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Learning To Cope


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Creating And Enhancing Your Personal Support
It is important to think about what help or support you need and make a list of those whom you trust to turn to. Dividing your requests for support between different people can ensure that you receive a helpful diversity of care. It will also prevent burning out one ally whom you have to lean on too much or too often. more >>

Containment/Boundaries
Having boundaries is a normal activity that survivors can have difficulty with. Boundaries are about your relationship with distance, time, space, emotions and thoughts. Having conscious boundaries is being able to know and decide when, where and with whom you merge. It is also being able to determine and vary the degree of limits you establish. Not being able to stand up for yourself, say no or refuse to give over something you don’t want to, are all boundary issues. more >>

The Process Of Recovery From Abuse
The process of recovery from abuse is long, demanding and very individual. It requires and deserves much support and safety from other people. When one has been abused, remembering your past is discovering who you are. Recovery involves accepting, understanding and releasing feelings. It entails connecting behavior, thoughts and feelings both in the past and in the present. Recovery is learning about choice, learning how to take care of yourself and learning that it is OK to take care of yourself. It is learning about choice. more >>

Self Nurture
Some soothing words and some soothing deeds. more >>

Coping Strategies in Dealing with Stress
Adapted from suggestions made by the Counseling Center at Brigham Young University more >>

Grounding Techniques
As survivors we all at one time or another may experience flashbacks and/or periods of intense anxiety surrounding the memories of abuse. During those times it’s important to find ways to ground ourselves in the here and now until the feelings pass. Below is a compilation of all the techniques I know about that may help you through. more >>

Healthy Self Esteem
Self-esteem is how well you think of yourself. It is important to children and adults, alike. Self-esteem is believing an caring as much for yourself as you do other people. It’s being as kind to yourself as you would be to someone else. more >>

Answering Misconceptions About Self Esteem
Self-esteem is an experience. It is a particular way of experiencing the self. It is a good deal than a mere feeling. It involves emotional, evaluative, and cognitive components. It also entails certain action dispositions: to move toward life rather than away from it; to move toward consciousness rather than away from it; to treat facts with respect rather than denial; to operate self-responsibly rather than the opposite. more >>

Self Esteem In A Culture Where Winning Is Everything & Losing Is Shameful
A poor opinion of the self seems to be part of the problem for a great many troubled youth, no matter how their troubles are manifested. If you take kids who abuse drugs, kids who get into gangs, kids who become pregnant, kids who underachieve, kids who over achieve, kids with eating disorders, and kids with just about any emotional or behavior problem you care to mention, and give them a standard psychological test, you will find that most of them will test very low in self-esteem or self concept. Does this mean that self-esteem is a kind of underlying factor like cholesterol? If we can just raise self-esteem, might we not prevent a great many social problems, as by a public health campaign to lower cholesterol we prevent many health problems? more >>

Twelve Valuable Steps to Raise Your Self Esteem
Building high self-esteem is a process, not something you can develop overnight,” says Jeffrey Keller. “Yet, I believe every person has the capacity of high self-esteem. The question is, are you ready to make a commitment to increase your self-esteem?” more >>

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Books for Survivors and Professionals

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Coping With Stress: Effective People and Processes

Coping With Stress: Effective People and Processes

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Coping With Stress: Effective People and Processes
by C. R. Snyder (Editor)

Book Description:
This companion volume to Coping: The Psychology of What Works includes chapters by some of the most well known clinical and health psychologists and covers some of the newest and most provocative topics currently under study in the area of coping. The contributors address the key questions in this literature: Why do some of us learn from life’s stressors? And why do others fail and succumb to depression, anxiety, and even suicide? What are the adaptive patterns and behaviors of those who do well in spite of the obstacles that are thrown their way?

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Coping With Trauma: A Guide to Self-Understanding

Coping With Trauma: A Guide to Self-Understanding

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Coping With Trauma: A Guide to Self-Understanding
by Jon G. Allen

Book Description:
Traumatic experience is alarmingly prevalent; few people escape its direct or indirect effects. Dr. Allen, Senior Staff Psychologist with the Trauma Recovery Program at The Menninger Clinic, has written this book to help laypersons understand the complex and often bewildering impact of traumatic experience. Coping With Trauma: A Guide to Self-Understanding provides a comprehensive yet highly readable summary of current professional knowledge for people of diverse backgrounds and education. Based on an extensive review of contemporary professional literature, Coping With Trauma incorporates the author’s experience conducting educational groups for patients with a history of severe trauma. In teaching these groups, Dr. Allen learns from his patients, who have generously and openly shared their personal experiences. Their lessons form a vital part of this book. Those who are struggling to cope with the direct effects of trauma will find Coping With Trauma to be an informative and sensitive guide to better understanding themselves and their experience. Partners and family members of traumatized individuals can gain increased understanding of and empathy for their loved ones, in addition to learning how to be more supportive.

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Kicking Your Stress Habits: A Do-It-Yourself Guide for Coping With Stress

Kicking Your Stress Habits: A Do-It-Yourself Guide for Coping With Stress

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Kicking Your Stress Habits: A Do-It-Yourself Guide for Coping With Stress
by Donald A. Tubesing

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Everybody knows what stress is-but Kicking Your Stress Habits helps people do something about it. This unusual workshop-in-a-book goes beyond lectures and statistics by encouraging readers to think, plan, and act for themselves. Used as a stand-along stress resource or as a course text, Kicking Your Stress Habits helps groups and individuals learn the fundamental principles of stress management and wellness-then put those principles to work in their own lives. This book’s engaging style and easy-to-use format promote reflection, group interaction, and individual action.

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