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How to achieve growth after trauma.

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Our world has changed.

What is possible beyond this traumatic experience of the pandemic and how do we get there?

One of the most beneficial tools for post traumatic growth is working with a companion, such as a coach or counselor experienced in stress management and resilience training techniques. The key to doing this is through respecting what has happened and navigating a way forward, so you can find your place in a changed world.

Which of These Perspectives Sound Familiar to You?

If any of the following scenarios feel or sound familiar, then you too have experienced an event or series of events that is/are likely causing you trauma. A trauma challenges our ability to regulate emotions, disrupts our beliefs about ourselves and our world as well. Trauma changes our life story.

By identifying trauma, you can begin the necessary healing process that leads to post traumatic growth.

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She woke diaphoretic, tachycardic and with memories of a 42 yo patient who shouldn’t have died; an unvaccinated young man who landed in the intensive care unit (ICU) with complications from COVID. In the end he coded and didn’t respond to the valiant efforts of the ICU team that she led. It wasn’t the first time she woke to this nightmare.

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He had presented atypically at his family physician’s office, before the long list of symptoms came to  be associated with Coronavirus infection. He was sent home; but not before he had transmitted the virus to multiple medical staff causing staff shortages. His test came back positive and by day 9, he was in the ICU on a ventilator.

Healthcare System

Beyond absences caused by COVID illness, staff also hesitated to come to work because they were pregnant or caring for an elderly parent. Staff shortages became worse.

Healthcare Worker

She knew there had been many turning points that if handled differently could have saved the patient’s  life. Early on she had perseverated about all these decision points. His workplace could have offered remote working; the government could have distributed vaccinations out to essential workers unable to work remotely more quickly; the patient could have had a pulse oximeter to use at home to detect his declining oxygen saturation; the person who transmitted the illness to him could have been more cautious. She could have recognized the earlier signs of heart failure and trusted her gut instead of the requests of the family when they, in denial delayed treatment she knew was necessary.

Along with the thoughts of what could have been, came emotional distress. She was sad, angry and without confidence. She dreaded going to work, was lost as to how to enjoy her important connections with her family and in her community. It was difficult at times to stop the tears.

The Next Patient

As the pandemic progressed and vaccines were available to any adult who wanted one, the ICUs were populated with those who chose not to be vaccinated. The patients and their families were in disbelief as their loved ones died from a disease that they thought was less worrisome than the vaccination that could have prevented it. They didn’t trust the intensivist treatments and wanted to use the recommendations promoted in the press.

Healthcare Worker

As the unvaccinated COVID patients continued to come through the doors of the ICU; she realized that the assumption that families trusted her to aggressively treat patients who could recover with evidence based medicine, was wrong. Intensivists across the country struggled as their world and their self image disappeared in a matter of months. It seemed that they were no longer the brilliant heroes that families trusted to save lives. Instead they were seen as getting in the way of life saving measures created by misinformation in the press. These disrupted assumptions about their role and their world, put in doubt the course of their life story. They began to doubt they would be able to help families navigate the difficult decisions of when to be aggressive with treatment and when to let go, the decisions that are so crucial in the ICU.


Rising above the traumatic experience

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Largely, because of the extensive work of the VA system, we know a great deal about what it takes to recover and rise above traumatic experiences. Post traumatic growth (PTG) is the process of transformation that can occur in response to a traumatic event. By necessity, people develop a new way of thinking, feeling and behaving because their baseline way of functioning no longer serves them. They ultimately find new meaning in their life. Some are able to navigate this process naturally without help, others may find a companion or a therapist helpful. The process was first described by psychologists Richard Tedeschi, PhD and Lawrence Calhoun, PhD in the mid-1990s. They suggest five steps to positive growth.

First Element of Recovery

This involves an awareness of the physiological and psychological response to the traumatic event. Automatic rumination can be understood as a normal response to a painful event. Our brain investigates pain. Evolutionarily it served our species well to understand and avoid the things that were harmful to us. The physiologic response that was designed to get us out of an acutely threatening event is harmful if operating in a sustained mode. Stress causes disease. Understanding and normalizing this response is the first step to recovery.

