At the Mercy of Externals: Righting Wrongs and Protecting Kids

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iUniverse, May 24, 2012 - Psychology - 228 pages
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Protecting children from all forms of abuse and understanding their formative years is on the minds of today’s professionals and families. In At the Mercy of Externals, author Dr. David L. Roberts provides a practical model to successfully guide kids into adulthood.

He introduces his Roberts FLAGS model (or RFLAGS), which explains how we tend to act out emotion-based anxiety rather than face the issues from the past that are often fueling our negative emotions of Fear, Loneliness, Anger, Guilt, and Shame. The model serves as a visual and intellectual way to understand the development of maladaptive behavior, and it is a means of helping us to understand that behavior is not necessarily representative of who we are as a person.

A companion to Psyche-Soul-ology, At the Mercy of Externals advocates a two-step approach to the problems families, kids, and professionals face in various situations and contexts. Roberts uses examples from his dysfunctional childhood, combined with his professional experiences helping at-risk youth, to demonstrate the importance of repairing our lives as adults as a preliminary step to nurturing and protecting children.

 

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Contents

Foundations of Beliefs
1
Roberts FLAGS Model
14
Adult Roles and Responsibilities
33
Insult and Injury
45
Contexts of Abuse and Victimization
58
Results and Losses Associated With Abuse and Victimization
82
KIDS
95
Balancing the Scales
108
In Defense of the Underdogs Those Truly at the Mercy of Externals
125
Pairing and Parenting The Basics
141
Breaking the Cycles
156
Myth and the Need for Critical Thinking
167
Appendices
183
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