Cult Mentality: The Visceral World of Emotional Manipulators

A common Old-World parenting strategy consists of showing dangerous objects to toddlers and labeling them as “poop.” Once defined as objects of revulsion, these things become off-limits. The matchbox? “Poop.” Mommy’s prescription meds? “Poop.” The cooking range plates? “Poop.” As their world becomes organized around the dichotomy of what is good and what is “poop,” […]

Handling Fear in an Age of Upset

Fear is a primal emotion; whenever it takes center stage, love, compassion, and spirituality begin to vanish. As a real or a perceived threat triggers your fight-or-flight response, your adrenals pump hormones into your bloodstream. All the while, your heart races; your blood pressure shoots up, and your mind quickly examines your options: do you […]