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…researchers assessed each individual’s homelessness, inpatient mental-health treatment, psychological symptoms of mental illness, substance use and as victims or perpetrators of violence. The researchers evaluated all of these items as both indicators and outcomes — i.e., as both causes and effects.

“We found that all of these indicators mattered, but often in different ways,” says Sarah Desmarais, an associate professor of psychology at NC State and co-author of the paper. “For example, drug use was a leading indicator of committing violence, while alcohol use was a leading indicator of being a victim of violence.”

However, the researchers also found that one particular category of psychological symptoms was also closely associated with violence: affective symptoms.

“By affect, we mean symptoms including anxiety, depressive symptoms and poor impulse control,” Desmarais says. “The more pronounced affective symptoms were, the more likely someone was to both commit violence and be a victim of violence…

…on average, the researchers found that one event in which a person was a victim of violence triggered seven other effects, such as psychological symptoms, homelessness and becoming perpetrators of violence. Those seven effects, on average, triggered an additional 39 additional effects.

“It’s a complex series of interactions that spirals over time, exacerbating substance use, mental-health problems and violent behavior,” Van Dorn says. –Science Daily

Fiction Writing Prompt: Write the story of a protagonist with poor impulse control and high anxiety.

Journaling Prompt: Write about the state of your mental health and how it affects your behavior.

Art Prompt: Mental Illness and Violence

Non-Fiction / Speechwriting Prompt: Tell  your audience about the complicated relationship between mental illness and violence.

Photo Credit: Alvaro Tapia on Flickr


It is a pain in the ass waiting around for someone to try to kill you. –Trumps of Doom by Roger Zelazny

Fiction Writing Prompt: Use the first line of the week as the starting point or inspiration for a scene, story, poem, or haiku.

Journaling Prompt: What do you hate to wait around for?

Art Prompt: Waiting

Non-Fiction / Speechwriting Prompt: Tell your audience a humorous story about waiting.

Photo Credit: Viewminder on Flickr

tuesday virgin

Wolves populated Nero’s court, Flavia had learned. At first, they’d seemed friendly—concerned for the poor virgin held hostage in the palace. But swiftly Rome’s aristocracy had turned, circling her with hungry eyes, hearts pounding with envy, drooling for her devastation. –Suzanne Tyrpak, Vestal Virgin: Romantic suspense in ancient Rome

Fiction Writing Prompt: Write a story about a vestal virgin in Nero’s Rome.

Journaling Prompt: Have you ever felt like you were being held hostage? How did you feel about the situation? 

Art Prompt: Held hostage

Non-Fiction / Speechwriting Prompt: Tell your audience about vestal virgins in ancient Rome.

Photo Credit: Michael Day on Flickr

painful memory

Memory was a terrible and intensely physical thing. Unlike guilt, it lost none of its power over time. –A Darker Place by Laurie R. King

Fiction Writing Prompt: Write the internal monologue of your protagonist as he/she struggles with a painful memory.

Journaling Prompt: Write about a painful memory and how you deal with it.

Art Prompt: Painful Memory

Non-Fiction / Speechwriting Prompt: Tell your audience how to deal with painful memories.

Photo Credit: JustCallMe_Bethy_ on Flickr

Artist at work

An artist must avoid scandal. One poor decision, and you’re through. –Cinderella’s Tailor by Anne E. Johnson

Fiction Writing Prompt: Use the first line of the week as the starting point or inspiration for a scene, story, poem, or haiku.

Journaling Prompt: How careful do you think you need to be at your job? How are mistakes handled? How much stress does this cause?

Art Prompt: Scandal

Non-Fiction / Speechwriting Prompt: Tell your audience about how to handle stressing out about making mistakes.

Photo Credit: Gabriele Mambrini on Flickr

Man in the mirror

A man’s identity was once largely drawn from work, family and perhaps sport. Today, men are given the task of designing and maintaining an identity from a multitude of alternatives offered by products they can buy and images they are shown in the media. The supposed reward for all this is social and psychological well-being. As many marketers would have it, “look good, feel good”.