Second Element of Recovery

Management of emotional distress involves handling the anxiety, insomnia and automatic rumination. Our default brain wanders in the life depleting muck of unhealthy thoughts. When we are not focused, we have thoughts of regretting the past and worrying about the future. We are not focused on the present. These ruminations cause anxiety and insomnia. Practicing presencing techniques such as relaxation, mindfulness, and creative endeavors, focus the mind positively and strengthen the connections and increase the real estate in our pleasure centers, reducing the ability of the flight, fight, freeze response to dominate our lives.

Third Element of Recovery

Self-exploration of current intrusive thoughts and effective support from companions is key to PTG. The disclosure takes many forms. This could be in private with journaling, poetry, art or sharing one on one or in support groups. The purpose of the self-disclosure is to begin to make sense of what happened, increase control over the thoughts, and move from automatic rumination to intentional constructive thinking. Social support during this phase can bring perspective to the intentional thoughts that can be helpful or merely provide a safe, nonjudgmental space to reveal pain.

Fourth Element of Recovery

This step integrates the work done in the first three phases to develop a new vision for life. The formidable distress is managed, the disruption of assumptions about who they are and what the world holds for them is resolved and they have emerged learning from and being transformed by the work. They have a realization that they alone are the authors of their life story and there is hope once again.

Fifth Element of Recovery

Through the development of articulated life principles, the traumatized individual is prepared for handling future trauma and developing new purpose in life. The translation of these revelations into daily life is the transformation that can occur with hard work and good support from other humans. The patient with the traumatic amputation as a result of an IED coaching special Olympics; the grieving wife of a fallen football player now leading efforts to prevent heat stroke in athletes; the physician with substance abuse disorder working beyond retirement age because of a new found passion for addiction medicine; are just a few examples of individuals who have been transformed. Some consider the traumatic event as both the worst and best experience of their lives.

An expert companion who is familiar with these five domains of PTG can hold space for and guide the traumatized individual on their journey to transformation. Teams can learn to respect what they went through, discover the strengths of their members and learn to move forward together. Growth is possible after a traumatic experience.

Richard G. Tedeschi, Jane Shakespeare-Finch, Kanako Taku, and Lawrence G. Calhoun in Posttraumatic Growth Theory, Research, and Applications; 2018

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Adjusting Your Creative Output With Dylan Sesco

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Adjusting Your Creative Output With Dylan Sesco

Some people manifest their dreams, but very seldom does it pan out the way they wanted or imagined.

Dylan Sesco wanted to work on music. It started with wanting to lipsync Snoop Dogg for a school talent show, then writing his own lyrics in 6th grade.

“Oh it was bad. Really bad.”

Eventually with the accessibility of computers and programs, Dylan started making his own hip-hop beats. No longer did you need 10,000 dollars worth of studio equipment, you just needed a simple laptop. After that, a camera to start making music videos.

That led to working on projects with friends, which led to a crew of artists, which led to forming his own small label called Vertlife Entertainment with friend and fellow artist Flax.

Dylan Sesco was driven by production and crafting a brand, but still had the itch to make his own music as well. Jumping from executive producing to video production to rapper in the same session, he created an eclectic style of hip-hop based music with a stable of talent including Seaz, Ave, ItsRucka, Epacenter, Neto V and more.

Dylan Sesco

You may not know those names. Infact, you probably don’t. The label didn’t amount to much.

“It still hurts sometimes. We never made it big, but I cherish those times and the art we created.”

After struggling for years, Dylan Sesco would be in his rented studio alone until the sun came up working on music that mostly never saw the light of day. He released multiple solo projects featuring all his friends, hoping it would motivate them to work as hard as he was.

It just didn’t happen. Everyone had their own lives, and this was viewed as a hobby. But not to Dylan Sesco.

The frustration led to a creative pivot. Dylan was already well versed in video production. He was the in-house video producer as well as head of the label, producer and rapper. From various music video freelance work to small documentary work, this was another passion that he had almost ignored.

