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The Power of the Limbic Brain

Jane Simon, M.D. | Posted 02.12.2016 | Healthy Living
Jane Simon, M.D.

Feelings and emotions that motivate or paralyze us lie within the limbic system. Our awareness that our emotional life colors our performance can liberate us from some brain chains.

Bouquets and Bruises: This Valentine's Day, Help Someone Experiencing Abuse

USA.gov | Posted 02.12.2016 | Women
USA.gov

The greeting card aisle crams with shoppers, struggling to find the right sentiment. Buyers line up at the register with heart-shaped boxes of chocola...

The Birthday Text: A daughter's attempt to find peace with her fathers absence

Katherine Sotelo | Posted 02.12.2016 | Parents
Katherine Sotelo

Today I gave my father my mailing address. I turned the shower on and walked back out into my hallway, taking a seat on my old roommates bed which la...

Man Confesses To Killing Woman Who Didn't Want To Date Him: Police

The Huffington Post | Sebastian Murdock | Posted 02.06.2016 | Crime

A Wisconsin man has confessed to fatally shooting a former coworker this week because he believed she had rejected his romantic advances, police ...

Bern the Witch-Hunters

David Trumble | Posted 02.03.2016 | Politics
David Trumble

In the absence of name-calling, smear campaigns, misogyny and conspiracy theorizing by Bernie, his supporters have compensated by doing it all themselves. The Sanders campaign has no need for attack ads, their supporters write infinitely more toxic slurs and accusations in countless blogs.

Dispelling 5 Myths about Domestic Violence

Angela Perkey | Posted 02.01.2016 | Women
Angela Perkey

If you are experiencing domestic violence, know that it is not your fault. You might not understand why he's treating you like this, and that's ok. There are some things in life we will never understand. But you don't have to keep making excuses for your partner, and you don't have to continue living this way.

Help Domestic Violence Survivors to be Seen and Heard

Jodi Aman | Posted 01.26.2016 | Women
Jodi Aman

Every story of domestic violence breaks my heart. The injustice outrages me. This time was no different. Defeated, exhausted and devastated, N, who...

Surviving Domestic Abuse

Katy Humphrey | Posted 01.26.2016 | Women
Katy Humphrey

Even now, six years later, I struggle to get the words out. How do you tell people that you let somebody make you feel so insignificant, you let somebody treat you so appallingly that you didn't even know who you were anymore? Trust me guys this is hard.

You Don't Have to Have Bruises and Broken Bones to Be Abused

Dr. Margaret Rutherford | Posted 01.25.2016 | Fifty
Dr. Margaret Rutherford

Debbie sat, quietly crying in my office. "I don't think I should have left. The boys miss him. They blame me for the divorce." She had been the wi...

Black And White Photos Show No Survivor Of Abuse 'Asked For It'

The Huffington Post | Alanna Vagianos | Posted 01.21.2016 | Women

"Not an invitation." "Marriage is not consent."  "I don't want my daughter to be the one in four."  These are just a few of the powerful ph...

Forgiveness and Gratitude

Barbara Hammond | Posted 01.19.2016 | Fifty
Barbara Hammond

None of us are raised by perfect people. My husband and I were not perfect parents, we weren't raised by perfect parents and I have no expectations th...

When Is Enough Really Enough?

Dr. Nikki Martinez, Psy.D., LCPC | Posted 01.12.2016 | Divorce
Dr. Nikki Martinez, Psy.D., LCPC

Many of us believe in the concept of trying to work things out no matter what. That we will go to the ends of the earth, and put up with almost anythi...

There's One Thing We All Can Do to End Domestic Violence

Alexandra Ostrow | Posted 01.05.2016 | Impact
Alexandra Ostrow

When a survivor is ready to seek help, a new set of obstacles arises: How will they support themselves financially? What will happen with family members? And, most immediate, how will they remove themselves safely from the situation?

Purple Kitten Who Was Likely Used As 'Chew Toy' Finds BFF In Blind Rescue Cat

The Huffington Post | Kimberly Yam | Posted 01.04.2016 | Good News

This kitten has endured so much, but luckily he's starting a much happier chapter in his life, complete with a new friend by his side. An aban...

When Forgiveness Isn't a Virtue

The Establishment | Posted 12.30.2015 | Women
The Establishment

My own lived experience and the experience of reading hundreds of letters from survivors of abuse has led me to this conclusion: You don't have to forgive anybody ever. Further, forgiveness can be bad for you.

Post-Hope America Opens Pandora's Box

Christen Lien | Posted 02.12.2016 | Arts
Christen Lien

We are entering the most hopeful time of year; a time when goals, dreams and vision matter. It's the time when new beginnings -- or at least the idea of them -- have us feeling inspired and motivated.

Why Is Jessica Jones Important?

Kelley Calkins | Posted 12.21.2015 | Entertainment
Kelley Calkins

Lindsay Tessier was first. Her pitch about Marvel's Jessica Jones arrived three days after the series had gone live. Then came Charley Reid's. Next, L...

Surviving Family Trauma, Silence to Strength

Jonah C. Steinberg | Posted 12.18.2015 | Religion
Jonah C. Steinberg

Four of the rabbinic teachings regarding the part of the Joseph-story that we read this week have stayed with me since that retreat -- and they are worth considering in their own right, as acknowledging aspects of the experience of trauma in the family context, in ways that may be surprising in ages-old sources.

It's OK to Freeze: Healing From Sexual Assault

Amy Oestreicher | Posted 12.11.2015 | Women
Amy Oestreicher

When I speak at colleges about my own story of sexual abuse, I never forget how difficult it was for me to even speak the words, "I was sexually abused." It took me an even longer time to believe it, or to understand it could happen to me.

What to Do When You Discover Your Child has Been Abused

Brandy Walker | Posted 12.11.2015 | Parents
Brandy Walker

It's particularly difficult when sex is used as a weapon to hurt someone you love--especially if it's a child. This is the article I wish I had 10 years ago. This is what I wish I wasn't an expert in.

Stop, Drop and Roll: 5 Tips to Keep Your Teen Safe in Dating Relationships

Shalanda Moten, Ed.D | Posted 12.15.2015 | Parents
Shalanda Moten, Ed.D

Did you know that dating violence is a prevalent social issue impacting teens? According to Love is Respect (2015) Nearly 1.5 million high school ...

Push Through The Pain

Erin McKelle | Posted 12.10.2015 | Impact
Erin McKelle

All change and growth involves pain. Every new horizon is unfamiliar to your mind, whose job it is to keep you safe. It wants you to stay where you are, or where you came from, so it can feel at home, even if that home isn't what you want.

The Most Devastating Betrayals Come From Those You Love

Kelley Calkins | Posted 12.10.2015 | Women
Kelley Calkins

I made eye contact with the stray llama that was set away from the pack before I succumbed to my sudden and violent nausea, doubling over and dry hea...

Steve Tisch: Giants' Anti-Domestic Violence Message 'Not Connected' To Greg Hardy

The Huffington Post | Rahel Gebreyes | Posted 12.10.2015 | Sports

Remember when the New York Giants shined a light on domestic violence at their home game against the Dallas Cowboys back in October? It turns ...

5 Steps to Finding Love After Abuse

Pamela Jacobs | Posted 12.08.2015 | Women
Pamela Jacobs

"I wouldn't act this way if you didn't push my buttons." I watched the words spilling out of my husband's mouth, but couldn't believe what I was hear...