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the sex addicted
Sex Addiction and the
Science of Forgiveness
Forgiveness is the remission of sins. For it is by this that what has been lost, and was found, is saved from being lost again
~ St. Augustine ~
The power of forgiveness when 'done right', is a neuropsychological process that destroys the biochemical ability of the brain to re-enact shame, the sex addicts drug-of-choice. It re-trains the brain to learn a new level of normalcy, one without the debilitating correlates of shame. When this occurs, the brain produces different neurochemicals that the brain interprets as healthy, and an amazing thing happens - the brain is now motivated - driven really - to keep that new level of normalcy, to keep shame out and keep serenity in. This is the neuropsychological power of forgiveness.
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...bad appears to be stronger than good in influencing psychological reactions, but good seems to be stronger than bad in influencing behavior
~Wang, Galinsky, & Murnighan, 2009 ~
You are peering at the new face of 'the traumatized brain blog'. It was important to capture right out of the gate, the best representation of what this blog is all about and I must say that I don't think I could have found anything more expressive. I am hoping that you will have something to say (yah or nay) about it.
Just what is a traumatized brain? It is many things, certainly, but for me, for this blog, a traumatized brain is the product of what is now referred to in its newly relabeled glory as developmental trauma (DT), and all of the psychological and psychiatric sequelae that comes along for the ride.
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the sexually addicted frontal lobe, get the complete facts below:
A series (if not serious) non-jeremiad patter aimed against the ever-increasing echolalic fauxpinions, faux facts, willful misinterpretation, obscurantism, ad verecundiam and fallacious appeals to authority that continue to pummel science and fact. Specific to all things sex addiction, neuroscience, and trauma, this column will attempt to draw-out the myriad bits of information and opinions that pass as truth. We have all come across those that either spin the facts in such a way or downright misinform but state it with such zeal and authority that we assume it must be unbiased truth. Have you come across any lately? Care to share? Drop me a note and it will be included here.
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The latest on cutting-edge brain research
New Study Now
Serotonin May NOT Be
the Culprit in Depression
as Once Assumed!
Fascinating new study published in the August 2014 edition of ACS Chemical Neuroscience (Angoa-Perez & Kane, et al.) has challenged the long-held belief that the neurochemical serotonin is the main factor that causes depression. Although this has actually been challenged by a plethora of researchers in the field over the years, it was not until the popularity of Prozac and the issuance or should I say onslaught of the SSRI crush that the notion of serotonin being the main culprit in depression has solidified. Ironically, there had been very little if any true evidence to have made such a robust claim in the first place.
In a nicely condensed (and easy to digest) synopsis of this research, Medical News Today provides a well-done timeline of depression research into the role of serotonin and it's quite an absorbing read.
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the book review
Carter, R (2014) The Human Brain Book (2nd ed.). NY: DK Publ. Comes with an accompanying CD!!
This book is a cross between a 'coffee-table' book and a reference text. Weighing in at nearly 5 lbs and measuring an ample 12 x 10.5 in., the picture which make up a good 75% of the entire book, are breathtaking! This is a for everybody book. The price is worth it just for the CD, but really, I can't say enough about this book except to cap it off by stating the only thing more incredible about the book itself is the price tag (it's currently on sale) of $28.51 with a prime membership at amazon . Read more...
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