On June 25, 2021, I will be speaking on the topic of, “I Am More than My Brain Injury” through Zoom to the Brain Injury Association of South Carolina Brain Injury Support Group Leaders Annual Workshop in Columbia, South Carolina.
Here is a link to the outline to the presentation:
Overcoming a Learned Helplessness
Illustration – The Pike Syndrome
Tank of water with a big fish at one end of the tank. Little fish at the other end of the tank. Pane of glass separating the big fish with the little fish. Big fish hits the pane of glass attempting to get to the little fish (food). Over time the big fish begins to associate pain with getting to the little fish. After a period of such conditioning the pane of glass is removed. Although the big fish can now readily get to the little fish, because of the learned pain associated with the little fish, the big fish gives up. The little fish can then swim around the big fish without a fear of being eaten. The learned helplessness results in the big fish going without food and starving to death.
Owning Our Power
Everyone is a genius, but it you judge a fish by its ability to climb a tree it will live its whole life believing that it is stupid.” Albert Einstein
“Regardless of your lot in life you can build something beautiful on it.” Zig Ziglar
“If you advance confidently in the direction of your dreams and endeavor to live the life that you have imagined…you will meet with a success unexpected in common hours.” Henry David Thoreau
If you would like to read more about my process and journey you may click on this link:
To access the resources that have helped me to realize that I could be more than my brain injury, you may click on this link.