“Nomophobia” 

Neal Pollard That’s not a typo for another popularly-used term.  It’s actually a “thing,” at least according to a 2010 study by the UK Post Office.  It is short for “no-mobile-phone phobia” (Tim Elmore, psychologytoday.com). There’s even a website called nomophobia.com, and they identify “the four fears of Nomophobia”—broken, lost, stolen, or useless smartphones. While … Continue reading “Nomophobia” 

“WINNING THE LOTTERY”

Neal Pollard One of the most recent lottery winners, Jesus Davila, Jr., has an interesting backstory.  He once spent 12 years behind bars for the manufacturing and selling of cocaine, a felony.  This week, he claimed $127 million after taxes.  Sounds like a rags to riches kind of story, doesn’t it?  It is interesting, and … Continue reading “WINNING THE LOTTERY”

“Please Let My Mom Stop Smoking”

Neal Pollard It was written on the back of a recent attendance card by one who seems to be pretty young--less than ten years old.  I did not recognize the child's name, so I would guess it to be a visitor.  Yet, the plaintive cry pulls at my heartstrings. Ironically, another visitor (a grown man) … Continue reading “Please Let My Mom Stop Smoking”

The Vicious Cycle Of Pornography

Neal Pollard Dr. Les Parrott III, in the book Helping the Struggling Adolescent, discusses the four-step cycle of pornography addiction. It is (1) preoccupation (with thoughts and a search for sexual material), (2) ritualization (the specific, immoral routine), (3) compulsive sexual behavior (the culminating act), and (4) despair (utter hopelessness or powerless about one's behavior).  … Continue reading The Vicious Cycle Of Pornography