In 2016, he went all in and started a new Youtube channel: The Somethin’ Or Other Tour.

Dylan Sesco (and his brother Cole) started exploring history, going to football games, and visiting pop-up museums.

“I just wanted to do something positive and motivate people to see the world. We lost a lot of peers to violence, drugs and prison. I wanted people that otherwise wouldn’t get a chance to discover the cool things the world has to offer.”

The idea that started as a hip-hop travel show has blossomed into a small time show with big time aspirations. An adventure, travel, experience show that touches on any topic you can think of.

Dylan says it has been the most rewarding creative outlet of his life. He thought his dream was music, but letting go of the stubbornness let him find his true passion. Things don’t always go as planned.

The Somethin’ Or Other Tour, or SOOT.tv, has been featured on the nightly news, ESPN, and even in a french high school textbook.

The viewership is not huge, it’s not a famous channel, but the content has depth that has touched people.

“I get so many kind words. Teachers that show my videos to their kids, people that haven’t been able to travel themselves, things like that. It feels good to be able to provide something, as little as it may be.”

“Letting go of my other dream was difficult, but necessary. It worked out. I am so much happier now.”

Dylan Sesco

Let this be a lesson that sometimes our dreams aren’t set in stone, and there may be a separate, or adjacent goal that will fulfill you just the same, or even more.

You can learn more about Dylan Sesco and The Somethin’ Or Other Tour on Youtube at http://soot.tv.

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Epic Copycat: MEMS Company Found Guilty of Infringement amidst Global Conference

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Epic Copycat: MEMS Company Found Guilty of Infringement amidst Global Conference

The much-admired International Workshop on Acoustic Wave Devices for Future Communication recently took place after the pandemic. Needless to say, it went successfully and attracted many acclaimed industry experts and academic professionals. ‘Awareness about IP protection’ was one of the hot topics that were discussed at the conference.

However, things took an interesting turn when an announcement of a product originated from EPIC MEMES came under debate.

The proven copycat, EPIC MEMS, announced its self-reliance in research and development after the conference concluded. The company president proclaimed that the company has successfully developed the ‘FBAR technology.’ However, he forgot to mention the original developer Broadcom Inc., from whom they’d stolen the technology.

Dr. Rich Ruby, director of technology (FBAR & orthogonal markets) at Broadcom, made the case for his company. He shed light on how his company has acquired and developed the technology and presented solid evidence of the FBAR infringement.“I wish that I or Broadcom employees had thought of substituting Sc for Al atoms in the unit cell (and patented it),” explained Dr. Ruby. He then described how the process of patents works in the industry.  “You get protection from others simply copying (or stealing) your IP and avoiding any innovation or research cost,” he clarified his stance.

Dr. Rich Ruby is a renowned name in the industry and has won several accolades for his contributions. He is well-known for his participation in the packaging of FBAR filters and duplexers as well as his development efforts for acoustic properties and manufacturability. He rose to fame in 2001–2003 when he universalized the first FBAR duplexers HPMD7901 and the 7904 back in 2001–2003.

For his work on FBAR technology, he has received the CB Sawyer Award, the Bill Hewlett Award, and the Barney Oliver Prize. He’s also the recipient of the IAP Prize for “Industrial Applications of Physics.” Over the years, he has given numerous invited papers and has registered around 80 patents.

Dr. Ruby was an Agilent Fellow in 2002 and later took over the directorial role at Broadcom. He expounded how the copycat, EPIC MEMES stole the FBAR technology developed by American Semiconductor manufacturing company Broadcom and did the copyright infringement.

According to Dr. Rich Ruby, “Broadcom FBAR IP was stolen around 2008/9. This stolen IP now has found its way into many Handset manufacturers, and we are aware of this.” To support his claim, he exhibited a photo example of the copycat FBAR 41 filter and said, “[It] looks almost identical to our product and uses many of the inventions we developed and patented.”

