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“Thoughts  from far where I abide…”

“Thoughts  from far where I abide…”

The words from my title were lifted from a Shakespeare Sonnet, and they orbit the issue I wish to share today.  But in order to set the stage, consider this true story from my history.


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The Accident

I was about thirteen years of age, checking on what my mom was preparing for dinner, when there was sudden desperate knock at our front door.  I skipped down the stairs and opened it to find a neighbour’s daughter, a little older than me.  She seemed urgent with a message that she wanted to share.  “Are your parents home?”, she asked with a very desperate tension in her face.  “Yes”, my mom answered as she stepped quickly behind me.
The girl continued with a rapid, pressured speech, “one of your boys was hit by a vehicle about four blocks away while he was riding a bike!”  My mother let our a shout to my father, and quickly they were racing for the car to rush to the accident.  “Which boy was it?”, they asked as they jumped into the car.  “It is one of the older twins”.
“It was Craig, my twin brother”, I exclaimed as I flipped a leg over my bike, ready to race to my brother.
“Stop”, yelled my dad from the drivers side window.  “Stay here, and do not take your bike anywhere!”, he ordered.  I watched the neighbour jump into the back seat and with a slam of the car door my parents sped away down the county road.  I did not know what to think, but somehow I just knew he would be fine.
Later my parents returned briefly with only a few words, as a next door neighbour agreed to sit with us, my two younger brothers my sister and me.  But before they headed off to the hospital I blurted out, without any doubts in my mind, “check his right leg, he has a bruise there”
My brother had to stay in the hospital overnight while some tests were carried out. He was conscious, and according to my parents, “he was lucky to be doing so well”.  Then my parents asked me, “How did you know he had a bruise on his right leg? Did you go see him after we told you to stay at home?
“No”, I answered, ” I stayed home like you told me. I don’t know how I knew.  I just knew”.


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For me, it was just a fact.  My twin brother and I have always been close.  Often, we finished each others sentences.  People were always confused about telling us apart.  We laughed and talked the same.  It was only over a course of years before we developed personal tastes and carved out a clearer distinction of habits.
I have revisited this event countless times, trying to unravel the mystery of my certain knowledge of my brother’s condition.  There have been a few times since then, when I had a particular sense of his environment, though many miles away.

 On one such occasion, I was spending time with a friend in Texas, walking around a mall when I stopped and turned to her and said, “My brother is at a ball game right now”.  She would just look at me with a puzzled expression, and said, “Okay, so he said he was going to a ball game today?”.  I replied, “No, I just sensed the crowd and smell of snacks in the air”.  Later, I found this was truly the case.  He had never shared this with me, and he rarely attended games.  But when I had the chance later, I called to ask him, and he had confirmed my suspicion.
There have been many stories along a similar theme popularized by those claiming to have “Psychic Powers”. I have never felt there was enough validity in the “circumstantial evidence” of such “after the fact stories”.  However, I could not explain this issue; I had no answers, even from my academic and professional education and experience as a Psychiatrist.
The nearest explanation I could come up with is through an article I had read once about particular moths that could pick out a specific mate over 1000 miles away from their location, just by their “smell like sense organs” .  I was not sure about this study, but it was the only nearest explanation I had to a theoretical framework. So maybe, our primary senses are more acute and finely tuned than what we have yet discovered.  It seemed too illogical to believe in the fuzzy pseudoscience of a psychic phenomenon.
This brings me to the point of this article, with which I would like to share.  I read a fairly recent  study about an interesting topic known as  “brain-to-brain interfaces” (BBIs).  Here is an excerpt.


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” A TMS device creates a magnetic field over the scalp, which then causes an electrical current in the brain. When a TMS coil is placed over the motor cortex, the motor pathways can be activated, resulting in movement of a limb, hand or foot, or even a finger or toe…”


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We now know that BBIs can work between humans too. By combining EEG and TMS, scientists have transmitted the thought of moving a hand from one person to a separate individual, who actually moved their hand. The BBI works best when both participants are conscious cooperators in the experiment. In this case, the subjects were engaged in a computer game).


And Further:


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The latest advance in human BBIs represents another leap forward. This is where transmission of conscious thought was achieved between two human beings in August last year.    Using a combination of technologies – including EEG, the Internet and TMS – the team of researchers was able to transmit a thought all the way from India to France.  Words were first coded into binary notation (i.e. 1 = “hola”; 0 = “ciao”). Then the resulting EEG signal from the person thinking the 1 or the 0 was transmitted to a robot-driven TMS device positioned over the visual cortex of the receiver’s brain.  In this case, the TMS pulses resulted in the perception of flashes of light for the receiver, who was then able to decode this information into the original words (hola or ciao)”.

