Making Sense of Your Life to Empower Your Future

What could be more important and empowering than making sense of your story? Research demonstrates that creating a coherent narrative of your early life frees you to be the author of your future. When we fail to make sense of the past, we are often trapped in it, reliving old hurts over and over again. Creating a coherent narrative provides you with the keys to unlock stubborn destructive patterns in your relationships, from whom you select to the dynamics that are created. The self-knowledge gained makes you aware of your triggers, and this allows you to be a better parent, a better partner, and a better person.

 

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Insight into the Violent Mind

The World Health Assembly recently declared that violence has become a major and growing public health problem internationally.  Studies have shown that violence — an extreme expression of aggression toward others — and suicide — an extreme manifestation of aggression directed against the self, overlap to a certain extent. Researchers have long attempted to better understand why some individuals act out aggression toward themselves while others express their anger outwardly. Part of the answer appears to lie in identifying the negative thought processes experienced by those who are at high risk for either suicide or violence.

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An Overview of Separation Theory

Separation Theory integrates psychoanalytic and existential systems of thought by showing how early interpersonal pain, and separation anxiety and later death anxiety lead to the development of powerful psychological defenses. These defenses attempt to cope with and minimize painful experiences and emotions suffered in one’s developmental years but later predispose limitations and maladaptation in adult life.  The name Separation Theory was derived from the understanding that human life can be conceptualized as a series of successive separation experiences ending in death, the ultimate separation.

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The Origin of Polarization, Prejudice, and Warfare

One of the most significant contributions of my theoretical approach, Separation Theory, is that it offers an understanding of the core dynamics underlying human aggression. It explains how people’s defensive nature and dependency on fantasy bonds polarize them against others with different customs and beliefs. In a similar vein, Schneider’s (2013) concept of “psychological polarization” describes the elevation of one absolutist point of view to the exclusion, even demonization, of all others (The Polarized Mind). Such polarization is the age-old antidote to the existential anxiety and panic evoked by the painful realization of the inevitability of one’s personal mortality.

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6 Major Influences that Stop You from Becoming Your True Self

Each individual faces a struggle against powerful odds to retain a unique selfhood and personal identity.

 

The Inner Voice in Self-Destructive Behavior and Suicide

The prediction and prevention of suicide are complex and challenging; however, these are not impossible goals.

 

Insight into the Violent Mind

Over the past four decades, my colleagues and I have observed clinical material that has expanded my understanding of human destructiveness toward both self and others. I became aware of an underlying critical thought process that is at the core of all forms of maladaptive behavior.

 

A Tool We Need After a Tragedy

A few years ago, my husband and I were having a late dinner at a café in Paris on a vacation when people started to shuffle and panic around us. An older man leaving the restaurant stopped to tell us that something terrible is happening; there was a terrorist attach a couple miles away, and several parts of the city were still under attack. We left immediately and walked to our hotel without encountering the violence, although each step was serenated by the sound of sirens. For the next 24 hours, we sat in our hotel, glued to the news, uncertain of how we’d get home, and overcome by how quickly a city of light could darken in mourning. I know I was lucky. I know that I had no idea what it felt like for those who had been in danger from the attacks, desperately hiding or fleeing from a split second that could end their life.

 

Help Us Save Lives and Enhance Mental Health by Making a Donation

 

For more than 35 years, The Glendon Association has provided critical education about issues such as violence and suicide prevention to people all over the world.

 

By empowering individuals, therapists, teachers, parents and the media with the right tools and skills, we are addressing lethal social problems at their roots.  Your contribution enables us to offer free resources to the public and education to mental health professionals in the form of live presentations, community outreach, Webinars, books, films, websites and articles.

 

Imagine a world where suicide and violence are understood and prevented.  With your help we are working toward making that world a reality. Thank you for your support!

 


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In Memory of Barry Langberg

Barry Langberg was a long-time supporter and board member of The Glendon Association. For more than three decades, Barry was instrumental to Glendon’s efforts, from its founding as a small non-profit organization to its expansion into a leading online resource for mental health. In its earliest days, Barry traveled and presented on behalf of Glendon at conferences around the country. He was passionate about Glendon’s work in the field of mental health, particularly the mission to end abuse and enhance the lives of children. Barry was always a brilliant advisor, a compassionate listener, and a consistent advocate for the right of every individual to pursue a free and happy life. He will be greatly missed and always remembered. At his family’s request, donations can be made in his name.

 

For more than 35 years, The Glendon Association has been working to save lives and enhance mental health by addressing the social problems of suicide, violence, child abuse and troubled interpersonal relationships. As a 501c3 non-profit mental health organization, Glendon’s staff, led by licensed psychologists and experts in their field, conduct educational seminars, workshops, eCourses and Webinars for mental health professionals and the public. They also produce books, articles and award-winning film documentaries and provide free public education to schools, mental health agencies, hospitals and more. Their free website for the public, www.psychalive.org, offers essential psychological information on topics that range from addiction to depression, parenting to intimate relationships.

 

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