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OpEdNews Op Eds    H4'ed 12/5/14

Come Home for the Holidays

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Message Dr. Cheryl Pappas

For those seeking a sex or holiday booze article, click onto something else immediately, like TMZ or the Today Show.

In the spirit of holiday cheer, I challenge everyone to follow Nancy Reagan's sage words, "Just say no" to turning away from having your own mind.

Plug yourself back in right this minute and, as they say, "check this out".

While the news we breathe has bottomed us out, in the sheer abundance and details of everyday violence and hatred, we humans have stopped thinking and feeling and responding to anything.

Gone are the days of outrage. There is no draught or pause in the horrors that collect and take up residence in our psyches today.

Personal responsibility is not just unpopular. The media force feeds victimization onto us all, to the tune of rage and no truths being told.

The question is, how to revive thinking in our people and how to stop collecting media-imposed trauma and emotional manipulation?

Manipulation is now such a problem that people have stopped feeling anything at all.

In fact, to hear it from corporate entertainment commercials, having real thoughts or feelings is a problem best solved by immediately calling your doctor for a prescription. Side effects, be damned. Better to face death than sadness.

In the spirit of holiday cheer, I challenge everyone to follow Nancy Reagan's sage words, "Just say no" to turning away from your own mind, heart, and independent self.

I'm proposing a winter experiment.

Let's see if we can come back to life by side-stepping the cheap distractions tempting us to leave our selves.

Come on. Just an experiment.

Distraction #1. Finding comfort.

It's perfectly understandable to desire comfort in trying times, but right now comfort is in the way of finding our brains.

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I am a writer, media analyst, and psychotherapist. I'm interested in comedy, satire, politics, entertainment, pop culture, and business; exposing how the media powerfully spins the news we hear, and how this spin creates our feeling states and (more...)

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