Sounds like a something Hollywood dreamed up, doesn’t it?


 So not only could thoughts be transmitted under experimental conditions, so could actions, even to the point of controlling the behaviour of animals.

“..that a human could control the tail movements of a rat via BBIs”

Aricle: Brain-To-Brain Interfaces And The Science Of…

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What this article presents is how one subject in a remote location can directly influence the actions of another subject in different location through changes in thought content. This seems too incredible to believe. Yet, because we all share some structural similarities within our brains, I can see how this can actually be plausible. First we need to consider what we know know of “mirroring neurons”.


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“A mirror neuron is a neuron that fires both when an animal acts and when the animal observes the same action performed by another”.[1][2][3]

“..Thus, the neuron “mirrors” the behaviour of the other, as though the observer were itself acting. Such neurons have been directly observe in primate species.[4]

“..Birds have been shown to have imitative resonance behaviors and neurological evidence suggests the presence of some form of mirroring system.[4][5]”

“..In humans, brain activity consistent with that of mirror neurons has been found in the premotor cortexthe supplementary motor area, the primary somatosensory cortex and the inferior parietal cortex.[6]”

Article: Mirror neuron – Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia


One way to address this issue is to consider what is common to all of us, which already influences us beyond our “active knowing”. A case example can be understood in the context of yawning.  If we are around others who begin to yawn, before long we began to yawn.  The same is true for laughter.  If we are around others who are laughing, it becomes contagious. Others will start to giggle and laugh, just due to the presence of someone laughing. Such a design is important for us socially, though explanations are lacking.


 


So, if we have a similar foundational and interactive framework, isn’t feasible that thoughts could be conveyed to another person, especially those more similar or familiar to us, under the right conditions, having a very common reference point?  On a more spiritual plane, how much does this finding play a part in our prayer lives? When that loved one is suddenly dealing with a trauma, how often do we find ourselves  “thinking of them” and feel the need to pray for them without knowing why. Since I believe we were designed as social and spiritual beings, does it not make sense that such a mechanism must be in place? Maybe we need to rethink those moments and reach out to them when this happens. Maybe that is the optimal act of good to perform, given this design. After all , we are designed for more than we understand and we do have a great designer.

This study stirs up many questions for me about the implications and utility awaiting us.  It may also serve great potential for promoting skill set learning, as well as providing more effective means for therapeutic alliance, which is yet to be revealed.  We live in such an incredible era!


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Pleasant thoughts coming your way, dear reader. (Can you sense it?)

Greg

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“To Thine Ownself be true..”

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Polonius:

This above all: to thine own self be true,

And it must follow, as the night the day,

Thou canst not then be false to any man.

Farewell, my blessing season this in thee!

Laertes:

Most humbly do I take my leave, my lord.

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1, scene 3, 78–82

 
In Shakespeare’s Hamlet, Polonius’s shared this counsel with his son Laertes, who was departing on a journey. It is wise counsel to us all.  As I follow the growing research in medical sciences, it becomes more apparent that dishonesty with others,  has a greater impact on our own health.  In neuroscience, it has been documented that even the very organization and process of the changing brain is intimately connected to the truths and falsehood we personally embrace.  
 
Lies stem from fears. It orbits a deeply rooted insecurity created from the dialogue we share with ourselves.  The false statements such as “I am worthless” or ” I am not important” are planted by primary support authorities when we were children, and they reside close to the center  or seat of the pathology.  Over time, we coat this falsehood in added layers , with what we believe to be “our evidence” , from how we are treated, how others react to us or how we expect others to regard us. This leads us to a desperate course of  snatching any available opportunities to “feel a moment of gratification” at the expense of honest and just means.  We find ways to meet our immediate needs like a homeless child, stealing candy from a candy store when we could not afford the costs.  Under intense judgement, we grow up and learn whatever we have to in order to avoid the punishments attached to our wrong actions.  Over the course of years, we will either look inward and unravel the lies that bind us, or we will continue our journey to become skillful in obtaining what is not ours, by whatever means necessary.  We do this while we find that particular means to avoid judgement and criticism of those “righteous people” who dare to ‘ look down on me’.  We steal, and rationalize.  We injure, and redirect blame.  But avoiding truth and living in the denial of our core negative self regard, always catches up with us.  We are funny that way.  Sometimes we think it is better to go on living with our lies, despite the snowball of growing consequences, than to to just own our lies and confront them as needed. Just because we have injuries from our past, does not make our distorted “view of self”  true.  We just make it true.  We live to fulfil it in full without considering its impact.
 
