The fact that we all learn our native language, even the most difficult ones, during our formative years tells us proactive education in the joys of living will be easier and more effective than in our adult years. This selection of common sense assumptions is not exclusive; the wisdoms that promote well-being are unlimited. Elaboration of these skills of joyous living and many more are provided here at the Educational Community forever free website, www.anwot.org. When you the teacher so educate yourself you will be a more amazing teacher.
What wisdoms can you add that grow mental wealth? Thinking about your most useful assumptive views will inspire your own creativity. The very same assumptive views that prevent individuals from committing suicide are applicable to prevent the species suicide we are making more likely day-by-day by our faulty assumptions. The newer way of thinking that will reduce the prevalence of suicide are offered through the Educational Community, Inc. forever free Internet site. Partner with us in teaching the skills of ANWOT that will prevent individual and species suicide.
One of my professors, Curt Richter2, discovered the concept of “learned helplessness.” Rodents whose movements were restrained in their early development quickly gave up and drowned when placed in a tank of water; those with no history of being restrained swam to safety. Our prevalent educational methods prescribe what is expected and punishes failure to comply. We are taught to associate mistakes with failure and need for punishment. Repeated mistakes create the psychological learned helplessness that shuts down our energy factory and suffocates our natural resilience to the common stresses of living. Nature programs us to make mistakes and learn from them. Through the power of interpretation, we override nature’s wisdom, substitute blaming-in and self-inflicted punishment, and a “give up” mentality for problem-solving. No species compares to the education in “guilt”, self-putdowns, and other forms of attack that we impose on ourselves.
The newer proactive intervention this stren offers does not invalidate the advice currently offered. You will learn much by going to the Internet, “suicide+prevention,” for comprehensive contemporary advice on suicide prevention. Specific resources include: (1) The National Suicide Prevention Lifeline is 1-800-273-TALK (8255); website = suicidepreventionlifeline.org. (2) The American Foundation for Suicide Prevention. (3) Emergency: call 911. The prevalent advice is valuable but it is often too little and too late. Once the assumptive views that lead to learned helplessness/hopelessness, guilt, depression, perfectionism, dependence on authority, and so on are inscribed during our formative years and then made habit by repetition, they resist influence when the crisis occurs.
2The Psychobiology of Curt Richter, by Curt Paul Richter, ork Press, 1974. Curt Richter, A Life in the Laboratory, Jay Schulkin, Johns Hopkins Press, 2005.