Jul 06 2012

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Best Tweets for Trauma and PTSD Survivors (07/06/12)

This week’s focus: News and Views

I am honored to have my Twitter feed included in this list of 50 Best Twitter Feeds for Psychology Majors! Go check out the other 49, broken out into these categories: News; Organizations; Patients; and Professionals.

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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@ShareAwakening “If we are bold,
love strikes away the chains of fear
from our souls.” ~ Maya Angelou


Some Tweets to Ponder


‏@MindfullyMe “The presence with which you perform even the smallest action is a reflection of the presence you take into your most trying times.”

@StevenHandel “The odd paradox is that when I give myself permission to experience negativity in my life, it simultaneously has less power over me.”

@TheOracle13 “The quieter you become, the more you hear.”

@WisdomalaCarte “Some people never say those words, I love you, but like a child they’re longing to be told.” ~ Paul Simon

@healthyplace “To love oneself is the beginning of a lifelong romance.” ~ Oscar Wilde


Linked Tweets


News and Views


@SarahEOlson2009 Disturbing e-mails could spell more trouble for Penn State officials
[SEO: Disturbing yes. But utterly predictable that they would try to cover this up.

The most disturbing (and disgusting): “The messages indicate former Penn State President Graham Spanier and two other former university officials knew they had a problem with Sandusky after a 2001 shower incident, but apparently first decided to handle it using a ‘humane’ approach before contacting outside authorities whose job it is to investigate suspected abuse.” NOTE: Being ‘humane’ was for Sandusky’s benefit! Being ‘humane’ to the children — and future children — was obviously never a priority. They all should be in jail.]

‏@DrKathleenYoung How Can a Parent Share Her History of Child Abuse With Her Children?
[SEO: This opinion piece asks the question: “Do I owe my young adult children the truth about my own history as a victim of childhood sexual abuse?”

The comments are fascinating. They range from “you should never tell your children because you are being selfish and burdening them” to “you should tell them so they can better understand who you are, where you came from” to “I don’t want to know what happened to my mother because it’s not relevant to my life”. (Just … wow.)

One commenter said she’d be glad her mother “made that sacrifice” to not tell her. I don’t have children; I don’t know how I’d handle this. But geez! Some of these adult children are completely self-absorbed. Where’s the compassion? Where’s the gratitude for being allowed to live without that knowledge as a young child? Do they truly not get — or care — that keeping secrets is part of perpetuating the problem? I just don’t get that attitude.]

@triciagirl62 This cancer eating away at our society…. What the cost of the crimes in our homes costs our country.
[SEO: The first part of this post discusses the author’s healing process when accessing blocked childhood memories. The second part asks a basic question: “When will this pandemic of abuse and violence get the attention of our media and even more importantly, our law makers? Why aren’t our politicians, our schools, and our neighbors willing to speak about this topic?”

She discusses statistics in Illinois, and also asks why people would be outraged if a stranger committed these crimes against children, but do nothing when it’s in the family? And lastly, she presents her vision for how society would benefit greatly by prosecuting these crimes.]


The Rest of the Best


@DrJennifer Saying “No” to someone can be very empowering to both you and them
[SEO: This article is in two parts: Part 1 and Part 2. Discusses why “learning how to effectively say ‘No’ in an assertive manner rather than not at all or in an aggressive style is an important skill that is freeing and empowering.” Part 1 is a general overview, while Part 2 discusses how to cultivate active listening, and provides good reasons — from the other person’s perspective — to say ‘no’.]

@DrKathleenYoung Are you looking for a therapist who knows about trauma?
[SEO: “Unfortunately it is true that not all therapists are trained in understanding and treating trauma. The pool may narrow further if you are seeking someone with expertise in treating complex trauma or dissociation.” Post links to several good sites that offer both “find a therapist” tools, and numerous resources particularly for trauma survivors.]

@occultguardian The Art of Seeing Depression
[SEO: Excellent post! “James Turrell is one of the most remarkable artists alive. He has an amazing understanding of light and perception. By using darkness and almost imperceptible light, his artwork totally changes the way we see the world. I think his work with light and darkness is a perfect metaphor for trying to see depression in a new light.”

The post describes how in total darkness we see nothing of what is really there. Add a tiny pinpoint of light, and you see things that were always there but could not be seen in complete darkness. The same can hold true of depression. As recovery progresses, each little bit of light allows you to “see” things you could not recognize before. I really like this metaphor. It’s made me think about depression in a different context.]

@LillyAnn How To Find Compassion In Your Most Difficult Moments (by @ElanaMD via @Mary_Jaksch)
[SEO: “It’s easy to be empathetic when you’re happy, well-rested, and when the person you’re interacting with is just like you — but the deepest and most meaningful progress comes from practicing compassion when things aren’t easy. And when the people around you are equally exhausted, afraid, unsure, and closed-off, even small acts of kindness go a long way. So how do you reach inside and pull out compassion when it’s the farthest thing from your mind?” (First and foremost, start with being compassionate with yourself.)]


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