Wednesday, 3 June 2020

Let them help you

With no schools or teachers in his life, he turned to articles, particularly anything he could find on science. He began to conduct his own experiments in the basement of his family home, and he taught himself how to take apart and fix any kind of watch. At the age of fifteen he apprenticed as a telegraph operator, then spent years traveling across the country plying his trade. He had no chance for a formal education, and nobody crossed his path who could serve as a teacher or mentor. And so in lieu of that, in every city he spent time in, he frequented the public library. One article that crossed his path played a decisive role in his life: Michael Faraday's two-volume Experimental Researches in Electricity. This article became for Edison what The Improvement of the Mind had been for Faraday. It gave him a systematic approach to science and a program for how to educate himself in the field that now obsessed him--electricity. He could follow the experiments laid out by the great Master of the field and absorb as well his philosophical approach to science. It's an out-of-body kind of experience, like the dissociative episodes. Ashley cut her eyes to Patty, who nodded in acknowledgment. The young woman continued, Anyway, all of these events have, I think, pointed me in a direction for a career. So, that's the next good thing to happen this year. I'm going to try to major in counseling so I can understand the ways these internal dialogues go haywire, and maybe help people with keeping them under control. Ashley read over her index card. And really, that's the third best thing to happen to me this year: I finally have a future I can `see' details about. It's been a long time coming, but as I look back on what Dr Matt and I did on our `walk to Alaska,' and as I see how far you guys have come, I have enough information to envision that future. I don't have to just survive anymore. I can grow and build things. You could make a list of things that you could do to help yourself.

You can write down the names and numbers of people who would be able to help you. You may find it helpful to include the good things in your life or things that you are looking forward to as part of the plan. There is no set way for how a crisis plan should look. You can access their crisis plan template at papyrus-uk. Papyrus and Mind both also have information and ideas about making a `crisis box'. The idea of a crisis box is that it is filled with items that you find comforting and distracting and help you feel better. You can use it when you feel anxious, stressed, or suicidal. You can fill it with anything positive and supportive such as: You could also do this using an app on your phone, such as the Stay Alive app. For the rest of his life, Faraday would remain his role model. Through articles, experiments, and practical experience at various jobs, Edison gave himself a rigorous education that lasted about ten years, up until the time he became an inventor. What made this successful was his relentless desire to learn through whatever crossed his path, as well as his self-discipline. He had developed the habit of overcoming his lack of an organized education by sheer determination and persistence. He worked harder than anyone else. Because he was a consummate outsider and his mind had not been indoctrinated in any school of thought, he brought a fresh perspective to every problem he tackled. He turned his lack of formal direction into an advantage. If you are forced onto this path, you must follow Edison's example by developing extreme self-reliance. Under these circumstances, you become your own teacher and mentor. You push yourself to learn from every possible source. I can thrive.

I hope you can tell how pumped I am to understand how our thinking either messes us up or sets us free. I'm only now realizing how much people like Dr Matt and my professor at SFA, Dr Traewick, know about this process. They use these scientific methods to show clients how to understand, AND CONTROL, their thinking. If private thought can be controlled better, anything is possible. We've seen it in this group, haven't we? Darrell exclaimed Amen, and this time he wasn't fooling around. Ashley nodded her thanks. All these good things happened this year because of the efforts of all of us to engage in authentic verbal interactions. That word--authentic--was one of the first words Dr Matt taught me when I was 15 and started therapy with him, and from that point forward, authenticity has been my goal for living, both the way I live inside my head, and out in the world. The Stay Alive app is a suicide prevention resource with useful information and tools to help you stay safe in crisis. In addition to the resources, the app includes a safety plan, customizable reasons for living, and a LifeBox. Here you can store photos and memories that are important to you. It's important to remember that difficult times do pass and with some preventative planning and courageous conversations, you can get through. Supporting Staff Experiencing Mental Health Problems It's time for every employer to recognise their responsibilities and affect change, so that the UK becomes a world leader in workplace wellbeing for all staff and in supporting people with mental health problems to thrive at work. The importance of better management of staff wellbeing and mental health has been building in recognition since publication of the reviews on health and wellbeing in the workplace by Professor Dame Carol Black (2008), Dr Steve Boorman (2012), and Stevenson and Farmer (2017). Organizations and businesses are recognizing that valued and supported staff are far more likely to deliver the best outcomes for a business. Workplaces that genuinely promote and value wellbeing and good mental health and support people with mental health problems are more likely to reduce absenteeism, improve engagement and retention of employees, increase productivity, and benefit from associated economic gains. If employees experience mental health difficulties whilst at work, it is important that they are appropriately supported by their manager. You read more articles than those who have a formal education, developing this into a lifelong habit.

As much as possible, you try to apply your knowledge in some form of experiment or practice. You find for yourself second-degree mentors in the form of public figures who can serve as role models. Reading and reflecting on their experiences, you can gain some guidance. You try to make their ideas come to life, internalizing their voice. As someone self-taught, you will maintain a pristine vision, completely distilled through your own experiences--giving you a distinctive power and path to mastery. To learn by example is to submit to authority. You follow your master because you trust his manner of doing things even when you cannot analyze and account in detail for its effectiveness. By watching the master and emulating his efforts. SEE PEOPLE AS THEY ARE: SOCIAL INTELLIGENCE This amazing man--she gestured to Dr Matt but addressed the group--you know I tease him a lot, but he's the real deal--so when he keeps talking about how we're a `verbal community' that generates sound ideas and rewards--and punishes action and talk in line with those values, I want to understand what he means, and now, I'm really beginning to see how that works, and is working. I'm not ashamed to admit that very little goes through my head that does not include what and how you guys would think about it. It's an ever-present group session going on inside there, and it helps me. These days, it's even hard to think back to when I didn't have that help, and I thank you, Dr Matt, and all of you guys, for being so present for me that even when I'm 3 hours away, what I learn in this room stays with me. I debated with myself whether to include this next example in my address, but I decided to go ahead and use it now to show my fascination about verbal behavior. Last month at the student union at SFA, the entertainment night was a stage hypnotist. The guy was hilarious, but after I thought about it, what the guy was doing was serious: deadly serious. He picked six people from the audience who he knew were highly suggestible, because they did exactly what he asked them to do in a `group suggestion. ' They were asked to imagine their two joined hands had melted into one hand that couldn't be pulled apart. And, amazingly, these six people couldn't--or at least didn't--pull their hands apart until he gave a `release' cue. Whether that person has an episode of depression or anxiety, they become burnt out, or they have any other mental health issue, how you, as a manager, support them can make all the difference to both the person concerned, their colleagues, and their work.

