Vulnerability- The Birthplace of Happiness? | Leveraging Adversity. “No one ever gets through this life without heartache, without turmoil, and if you believe and have faith and you can get knocked down and get back up again and you believe in perseverance as a great human quality, you find your way.” The words of Diana Nyad, the first person to successfully swim the channel from Florida to Cuba, ring true.
[i] Yet so many of us try to minimize, avoid completely, and when everything else fails, deny that we have been knocked down. We try to turn away from the struggle to avoid the inevitable: everybody gets knocked down. Why should we? Vulnerability. But there is no avoiding it. Tthere are many reasons for this. If we have experienced stress, trauma, or hardship early on, we may be familiar with the feeling of powerlessness and the vulnerability that goes with it.
Multiple stresses or setbacks also compound the feeling of vulnerability. Certainly, the closer to home the setback is, the more it hurts. Vulnerability Allows Us to Learn References [v] Ibid. How Depression Changes Your Brain. This Is Your Brain on Violent Media. Want Your Child To Learn Faster? Stop Shaming Them | Leveraging Adversity.
Overcoming the Stigma of Mental Illness | Leveraging Adversity. Stepping Off The Consumption Treadmill | Leveraging Adversity. Are Your Hitting Your Losada Line of Happiness? Owing more and feeling worse. Treating Crimal Behavior -- With Psychedelics? While a new body of research has focused on the use of psychedelic drugs such as magic mushrooms, LSD and mescaline (a substance derived from peyote cactus), to improve mood, reduce anxiety, and with obsessive compulsive disorder and eating disorders, according to University of Alabama Assoc. Prof. Peter Hendricks, they may also decrease the likelihood of antisocial criminal behavior. Working with UBC Okanagan’s Associate Professor of Psychology Zach Walsh, Hendricks used data obtained by the National Survey on Drug Use and Health, which is administered by the U.S.
Department of Health and Human Services, to explore the connection between the use of classic psychedelic substances and criminal behavior among more than 480,000 American adult respondents from the past 13 years. “These findings add to a growing body of research suggesting that use of classic psychedelics may have positive effects for reducing antisocial behavior” (Walsh, 2017). So what do you think?