At the Mercy of Externals: Righting Wrongs and Protecting Kids

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iUniverse, May 24, 2012 - Psychology - 228 pages

Protecting children from all forms of abuse and understanding their formative years is on the minds of todays 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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Foundations of Beliefs
Roberts FLAGS Model
Adult Roles and Responsibilities
Insult and Injury
Contexts of Abuse and Victimization
Results and Losses Associated With Abuse and Victimization
Balancing the Scales
In Defense of the Underdogs Those Truly at the Mercy of Externals
Pairing and Parenting The Basics
Breaking the Cycles
Myth and the Need for Critical Thinking

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About the author (2012)

David L. Roberts completed a four-year PhD in clinical psychology from the California School of Professional Psychology now under Alliant International University. He is a licensed clinical psychologist and has worked many years serving at-risk youth. Roberts now runs a private practice, ProKids Inc., and lives in Mobile, Alabama. He is also the author of Psyche-Soul-ology.

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