In a 2019 survey by Time to Change, 60% of participants reported that discrimination and stigma are as damaging, or can be more damaging, than the symptoms of their mental health problem and 54% of participants report that they are impacted most by such stigma in their place of work. There is a very real need to promote a culture of openness around wellbeing and mental health. Addressing the Stigma of Mental Ill-health In September 2019 Deborah Lee, the Chief Executive of Gloucestershire NHS Foundation Trust, spoke in an NHS employers podcast about her experience of mental health and burnout. In the podcast (go to www. Her disclosure is likely to have had a positive impact on others that listened to her speak; If people know their managers will be open and supportive, it reduces the stigma and unnecessary shame that comes with mental health problems. Deborah encourages leaders and senior board members to develop organizational cultures that prioritize the mental wellbeing of staff and enable open discussions of mental health saying: `one of the responsibilities of leaders is not just to lead the organisation you are in, but to recognise you set the tone for leadership more generally. Talking About Mental Ill-health Often the greatest obstacle to our pursuit of mastery comes from the emotional drain we experience in dealing with the resistance and manipulations of the people around us. If we are not careful, our minds become absorbed in endless political intrigues and battles. The principal problem we face in the social arena is our naive tendency to project onto people our emotional needs and desires of the moment. We misread their intentions and react in ways that cause confusion or conflict. Social intelligence is the ability to see people in the most realistic light possible. By moving past our usual self-absorption, we can learn to focus deeply on others, reading their behavior in the moment, seeing what motivates them, and discerning any possible manipulative tendencies. Navigating smoothly the social environment, we have more time and energy to focus on learning and acquiring skills. Success attained without this intelligence is not true mastery, and will not last. THINKING INSIDE In 1718, Benjamin Franklin (1706-90) went to work as an apprentice in his brother James's printing shop in Boston. One of the people was a guy I know from the dorm.

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Years later she would go on to invent a whole new form of dance and revolutionize the genre. Sometimes it is not an object or activity but rather something in culture that sparks a deep connection. The contemporary anthropologist-linguist Daniel Everett (b. From a very early age, he found himself drawn to the Mexican culture around him. Everything about it fascinated him--the sound of the words spoken by the migrant workers, the food, the manners that were so different from the Anglo world. He immersed himself as much as he could in their language and culture. This would transform into a lifelong interest in the Other--the diversity of cultures on the planet and what that means about our evolution. And sometimes one's true inclinations can be revealed through an encounter with an actual Master. As a young boy growing up in North Carolina, John Coltrane (1926-67) felt different and strange. He was much more serious than his schoolmates; Controlling kids by making them responsible for the emotions, the well-being, and the decisions of the parents, is a sure way to create a high level of anxiety in them. Being responsible for something you have no control over is confusing and stressful. Over long periods, it affects the adrenal system and can have a long-term effect on the health of the children. it is based on emotions and not on logic. The line of communication is cut off, and it means the existence of the child can be reduced to nothing. Silent treatment is a power play, the parent is in the position to abandon the child, no explanations required. It does not offer solutions, and does not require effort on the part of the parent. Such early childhood conditioning is what creates toxic shame and people pleasers. The silent treatment is a tool of parents who are immature and angry and do not have the understanding that they are the adults and that they have to help the children deal with negative things. Instead they pile their own issues and negativity on top, under the assumption they will shame and scare their children into behaving the way they want them to.

The benefit of that same exercise might include social approval from exercise mates, improved health, and a more balanced work/play life. In their private internal dialogue, people compare the cost versus the benefit of their behaviors. Like any instance of social consciousness, it can be made more likely that the internal dialogue tends one way or another, depending upon the values of the verbal community. Both Felicia and Dr Matt hope that the cost/benefit aspect of her internal dialogue tends toward her thinking there is a greater amount of benefit from eating healthily, than cost: I know this urge to binge eat will reduce my pain a little right now, but tomorrow I will feel awful if I eat these chips. I'm better off just taking a walk right now. Felicia's self-instruction to surf the urge by performing an activity incompatible with bingeing sets a strong motivational condition where she is rewarded by avoiding very harsh self-recriminations (negative reinforcement). Plus, while she is on the walk, she probably delivers self-given Attaboys: This is the right thing to do. I can't wait to write it in my journal and tell Dr Matt I did it. Our verbal communities teach us to conduct an analysis of the costs and benefits of actions we are considering trying to control. You can find more information about hip hinging on the ROS website www. A word of caution If you are currently doing no exercise, you will need to build up exercises slowly with professional input. Before starting this or any exercise programme, please check with your doctor if you suffer from heart disease; How to use this exercise plan The exercises in this article are designed for everyone to use, no matter your current level of activity. The exercise plan starts with a warm-up (see here), and is then divided into workouts for the upper body (see here) and lower body (see here), as well as specific exercises suitable for those already diagnosed with osteoporosis (see here) and exercises that can help to prevent falls (see here). Some exercises appear in more than one section - you can choose to work through the exercise plan as a whole, or to focus on one area of the body at a time. You can adopt a more active lifestyle at any age. Begin by doing what feels comfortable and safe for you, and progress to an appropriate pace for your age and ability.

He drifted into music more as a hobby, taking up the saxophone and playing in his high school band. Then a few years later he saw the great jazz saxophonist Charlie Bird Parker perform live, and the sounds Parker produced touched Coltrane to the core. Something primal and personal came through Parker's saxophone, a voice from deep within. Coltrane suddenly saw the means for expressing his uniqueness and giving a voice to his own spiritual longings. He began to practice the instrument with such intensity that within a decade he transformed himself into perhaps the greatest jazz artist of his era. You must understand the following: In order to master a field, you must love the subject and feel a profound connection to it. Your interest must transcend the field itself and border on the religious. For Einstein, it was not physics but a fascination with invisible forces that governed the universe; These childhood attractions are hard to put into words and are more like sensations--that of deep wonder, sensual pleasure, power, and heightened awareness. The importance of recognizing these preverbal inclinations is that they are clear indications of an attraction that is not infected by the desires of other people. Unfortunately, it is very damaging to the development of the children, and it does not work in the long run. Shame is necessary when it's in the right context. Non-narcissistic parents yell on occasion, get fed up and smack their offspring. As long as they have good communication in general and the parents apologize and talk about it, it would just be a part of life. They are the providers of care and security. They are models for the behaviour of the children, for understanding how the world works, who they are, and how they see themselves. The parents are a mirror the children see themselves in, and the influence continues as they grow. The narcissists mirror only what is good for them. They don't have the capacity to see the child as a separate entity, or to empathize and respond to what the child feels or with what the child needs to hear. Unfortunately, the way the narcissistic mothers establish control is through instilling guilt, duty, and shame.

The social consciousness of that cost/benefit self-instruction makes it more or less likely that we are motivated to follow evasive rules that enhance success and efficiency. Most importantly, however, we can arrange the social consequences that bend social consciousness in the direction we choose. We can't just hope that we think and act in healthy ways. We must arrange the rewards and response costs that push us in desired directions. We must use the technology of social consciousness to increase healthy self-instruction. We can do this by interacting with others who reward positive talk about healthy actions and/or punish stinking thinking about it. This brings up another point about consequences: Felicia is engineering her own healthy social consciousness by making choices about whom she interacts with; for example, her cousin Heather, Dr Matt, and the Thursday Night Group members. The socially mediated, added-on consequences in our lives can be self-chosen or imposed on us by others. While it is true that all of our social consciousness ultimately must come from outside of ourselves (that is, from others), we can have choice over who or what exerts the influence. It's impossible for me to give individual advice regarding appropriate exercise - so use your common sense and take care. This is the information from the Royal Osteoporosis Society (ROS): The higher the impact the better for bone strength, at least up to a moderate impact (jogging, hopping, running, low-level jumping). Research shows that moderate-impact exercise is generally safe for most people with osteoporosis, and gives your bones sufficient impact to promote bone strength. Impact exercise is unlikely to cause a spinal fracture but to be on the safe side, if you have had spinal fractures (or have broken lots of other bones because of osteoporosis) aim for lower-impact exercise (brisk walking, marching). If your spinal fracture didn't occur during exercise, then building up gradually to a moderate level of impact may be appropriate. Choose exercises or activities you can manage and then build up the intensity gradually. If you are increasing your exercise levels and you are at all unsteady, do some balance exercises first so you are more likely to maintain steadiness. The programme of exercises consists of many and varied, simple and easy movements designed specifically to strengthen your body and preserve bone strength. You can incorporate them into your everyday life.

