calling … … [Read more...]

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News: About Robin Williams Tragic Suicide

Robin Williams in a rare dramatic role on NBC's "Homicide: Life on the Street". He was nominated for an Emmy for his performance.

I'm sure by now you've heard that comedian and actor Robin Williams took his own life yesterday. While Robin wasn't Quiverfull or part of the fundamentalist evangelical Christian world his passing reminds us all again that those in the CPM believe all sorts of myths about depression and how to handle it. They marginalize the condition and treat depression sufferers as though they caused the condition themselves. No compassion and no encouragement to seek healthy treatment.Even as Robin Williams made so many people laugh he himself suffered from depression for many years.  … [Read more...]

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Self Preservation and Mental Health

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by Sarah Henderson cross posted from her blog Feminist in Spite of ThemIn my last post, I made a brief mention of how living in a state of survival affected my mental health. I thought it would be a good idea to expand on this issue, because in my opinion it is the crux of why having quiverfull families and homeschooling in chaos is abusive to the children involved.As I have mentioned before, doing something that causes harm to your child is abusive regardless of your intentions or religious justification. … [Read more...]

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Religious Trauma Syndrome

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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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Quoting Quiverful: Mental Health?

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by John Piper in "10 Resolutions for Mental Health" at desiringGOD 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 … [Read more...]

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