A poetic 'sensitivity review' of Josh Butler's "Beautiful Union: How God's Vision for Sex Points Us to the Good, Unlocks the True, and (sort of) Explains Everything". PS. it's a terrible book. Josh is entranced by flights of fancy, sacred temple conjugal blooms— "the generous sacrifice" by men who orgasms seed hospitable wombs.
Meredith Miller on abuse dynamics — from the micro to the macro level.
Meredith Miller is a trauma coach. She teaches the mindsets, skills and actions to help people recover after relational trauma. In this video she talks about cognitive dissonance, emotional short-circuiting, trauma-based mind control, and awakening to the fact that you are being abused. She describes how having power over others is addictive. The abuser wants… Continue reading Meredith Miller on abuse dynamics — from the micro to the macro level.
Joseph’s treatment of his brothers — reflections and applications
Update: I have altered this post after receiving constructive criticism from Sister. I no longer agree with everything I wrote in the first version but am keeping the first version in the public domain as a PDF (link). It can also be found at the Web Archive — Barbara Roberts, April 16th, 2021 *** Joseph’s… Continue reading Joseph’s treatment of his brothers — reflections and applications
Violence against women and mental health
a) Male abuse and violence against women b) Mental health and mental illness These are big topics which intersect in complex ways. Violence against women and mental health is a research paper that examines the way that mental health intersects with trauma, complex trauma, disability, coercive control, access to justice and parenting. The paper is… Continue reading Violence against women and mental health
Peak Living Network – Lundy Bancroft – warning!
Lundy Bancroft's Peak Living Network has many principles that run counter to God's Word. By now it's no secret that there are warnings on the Internet — including on our blog dating back to 2017 (here) — about attending Lundy Bancroft's healing retreats. If any reader has any firsthand knowledge of behaviour by him that… Continue reading Peak Living Network – Lundy Bancroft – warning!
Things I Wish You Understood: An Open Letter to Ministers From a Family Violence Survivor (via TGC Australia)
This stupendous article by an anonymous woman was published yesterday at The Gospel Coalition Australia. Things I Wish You Understood: An Open Letter to Ministers From a Family Violence Survivor To the ministers of the church universal I am a family violence survivor. It seems weird to me to say that, because my experiences don’t… Continue reading Things I Wish You Understood: An Open Letter to Ministers From a Family Violence Survivor (via TGC Australia)
Thursday Thought — Learned Helplessness, a misapplied concept
Some theorists have mistakenly applied the concept of "learned helplessness" to the situation of battered women and other chronically traumatized people. Such concepts tend to portray the victim as simply defeated or apathetic, whereas in fact a much livelier and more complex inner struggle is usually taking place. In most cases the victim has not… Continue reading Thursday Thought — Learned Helplessness, a misapplied concept