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    I m reading "The Land Of The Painted Caves" and i love to .

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    I'm reading a history book called Red Famine: Stalin's War on Ukraine. It's very interesting so far.
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    I'm reading a couple of 3 buck ebooks. One on candle magic, another on Elder Futhark Runes. I'm really getting in to this stuff.

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    Healing Grief by James Van Praagh. It's a book from the perspective of a medium in healing grief. I got it to compare contrast some spiritual beliefs with the science of grieving that I'm learning in class. I'm already somewhat frustrated a couple chapters in because I'm comparing/contrasting to the science of grief that I'm learning and he misidentifies the stages of grief. He uses the common stages that most people know (denial, anger, bartering, depression, acceptance) which aren't actually the stages of grief, they're the stages of accepting personal terminal illness. Grief is processed by four tasks, which can be done in any order. Accepting the reality of the loss, processing the pain, adjusting to a world without the deceased, and finding a connection to the deceased while still embarking on a new life without them.

    I've come across the misuse several times since I learned this information because it is such a widely held belief, but I really wish authors would do better research... And I think this particular misuse of information is going to irk me for the rest of my life. Partly, that's because I've never gone through the stages of grief as they're commonly held and when I read the scientific backing for the tasks of grieving it made so much more sense to me. I was able to stop feeling like there was something wrong with me because I didn't process in the same way as "everyone else".
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    The four tasks seem spot on to me. I didn't really really understand that the famous stages of grief are about a personal terminal illness. That makes more sense in my mind. I have certainly seen denial, anger, and depression in grieving survivors, but I have always thought that not all of them applied to everyone, every time, and that they are more fluid than rigid stages. Maybe that we are all in different places dealing with our own inevitable deaths, so that at different points in our lives we react differently to the deaths of those around us. I went through a spate of deaths fairly recently that really made me angry. I suspect that I've mostly worked through that, and next time there will be a different flavor to the pain. I do think that the four tasks apply each time.

    I'm really interested to hear more about what you are studying.

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    Also, people who tell you what you should be feeling are irksome. Some people prattle on about closure, what state of grief you should be in, whether the parents of the missing child on television should be more tearful or more angry or more calm in the presence of cameras. If you tell someone you are depressed, half of them will tell you that depression is just anger turned inward, because someone once told them that. It is not helpful. I always want to ask if I will feel better if I turn my anger outward and punch them. Seems like a good trade off to me.

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    Also, people who tell you what you should be feeling are irksome. Some people prattle on about closure, what state of grief you should be in, whether the parents of the missing child on television should be more tearful or more angry or more calm in the presence of cameras. If you tell someone you are depressed, half of them will tell you that depression is just anger turned inward, because someone once told them that. It is not helpful. I always want to ask if I will feel better if I turn my anger outward and punch them. Seems like a good trade off to me.

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    Re: Whats everyone reading now or read lately

    I see simular attitude when people talk to me in regards to my serious mental illness. People tell me I'm not trying hard enough to overcome the symtoms. As if I have switches I can flip to turn them off or fight them. I explain how imbalances in the brain are the cause and that medication is the answer. Then thell me to try different meds. I have literly tried allmost every single med for my condition. Then they Go back me trying harder or getting a different doctor. They just can't accept no matter what I say that this is me, unless a new med comes out. These are the same people who say Socical Security disability and Medicaid crutches, handouts, and for freeloaders. I have had this conversation, or some variation sever times. sometimes with the same people more than once.

    They talk to friends for advice rather than my doctor or doing independent research, and when I suggest that and they say they aren't smart enough to understand. They should know they can because I just explained the facts to them, they understood enough to know they don't believe it. It really burns my britches.

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    My daughter was hospitalized for a mood disorder for months. I had well meaning people tell me that she should get a hobby. Hobbies do help somewhat with mood management, but at that point taking up cross-stitch or juggling wasn't gonna do the trick.

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    I understand,having been in the mental health system with MAJOR depression. It took time,and I also got the "pull yourself up by your boot straps BS", People are so stupid having never been in your shoes,and thinking it is not as powerful(The mental issue,and physical state as well),I have seen a few then themselves fall into the mental health chasm,and finding that karma IS a BITCH.
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    I'm still working my way through the Black Jewel series with my SOs (we have a nightly tradition of reading something for the grownups together). We're working on The Invisible Ring right now. I really love this series. For those of you who love the Kushiel series, if you haven't read the Black Jewel series, I can't recommend it enough.
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    Re: Whats everyone reading now or read lately

    Quote Originally Posted by Shahaku View Post
    I'm still working my way through the Black Jewel series with my SOs (we have a nightly tradition of reading something for the grownups together). We're working on The Invisible Ring right now. I really love this series. For those of you who love the Kushiel series, if you haven't read the Black Jewel series, I can't recommend it enough.
    Its one of my favourites. I really like her as an author, but I don't like all of the series she's written.
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