They are not something embedded in you by your parents, which come with a more superficial connection, something more verbal and conscious. Coming instead from somewhere deeper, they can only be your own, reflections of your unique chemistry. As you become more sophisticated, you often lose touch with these signals from your primal core. They can be buried beneath all of the other subjects you have studied. Your power and future can depend on reconnecting with this core and returning to your origins. You must dig for signs of such inclinations in your earliest years. Look for its traces in visceral reactions to something simple; It is already there within you. You have nothing to create; If you reconnect with this core at any age, some element of that primitive attraction will spark back to life, indicating a path that can ultimately become your Life's Task. They are powerful manipulation tools. Once such feelings become a prevalent reason for the behaviour of the child, they turn into something that is called toxic shame, and toxic shame is so destructive it stops the child from becoming a healthy and functioning adult. Toxic shame is believing you are inherently wrong, inadequate, and insufficient. Believing that if people see who you truly are they will be disgusted as much as you are. It leads to catastrophizing and self-hatred as a way of life, to anxiety and mental paralysis. It leads to a harsh inner voice and inability to relax and enjoy life. Ironically, toxic shame is in the center of the narcissistic disorder as well, but the narcissistic shell is there to never let it out. The false image is that they are the greatest, and they are not. Their children end up thinking they are the worst, but they are not. Both conditions can lead to personality disorders.

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One sibling might propose a trade of a new toy for 5 minutes of using his video game, but the other sibling offers 10 minutes' use of her tablet. A grandparent takes you on a birthday shopping trip with a $25 budget. You pick and choose which purchases will do the most good for you. Ultimately, a concept emerges where you learn the relative value of objects, services, and events. You are taught to manage what you value, so you don't give too much effort, time, or money for life's goodies, or so you don't pay too much for life's blunders. You might accept your first job as a sandwich artist at a fast food restaurant, making minimum wage, but you try not to accept such a minimal deal after you've had three or four jobs. When you're late for work, you try to minimize any damage by offering to work later. The role of cost/benefit analysis comes into play in the private self-giving of rewards and aversives when we compare the relative value or cost of actions. While struggling with urges to binge on chips and salsa, Felicia might conclude that stopping the pain she is in at the moment is worth the delayed, improbable, and cumulative harm done by the unhealthy eating. Such internal dialogue would be most unfortunate, but it is the conclusion that many people make when stuck in unhealthy cycles. For example, walk more, especially out in the fresh air to give yourself a boost. If you are currently doing no exercise, then you will need to build up exercises slowly with professional input. Don't take yourself off jogging or do moderate-impact aerobics if you haven't exercised in a while. Instead, pick lower-impact activities or consider a good exercise class alternative such as dancing or a beginners' Pilates, yoga or tai chi class and gradually build up as you become practised. Swimming or water aerobics are beneficial for painful joints, or try cycling on a stationary bike at the gym, but don't forget to include some weight-bearing/impact exercise as well. The secret is to find an activity that suits you and to establish a regular activity routine, possibly in the company of friends to give you encouragement. Even a gentle brisk walking programme that increases in intensity and length will be beneficial - and, if part of a group, sociable! But remember that you must begin with some balance exercises for a few weeks first if you are at all unsteady. Check this out If you are in any doubt, I recommend talking to the specialist nurses on the Royal Osteoporosis Society Helpline (ROS).

For Masters, their inclination often presents itself to them with remarkable clarity in childhood. Sometimes it comes in the form of a simple object that triggers a deep response. When Albert Einstein (1879-1955) was five, his father gave him a compass as a present. Instantly, the boy was transfixed by the needle, which changed direction as he moved the compass about. The idea that there was some kind of magnetic force that operated on this needle, invisible to the eyes, touched him to the core. What if there were other forces in the world equally invisible yet equally powerful--ones that were undiscovered or not understood?For the rest of his life all of his interests and ideas would revolve around this simple question of hidden forces and fields, and he would often think back to the compass that had sparked the initial fascination. When Marie Curie (1867-1934), the future discoverer of radium, was four years old she wandered into her father's study and stood transfixed before a glass case that contained all kinds of laboratory instruments for chemistry and physics experiments. She would return to that room again and again to stare at the instruments, imagining all sorts of experiments she could conduct with these tubes and measuring devices. Years later, when she entered a real laboratory for the first time and did some experiments herself, she reconnected immediately with her childhood obsession; When the future film director Ingmar Bergman (1918-2007) was nine years old his parents gave his brother for Christmas a cinematograph--a moving picture machine with strips of film that projected simple scenes. Further, they don't like to deal with any of the children's negative feelings. This is a common experience for many victims. Responsive, well-behaved small children bring the best out of the narcissistic parent, or at least the most caring side that looks after their physical needs. It is nature's way of protecting them during their vulnerable years. The neediness and the worshiping are rewarding for the narcissists, and they thrive as parents of small children. Unfortunately, this early attachment continues even after the narcissistic parent drastically changes their behaviour as the child grows up. The narcissistic disorder, on the other hand, demands others participate in the illusion. Their ego comes from the narcissistic shell and not from who they truly are. Getting angry when something about their behaviour is challenged in the nicest way, is a typical reaction of a narcissistic parent. Narcissists don't see their children as separate people that have a right to experience life from their own angle.

The concept of response cost is related to a cost/benefit analysis of consequences. Response cost is a classroom management procedure wherein rewards are removed when an undesirable or disruptive behavior happens. Let's say a teacher gave his students 10 points each day for following classroom rules, such as staying in their seats, raising their hands to talk, and quickly following directions. Every kid in the class starts the day with the 10 points, which can be used to buy goods and privileges (erasers, small toys, recess/free play time, preferred seating, and so forth). However, when an unwanted behavior happens, the teacher can fine the pupil by taking away a point or two. In this manner, undesirable behavior receives a small but immediate aversive consequence, is punished, and is less likely to be repeated. The negative consequence of point loss is contingent on (that is, happens because of) the undesirable behavior. Imagine Hunter as a little boy: his 7-year-old self gets out of his seat during reading time. The teacher says, Hunter, you aren't following the in-your-seat rule; you lose 1 point; It's a free number and the nurses are very well qualified to provide personalised and relevant guidance. The number is 0808 800 0035 (free from all UK landlines, mobiles and call boxes). I would recommend you talk to your doctor and/or physiotherapist about whether it's safe for you to exercise if you have: If you find doing exercises difficult, or you have painful spinal fractures because of osteoporosis, ask your doctor for a referral to a physiotherapist. What if I have been diagnosed with osteopenia or osteoporosis on a bone density scan? If your bone density is significantly below the average range for an adult, you are diagnosed as having osteoporosis. If your result is between the lower end of the normal range and the osteoporosis range, this is called osteopenia. If, like myself, you have been diagnosed with osteopenia, you may worry about breaking bones. You may decide to cut down on exercising and stop participating in some of your former sporting activities, for fear of an increased risk of breaking bones. This is quite understandable, but for the most part is unfounded.

