2 thoughts on “Part 2: Caregiving & Coping with Disturbing Behavior: Non-Suicidal Self-Injury: 3 Tips!

  • May 29, 2013 at 10:19 pm

    As a psychiatrist who has published widely on NSSI I am writing to let you know that NSSI does NOT include overdoses or self-poisoning in the large American literature on the topic.. They dynamics of the two are different. However, in England overdoses are considered to be NSSI and this is why research findings are difficult to compare.

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  • May 31, 2013 at 1:40 pm

    Hi Dr. Armando:)THANKS for taking the time to read my blog and respond! Your comment well illustrates the importance of common/universal language and easily understood definitions of important terms(like NSSI)for better communication, research, caregiving, treatment, etc. Too much Psycho-“babel”:)as in “confusion” makes it difficult for everyone involved. Reminds me of the biblical account of Nimrod and one of the first cities to be built after the flood. “Babel’s God-defying program centered around construction of a religious tower “with its top in the heavens.” It was not built for the worship and praise of Yahweh, but was dedicated to false man-made religion, with a motive of making a “celebrated name” for the builders” (excerpt Insight on Scriptures)…Wrote Josephus: “[Nimrod] little by little transformed the state of affairs into a tyranny, holding that the only way to detach men from the fear of God was by making them continuously dependent upon his own power. He threatened to have his revenge on God if He wished to inundate the earth again; for he would build a tower higher than the water could reach and avenge the destruction of their forefathers. The people were eager to follow this advice of [Nimrod], deeming it slavery to submit to God; so they set out to build the tower . . . and it rose with a speed beyond all expectation.”—Jewish Antiquities, I, 114, 115 (iv, 2, 3).

    Genesis 11:1 ”Now all the earth continued to be of one language and of one set of words.” Verse 7 “Come now! Let us go down and there confuse their language that they may not listen to one another’s language.” 8 Accordingly Yahweh scattered them from there over all the surface of the earth, and they gradually left off building the city. 9 That is why its name was called Ba′bel, because there Yahweh had confused the language of all the earth, and Yahweh had scattered them from there over all the surface of the earth.” So after the confusion of language the building stopped, people scattered throughout the earth…”How frustrated the builders must have been when suddenly they were unable to discuss what had happened, much less reach a consensus as to why it happened! No doubt many theories were advanced, their diversity augmented by the inability of the language groups to communicate.”

    “When these groups scattered into different parts of the earth, they naturally took along their religious theories. As time passed, these ideas, although basically the same, became colored by local tradition and events. From “only one religion” there soon arose “a hundred versions of it.” Clearly, this first experiment in religious-political activity had turned out badly. Its consequences have spanned the centuries to touch you, a fact you can appreciate if you have ever tried to discuss religion with someone of another faith. Even common religious words like “God,” “sin,” “soul,” and “death” mean different things to different people. Apt are the words of English scholar John Selden, who 300 years ago said: “If the matter were well examined, you would scarce find three [persons] anywhere of the same religion in all points.” (excerpt “2369 -1943 B.C.E.–A Hunter, a Tower and You!”)

    The New Encyclopædia Britannica says: “The earliest records of written language, the only linguistic fossils man can hope to have, go back no more than about 4,000 or 5,000 years.” (This time frame fits in well with what Bible chronology allows.)

    Dr. Armando:)…i wonder if there is a body of work/research or if You have explored as expert: “any” connection whatsoever between say city dwelling and practicing NSSI? (We know “extreme” living is not good for mental health i.e. total isolation/seclusion and cramped/city dwelling without much exposure to nature is not too healthy for any of us.) My husband’s living arrangements and mental health dramatically changed when drastically he was forced from living in a family home/dwelling in a half descent neighborhood to his family being forced out with not much alternative other than the city projects which exposed him to beatings/bullying, etc. For example, what is the ratio of self-injurers who are city dwellers to rural dwellers…though, each of us practice what we want no matter where we happen to live, right?…just curious..how much one’s living environment/surroundings influence in small and big ways NSSI?

    Anyway, in my blogs, i explore the topics of mental health and the Bible/spirituality, superstition, religion and the importance of adopting the culture of compassion and speaking fluently the universal language of “agape” love which transcends all other languages.

    May be?, You may find the following of interest (though, i’m sure You and All of my Readers have way more important things to read than my blogs-lol:)Significant Sky–Insignificant i; Go to the…Source!;Boyle, Sagan: Scientific and Spiritual “Understanding” of Life Interdependency Part 3;Compassion Conversation 1; What do You Think? How do You Exist? Are You Superstitious?;Compassion Conversation 3;Courage to Adopt a Compassion Culture! Compassion Culture: SPEAK it, Baby!;A little Music–Transform Your Mind;Compassion Culture: TEACH it, Baby!;Tweeting Bird: Say What?…which touches on the topic of knowing a little Koine could change Your belief in Jesus..as “God”…
    THANK YOU for your Compassion Work!:)…PEACE, jw

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