Life on this earth can be truly harrowing and horrifying. Every day we witness all sorts of terrible things happening all over the world. So much suffering. Why is that? It's at least in part because no matter how hard those who bring us up try to make us learn from their mistakes, it rarely … Continue reading Is the Hard Way the Only Way?
I Didn’t Know I Was An Indigo…
...until just recently. Over a decade ago, I began trawling the internet in an attempt to finally nail down what kind of job was right for me. After a 4-year stint as a professional Medical Writer, I knew that conventional corporate jobs were not for me. In early 2007, I found the Keirsey Temperament Sorter, … Continue reading I Didn’t Know I Was An Indigo…
Don’t Believe What You Think When It Hurts
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The inner child — Emotional Wellness
Thanks to Alisia Martino, writer of the Emotional Wellness blog, here is a great exposition of how to relate effectively to one's inner child. I've found inner child work challenging but I know it's essential to healing from traumatic childhood. Alisia has said it much more eloquently than I've been able to. Inside each and everyone … Continue reading The inner child — Emotional Wellness
What Is A “Shadow” In Myers-Briggs Theory?
When you’re browsing the internet reading about Myers-Briggs types, you’ll probably see people talking about “shadow functions.” This is a confusing concept, because people use the term “shadow” to refer to several different things related to personality types.
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Every type in the Myers-Briggs system has what we call a “function stack,” which describes how they interact with the outer world, process information, and make judgements. There are 8 possible functions (extroverted and introverted versions of Sensing, Intuition, Feeling, and Thinking), and each types uses four functions:
- Primary Function
- Auxiliary Function
- Tertiary Function
- Inferior Function
The primary and auxiliary functions are the ones we use most comfortably, the tertiary function develops as we mature, and the inferior function is largely outside our conscious control. Much of what makes one type distinct from another has to do with how we…
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Meet our new puppy, Snowy!
Back in July, we brought home our very first little bundle of fur - a white standard poodle puppy named Snowy. We got her from a good breeder and she's doing well. The breeder is training us (not the dog - us) to train her. We have no idea what we're doing so we're very … Continue reading Meet our new puppy, Snowy!
Whatever Stuff Is On My Mind
I have been trying to figure out why it's so hard for me to post on this blog (yes, unfortunately I am a perfectionist, now trying not to be). I've been working my butt off in therapy, doing inner child work. I've been using materials from Sharon Salzberg, one of the best mindfulness meditation teachers … Continue reading Whatever Stuff Is On My Mind
Stay Human – Another INFP Anthem
Toxic stress from childhood trauma causes obesity, too
These studies were pretty robust in the late 1990s. Why is this only getting attention now?
HBO’s four-part series, “The Weight of the Nation”, says a lack of exercise, genetics, an overabundance of sugar and food marketing cause 78 million Americans to be obese and morbidly obese. But HBO missed something significant — the link between obesity and adverse childhood experiences. For millions of people, it’s more important than all the rest.
More than six million obese and morbidly obese people are likely to have suffered physical, sexual and/or verbal abuse during their childhoods, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s ACE Study. It’s likely that millions more can point to other types of childhood trauma – including loss of a parent through divorce, living with an alcoholic parent or a mentally ill family member – or other traumatic experiences such as rape or assault — as a starting point for their weight gain.
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Cute Baby Pandas!
What the heck? When all else fails, watch cute baby panda videos. Watching cute stuff like this probably releases oxytocin or something in our brains that make us feel good. It's all good.