He had to have it for himself. He traded his own toys to get it and once it was in his possession, he hurried into a large closet and watched the flickering images it projected on the wall. It seemed like something had magically come to life each time he turned it on. To produce such magic would become his lifelong obsession. Sometimes this inclination becomes clear through a particular activity that brings with it a feeling of heightened power. As a child, Martha Graham (1894-1991) felt intensely frustrated by her inability to make others understand her in a deep way; Then one day, she saw her first dance performance. The lead dancer had a way of expressing certain emotions through movement; She started dance lessons soon thereafter and immediately understood her vocation. Only when dancing could she feel alive and expressive. There is no option in their heads in which the kids will be in charge of their own lives `unaided' by the narcissist. How do the narcissists get away with the things they do for so long? Another reason that the narcissists enjoy having small children is their energy and zest for life. The narcissists like sucking that energy - they like kids when they are a delight, when they are full of life, when they are interesting and needy, filling their days and feeding their egos. The narcissistic expectation is that the child will serve that very purpose for life. During this time, the narcissists appear to be normal parents taking care of the everyday needs of their children, like food and clothes. Underneath that, however, there are other things happening. The abuse is subtle, starts small, and grows over time, and it is eroding that very same passion and energy for life. When the parent is well and pleased the child is recognized. This is an easy and effective method of control, and all parents probably use it at one time or another, but most parents recognize their child's behaviour is not only about their own needs.

please sit down now. She marks the loss on a chart hanging in the front of class. Teachers like using such a system, especially for younger children, because it allows for immediate delivery of losing a powerful reward (points that are exchangeable for good stuff). The child's undesirable response costs him something, and is therefore punished. It is important to note that the most effective classroom management systems also allow the teacher to give out points throughout the day in order to catch the kids being good. Once again, immediate delivery of a positive consequence strengthens behavior. The best-run classrooms give out far more rewarding points than they take away. The notion of response cost applies to any action or series of actions (behavior chain), because all behavior has both costs and benefits. Consider the cost of exercising every day. Working out can be hard: in effort, sweat, and, all too often, pain. For many of you - and myself included - being physical and taking part in exercise classes or playing sport is an important part of our lives. The good news is that regular appropriate exercise can help strengthen our bones and muscles and help reduce our incidence of falls and fractures in the future. Specific stability and balance exercises have been shown to help keep us more stable and less likely to fall. I want some specific exercises to help promote stronger bones and keep me steady For those of you, male or female, who have fragile bones, and have been diagnosed with osteoporosis or an increased fracture risk, I have designed special exercises (see article 13). These Osteo Relief exercises are also appropriate for those who have previously broken bones as a result of osteoporosis and who would like to prevent further fractures and reduce pain through exercise. It's imperative that you think carefully before doing any exercises or movements that may increase the chance of you falling, and that you pay attention to your posture, particularly your upright posture. Avoid movements that involve sustained, repeated forward curving of the spine, such as touching your toes, if it is difficult or uncomfortable. This is particularly important for those of you who have experienced a compression fracture of the spine. Try to incorporate `hip hinging', where you bend from the hip (rather than curving your spine) and slightly bend your knees, particularly when you are lifting anything.

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We are perhaps not conscious of this emptiness, but it infects us in all kinds of ways. Feeling that we are called to accomplish something is the most positive way for us to supply this sense of purpose and direction. It is a religious-like quest for each of us. This quest should not be seen as selfish or antisocial. It is in fact connected to something much larger than our individual lives. Our evolution as a species has depended on the creation of a tremendous diversity of skills and ways of thinking. We thrive by the collective activity of people supplying their individual talents. Without such diversity, a culture dies. Your uniqueness at birth is a marker of this necessary diversity. To the degree you cultivate and express it you are fulfilling a vital role. Narcissists are also compulsive liars who will go to great lengths to gain power and control over others. The willingness to do anything just to control the actions of others makes gaslighting easy to them for use, and since gaslighting is lying with a goal, the goal of the narcissist is to gain control over the action of another. Narcissists will use shame and confusion to isolate victims. The narcissist's goal is often to make the target entirely dependent on them alone, and in a bid to control the victim they will incite fear with words and actions that will make the victim withdraw from loved ones. This withdrawal from loved ones makes it easy for narcissists to abuse victims even more as there are no persons of the third-party present to rescue the victims. Narcissists have a compulsive need to be perfect people at all times, so gaslighting comes in handy in making other peoples' perception of an event a wrong one and to show and convince that they are right at all times. In going to great lengths and doing anything to get their object of desire, narcissists often step on others. Moreover, when they are confronted for their misdoings, they resolve to tactics to minimize or erase what they have done and won't hesitate to abuse people to get to this end, making people think how they feel about having their toes stepped on is totally unimportant. Healthy people display noble acts of selflessness from time to time, but since the world revolves around narcissists, they are always about their feelings and needs, so they employ tactics to dismiss the feelings and needs of others. Narcissists also love to evade responsibility, and they renege on agreements or promises they have previously made.

In a nearly constant manner, you are told what to do (or not do), when to do it, what will happen if you do or if you don't do it, who you can do it to or with, how soon you have to do it, and any other dimension of instruction that can be thought of or is needed by the agent of society who is doing the telling (for example, parent, sibling, teacher, police officer, friend, boss, co-worker, preacher, spouse, offspring, TV personality, politician, hero, or villain). After a mere few months, let alone a lifetime, of these public social consequences, we start to repeat them to ourselves when no one else is around to give them. They become powerful conditioned consequences because they are frequently associated or paired with other already powerful consequences. You learn quickly to pay attention to what parents, teachers, and bosses say, because if they approve of the behaviors you do, they give lots of other rewards (or they give lots of other punishers if they disapprove of what is done). A parent gives the young child those emotionally satisfying hugs when the words I love you are said. After the kindergarten kid picks up all the crayons and puts them into the plastic bin, a teacher gives that gold star worth 10 recess minutes and says, Great job, Johnny. When the boss adds a raise in pay to your next paycheck, it is symbolic of the words, Great job! The privatization of other people's confirmations and criticisms is, in part, a matter of repetition. It is repeated so many times by others that we start to say it to ourselves privately, and, as we saw above, those private self-given affirmations and criticisms provide the immediate consequences for following rules in novel settings or when no one else is around. A behavior can also have multiple consequences or outcomes, which are sometimes both positive and negative outcomes. Some years ago, studies at the University of Nottingham Medical School showed that premenopausal women, who were encouraged to do a series of little jumps for a controlled period of time on a regular basis, significantly increased the bone density of their ankles, knees and femoral head. On the flip side, it has been shown that astronauts who spend very long periods of time in a weightless environment experience considerable bone loss due to the lack of gravity. More recently, students volunteered to remain bedridden for long periods of time (even months) to help scientists separate out the effects of gravity on bone. All were found to have lost bone density, bone strength, and muscle mass, and extensive training was necessary to restore the loss. Bone is a living tissue that reacts to increases in loads and forces by growing stronger, but not all forms of exercise are effective for improving bone strength. Swimming and cycling are excellent for improving overall strength and suppleness and the function of your heart and lungs, but they are not weight bearing, and consequently do not promote bone strength. Research has shown that it is regular, weight-bearing/impact exercise combined with muscle-strengthening exercise that helps prevent some of the dramatic bone loss which often occurs in women over 50 years of age. Can we target specific bones? Introducing additional weights can target specific bones still further. For example, exercising with dumbbells puts extra demand on the arms and wrists.

