The therapy doesn’t do anything you can’t try at home, either
I should really try some sort of therapy to try to get over my irrational fear of insects.
Oooh! I did this :D
And honestly, it is one of my proudest accomplishments. I’ve had horrible arachnophobia since being a tiny child. What horrible poisonous killer could there be in my room RIGHT THIS MOMENT. All of the horror stories I’d hear. Last year, I had decided to try and put some fears to rest. It was too stressful to worry about them, so I started asking questions…
First thing I thought to do was to check if the horror stories were true.
This ^^^^ this is the absolute best thing I have ever read. When I’d feel scared and worried and anxious about that brown spider crawling on my wall, I’d go here and read… read and repeat to myself and reaffirm “okay, I don’t need to be scared… I don’t need to be scared.. it’s a creature like me who only wants to live. They want to live and won’t hurt me JUST BECAUSE.”
So yeah, I went there very frequently and slowly but surely, I grew to be a little more comfortable about the spider across the room. Didn’t like if they came near me, but I wouldn’t scream and jump back in terror, nor try to smash them.
I’m not sure what compelled me later on, but at one point, I looked up information about tarantulas. People keep them as pets… and they’re strange and big. I was curious, and so far, understanding these creatures alleviated a lot of my concerns.
An amazing book ^^^ and something I reccommend as a read if you want to spend a little money to continue working on arachnophobia. It’s wonderfully informative and written with a friendly sense of humor.
It really opened my eyes to these highly misunderstood creatures. I mean, it got to a point where I started to find them a little “cute”. They’re so delicate. Reading about them falling from great hights and getting damaged internally to suffer painful slow deaths literally makes me cry. They “beg” for their water dishes to be filled, resting in an empty dish, wondering where their drink has gone. The fact that most are very gentle and skittish rather than aggressive. Seriously, “new world” tarantulas aren’t the type to chase or bite you. They flick their booty hairs. It itches. That’s not so scary. And they run away.
Eventually, I even got a tarantula as a pet. A dwarf species, because they are still very intimidating, but Shelby is small, only 2.5 inches and will never get any bigger.
It’s safe to say that really, tarantulas have become my favorite animals. They’re so precious, delicate, and have individual personalities.
Just as a side note, exposure therapy is not an instant cure-all; while it does have a body of evidence showing its effectiveness in some cases, it is not 100%. Also, while it is possible to carefully increase your tolerance of something that’s a phobia for you on your own time, exposure therapy in a clinical setting A) offers you a more controlled setting for this work, and B) also provides you with professional backup in case something goes awry (for example, you end up overwhelmed with anxiety because you pushed yourself a little too hard).
And remember—just because something worked for one person doesn’t necessarily mean it’ll work for you. It also doesn’t mean you’re a big failure if it doesn’t work for you, either. Some people’s phobias are really deeply ingrained to the point where they’re an integral part of their neurochemistry, which means it’s not always just a matter of “think yourself better”. So if you can get informal or formal exposure therapy to work for you, great! If not, please don’t beat yourself up over it, and feel free to talk to a professional about options that may work for you.
And I’m writing about Vulture Culture so I need some pictures, so if you’re willing to share your collection; favourite items, skulls, bones, feathers and so on. You can submit me pictures and I’ll have your name written on each picture in the PowerPoint. Thank you!
I’m sure somebody must have put this on tumblr already, but I haven’t seen it anywhere, so here.
1. Parks had been thrown off the bus a decade earlier by the same bus driver — for refusing to pay in the front and go around to the back to board. She had avoided that driver’s bus for twelve years because she knew well the risks of angering drivers, all of whom were white and carried guns. Her own mother had been threatened with physical violence by a bus driver, in front of Parks who was a child at the time. Parks’ neighbor had been killed for his bus stand, and teenage protester Claudette Colvin, among others, had recently been badly manhandled by the police.
2. Parks was a lifelong believer in self-defense. Malcolm X was her personal hero. Her family kept a gun in the house, including during the boycott, because of the daily terror of white violence. As a child, when pushed by a white boy, she pushed back. His mother threatened to kill her, but Parks stood her ground. Another time, she held a brick up to a white bully, daring him to follow through on his threat to hit her. He went away. When the Klu Klux Klan went on rampages through her childhood town, Pine Level, Ala., her grandfather would sit on the porch all night with his rifle. Rosa stayed awake some nights, keeping vigil with him.
3. Her husband was her political partner. Parks said Raymond was “the first real activist I ever met.” Initially she wasn’t romantically interested because Raymond was more light-skinned than she preferred, but she became impressed with his boldness and “that he refused to be intimidated by white people.” When they met he was working to free the nine Scottsboro boys and she joined these efforts after they were married. At Raymond’s urging, Parks, who had to drop out in the eleventh grade to care for her sick grandmother, returned to high school and got her diploma. Raymond’s input was crucial to Parks’ political development and their partnership sustained her political work over many decades.
4. Many of Parks’ ancestors were Native Americans (Cherokee-Creek). She noted this to a friend who was surprised when in private Parks removed her hairpins and revealed thick braids of wavy hair that fell below her waist. Her husband, she said, liked her hair long and she kept it that way for many years after his death, although she never wore it down in public. Aware of the racial politics of hair and appearance, she tucked it away in a series of braids and buns — maintaining a clear division between her public presentation and private person.
