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Joan Wheeler is deluded because she favors her feelings over her intellect and facts!

by on June 3, 2012

Got to watch out for those feeling…they will get you everytime! I found the following article in my local newspaper, The Watertown Times and find the topic very interesting. It does not only relate to children and parents but also to adults who have never learned how to govern their emotions and who are in the constant stage of those ‘terrible twos’.

Certainly we all we give vent and way to our emotions, from time to time, that is only natural. But, when one’s entire life is governed by emotions there really is NO life. Really!! A life that is lived, as Joan Wheeler does, is NO LIFE. All she has is her anger and hate…and when she attempts to do anything, those emotions are all that happens…just more hate, more anger, no logic, no sense, no compromise, no validation for the other person or opinion, just more anger and hate. She has been told by many people, not just us siblings, by others on many a comment section, but Joan is too blind to see or too deaf to hear!

So until she learns that she must drop her anger and hate for being an adoptee and learn to forgive herself and all in her two families AND admit to the dirty deeds and lies she has done to us, we siblings will continue on with exposing every word and lie that she continues to utter. In the meanwhile, here is the article…note how it fits Joan Wheeler and what you know of and about her as points are presented in this article.

How We Parent Remains A Sensitive Debate

On Parenting May 23, 2012| by John Rosemond

How they raise their kids is a touchy subject for lots of parents. When I was growing up, it was said that one should not engage in discussions of religion or politics. These days, engaging in conversation concerning how someone raises their children is just as likely to end the relationship as a discussion of their religious or political beliefs.

The further problem is that anti-intellectualism is in the air. In “The Iron Lady”, the aged Margaret Thatcher, as portrayed by Meryl Streep, becomes quite agitated when her physician asks her how she’s feeling. She reprimands him, noting that it is a person’s thoughts, not their feelings, that truly count, that truly reflect the character of the person.

Indeed, feelings are functional only when they are under intellectual control. When the opposite is the case, when feelings rule thought processes, irrational thinking and behavior are the inevitable outcome. Furthermore, when feelings rule, facts become irrelevant. Examples abound of widely-held beliefs that have little if any basis in fact. To the believers in question, that makes no difference. They FEEL, and that’s enough for them.

I recently came across a study showing that when adults praise ability, performance actually worsens. Praising effort, on the other hand, raises performance over time. This is the difference between telling a child he’s really good at math and telling a child you’re proud of how much effort he put forth studying for the math test (irrespective of his grade). Over time, the former child’s math grades are likely to go down, while the latter child’s go up.

Apparently, ability-based praise causes the former child to believe he is entitled to good grades in math, no matter his effort. So, he does less and less. This finding just goes to show that regardless of context, entitlement is corrosive. It does not bring out the best in people and may in fact bring out the worst, including increasing demands for more entitlements.

The interesting thing about the research in question is that when the researcher informed parents — who tend, in general, to believe praising ability is good — of her results, the majority dismissed it, became defensive, or flat out told her they didn’t care, they were going to keep right on telling their kids how wonderful they were.

That’s irrational.

Why didn’t the study’s results cause parents to reconsider their praise policies? Because giving praise made them feel good, and receiving praise made their children feel good. As the refrain of a popular 70’s tune put it, “Feelings, nothing more than feelings.” They rule the day.

For more than 40 years, parents and schools have put more emphasis on children’s feelings (i.e., making them feel good about themselves) than their thoughts. This is why so many of them have such difficulty thinking straight: choosing responsibility over irresponsibility, delaying gratification, holding back the wild horses of their impulses.

It’s bad enough when children operate on the basis of feelings. It’s potentially catastrophic when their parents do as well.

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