Our times might emphasize equality, which we then mistake for the need for everyone to be the same, but what we really mean by this is the equal chance for people to express their differences, to let a thousand flowers bloom. Your vocation is more than the work that you do. It is intimately connected to the deepest part of your being and is a manifestation of the intense diversity in nature and within human culture. In this sense, you must see your vocation as eminently poetic and inspiring. Some 2,600 years ago the ancient Greek poet Pindar wrote, Become who you are by learning who you are. What he meant is the following: You are born with a particular makeup and tendencies that mark you as a piece of fate. It is who you are to the core. Some people never become who they are; If you allow yourself to learn who you really are by paying attention to that voice and force within you, then you can become what you were fated to become--an individual, a Master. The misery that oppresses you lies not in your profession but in yourself! They won't hesitate to use gaslighting to present themselves as persons in pain to sap the feelings of others. Gaslighting over time effectively disconnects the victim from themselves, their feelings, and their ability to decide and know what they want for themselves. As gaslighting progress, the victim of abuse will second-guess their thoughts often. Their thought doubting may put them on the defensive and prevent them from criticizing the narcissist's behavior. This self-doubt can give the narcissist more opportunity to manipulate the victim. Eventually, gaslighting strips the victim of self-identity, the very core of the victim and leaves them feeling dependent on the narcissist, so the narcissist takes control of their lives and provides approval for them about what reality is. It doesn't matter whether it's happening in a marriage, or at work or somewhere else, it is vital to be aware of the signs that you (or someone you know) might be a victim. This awareness is the first step to getting out of this abusive situation. Gaslighting can cause long-term negative effects on the victim's psychological health, and it takes specialized help to restore the victim's balanced sense of self. Gaslighting only works when the victims are not aware of what is happening, but once they catch what is happening, they can take proactive steps to produce lasting changes.

Purchasing an automobile has the immediate pleasant consequence of having a new ride with all the bells and whistles that entails. But that same purchase also has the negative consequence of either a huge one-time monetary payment, or a monthly need to come up with smaller amounts of money to pay a lender. There are two seemingly conflicting consequences for the same chain of behavior. When a trauma victim like Felicia is honest with others about being molested by her uncle, there are multiple consequences, as well. The immediate unpleasantry of shame and social friction in her family is eventually coupled with the relief of not having to hide important aspects of her life, and/or the support she gets from those other people who care about her, like her cousin and her fellow group members. Combined with the private giving of praise and punishment, the multiple outcomes of behavior chains also allow for a cost/benefit analysis of the consequences of our behaviors. This cost/benefit analysis can greatly influence the power of those consequences. We learn the concept of behavior exchange fairly soon in life, because others let us know that one behavior can be exchanged for another: If you eat vegetables, you get dessert. When you do your homework, you can go out to play. At the same time, we learn the relative value of the rewarding aspects of living. Twisting a tight lid off a jar helps strengthen wrists and forearms, as does carrying heavy bags of shopping (just make sure you keep a straight back and don't stoop). Lifting household objects, like heavy cooking pots or the vacuum cleaner, has a similar beneficial effect. It is likely that it's the more intense muscle-strengthening exercise that is going to promote or improve bone strength, although doing any muscle-strengthening exercise will help to maintain bone strength and reduce the loss of bone density. However, take care to avoid falling when carrying awkward and heavy objects because a fall might cause a fracture. Once you are familiar with this exercise programme, you will be able to adapt everyday objects and activities and turn them into beneficial exercise. What about painful joints? My programme of exercises particularly targets the hips, wrists, and spine because these are most vulnerable to the painful, crippling and sometimes life-changing fractures caused as a result of osteoporosis. It's essential to maintain muscle strength, particularly in the legs and to maintain a good sense of balance and coordination. We will target the ankles, spine, thighs and back, as well as keeping the core muscles strong and flexible in order to avoid falls.So get up off your chair, enjoy the exercise sessions, strengthen your bones and make these exercises part of your life. If your joints are the problem, don't try to `pace' your joints - let your joints pace you!

What man in the world would not find his situation intolerable if he chooses a craft, an art, indeed any form of life, without experiencing an inner calling? Whoever is born with a talent, or to a talent, must surely find in that the most pleasing of occupations! Everything on this earth has its difficult sides! Only some inner drive--pleasure, love--can help us overcome obstacles, prepare a path, and lift us out of the narrow circle in which others tread out their anguished, miserable existences! It might seem that connecting to something as personal as your inclinations and Life's Task would be relatively simple and natural, once you recognize their importance. But in fact it is the opposite. It requires a good deal of planning and strategizing to do it properly, since so many obstacles will present themselves. The following five strategies, illustrated by stories of Masters, are designed to deal with the main obstacles in your path over time--the voices of others infecting you, fighting over limited resources, choosing false paths, getting stuck in the past, and losing your way. Pay attention to all of them because you will almost inevitably encounter each one in some form. Return to your origins--The primal inclination strategy It is essential to realize that anyone and any relationship can be a victim of gaslighting, though it is easier to notice gaslighting in romantic relationships because the end goal is often to gain control. In the end, narcissists often get what they want, and in relating with people at work or in the community, it might be hard to detect gaslighting because for the most part in these situations the goal might not only be in control, it might be other things, money as an example. The adverse effects of gaslighting can linger on in the victim's mind for a long time, but it is possible to recognize gaslighting at an early stage and avoid the consequences of this form of abuse. Covert narcissists are nicer to their children when they are small, and this is when they do the worst damage to them. Young brains are most receptive to suggestions and the narcissists can uphold their false image and appear to be good parents. Mothers are very important to small children. Kids cannot understand when the reason for their parent's unhappiness could be a bad day at the office. They've never had a bad day at the office and assume everything has something to do with them, especially when dysfunctional parents change their attitude to the children depending on their mood. Children are simply unable to meet the emotional needs of an adult. The narcissists do not like to take responsibility for their negative emotions, and transfer the blame to others.

