Communities must work together to become resilient. Please enjoy this piece from our Guest Blogger: Richard C. Lumb, Ph. D.
As loud voices erupt to demand their particular agenda, the focus of disruption is often against police. Remove the effectiveness of police and social chaos emerges. Dampen the courage of leaders in support of order and chaos occurs. Active or tacit refusal to demand social order for the substantial majority of citizens has the effect of emboldening the aberrant behaviors. Peaceful protest, making a convincing argument and seeking collaborative change disappears to be replaced with chaos, and the effect on many is an unnecessary fear. Continue reading “Common Ground: Bridging Police and Community Collaboration”
As I age, I often think about how I will cope as my age related challenges increase. Will my current ability to bounce back be maintained when I am weakened and tired? Will I repeat the patterns of my predecessors as if biologically determined? What if I fall down and can’t get up? Continue reading “Age and Resilience”
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”
For most of us making a change is a difficult process, even good ones. Change requires that we do something different and quite often demands that the people around us do something different. Many would argue that we are creatures who like routine and sameness. We get comfortable with the groove that we are in, even if it becomes a rut. So, as the research suggests, many of us feel stressed that we have to make changes in our life, even positive ones. Continue reading “Change-Exploring Prochaska’s Transtheoretical Model”
Will guns make us safer?
At a time when fear seems to be driving our society, safety is a major issue. Many people don’t feel safe. Many believe that the crime rate has increased over the past few years. The reality is that it has decreased significantly since the 1970s and that the ‘70s in many ways were the most dangerous times for personal safety for people in this society. Continue reading “Personal Safety”