But this shift has brought the kind of pressure to conform to a certain image and body shape that was previously directed at almost solely at women. Recent adverts for Protein World weight-loss products that featured a highly toned, bikini-clad modelwere criticised as an attempt to exploit women’s body insecurities and shame them into buying the products. These were accompanied by similarly revealing but largely unnoticed ads for men. While these don’t carry the same sexist legacy of women’s objectification, they do replicate some of the same body shaming issues. –Matthew Hall

Fiction Writing Prompt: Write a story with a male protagonist who is struggling with body shame.

Journaling Prompt: How do you feel about your body? Has it changed over time? How do you deal with any shame about your body?

Art Prompt: Males and Body Shame

Non-Fiction / Speechwriting Prompt: Tell your audience about body shaming in our culture and give them tools to develop a more healthy relationship with their bodies.

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Teresa and the other woman chaperone were looking extremely apprehensive… –A Darker Place by Laurie R. King

Fiction Writing Prompt: Write a story about a field trip or high school dance gone terribly wrong.

Journaling Prompt: Write about your experience as a chaperone.

Art Prompt: Nervous chaperone

Non-Fiction / Speechwriting Prompt: Tell a humorous story about babysitting or chaperoning a group of kids.

Photo Credit: Jeffrey Zeldman on Flickr


“Examples of Bullying at work include harassing, offending, or socially excluding someone repeatedly over a period of around six months.
“Workplace bullying leads to poor health because the victim is exposed to a very stressful situation – resulting in anxiety and lack of vigour. We wanted to see whether deteriorated health could make the employee an easy target for bullying. For example, the victim may have less energy to respond to difficult situations and therefore receive less support from colleagues or supervisors.
“Another explanation is the so-called ‘gloomy perception mechanism’ in which anxious employees may evaluate their environment more negatively.”
Dr Sanz Vergel said: “We found that being exposed to workplace bullying leads to deteriorated mental health and decreased well-being. But at the same time, showing anxious behaviour puts the victim in a weak position and makes them an easy target – leading to a spiral of abuse. –Science Daily

Fiction Writing Prompt: Write the inner monologue of someone as he/she is the target of bullying.

Journaling Prompt: When do you find yourself feeling gloomy about your environment?

Art Prompt: Gloomy perception mechanism

Non-Fiction / Speechwriting Prompt: Tell your audience about the psychological effects of workplace bullying.

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In the absence of scientific explanations, our ancestors were forced to conclude — quite reasonably — that hardships such as plagues, floods, and famines were instigated by supernatural forces beyond their comprehension and control, that human behavior may have been responsible for bringing it on, and that “corrections” in this behavior might help prevent future problems. What’s more, the socio-cultural adaptations required to survive these hardships inevitably led to dramatic changes in human organization, cooperation, and moral values.
“When life is tough or when it’s uncertain, people believe in big gods,” noted Russell Gray in a statement. He’s a professor at the University of Auckland and a founding director of the Max Planck Institute for History and the Sciences in Jena, Germany. “Prosocial behavior maybe helps people do well in harsh or unpredictable environments,” he says. –George Dvorsky

Fiction Writing Prompt: Write a story set in a harsh climate and create a religious system for your characters.

Journaling Prompt: How does the strength of your faith vary according to your life circumstances?

Art Prompt: Harsh weather – big god

Non-Fiction / Speechwriting Prompt: Tell your audience about a religious revival that occurred during extreme circumstances.

Photo Credit: Surian Soosay on Flickr


Jack Hawthorn had begun to dread sleep. He dreamed now, and most of those dreams were nightmares. He wasn’t used to fear: the drumming of his heart, the quickening of breath, the blood coursing through him. –Briar Queen: A Night and Nothing Novel by Katherine Harbour

Fiction Writing Prompt: Use the first line of the week as the starting point or inspiration for a scene, story, poem, or haiku.

Journaling Prompt: How do you feel about sleep?

Art Prompt: Dreading sleep

Non-Fiction / Speechwriting Prompt: Tell a story about a dream you had.

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