Month: September 2017

Arrogance in Muslims

Islamic Psychology

Arrogance is essentially a prideful attitude of superiority. The opposite of humility. Arrogance in Muslims is not only a negative personality trait, it is a dangerous path. Original sin stems from pride when we look at the story of Iblis (satan) refusing to bow to Adam (peace be upon him).

People are not born arrogant, this develops overtime. Success is wonderful, but it does elevate one’s risk for arrogance. In those moments of success and achievement, we must remember to give praise and thanks to Allah (most glorified, most high). This simple act of gratitude and worship keeps us grounded.

Some people act arrogant as a defense mechanism; look a little deeper and that person is actually insecure and they fear rejection. It takes a level of self-esteem and trust in order to allow ourselves to be vulnerable. An insecure person is putting up a metaphorical shield when they act arrogant.

Narcissistic personality disorder describes someone with an over-inflated sense of self-worth and importance. Their sense of entitlement is evident and they do not mind stepping on others to get what they want. Again, we may be seeing a highly arrogant individual on the surface, but underneath that hides levels of insecurity. This person NEEDS validation and praise so they demand it.

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Refugee Children Facing Trauma

Trauma

The impact of trauma on refugee children is sometimes overlooked due to a perception that they are too young to understand and bringing those topics up in a discussion may do more harm than good. We are seeing a lot of refugees and unfortunately, many of them have endured traumatic experiences that have impacted their children. Some children are highly resilient and seem to bounce back almost effortlessly, however, this can be an act sometimes in order to make their parents proud such as a young boy trying to prove his “manhood” and they are often not able to comprehend and articulate emotions as well as adults.

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Psychological Damage of Hurricanes

Trauma

As a resident of the southeast region of the United States, hurricanes are almost an annual event and some people  have hurricane parties. I am not making this up, some people legitimately have parties before a hurricane hits. That being said, they are destructive and can hurt the mind as much as they hurt a house.

The news stations are showing image after image of destroyed homes and swaying trees; the physical devastation Hurricane Irma brought to Puerto Rico has been displayed to the world.

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World Suicide Prevention Day

Suicide
Sunday September 10, 2017 is World Suicide Prevention day

At 2000 (8pm) supporters will light candles in their windows to remember a loved one that committed suicide, show their support for suicide prevention and awareness as well as to show support for those that have survived. The International Association for Suicide Prevention launched this day of support and remembrance in 2003.

For those of us touched by suicide in some form or another, we know that this voice is an important one. The people suffering in silence need to know their voice is important, support does exist for them and they deserve to have a better quality of life where they genuinely smile at the beginning of a new day.

The International Association for Suicide Prevention states that over 800,000 people a day die due to suicide with 25 times more people making attempts.

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