WHAT IS POSITIVE PSYCHOLOGY?
Traditional psychology is the study of mental illness: DARK
Positive psychology is the study of mental wellness: LIGHT
Positive psychology and happiness is an EXPLODING field, bursting out bestselling books for a reason.
Before we can be happy or successful, we need to first develop the ability to see that positive change is possible. Only once we learn to see the world through a more positive lens can we summon all our motivation, emotion, and intelligence to achieve our personal and professional goals.- Shawn Achor, Author -“Before Happiness”
A survivor journey with a Positive Psychology framework could include a “guidemap” that incorporates the Positive Psychology character strengths.
MORE INFORMATION ON THE CHARACTER STRENGTHS OF POSITIVE PSYCHOLOGY
SURVIVORS IN THE HOUSE WILL ALREADY HAVE MANY STRENGTHS. WE COULD BUILD ON THOSE
If you like the positive psychology idea, we could have the people in the house start with this:
The Six Classifications of Character Strengths
1. Wisdom and Knowledge
Cognitive strengths that entail the acquisition and use of knowledge
Emotional strengths that involve the exercise of will to accomplish goals
in the face of opposition, external or internal
Interpersonal strengths that involve tending and befriending others
Civic strengths that underlie healthy community life
Strengths that protect against excess
Strengths that forge connections to the larger universe and provide meaning
Vice article | This ban (on toys), in part, is what inspired Christine Marie to plan a Christmas celebration, dubbed the First Christmas, in Short Creek. “People say there is a cloud over the town,” she told me. “I planned the First Christmas to bring happiness and help that gray cloud get dispersed by love.”Read More »
St. George News / Children and families from Colorado City, Arizona, and Hildale — twin cities familiarly known as Short Creek — were treated to a holiday celebration called “The First Christmas,” so named because it was a first for many who are are former members of the Fundamentalist Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints.Read More »
Hildale, Utah — (KUTV) Wednesday afternoon hundreds of kids in Hildale experienced what’s being called the “First Christmas” in the Polygamist city since the 1980s.
A former polygamist woman, Christine Marie from (Las Vegas), is the mastermind behind the holiday event.Read More »
On Dec. 16, Voices for Dignity and Mrs. Gingerbread are throwing a Christmas party and open house for people who left polygamy this year – and are able to experience their very first Christmas!Read More »
This week, I am thrilled that I was invited to speak on two different television shows on the intersection of polygamy and human trafficking. This is my odd, narrow, highly-specialized area of expertise that historically only the most passionate activisits cared about, and I am happy that things are finally changing. As far as I know, I was the first person who left a (psuedo) polygamy situation that also qualified for services as a survivor of human trafficking.Read More »
By Scott Dickensheets | Multifaceted pair Tolga and Christine Marie Katas have embarked on their most important work yet: providing refuge and inspiration for escapees from sex trafficking.Read More »
Voices For Dignity is an awareness and educational campaign I founded to help empower women, especially those who have suffered crimes of oppression and humiliation, such as human trafficking, patriarchal polygamy, cybershaming and more (read more about it HERE). I need a logo, so here are some of my choices. What do you think?
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I was fortunate to be invited to speak on a panel regarding cults and trafficking moderated by cult expert Steve Hassan. It was an incredible experience and great honor. I explained my connection with polygamy and trafficking, and how religion can be a tool used to disguise human trafficking. It was the first time that I stood in front of a crowd, live, and share my past. The warm, wonderful crowd at the International Cultic Studies Association, to my shock, even gave me a standing ovation. I was overwhelmed.Read More »
There was an article posted today in the SLTrib called – ‘Sister Wives’ episode draws fiery reaction, name calling .Read More »
A few months ago, I participated in a public debate on polygamy at UNLV with Kristyn Decker, Kollene Snow and Willy Steed. On the other side was the Brown family of TLC’s “Sister Wives” fame. The debate was filmed for the TV show “Sister Wives.”Read More »
This year I started an awareness and empowerment campaign called “Voices for Dignity,” and yes! we are making a difference!!Read More »
I made these as a fun little way to help educate people about brainwashing, which is really just abusive psychological manipulation.
Brainwashing is just a nickname for a series of known psychological processes used to manipulate someone against their will. It’s unethical, traumatizing, and it literally changes what is happening in the brain – without the person realizing what is happening.Read More »
On January 17, 2013 at 3:00 in the afternoon, you might have caught a glimpse of a few celebrities on the courthouse steps in Salt Lake City, Utah. You might have even see me there too. I was the woman in red flanked by multiple husbands in matching frumpy white shirts, thanking God that I live in America, the land of the free.Read More »
In her book, Brainwashed, Kathleen Taylor describes her research on brainwashing and “discusses how the extreme social psychological pressures that people undergo in brainwashing programs change the neurology and physiology of the brain.”Read More »
You may wonder how adult women could ever agree to join a cult or succumb to the exploitations of a priest. Cult expert Janja Lalich busts a cliche old myth and provides an answer that may surprise you.Read More »
No one shall be subjected to torture or to cruel, inhuman or degrading treatment or punishment.No one shall be subjected to arbitrary interference with his privacy, family, home or correspondence, nor to attacks upon his honour and reputation. Everyone has the right to the protection of the law against such interference or attacks. The family is the natural and fundamental group unit of society and is entitled to protection by society and the State. These are basic human rights. How many human rights are being violated by polygamist cults and the states who fail to protect the people? Read the list and figure it out.Read More »
Whereas recognition of the inherent dignity and of the equal and inalienable rights of all members of the human family is the foundation of freedom, justice and peace in the world,Read More »
Have you ever seen a photo of a young Mother Teresa? Odd, to think that she was a normal child once. As a young girl she decided to live a life of serving others and she never waivered from that path.Read More »
Since it’s inception in 1998, radKIDS®, Inc. has been committed to providing education that enhances the ability of children and parents to utilize knowledge, skills, and power to protect themselves from violence and harm. radKIDS® strengthens family, encourages physical fitness, and teaches core safety values to live by through its program. Fun, activity-based programs include lecture, safety drills, muscle memory exercises and dynamic simulation. radKIDS® community based programs have been offered as after school programs, day camps, recreation programs, as well as through scouting and religious youth groups.Read More »