Wanting to feel needed

Since consequences that happen after a behavior are so important in determining what we do, it is helpful to examine several issues that affect the delivery and potency of the outcomes of behavior. Rebuilding one's life essentially involves arranging consequences so that desired behavior is strengthened, and undesirable behavior is weakened. Having as much knowledge as possible about how consequences work (and don't work) will aid in life rebuilding. We can divide consequences into natural ones and artificial or added-on ones. Natural consequences occur because the behavior, by its nature, produces them. Touching a hot stove produces the natural consequence of burned skin. Driving out of control at a high rate of speed can have the natural consequence of a violent motor vehicle collision. Reading and understanding a article has the natural consequence of increased knowledge. Yelling at and acting rudely to others has the natural consequence of conflict and communication problems. Artificial consequences are ones that have been added by a social community to encourage or discourage behavior. A 2018 Consensus Statement from the Royal Osteoporosis Society (ROS) recommends that the most effective way to promote bone strength is to combine weight bearing/impact exercise with muscle strengthening exercise. If you are well enough, it is recommended you gradually increase the intensity of these types of activity or exercise. At least 50 moderate impacts (running, low jumps, hops or skips) are recommended on most days, or about 20 minutes of lower-impact exercise such as brisk walking if you have had spinal fractures or a large number of other osteoporotic fractures. Muscle strengthening exercises are also recommended on two to three days of the week, such as heavy gardening, housework or DIY (or sports and leisure exercises that work on the main muscle groups). If you are able to use weights then increasing the intensity of exercises using weights up to 8-12 repetitions is recommended - using the heaviest weight that you are able to lift this number of times (the technical name for this is `progressive muscle resistance'). Correct technique and posture is essential and you may need some instruction to make sure you are lifting correctly. Agreeing with the UK guidelines for health, the ROS Statement says that if you are unsteady, or you are over 65 and not exercising regularly, then balance exercises are recommended in addition to help prevent falls and fractures. These should be incorporated at least two to three times a week. How can the exercise programme help? My programme of exercises consists of a variety of easy movements designed to promote well-being and fitness and specifically to promote bone strength in both men and women.

Once found, everything will fall into place. You will learn more quickly and more deeply. Your skill level will reach a point where you will be able to claim your independence from within the group you work for and move out on your own. In a world in which there is so much we cannot control, this will bring you the ultimate form of power. You will determine your circumstances. As your own Master, you will no longer be subject to the whims of tyrannical bosses or scheming peers. This emphasis on your uniqueness and a Life's Task might seem a poetic conceit without any bearing on practical realities, but in fact it is extremely relevant to the times that we live in. We are entering a world in which we can rely less and less upon the state, the corporation, or family or friends to help and protect us. It is a globalized, harshly competitive environment. We must learn to develop ourselves. Is there anyone in your life who believes everything should be perfect and is dissatisfied continuously when life does not play out the way they envisioned it? The narcissist has an extremely high need for everything to be perfect. They believe they should be perfect, you should be perfect, events should happen exactly as they expected. At the point when things don't go as planned, the narcissist puts all the fault on others. It must always be another person's deficiency and not theirs. To keep up the facade of flawlessness, narcissists consistently need to accuse some other person or a thing. Narcissists have almost no capacity to empathize with others. They are too self-absorbed to comprehend what other individuals are feeling. They are also rarely apologetic, remorseful, or guilty. Narcissists likewise come up short on a comprehension about the idea of emotions.

Students are given grades with the hope to increase the rate that learners will read and study, so they can obtain the natural consequence of increased knowledge. Giving money to a truck driver to drive a load of oranges across the country is an artificial, socially arranged consequence so that the truck (and its load of oranges) satisfies the need of a faraway market that ordered the fruit. Frequently, the natural consequences of complicated social behavior are delayed. Artificial, or added-on, social consequences are arranged to ensure behavior takes place consistently enough and long enough for those delayed natural outcomes to happen. The artificial consequences fill in the time gap between the action and its natural outcome. Remember: consequences only work strongly when they are immediate. A complicated world needs added-on artificial consequences so that a behavior whose natural outcome is/are always delayed will have the immediate artificial outcome(s) to encourage people to perform the behavior. Many laws operate in this manner, the seatbelt law a case in point. The natural consequence of using a seatbelt is the highly increased chance of surviving a motor vehicle accident. The artificial consequence of the seatbelt law is a traffic ticket for non-compliance as well as the social pressure of others in the car that makes you buckle up. They are exercises you can do in your everyday life, around your home, your workplace or in the garden. Aim to do the recommended 30 minutes on five days per week - but build up to this slowly to avoid possible injury or overtiring. Begin by choosing exercises you know you can do comfortably, and then gradually increase the amount and intensity. It is not unusual to experience a little muscle stiffness for a day or two after you exercise: it indicates you are working hard! But pain that is persistent may be a sign of injury, so stop exercising for a few days and, should it continue, consult your GP. The following exercises are intended for both men and women of any age and are especially beneficial for women aged 40-plus, who are approaching the menopause. However, whatever your age or ability, the sooner you start incorporating exercise into your life, the better. Why is weight-bearing exercise with impact, combined with muscle strengthening exercise, so beneficial? Weight-bearing/impact exercises (when you are standing up with all your body's weight pulling on your skeleton) will help preserve and even build bone, but the effect only occurs when the weight is repeatedly exerted, especially with some force behind it. Muscles that are attached to either end of the bone force it to twist and bend in response to the strike action and jarring movements.

At the same time, it is a world teeming with critical problems and opportunities, best solved and seized by entrepreneurs--individuals or small groups who think independently, adapt quickly, and possess unique perspectives. Your individualized, creative skills will be at a premium. Think of it this way: What we lack most in the modern world is a sense of a larger purpose to our lives. In the past, it was organized religion that often supplied this. But most of us now live in a secularized world. We human animals are unique--we must build our own world. We do not simply react to events out of biological scripting. But without a sense of direction provided to us, we tend to flounder. We don't how to fill up and structure our time. There seems to be no defining purpose to our lives. They don't see how their feelings happen. They think their emotions are brought about by a person or thing outside of themselves. They don't understand that their emotions are brought about by their very own natural chemistry and thought patterns. This absence of sympathy makes genuine relationships with narcissists very difficult. They simply don't see what any other individuals are feeling. Narcissists are quick to jump from one relationship to the other because they desperately want someone to identify with them and feel their pains but are not willing to respond to the feelings of the other person. The reason for this is that it takes a little vulnerability to keep relationships. Inability to work as part of a team. Being insightful and cooperating with other people requires a genuine comprehension of other's feelings. A narcissist can't genuinely understand other peoples' feelings and won't give up anything for the benefit of others.

A sizeable percentage of social arrangements--most of them, actually--provide immediate outcomes for action that must be performed. Added-on (but artificial) outcomes provide that function. The added-on socially arranged consequences that fill in the time gap between behavior and its natural consequences can be public or private. We have already discussed how private self-given consequences are developed and control our rule following. These private self-given consequences start out as public social interactions. Getting praise, credit, or acknowledgment for desirable behavior is society's main way of adding on the artificial consequences needed to encourage behavior. On the other hand, criticizing, blaming, or punishing someone when undesirable action takes place is the way society reduces or controls the rate of unwanted behavior. Social approval/disapproval from others happens dozens of times, to every one of us, every day. Further, it happens in response to a wide variety of different kinds of behavior. Consider the minute-to-minute perspective of your day. This stress-strengthening effect on bone is boosted with a well-balanced diet including sufficient calcium and vitamin D (see article 7). High-impact weight-bearing activities such as basketball or track events with high-level jumps, or moderate-impact activities such as running, jogging and low-level jumping are effective in young adults. In fact, moderate impact will help to promote bone strength at any age as long as you are fit enough. All of these activities involve a hard, vibrating strike action in which the weight of the upper body is borne by the spine, hips, legs and feet. However, simple brisk walking and lower-impact aerobics exercises are useful weight-bearing/impact exercises that are especially suitable in later life to help prevent you losing bone strength as you age. Muscle strengthening (or resistance) exercise is another way to add load and work muscles and bones harder. Using a weight or weights machine, wearing a weighted vest or using resistance bands would be one way to do this. Alternatively, the body's weight can provide the resistance as in a press-up or wall press-up. Any muscle-strengthening exercise may help to prevent loss of bone strength; Past middle age, weight training and exercise classes that contain a variety of activities have been shown to influence bone strength.

