Archive for April, 2008

Apr 30 2008

Hey god, faked you out! …mind control for the purpose of sexual abuse at YFZ ranch

At YFZ ranch, 56% of the girls ages 14 to 17 are either pregnant or have been pregnant in the past. The evidence is pointing to mind control for the purposes of sexual abuse.

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Apr 22 2008

Watch Carolyn Jessop describe the water torture of her children: MSNBC interview with Matt Lauer

In the video, Carolyn Jessop describes the abuse, torture and sexual abuse at the YFZ ranch as a type of pedophilia under the disguise of religion. Her description of the water torture is compelling. For more about Carolyn Jessop, click here.

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Apr 22 2008

Back to water torture or waterboarding of infants at YFZ ranch: What is the impact?

No surprise, water torture/waterboarding of infants has the potential to create profound damage to the development of the fragile infant’s brain, their ability to establish healthy adult relationships, manage their emotions effectively and may make the infants more susceptible to post traumatic stress disorder later in life.

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Apr 22 2008

Why am I so concerned about child abuse at YFZ Ranch?

There are many types of abuse in the world. One of the most sinister is institutionalized abuse where the dominant group ignores the mistreatment of a minority group.

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Apr 20 2008

Here are some questions for the mental health community related to the YFZ polygamist ranch

As the data related to the YFZ child abuse allegations emerge in the media, responsible mental health practitioners are being confronted with serious questions that require answers.

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Apr 19 2008

Child abuse allegations at Yearning for Zion Ranch: Water torture or waterboarding of infants

In addition to the sexual abuse allegations at the Yearning for Zion (YFZ) polygamist ranch in Texas, Carolyn Jessup has been interviewed making allegations of infants being abused by a form of water torture, like waterboarding, in order to break their spirit and make them more obedient and compliant.

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Apr 16 2008

Journaling: Use these structured writing exercises to enhance psychotherapy

Here are some journaling or structured writing exercises to provide a little inspiration or guidance:

  1. What would you like to see improved about your life right now?
  2. Describe yourself and your family. Go back as far as you can and describe grandparents, greatgrandparents and other extended family. Draw a genogram or what looks like a family tree to create a picture of your family. For an example of a genogram, look here.
  3. Who were you closer to growing up, your mother, father, siblings, grandparents, others? Explain why you think you were closer to these family members and not the others.
  4. What emotional messages did you receive from your parents, family, teachers, others? Pay attention to the feeling of the message. Note that people can say they care about you in words, but the feeling can be very different.
  5. Create a timeline of significant events in your life. Focus on all events that you can remember, including times when you may have been mistreated, neglected or abused. For an excellent example of a family therapy timeline, go here.
  6. If you wrote a 3-4 word slogan to describe yourself, what would it be?
  7. You are stranded on an island, but can bring 10 items and 3 people to be with you. What and who would you bring? Why?
  8. If you drink or use other drugs, when wasthe first time you drank or used?
  9. Describe your history of alcohol and other substances. Focus on what role substances play in your life.
  10. Go here to the Alcohol Assessment website and complete the questionaire.
  11. What did you learn about yourself and your use of alcohol?
  12. For another questionaire, go here and complete the Michigan Alcoholism Screening Test.
  13. What old or new information did you learn about your use of alcohol or other substances.
  14. Describe times when you felt like you may have been mistreated or neglected. Who, what, where and when.
  15. Draw a line. On either end of the line, write the words really special or unworthy. How do you feel about yourself? Put a mark on the line that describes where you are on the continuum.
  16. Imagine you can do your life over. What would you change?
  17. Where do you want to be in 5, 10, 15 years?
  18. Describe how you would like to die? Who would be there? What would happen?
  19. What secrets do you keep? Describe the pros and cons of maintaining these secrets.
  20. Do you feel trapped in your life? Why or why not?
  21. If you have certain problems to face, do you think you have the power to change things or do you feel powerless?
  22. In the privacy of your own thoughts or writing, describe your feelings about sexuality and your sexual experiences. Have you ever felt mistreated sexually in any way? Have you ever been the victim of sexual harassment or any other behavior which made you feel uncomfortable?

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Apr 16 2008

How can you tell you are not as smart as you think?

Published by under Narcissism

Glenn Reynolds, a law professor at the University of Tennessee and writer, tells a story of Alan Dershowitz trying to act like the smartest person in the courtroom, and thus proving he was not.

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Apr 15 2008

Why journaling is empowering for individuals and couples in therapy

Therapist sometimes have the grandiose idea it is good to encourage the client to become dependent. If the therapist is in private practice, this can be a lucrative idea. However, creating dependency can trap the client in old thoughts, feelings and behavior patterns and backfire on the therapist.

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Apr 15 2008

Structured writing assignments show promising results in the treatment of trauma

A Dutch study comparing Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) with Structured writing Assignments (SWT) for Acute Stress Disorder and Post Traumatic Stress Disorder shows that both methods were successful in lowering levels of intrusive symptoms, depression and anxiety.
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