While reading a textbook on psychology, I found it interesting and worrying that permanent changes may take place in the brain due to psychological and/or physical abuse. It also interested me that certain resilient children have personality traits that bring out the best in others and allow them to survive in emotionally stressful situations. [...]
The term Dhimmi refers to a non-Muslim non-pagan that is living in a Muslim state. Generally the term applies to Christians and Jews. Dhimmis are allowed, more or less, to practice their religions. They are subject to particular taxes that Muslims do not have to pay.
Muslims say that Dhimma means, “protected.” Where has that [...]
This text discusses the themes of isolation and control in two poems written by Adrienne Rich. I had no choice but to choose between the poems that were discussed in class and was not able to select material for a paper from even the other poems offered by the textbook. Other than Adrienne Rich the [...]
October 1, 2009
Amanda of The Glass Menagerie is Controlling
Tennessee Williams’ play, The Glass Menagerie, is not simply a window into a small family trying to make ends meet during the depression. I believe that Tennessee Williams intended, among other things, to shed light on the dynamics and some possible consequences of controlling relationships. An [...]
After having reviewed the book, Domestic Violence: What Every Pastor Needs to Know, on a previous blog entry, I would like to add my own account of how pastors dealt with me when I tried to get help as a victim of domestic violence.
At the time I was going to two churches. I attended the [...]
I couldn’t miss getting into this hullaballoo concerning Letterman’s recent comments concerning Sarah Palin’s daughter Willow, who is the same age as my daughter, 14 years old.
Here is a little background at MSNBC. I recommend looking at their video of the interview with Sarah Palin where she does bring up some food for thought [...]
My Sensei made a comparison today that gave me a new perspective on controllers, the controlled and another category of people that are neither.
I agree with him that most people are sheep - they are used to following. I am still often in that mode of thought. Of course there are more than a few [...]
Read the article I am referring to:
Working With You is Killing Me!
The article is about how to deal with nasty co-workers or bosses. It has some good suggestions which I think are worth implementing, but as I have often seen such articles fails to deal with the possibility that you might be dealing with narcissists, [...]
What does politics have to do with discernment and my latest interest in control and abuse? Unfortunately, they go hand in hand. Whoever has a public office has control to a greater or lesser degree depending on the office. We should discerningly examine any candidates thoroughly before voting.
Discernment is all about trying to look through [...]