5. Parks’ arrest had grave consequences for her family’s health and economic well-being. After her arrest, Parks was continually threatened, such that her mother talked for hours on the phone to keep the line busy from constant death threats. Parks and her husband lost their jobs after her stand and didn’t find full employment for nearly ten years. Even as she made fundraising appearances across the country, Parks and her family were at times nearly destitute. She developed painful stomach ulcers and a heart condition, and suffered from chronic insomnia. Raymond, unnerved by the relentless harassment and death threats, began drinking heavily and suffered two nervous breakdowns. The black press, culminating in JET magazine’s July 1960 story on “the bus boycott’s forgotten woman,” exposed the depth of Parks’ financial need, leading civil rights groups to finally provide some assistance.
6. Parks spent more than half of her life in the North. The Parks family had to leave Montgomery eight months after the boycott ended. She lived for most of that time in Detroit in the heart of the ghetto, just a mile from the epicenter of the 1967 Detroit riot. There, she spent nearly five decades organizing and protesting racial inequality in “the promised land that wasn’t.”
7. In 1965 Parks got her first paid political position, after over two decades of political work. After volunteering for Congressman John Conyers’s long shot political campaign,
Parks helped secure his primary victory by convincing Martin Luther King, Jr. to come to Detroit on Conyers’s behalf. He later hired her to work with constituents as an administrative assistant in his Detroit office. For the first time since her bus stand, Parks finally had a salary, access to health insurance, and a pension — and the restoration of dignity that a formal paid position allowed.
8. Parks was far more radical than has been understood. She worked alongside the Black Power movement, particularly around issues such as reparations, black history, anti-police brutality, freedom for black political prisoners, independent black political power, and economic justice. She attended the Black Political Convention in Gary and the Black Power conference in Philadelphia. She journeyed to Lowndes County, Alabama to support the movement there, spoke at the Poor People’s Campaign, helped organize support committees on behalf of black political prisoners such as the Wilmington 10 and Imari Obadele of the Republic of New Africa, and paid a visit of support to the Black Panther school in Oakland, CA.
9. Parks was an internationalist. She was an early opponent of the Vietnam War in the early 1960s, a member of The Women’s International League for Peace and Freedom, and a supporter of the Winter Soldier hearings in Detroit and the Jeannette Rankin Brigade protest in D.C. In the 1980s, she protested apartheid and U.S. complicity, joining a picket outside the South African embassy and opposed U.S. policy in Central America. Eight days after 9/11, she joined other activists in a letter calling on the United States to work with the international community and no retaliation or war.
10. Parks was a lifelong activist and a hero to many, including Nelson Mandela. After his release from prison, he told her, “You sustained me while I was in prison all those years.”
Also, some gems from the comments:
Mrs.Parks was the CEO of the Rosa & Raymond Institute for Self Development she wanted to build a educational building for children, she wanted a campus, she had a dream to educate children all over the world. This is why she left all of her intellectual property, her images, and assets to the Institute, to continue her legacy. Mrs. Parks said these words in one of the 4 books that she wrote about her life. The book is a children’s book called, “Dear Mrs. Parks” children from all over the world, send her thousands of letters to the Institute, everyday asking her questions about her life,one question,She answered, and I quote, ” Many young people ask me about how a person’s legacy can affect future generations. A legacy is something that is handed down to future generations. My grandmother, mother, and grandfather all nurtured me. They taught me hope and kindness and gave me a sense of inner strength. They gave me a beautiful legacy to understand that we all count.” These are Mrs. Parks own words, check out her books, and you will know who the real Rosa Louise Parks is. I spend 15 years serving Mrs. Parks and I thank God every day, because she carried the children and me on a spiritual journey.
Also never mentioned is the fact that, for many years, Mrs. Parks was an investigator for the NAACP of white men raping Black women. She documented 112 cases; one of which occured on Sept. 3, 1944, when seven Abbeville, Alabama white males abducted and gang-raped Recy Taylor at gunpoint. Ms. Taylor’s horrorific encounter only captured national news in 2011.
Rosa Parks deserves better. She deserves to be known fully, not coopted and reduced to be a “safe” part of the version of history we get taught in school.
Rosa Parks is was a fascinating woman and a tremendous historical figure but…it seems pretty obvious that she didn’t “end racism” by the compiling of this information alone.
It’s astonishing that all we learned about her in high school was that she refused to give up a bus seat
You may not have heard - in fact, you almost certainly didn’t - unless you live in Pope County, Arkansas, but just before 8 a.m. this morning, December 9, an explosion rocked the Arkansas Nuclear O…
You may not have heard – in fact, you almost certainly didn’t – unless you live in Pope County, Arkansas, but just before 8 a.m. this morning, December 10, an explosion rocked the Arkansas Nuclear One power plant. Only later in the day did a few news wires pick up the story, relaying virtually nothing about it, only giving the official word that the fire was “contained.”
Pope County 911 operators confirmed calls came in reporting this explosion, but have not released details about the explosion or subsequent fires. Firefighters were dispatched and fires at the site were confirmed by the department, and by photos taken by residents near the site. Newswire reports tended to stay away from these local photographs, utilizing safe-looking stock images instead. Local Arkansas stayed far away from actual images of the site, using stock images as well to project the image that the fire was minor.
One resident said otherwise. They reportedly heard a “loud, ground shaking explosion and then saw smoke.” The fire was massive.
There are no reports confirmed of deaths or injuries, and officials are telling the surrounding community of Russellville that they are in no danger, as the fire has been contained. We will update you as more information becomes available beyond the pacifying statements that do not address any concerns about radiation or the like.
(Article by James Achisa; images via River Valley Leader News)