Celebrating 365 days of fresh air

Anette Iren Johansen

I had been smoking on and off for some 20 years when I last year decided to inhale fresh air instead. I was fed up with the ugly smell – and the lack of control. Today: No cigarettes or nicotine for 365 days. I quitted cold turkey. There have been some temptations along the way but I survived. I am very proud of myself. Hurrah! Every day without cigarettes is a fresher day. Deep fresh … Continue reading

Change of viewpoint? Feel free

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It is valuable to see and understand another’s viewpoint. You don’t have to agree with that viewpoint. And you are not wrong when you change your own viewpoint. We grow, learn, experience and evolve. It’s okay to change your mind too! Great isn’t it?  

PTSD: Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder – and Ways of healing

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Many people think PTSD is reserved for veterans, those coming back from military service, but all kind of traumatic events can cause PTSD. Abusive relationships, mind-controlling cults, the sudden loss of loved ones, accidents, medical operations, childhood neglect, rape and sexual abuse, physical abuse, emotional abuse, assault, war, natural disasters, kidnapping, terrorist attacks, the list goes on. I hope this article and my story can inspire you or someone you know to get the help … Continue reading

How to survive a sociopath

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Over the last few years I was living a secret underground life while planning my escape from a sociopath (psychopath, narcissist, con-man – same shit, different label). We were both part of the Church of Scientology, though I had not been an active member there since some years. I knew I had to escape both – the abusive relationship and the cult – to live a life without mind-control and fear. Late nights I entered … Continue reading

Say No! How to resist manipulation (Part 1)

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Realize that anyone who tries to change your mind will try to make you feel guilty, so that you give in. They give you lots of reasons, valid believable reasons, and then blame you for being irresponsible, etc. if you say no. They often work you hard and long to wear you down so they achieve their goal. This article is inspired by Canadian author Mary Kassian over at Girls Gone Wise. Here’s some tools to … Continue reading