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New Dawn Coaching and Training – Do you have Baby Elephant Syndrome?
"Early in life, a baby elephant is tied to a tree with a strong rope. Since the elephant naturally wants to roam, it pulls and tugs in an attempt to free itself from confinement. But since it is still small and relatively weak, such efforts yield no results. The baby elephant learns quite early in life that it will have no success in releasing itself from the rope; it then stops trying to escape.

"Later on, when the elephant has grown into a creature of tremendous size and strength, it could undoubtedly now take the rope AND the tree with it in an easy stab at freedom. Yet, the massive elephant remains tied to the tree via a simple rope. Since its mind has been conditioned by previous attempts – and failures – at success, the elephant won’t even try to break free anymore."
2013  2010s  new_dawn  elephant  animal  allegory  emotion  choice  will  action  trauma  conditioning  limit  failure  escape  strength 
november 2014 by cluebucket
Suicide and the Economy - Elizabeth MacBride - The Atlantic
"My family had not only refused to speak of Roy, they rewrote the story of his death. Within hours, they closed ranks. A second cousin, a local policeman, told the newspaper Roy was subject to fainting spells. His mother said he died of a heart attack in a parking garage; according to another family story, he’d fallen in front of a train. Eventually, the lie became the truth. I flipped through the journals his mother wrote in 1950s. She mentioned Roy once, when a passerby reminded her of him. Then she went back later and whited out his name."
suicide  theatlantic  depression  economy  1920s  1930s  america  family  2013  2010s  death  memory  mental_health  crisis  psychology  employment  failure  life  library  news  roy_humphrey  nyc  new_jersey  elizabeth_macbride  stigma  society  survival  denial  guilt  shame  emotion 
september 2013 by cluebucket

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