Well, I was not planning to dissect this pathology of our mindset, but there it is.  
 
Recently, I have read articles about uncovering lies. 
 
One way in which we are not even conscious, is how it affects our handwriting.  See the following. 

Lying affects the way we write

..This study shows that the system can identify when participants have written the truth and when they have lied: For example, the pressure exerted on the page when the participants were writing false symptoms was greater than when they were writing about their true medical condition.The regularity of the strokes when writing a lie,reflected in the height and width of the letters, was significantly
different from the regularity of the strokes when writing the truth.Differences in duration, space and pressure were also found in false writing.
The researchers were also able to divide the types of handwriting into more distinct profiles (very small or large handwriting, etc.) and to find other more substantial differences associated with each writing profile.

According to the researchers, when a person writes something false, cognitive load is created in the brain
and this load creates competing demands for resources in the brain, such that operations that we usually perform automatically, like writing, are affected.
They added that the current study found that false
medical information in “laboratory conditions” creates cognitive load that enables the computer system to identify changes in handwriting,
and it can be assumed that in a natural situation, together with the need to lie to the doctor, the cognitive load would be even greater.

Here is an interesting article on clues about lying.

How To Tell If Someone Is Lying: The Tell-Tale Signs

  • TV shows and folk wisdom have suggested commonly held beliefs for spotting lairs, but the truth is they’re not always accurate
  • A liar will tend to give too much information and they often struggle to
    repeat their original performance if asked to recount the events in
    opposite order.
  • liars tend to avoid “I” statements and use third-person pronouns like “he” and “she” instead.
  • people who are speaking honestly will maintain eye contact for about 60 percent of a conversation. When one lies, they work at keeping eye contact
  • so as to appear honest.
  • A lliar will often engage in more eye contact without much blinking.
  • Liars will subconsciously point their feet towards the exit of the room.
  • A smile often surfaces from the liar when they think they’ve successfully deceived you.
  • Often they nod their head while denying or shake their head while agreeing.

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Let us agree make it a regular habit to review our “self talk” the next time we find our words are not ringing quite true.  
Our integrity and health depend on it.
 
Greg
 
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Women: A Man’s Finer “Points”

Women: A Man’s finer Points

I have recently read an article that underscores predisposing components for behavioural tendencies which starts in utero. What this article states is how testosterone in the development of the foetus plays a very significant role in adults.  In females, there does not seem to be a great deal of influence.  However, numerous studies seem to consistently show that the behavioural tendencies of men are correlated with the level of testosterone.


The article also states that the influence of testosterone in utero also contributes to the finger length as well.

 

This is not the first time I have seen articles about finger length and testosterone levels in utero. But what was interesting was how this article  used a ratio of the 2nd and 4rth digits for classification.
 
In other words, if the index finger and ring finger is close in length, then the level of testosterone was appropriately supplied in utero.
 
Having appropriate levels also seem to contribute to a more agreeable constitution as well ( as represented in the study). 

  

 

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 For example, a male having a narrow ratio with the Index to ring finger seems to indicate he would be less argumentative with his female counterpart as well as with women in general.  In fact, he would more likely to be a good listener and interact well with children.   Sounds like a “handy” thing to know, doesn’t it? So, Have I stirred your interest?  Enjoy the article below.



A video related to this topic can be found here:


PUBLIC RELEASE: 18-FEB-2015 

Can you judge a man by his fingers?
Study finds link between relative lengths of index and ring fingers in men and behavior towards women
MCGILL UNIVERSITY

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This news release is available in French.

Maybe you should take a good look at your partner’s fingers before putting a ring on one. Men with short index fingers and long ring fingers are on average nicer towards women, and this unexpected phenomenon stems from the hormones these men have been exposed to in their mother’s womb, according to a new study by researchers at McGill University. The findings might help explain why these men tend to have more children. The study, showing a link between a biological event in fetal life and adult behaviour, was published in the journal Personality and Individual Differences.

Men’s index fingers are generally shorter than their ring fingers. The difference is less pronounced in women. Previous research has found that digit ratio – defined as the second digit length divided by the fourth digit length – is an indication of the amount of male hormones, chiefly testosterone, someone has been exposed to as a fetus: the smaller the ratio, the more male hormones. The McGill study suggests that this has an impact on how adult men behave, especially with women.

“It is fascinating to see that moderate variations of hormones before birth can actually influence adult behaviour in a selective way,” says Simon Young, a McGill Emeritus Professor in Psychiatry and coauthor of the study.