(Photo: Dr. Rich Ruby’s Panel at the 2022 International Workshop on Acoustic Wave Devices for Future Communication)

The photo proved to industry experts that Broadcom has developed the technology. The comparison made by DR. Ruby clearly indicated that the copycat company, EPIC MEMES has infringed the FBAR technology. From the cap-opened EPIC MEMS EP7041 filter chip, anyone can conclude that EPIC MEMES is using the technology from Broadcom.

Multiple research labs have unveiled this IP infringement with solid evidence after the conference. Dr. Ruby cautioned that brands who are using filter chips with infringed IPs may have to face the consequences. According to him, their reputation will be stained and the consequences may lead to market withdrawals. Brands may have to withdraw devices like pad computers and smartphones from markets which have infringed Broadcom patent chips.

(Photo: Comparison between Broadcom FBAR and EPIC MEMS FBAR)

The notion of a lawsuit against such companies is an interesting development. It has been observed that Samsung has obtained the problematic filter chips and they’ve been delivered to the market.

But the most surprising thing is perhaps the announcement made by the copycat EPIC MEMES. In response to Dr. Ruby’s panel, the company has rejected the claim. The Epic MEMES statement “we took (the) initiative designed and developed the technology” appears to be carefree and unworried. It is as if the copycat is challenging, “catch me if you can.”

Disclaimer: Contents and opinions in this article are not Founder Courier’s. We only provide a voice to sources in our community.

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What is Positive Psychology?

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For clinical psychologists, education and training have been centered on treating mental disorders to help people achieve symptom relief and return to “normal functioning. This is valuable and necessary work. It starts to feel overly focused on negative aspects of a client’s life. Would it be great to flourish rather than feel normal? What’s normal anyway?

A new field, referred to as positive psychology, was developed in response to the need for a broader focus. So, what is it exactly?

Positive psychology is a subfield of psychology that studies and promotes the positive aspects of human life, such as the strengths and virtues that enable individuals and communities to thrive. More specifically, it focuses on what makes life meaningful and worth living, particularly on topics like happiness, well-being, life satisfaction, gratitude, optimism, character strengths, flourishing, and human potential.

The field of positive psychology was founded in 1998 by American psychologist Martin Seligman (now known as the “father of positive psychology”) during his term as president of the American Psychological Association. At the time, Seligman was frustrated with psychology’s primary emphasis on understanding and treating the negative aspects of the human experience, such as mental illness, suffering, dysfunctional behavior, trauma, and pain. For this reason, he decided to make positive psychology the theme of his presidential term.

Other psychologists have emerged as leaders of the movement with their unique contributions, including Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi, Christopher Peterson, and Barbara Fredrickson. From these co-initiators, we now have compelling research on concepts such as flow, character strengths, the broaden-and-build theory of positive emotions, and many more. We are thrilled to be able to share them with you so that you can thrive, too.

Advantages of Positive Psychology 

Many studies encourage the workings of psychology. These include but aren’t restricted to: 

  • The ability of a cheerful disposition to cultivate the expertise of a happier mood. This isn’t only to say that putting on a happy face will lead to feelings of enjoyment. Instead, they will start to exploit a deeper relationship together. 
  • Easy and tiny actions can have the most significant effect on mood. By way of instance, if somebody generates a custom of keeping track of all the things they’re thankful for, they can subsequently experience more minutes of happiness and pleasure since they’re “priming” their heads to be receptive to these encounters. 
  • We’re resilient. Positive psychology contributes to the story as individuals are invited to concentrate on their strengths. Limited time is spent ruminating on our shortcomings or failures. By coming to us in this manner, we realize that we’re far more powerful than we give our credit for. This self-love creates a cycle of positive thinking in which people become better equipped to deal with compassion, kindness, and understanding. 

Positive psychology is popular and attempts to bring out the best within a person or group. For example, someone could pursue an extraordinary life, participate in life, have a purposeful life, or attain life using positive psychology. Positive psychology impacts supporting mental illness, being joyful, attracting well-being, and decreasing anxiety, depression, and anxiety during positive ideas. Positive psychology is the study of this “great Life”, or even the positive facets of the human experience which make life worth living. As an artwork, it targets both individual and social well-being.

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