Archive for: March, 2017

Week 49: Leaders and PTSD

I’m going to insert a parenthetical thought in this series I’ve begun about bio-chemicals and our relationships to others. It’s called Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD). Something I’ve struggled with after 40-plus years of ministry. Last week I introduced the subject of the stress hormone called cortisol—a chemical triggered by the stimulation of amygdalae (ah-mig-dah-lye) located…

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Week 48: Leader Take Care of Yourself

Last week we touched on four biological chemicals that God designed to create positive moods—i.e., endorphins, dopamine, serotonin and oxytocin. Understanding how these chemicals impact the social interaction between leaders and community serves a great purpose. Let’s recap. Endorphins­—mask our pain in response to stress or fear. Its purpose: physical survival. Dopamine—incentivizes us to accomplish…

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Week 47: Chemically Designed by God

I read a book, recently, that introduced me to the subject of biological chemicals in our bodies that controls behavior and moods.[1] Among them are four primary “happy” chemicals that cause positive feelings, a sense of well-being. They are: endorphins, dopamine, serotonin and oxytocin. This information gave me greater insight into how the function of…

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Week 46: Signs of an Autocratic Spirit

Upon reading the last two blogs about “needing to be needed,” one reader became concerned they might be such a person without knowing it. They asked for more symptoms or signs. Since needing to be needed as a leader can be an autocratic trait, let’s address some other traits. First, we live in a world that…

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