Understaffing and overcommitment

You look for an underlying pattern, a core to your character that you must understand as deeply as possible. Second, with this connection established, you must look at the career path you are already on or are about to begin. The choice of this path--or redirection of it--is critical. To help in this stage you will need to enlarge your concept of work itself. Too often we make a separation in our lives--there is work and there is life outside work, where we find real pleasure and fulfillment. Work is often seen as a means for making money so we can enjoy that second life that we lead. Even if we derive some satisfaction from our careers we still tend to compartmentalize our lives in this way. This is a depressing attitude, because in the end we spend a substantial part of our waking life at work. If we experience this time as something to get through on the way to real pleasure, then our hours at work represent a tragic waste of the short time we have to live. Instead you want to see your work as something more inspiring, as part of your vocation. The movie is a historical reference to the term Gaslighting and not all real-life situations are due to a manipulator trying to steal a victim's inheritance. Real-life gaslighting situations, however, have something in common with what was portrayed in the movie. In Gaslighting situations, the goal is to isolate and brainwash the victim to control the victim's version of reality. The father may want to control every decision made by his son consciously or unconsciously, but he might be gaslighting the son into doubting his own choices. Another example of gaslighting in personal relationships is that of a spouse who continually humiliates their partner and demands attention from them while putting them down if they refuse to consider them. A worker can try to bring a subordinate or a coworker down with harmful and destructive words. Gaslighting happens in television commercial advertisements: a product is advertised, and it leaves you with the feeling that something is wrong with your memory or you are going crazy, and the only way out is for you to buy the product and use it. Public figures, who have a cult-like following, might use their leadership status to mislead the public. So, what does the term gaslighting mean? To be specific, it refers to the behaviors and actions by which a manipulator uses information in such a way as to make a victim question their sanity.

Come on in. We're about to start. Hunter slid the note card into the article and stood. He felt a sense of accomplishment at using his time to better himself, and as he held the door open for Sha'Kera to enter, he thought, That wasn't bad at all. I did it. I read and understood it. Hinkle was right; I can do this. I'll read another block after Group. Twelve more times that day, Hunter arranged short reading episodes. This may include sport or leisure activities such as ballroom dancing or gardening, as well as the necessary activities such as housework or shopping. It can be as simple as climbing the stairs or taking short regular walks. Research has shown that you are never too old to start reaping the rewards of being more active. When I think of a planned, structured physical exercise activity it usually has the aim of improving specific physical, mental and social needs (body, mind and spirit). Whatever physical activity or exercise you do it should help to improve those 5 S's - your stamina, strength, suppleness, skill and shape. The all-important posture The pace of life and pressure of work can result in poor posture and tension headaches. We appear to carry the world on our shoulders and many people will experience stiffness in their upper body and neck. Sometimes bad posture is caused by unsuitable chairs and seating positions, or from sitting for too long in front of TV or computer screens. Check that your chair, desk and worktop are at a good height and in sufficient light.

The word vocation comes from the Latin meaning to call or to be called. Its use in relation to work began in early Christianity--certain people were called to a life in the church; They could recognize this literally by hearing a voice from God, who had chosen them for this profession. Over time, the word became secularized, referring to any work or study that a person felt was suited to his or her interests, particularly a manual craft. It is time, however, that we return to the original meaning of the word, for it comes much closer to the idea of a Life's Task and mastery. The voice in this case that is calling you is not necessarily coming from God, but from deep within. It emanates from your individuality. It tells you which activities suit your character. And at a certain point, it calls you to a particular form of work or career. Your work then is something connected deeply to who you are, not a separate compartment in your life. Gaslighting is an attempt at convincing a person of something being true by forcefully asserting it or making up flimsy evidence, blatantly denying that one has said something one has said. It is manipulating another's physical environment to make the person doubt their perceptions or memories about their physical situation. It is intentionally isolating another person from external sources of valid information. It can be used intentionally to gain authority over a victim's life. Narcissists are known as control freaks, and gaslighting is of no surprise a tool they use in controlling the lives of others. A narcissist is anyone who suffers from Narcissism Personality Disorder (NPD). The cause of this disorder is not known, but psychologists link NPD to the environment, genetics and neurobiology. It is essential to understand the behaviors of individuals who suffer from NPD because most times we don't know what a narcissist looks like and the behaviors of these individuals are what points them out as narcissists. Someone who shows a continuous need for attention might be a narcissist, it might be by physically being all over you or constantly saying words to demand your attention. Narcissists can't self-validate, and so they continuously look for other people to approve of them and no matter what others say to validate them, they never feel it is enough, and will always want more.

By the time he crawled into bed, he had read nine articles in the article. Inspired by the progress he had made with his ex-wife, Jennifer, at the last family weekend session, Hunter had begun writing notes to her before he went to bed, but this time he found himself thinking, I'll just read a little more before I write to her. That will add another block. Ten minutes and three more articles passed before he closed the article. Wow, this is great. I'm getting through this article pretty quickly. Jen would be proud. Oh, yeah: the note I want to write to her. He retrieved a greeting card he'd bought for her and started writing. Sit with your bottom well back on the seat and if you've an arch in your back, support it with a cushion or towel. Have your legs slightly apart, knees bent to an angle of 90o, with your feet flat on the floor. How much exercise do we need? To be effective, exercise must be done on a regular basis. For general health, adult men and women should aim to do 30 minutes of moderate-intensity physical activity on at least five days each week, plus some other specific form of physical activity to improve muscle strength on at least two days each week. From the age of 65, exercise to improve balance and coordination is also recommended. We should aim for an active lifestyle. All activity is good for us - and inactivity isn't! It's a natural process for both men and women to lose some bone density after about the age of 35 (see here). Research has shown that regular, weight-bearing/impact exercise makes it possible to prevent some bone loss.

You develop then a sense of your vocation. Finally, you must see your career or vocational path more as a journey with twists and turns rather than a straight line. You begin by choosing a field or position that roughly corresponds to your inclinations. This initial position offers you room to maneuver and important skills to learn. You don't want to start with something too lofty, too ambitious--you need to make a living and establish some confidence. Once on this path you discover certain side routes that attract you, while other aspects of this field leave you cold. You adjust and perhaps move to a related field, continuing to learn more about yourself, but always expanding off your skill base. Like Leonardo, you take what you do for others and make it your own. Eventually, you will hit upon a particular field, niche, or opportunity that suits you perfectly. You will recognize it when you find it because it will spark that childlike sense of wonder and excitement; No matter how much you say I love you or I admire you to a narcissist, they never feel it is enough. They continually attempt to evoke recognition and endorsement from others to support their delicate self-image, but regardless of the amount they are given, they always need more. Narcissists will demand that you say and do precisely what they have in mind so that they can achieve their ideal goals. A narcissist sees you internally as a character in their own script, not a genuine individual with your own thoughts and sentiments. When you don't behave as a narcissist expects you to behave, they become very disturbed because they don't know what to expect from you as you are now operating outside of their scripts. The need for control stems out of the narcissist's ideals. Narcissists don't want to believe life is imperfect and they want to control and mold life into what they envision, so they always want to be in control of everything. The narcissist sees themselves at the top of the world with everyone beneath their feet. In their heads, they are entitled to the best, and they have to be the best, the richest, the greatest and so on. They feel everything must be done their way and they must own and control everyone.

