Alternative Therapies for Veterans with PTSD

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There are more than fifty thousand veterans in the United States today. A significant portion of which have experienced, in one way or another, a sort of unforgettable and traumatic event during their tour of duty. When these incidents create frequent and negative emotional personal responses, coupled with physical injury and other physical or psychological illnesses, a person is most …

Why Does My Military Spouse Have PTSD?

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Why does my military spouse have PTSD? Do you have any idea what PTSD is? Let’s paint this kind of picture: A young man is on verge of graduating on high school. He had a good family and decided to serve the country as a military man. Before he entered the military school, he has no prior history of mental …

Why All Soldiers Need To Be Stoic Philosophers

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Many people entering the military may feel influenced by people around them. They get encouraged to undertake a guise of being ‘mentally tough,’ so they can succeed. Eventually, they learn that acting tough isn’t enough to successfully cope with the things that may occur around them. A lot of soldiers today underestimate the importance of mental preparation for handing experiences …

How Stoic Philosophy Can Help Make Soldiers More Mentally Tough

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Originally an ancient Greek school of philosophy, originally founded in Athens by Zeno of Citium, stoicism teaches that virtue (the highest good) is principally supported by knowledge and that the wise consonantly live with divine Reason ruling nature. Those who follow Stoicism also remain indifferent to the fluctuations of fortune, pleasure and pain. In the modern world, however, stoicism notably …

Annotative Essay on the book: ‘All Quiet on the Western Front,’ by E.M. Remarque

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When soldiers are sent to the trenches of war, amongst the necessity for their rifles, daily food rations and combat boots, there is also a necessity for them to have left their loved ones behind. No families are allowed on the front lines, for just as a man would never masturbate in front of his dear mother; neither would he …

Why The U.S. Army Should Teach Stoic Philosophy In Basic Training

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A lot of soldiers today underestimate the importance of adequate mental preparation for the ordeal ahead of them. In order to successfully mentally prepare people who will undergo Basic Training and graduate into the military, some suggest that the U.S. Army should start teaching the principles of stoicism during Basic Training. Why should the nation’s military change already established standards …

Annotative Essay on the book: ‘In Cold Blood,’ by Truman Capote

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First published in 1966, In Cold Blood, by Truman Capote was a new type of book.  A hybrid of literature invented by Capote known as a non-fiction novel; the book is based on a series of crimes and, told in an omniscient third person point of view.  It was one of the first of its kind, if not, debatably, the …

How Comedy is Helping Veterans with PTSD…

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As the Robin William’s movie Patch Adams showed us, comedy can be the best medicine. When it comes to those of us with psychological trauma it can also ring true as well. It helps us by taking way the fear, anger, and guilt we experience and replace it with laughter. We eventually learn to accept the past as just that …

Annotative Essay on the book: ‘A House for Mr. Biswas,’ by V.S. Naipaul

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            Life can pass by without every really hitting someone; moments flow into moments, and without awareness things can go unnoticed. What V.S. Naipaul has done with his novel, A House for Mr. Biswas, is show the reader the moments of a character’s life and the awareness, or lack of, which encapsulated the entirety of the character. His story is …

Creative Writing (Various MFA Notes)

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Creative Writing: Combination Notes In these notes, the final in our series of MFA Notes, I’m going to combine any leftover notes that are too short to require completely new blog posts. Sections covered: The Sentimental Trap. Subtlety of Transitions. Giving Effective Feedback. Character Arc: 1st POV. Pain for Laughs: Making Characters Comedic and More Complex.  The Sentimental Trap Sentimental …