The Conflict Between Hope and Cynicism Continues.
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“First Night: The Conflict Between Hope and Cynicism resumes the story of Lee Brazil whose reemergence encounters a future world assimilating change, mystery and a cascade of new characters, encountered from the past, that lead the reader into a story that cannot be put down. Walk with Lee as he encounters a world changing in ways not earlier conceived, a kaleidoscope of sensation, trepidation, hope, and adrenalin rush. ~ Richard Lumb, criminologist and contributing author of The Police Journal “First Night”
Most acts of terrorism in this country in the last ten years have been committed by persons radicalized in this country, not newly arriving immigrants or terrorists who have come across our borders. These are people who have grown up in this country. Some are first generation Americans, but many are fifth or tenth generation Americans. But all have one thing in common. They have not been integrated into our society. They have not been integrated into our society not because they rejected us and our values, but unfortunately because in many ways we have rejected them. Continue reading “Radicalization”
A Look at the Key Components of Hope
Recently I have noticed a commercial that plays frequently on television. It has to do with a couple, a young couple, who is trying to stay within their grocery budget. In the commercial they are known as “The Hopefuls.” They are hopeful in that they may be able to stay within budget the next time they visit their grocery. But, alas, they fail. Consistently they go over budget until the cashier at their market comes to their rescue. She introduces them to a new app that will help them stay within budget. They make a plan to use the new app in making their grocery list and to their amazement, they accomplish their goal of not overspending. The end. Continue reading “Hope: Optimism With a Plan”
In the previous three posts we have talked about the processes that can help people move through the change process. In the last post we identified five of the processes of change, the first being a willingness to find out new information and facts and to explore community resources that could support you in being able to make the change that you are contemplating. Continue reading “The Process of Change: A Continued Discussion of James Prochaska’s Theory”
In the last two posts, we have talked specifically about the change process and about the stages of change identified by James Prochaska and his colleagues through their research. In this post and the next, I will briefly summarize some of the processes of change that can help an individual move through the stages of change. Continue reading “The Processes of Change: Exploring the Transtheoretical Model of Change”
In the last post we discussed the change process and what we know about it. Specifically, we talked about the research of James Prochaska and his colleagues and the Stages of Change model that he has developed. His Transtheoretical Model of Change explains in part why people stay in bad situations and in toxic relationships either with another person or with a drug. Continue reading “Making Changes in Our Lives: Exploring the Transtheoretical Model of Change”