Smiles and compliments

Several studies have been conducted previously to try to assess the impact of digit ratio on adult behaviour. This one is the first to highlight how finger lengths affect behaviour differently depending on the sex of the person you are interacting with. “When with women, men with smaller ratios were more likely to listen attentively, smile and laugh, compromise or compliment the other person,” says Debbie Moskowitz, lead author and Professor of Psychology at McGill. They acted that way in sexual relationships, but also with female friends or colleagues. These men were also less quarrelsome with women than with men, whereas the men with larger ratios were equally quarrelsome with both. For women though, digit ratio variation did not seem to predict how they behaved, the researchers report.

Digit ratio and children

For 20 days, 155 participants in the study filled out forms for every social interaction that lasted 5 minutes or more, and checked off a list of behaviours they engaged in. Based on prior work, the scientists classified the behaviours as agreeable or quarrelsome. Men with small digit ratios reported approximately a third more agreeable behaviours and approximately a third fewer quarrelsome behaviours than men with large digit ratios.

A previous study had found that men with smaller digit ratios have more children. “Our research suggests they have more harmonious relationships with women; these behaviors support the formation and maintenance of relationships with women,” Moskowitz says. “This might explain why they have more children on average.”

The researchers were surprised to find no statistically relevant link between dominant behaviours and digit ratios. They suggest future research could study specific situations where male dominance varies – such as competitive situations with other men – to see whether a correlation can be established.

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This study was funded by a grant from the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council – Canada.

“Fetal exposure to androgens, as indicated by digit ratios (2D:4D), increases men’s agreeableness with women” D.S. Moskowitz, Rachel Sutton, David C. Zuroff, Simon N. Young, Personality and Individual Differences, March 2015 (available online 27 November 2014) http://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S0191886914006400

 

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What “LIES” Beneath…

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The most important fundamental principle  in Psychiatry is discovering the content of our “self talk”. 

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Cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT), introduced by Dr. Aaron Beck, has been established as a very useful therapy for those suffering from a wide range of emotional problems.  The effective application of this therapy has been a powerful tool not only for troubled individuals but for anyone who desires some sort of compass to navigate through the rocky terrain of everyday life.

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The principles are based on uncovering the lies we have learned throughout our lives and how they introduce obstacles when we hold them as truths.  The most valuable aspect of CBT is that it does not require a lifelong therapists. In fact, the pace of healing is centered on those who earnestly acquire the skills to keep their mental dialogue in check.  When we learn how to extract truth in our interpretations of life events, we are able to break free from the anxiety and fear that threaten our freedom to live life fully as intended,

Here, I will share the six basic lies that rob our freedoms.  If you learn how to identify these lies, then you will be in a position to begin replacing your self dialogue with truths, and begin a journey of freedom.

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Now, Go Reclaim your freedom!

 

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The Christmas Announcement

The Christmas Announcement

The Announcement

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And the Word was made flesh, and dwelt among us, and we beheld his glory, 
the glory as of the only begotten of the Father, full of grace and truth.

I had the privilege of hearing the Chicago Brass at my church on Sunday.  Christmas just wouldn’t be the same without hearing these talented musicians harmonize beautifully with crisp songs of Joy, that charge the atmosphere with the season of excitement and great expectation.

The sermon was also uplifting and meaningful.  The text was taken from John Chapter 1.

Allow me to quote from the KJV.

1 In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. 2 The same was in the beginning with God. 3 All things were made by him; and without him was not any thing made that was made. 4 In him was life; and the life was the light of men. 5 And the light shineth in darkness; and the darkness comprehended it not. 6 There was a man sent from God, whose name was John. 7 The same came for a witness, to bear witness of the Light, that all men through him might believe. 8 He was not that Light, but was sent to bear witness of that Light. 9 That was the true Light, which lighteth every man that cometh into the world. 10 He was in the world, and the world was made by him, and the world knew him not. 11 He came unto his own, and his own received him not. 12 But as many as received him, to them gave he power to become the sons of God, even to them that believe on his name: 13 Which were born, not of blood, nor of the will of the flesh, nor of the will of man, but of God. 14 And the Word was made flesh, and dwelt among us, (and we beheld his glory, the glory as of the only begotten of the Father,) full of grace and truth. 15 John bare witness of him, and cried, saying, This was he of whom I spake, He that cometh after me is preferred before me: for he was before me. 16 And of his fulness have all we received, and grace for grace. 17 For the law was given by Moses, but grace and truth came by Jesus
Christ.