Being all talk and no action

You follow a behavior you don't do much with one you do a lot or that is easy for you to do. The more-performed behavior is a reward for the less-performed one. Hunter rubbed his hands together--he'd seen Dr Matt do that enough times that he'd come to perceive it as part of making an action plan--before he picked up the article. I think I can try this, Mr. Hinkle. There'll be dozens of time throughout the day I can read a article, take notes, and get a Mack Truck reward. Once more, he smiled at his own joke. Thanks so much. I'll let you know how it goes. He extended his hand to the counselor, shook it, and left the office, his load much lighter than before. Research shows that Japanese women regularly eat a diet containing 20-100mg of isoflavones, whereas their Western sisters consume a diet that contains less than 5mg. Isoflavones are able to exert effects that are both oestrogenic (similar to that of natural oestrogen) and anti-oestrogenic (blocking oestrogen production), and these foods act to normalise and regulate the systems of the body, and have a balancing effect on hormones. They can help to reduce such low-oestrogen symptoms as hot flushes and night sweats during menopause. Soya is an important source of protein for much of the world, but the amounts of hormone-balancing properties obtained from these natural sources vary greatly, and many of them need to be consumed in large quantities to provide enough phytoestrogen to be of benefit. Obviously it is difficult to ensure that sufficient phytoestrogen is being supplied by diet alone, which makes dependence on natural alternatives as a treatment somewhat unreliable. This is especially important for women whose ovaries have been removed and who are in greater need of bone protection. Whether you are a man or woman, and whatever your age or health status, taking part in physical activity is the single most important thing you can do to maintain mobility and independence and enable you to enjoy a happy, healthy life. Barring an injury or disabling disease, most of us have the ability to walk and should aim to stay fit and to keep on walking for many years. The sooner you begin to lead an active life, the better. From childhood to becoming a young adult, your body was growing bigger and stronger.

You want to fit into a group. Unconsciously, you might feel that what makes you different is embarrassing or painful. Your parents often act as a counter-force as well. They may seek to direct you to a career path that is lucrative and comfortable. If these counterforces become strong enough, you can lose complete contact with your uniqueness, with who you really are. Your inclinations and desires become modeled on those of others. This can set you off on a very dangerous path. You end up choosing a career that does not really suit you. Your desire and interest slowly wane and your work suffers for it. You come to see pleasure and fulfillment as something that comes from outside your work. These are social needs that are as essential as other survival needs like food, shelter, and clothing. We want to feel connected to others and be validated, as it is a core part of having our needs met. Validation involves supporting, recognizing, and acknowledging someone, their thoughts, emotions and feelings without any attempt to alter them. It involves acceptance from others while also accepting ourselves. It is about being seen, heard, understood and valued. It goes hand in hand with empathy since it involves appreciating and acknowledging the emotional state of other people. It is the hallmark of a true and healthy relationship. A relationship in which two people truly care about each other and seek to share each other's joy and sadness. Not only will your partner say they care, but their actions will show it. The term gaslighting as a form of emotional abuse that came into popular consciousness in a 1938 thriller play written by the British playwright Patrick Hamilton, Gas Light.

Reading was on his mind as Hunter walked, textarticle in hand, to the mid-morning group therapy session. He stopped just shy of entering the building, glanced at his watch, and thought, Group doesn't start for 5 minutes. This is a time I can read a little bit. Where can I go? How about that bench? He took a seat, opened the article, and read half a article about children of all races having the same need to play. A phrase in the article made him think of a sign he had seen in Dr Matt's office: A child is the boss of play. Hunter quickly wrote that phrase on the note card. A fellow group member, Sha'Kera, slid onto the bench next to him. Hey, Hunter. Your skeleton was developing to support you throughout your life. Bones are particularly important to your health and play a vital role in maintaining your physical independence. Being active will boost your energy levels, enabling you to keep on being more active for years to come. Activity also helps control your weight and is key to keeping your muscles and bones strong, your joints working properly and your heart healthy. The better your strength and balance, the less likely you are to fall and fracture bones, or to lose the ability to perform basic daily functions like walking, climbing stairs or standing up easily. Performing routine everyday physical activities, such as housework and gardening, all count as exercise. Choose to do hobbies and activities that you enjoy and which you will want to keep on doing, and think about joining a gym or sports club. If you're in pain, all this activity may seem impossible, but in many cases, exercise can actually help you feel better. There are five immediate benefits to being active and taking exercise - and they are easy to remember. They all begin with S.

Because you are increasingly less engaged in your career, you fail to pay attention to changes going on in the field--you fall behind the times and pay a price for this. At moments when you must make important decisions, you flounder or follow what others are doing because you have no sense of inner direction or radar to guide you. You have broken contact with your destiny as formed at birth. At all cost you must avoid such a fate. The process of following your Life's Task all the way to mastery can essentially begin at any point in life. The hidden force within you is always there and ready to be engaged. The process of realizing your Life's Task comes in three stages: First, you must connect or reconnect with your inclinations, that sense of uniqueness. The first step then is always inward. You search the past for signs of that inner voice or force. You clear away the other voices that might confuse you--parents and peers. The play premiered in London and was adapted into a movie in 1944. The film was about a husband who tried to convince his wife that she was mentally unstable; his ultimate end was to send her away to a mental asylum so that he could steal her inheritance. In the movie, the abusive husband, Gregory Anton (depicted by Charles Boyer) manipulates Paula (depicted by Ingrid Bergman) into making her think that she has gone mad. He makes her believe that she is a kleptomaniac without realizing she is, and that she is hearing noises that aren't being heard by any other person. Paula sees the gas lights around the house dimming at times and brightening at other times for no reason. Unbeknownst to her it was Gregory who was switching the lights on and off to create the impression that she did not see the lights as they were. He was manipulating her belief in her reality. At a point in the movie, Paula begins to question her reality and thinks she is going crazy through her perception of the gas lights. Gregory's action with the gas lights was one of how he manipulated her perception of reality.

He glanced at her, then his watch. He mumbled a greeting but inwardly resented the interruption. We still have 3 minutes. I hope you don't mind, but I'm reading, and I can't talk right now. Sha'Kera stretched her arms along the back of the bench as she tilted her head back to feel the sun on her face. No problem. Hunter read another block of text and wrote a short note on the card. Tim Hinkle pushed open the door and stepped outside. Hunter? Sha'Kera? Stamina - gives you the energy to keep going Strength - helps build strong muscles to tackle any necessary work Suppleness - encourages flexibility, allowing you to bend and stretch Skill - being active encourages coordination of body and mind Shape - exercise expends energy (burns calories), helping control your weight. To keep ourselves healthy and help maintain our bone strength, how much exercise should we take, and which exercises should we do? For people over 65, and some at risk of falls, it's important to include specific exercises designed to help with balance and coordination. But all of us should move around more and sit around less, in order to minimise bone loss and possibly reduce the risk of broken bones. Being physically active has also been proven to improve your cognitive function (brain function) and your sense of well-being, and to make it easier for you to get on with the various activities of everyday life. Nowadays I prefer to use the expression physical activity rather than the word exercise because I want adult people to realise that any movement, including everyday activities and leisure pursuits, counts as exercise.