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Episode Info: In this talk, I fire the podcast back up- after a long hiatus- and talk about a project I’ve been involved with for the past year +++). A few months ago, we released the book Warrior Hope, which I wrote with the Executive Director of Crosswinds Foundation- a nonprofit that’s been involved in the PSTD + Moral Injury space for 7 years and counting. Last week we launched a group based on the book- a group currently being hosted at Hoover Tactical on Monday evenings, 6:30pm- 7:30pm. Here are the main talking points from this podcast. #1- Perception CAN be reality. I’ve heard the phrase “perception is reality” a bunch of times. You probably have, too. But, as correct as that statement sounds, it’s not accurate. Perception MIGHT be reality, but it might not be. Perception might just be the way you view things. Let me explain… You may have seen the cartoon online.  From one person’s perspective the number on the ground is clearly a 6. From the other’s… it’s a 9. Obviously. Which one is correct? Since truth is absolute- and not relative- it’s one or the other, right? But, what you see often depends on where you stand. This dynamic works throughout most situations in light. What we see depends on where we are… … and that often depends on what we’ve been through. Turns out, many of the things we see might be related to past hurts, past internal wounds that we carry around. Left unchecked, those wounds can become the filter where by we view the entire world. PTSD, that is, post-traumatic stress disorder is one such lenses that causes us to see the world in certain ways- often MISPERCEIVING the way things really are. Here’s the definition-  And that leads us to our second talking point. #2- Emotional hurts (like PTSD) can be misperceived. That is, we carry a lot of baggage- from our culture- about what PTSD is and isn’t. For instance, a lot of people think PTSD (emotional trauma) is new. It’s not. You can trace it all the way back to Bible times. In fact, during the Civil War, writings refer to “Soldier’s Heart.” In WW2, people began writing about “Shell Shock.” Turns out, it’s all PTSD. Even though the term PTSD didn’t appear in the DSM-V (Diagnostic Statistical Manual), the criteria psychologists use to diagnose mental disorders until 1980, it had already been around for hundreds- no, thousands- of years. A lot of people think PTSD is rare. That’s another misperception. Turns out, it’s actually quite common. Now, what’s UNCOMMON is the formal diagnosis. In order to be diagnosed, people must meet specific criteria (I’ll post a link in a few weeks to that test, whereby you can do a self-assessment). But, all psychological “disorders” fall on a scale. When you take a eval (I’ve had one done), you take an objective written test AND a subjective verbal interview with a licensed professional. Your “score” falls somewhere on a scale. On one end of the scale is the “healthiest” possible...
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