Gaslighting by Stephanie Sarkis, Ph.D. (Book Review)

Gaslighting: Recognize Manipulative and Emotionally Abusive People — and Break Free By Stephanie Moulton Sarkis, Ph.D. Da Capo Press (An Imprint of Hachette) ISBN-13: 978-0738284668 $16.99 USD Trade Paperback (Also Available as an E-Book) (Disclaimer:  I am not a mental health professional.) Most of us who have the slightest human vulnerability have been gaslighted.  Maybe it didn’t work on some of us, but don’t be too sure about that. Gaslighting is a form of mental manipulation which causes people to question their own perceptions or judgment.  The effect of it is the emotional equivalent of slipping on ice.  You might … Continue reading Gaslighting by Stephanie Sarkis, Ph.D. (Book Review)

The Spoiled Rich Kid Who Might be Anyone

Most of us dislike Donald Trump.  He’s an overprivileged slob who doesn’t mind holding federal employees and the rest of the country hostage to carry out an absurd agenda. Some of us can recall times when our lives were damaged by people of privileged backgrounds who placed entitlement before respect or empathy.  We were good to them, but when we needed some small favor in return we were told, “Gee, I’m busy right now,” or worse, “How dare you?” It can be more extreme than that, but for the sake of brevity I’ll stick to general examples. Depending on whether … Continue reading The Spoiled Rich Kid Who Might be Anyone

Trauma and Creativity

I’m not sure what made me a writer. Part of it may be in the genes.  One close relative was a writer, but he wasn’t sure where he got the talent or the basic inclination.  Most of my blood relatives weren’t even readers, and they didn’t venture into other creative things. There were exceptions.  Some of the women developed traditional female interests, such as sewing, embroidery and crocheting.  They made beautiful things, and any knee-jerk feminist reaction to that would be a mistake.  Those women were artists, in spite of the fact that their art was expected of them. One … Continue reading Trauma and Creativity