Mar 04 2011

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Best Tweets for Trauma and PTSD Survivors (week ending 03/04/11)

Best Tweets for Trauma and PTSD Survivors is a weekly Friday feature. My selections are entirely subjective, and I know it will never be possible to include every great resource tweeted. But I can try! I’ve personally read all tweeted links, and believe them to be of great value.

Disclaimer: I am in no way responsible for content found on any other website. Stay safe, and don’t follow links if you believe you might be triggered by them. Also, I will not be re-checking links from older Best Tweets posts, and if the site’s archived URL is different from the one I’ve provided here, you may need to do a search on their site.

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BT030411 Dance

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@soulseedz “Dance in all aspects of your nature,
both the graceful and the wild,
the innocent and the rebellious.”


Six Standalone Tweets to Ponder

@joniv “Until you make the unconscious conscious, it will direct your life, and you will call it fate.”

@karenkmmonroy “Your one and only ‘job’ is to manage your power, via the choices you make: in thoughts, attitudes, beliefs and actions.”

@Tamavista “The courage to be is the courage to accept oneself, in spite of being unacceptable.” ~ Paul Tillich

@rcinstitute “MeaningfulMonday: the good life is one with meaning, purpose, belonging and connection.”

@PsychDigest “Move outside the tangle of fear-thinking. Live in silence.” ~ Rumi

@soulseedz “A new voice you slowly recognized as your own kept you company as you strode deeper and deeper into the world.” ~ Mary Oliver

Linked Tweets

@goodthingZ Stop Saying … I Can’t
[SEO: “‘Can’t’ Saps Your Power: Whenever you say you can’t do something, you’re reinforcing that message in your mind.” Article discusses ways in which you can become clear on what is really behind saying “I can’t”. It may be a fear of failure, or a lack of ever even trying and assuming you can’t. It may be you don’t actually want to do what you say you can’t. But discovering why you say “I can’t” can end up empowering you to either try it, or to move on from it as something which actually doesn’t interest you.]

@ssanquist Journaling in Therapy (via Psychology Today)
[SEO: “Some people do, some don’t. I think it can make the difference between spending some time in therapy and truly being in therapy. It’s the cheapest way to supersize your experience.” My own experience supports this conclusion many times over. This article offers potential journal topics, outlines the benefits of journaling, and describes why “introspection takes practice”. Indeed.]

@MentalHelpNet What to Do When We’re Lonely
[SEO: “In mindfulness, we speak about learning how to nonjudgmentally approach the actual feeling that’s there as a first step. This means putting on the hat of beginner’s mind and exploring the actual physical sensation that is associated with loneliness. As best you can, relate to the feeling with compassion, if this is difficult, imagine someone who you think of as a compassionate person, dead or alive, and consider how they might relate to this feeling.”]

@NAMIMass 10 Forms of Twisted Thinking
[SEO: Discusses the most common cognitive distortions (such as jumping to conclusions, discounting the positives, “should” statements, etc.), and what to do about them. “I list below Burns’ ‘Ten Forms of Twisted Thinking,’ (adapted from his ‘Feeling Good’ book, a classic read) categories of dangerous ruminations, that when identified and brought into your consciousness, lose their power over you.”]

@MindfulBoston Mindfulness is the radical idea that what you feel (both negative and positive) is valid to feel.
[SEO: “But if you are practicing mindfulness, you will start by accepting that you judge sadness (or joy) as unacceptable. And then, taking your time, perhaps over the course of years, you will come to understand the conditioning that led you to judge sadness (or joy) in that way. And then, taking your time, perhaps over the course of many more years, you will come to accept the sadness (or joy) itself.”]

@Mindful_Living Trouble Making Change Stick? You Can Always Begin Again
[SEO: “What would the following hours, days, weeks, months and years look like if our minds began reacting with the message, “we can always begin again” after we strayed. How is that different than the barrage of self criticism and judgment? But, easier said than done and that’s the reason for training the mind [via breathing awareness].”]

@HealingToolKit Self-compassion is better at motivating than “verbal” self-flagellation
[SEO: “Do you treat yourself as well as you treat your friends and family? That simple question is the basis for a burgeoning new area of psychological research called self-compassion — how kindly people view themselves. … The research suggests that giving ourselves a break and accepting our imperfections may be the first step toward better health. People who score high on tests of self-compassion have less depression and anxiety, and tend to be happier and more optimistic. Preliminary data suggest that self-compassion can even influence how much we eat and may help some people lose weight.”]

@DrKathleenYoung Self-Injury and Trauma
[SEO: “Self-injury does not exist in a vacuum, but many still act as if it does. Focusing on the behavior alone misses the mark, in my experience. Self-injury is very commonly associated with trauma: physical, emotional or sexual abuse. It may be an expression of trauma-related feelings that the survivor cannot express. It may be a way to cope with those feelings, flashbacks, negative feelings about the body, or other trauma content. This may be true even if the person self-injuring has no conscious awareness of the connection. Sometimes that is a clue that the behavior originates from a dissociated part of the self.”]


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