With the fresh reflection of the brass instruments stirring in my heart, I started to wiggle my way through the complex texts.  It seemed deeply profound, yet there was a message brewing up from this passage.  It seemed to speak more to me as I climbed over each term, trying to follow the intended message and envision their content in a more meaningful way.

1 In the beginning was the Word..”Word” is a Greek term for “Logos“.  This has a broad meaning and application.  It is where we get logic and logistics.  It bore the concept of order, structure and was applied to the use of science in the past.  It is the “way in which all things operate and function”.  It is the personification of thought, as in God’s thought and envisioned grace that provided a son for our salvation.

3 All things were made by him; and without him was not any thing made that was made.

4 In him was life; and the life was the light of men.  

Wow.  What a concept.  So, what now exits is because of him and in him was life. 

So, I tried to consider how to represent this.  In Him…Life.  Yes, I thought of a channel, a passage, a tube.  Yes.  Then I thought of things existing…which began as a thought.  It is like something evolved from a conception of God’s mind.  It was like an opening, a widening, like a  bell of a horn!

Then the message developed into a an image.  It became more meaningful and applicable.

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Consider this.  In Him is life..like the breath of life.  It started with the thought and intent of Logos. It is expressed in all things, like the bell of the trumpet.  Through the music of this brass instrument, it presents a song… a song of salvation…a song of invitation.  It is the light of men, to those that hear and attend to the music.  The light of men bring them to Life itself…as it was meant to be; the life we were meant to have, in meaningfulness.  I researched it further and found a similar meaning.

The trumpet was used in Communication before its use as a musical instrument. It was primarily a signal, either for soldiers, hunters, or to announce someone’s arrival. The fact that the trumpet’s sound carries a long way added to its value in that respect.

What is the Significance of Trumpets in the Bible?

Not only was this instrument used as a feast trumpet to gather people together to celebrate, it was used in processions as well. The walls surrounding Jericho crumbled when people marched around them blowing shofars. It is said that the second coming of Christ will be announced with the sound of this instrument. The first day of the seventh month was termed a “memorial of blowing” or a “day of blowing” in the Old Testament. This day is called Rosh Hashanah and is celebrated in the Jewish religion.

(“The Feast of Trumpets.” Answers.com. N.p., n.d. Web. 22 Dec. 2014.)

Also, in scripture I found a reference to God’s announcement as a trumpet.

Psalms 47:5
5 God is gone up with a shout, the LORD with the sound of a trumpet.

The message goes out to a dark world, or to many who do not regard the light.  If they did see and value the light, it will lead them to Life itself.  So, here is the message as revealed in scripture.

Behold, wisdom calleth, and understanding sendeth forth her voice, 2 On the top of high places, by the wayside, at the house where there are many paths doth she place herself. 3 Alongside of gates, at the opening of the city, at the entrance of the town-doors doth she call loudly, 4 Unto you, O men, I call, and my voice goeth forth to the sons of men, 5 Learn, O ye simple, to understand prudence: and, ye fools, be ye of an understanding heart. 

8 In righteousness are all the sayings of my mouth, there is in them nothing crooked or perverse. 9 They are all evident to the man of understanding, and correct to those that have obtained knowledge.

14 Mine are counsel and sound wisdom: I am understanding; mine is might. 15 Through me do kings reign, and chieftains give decrees in righteousness. 16 Through me do princes rule, and the nobles, even all the judges of the earth.

(“Proverbs 8.” Behold, Wisdom Calleth, and Understanding Sendeth Forth Her Voice,. N.p., n.d. Web. 22 Dec. 2014.)

In closing, I challenge each of you not to get caught up with the anxieties of the season but to listen for that music, to follow the melody, the very light and discover the Life which you deserve, as was meant to be.  May you all have a Happy and Peaceful Holiday season my friends and family!

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Happy Holidays!

Greg

 

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Dealing with Betrayal in the Family

Here is a simple Guide to help those who are dealing with betrayal in the family.  It could be either unfaithfulness of a spouse, or even a child who has broken trust.  I wrote this paper as a simple metaphorical scheme, as each family member are team players who share the same goal of having winning seasons.  Strategies and suggestions are provided.  Enjoy.

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Slideshow Presentation: Revealing your Child’s behavior in Context

Presentation Given to Parents in Atibia, Brazil.

Here I discussed importance of knowing your child in context. I also discussed a brief method of Psychiatry in assessing cognitive emotional function.  Further, I touched on aspects of attention problems and the role of anxiety in obstructing focus and its contribution to disease. I ended with a brief overview of neuroscience and the important role of keeping anxiety in check.  I believe this presentation can be useful to many, as it is to my daily self maintenance.

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Revealing Your Childs Behavior in Context

 

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