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Lessons of the Wounded Warrior

Lessons of the Wounded Warrior

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Published by John J. Parrino

“When you grow up with a billboard on your back that says “I’m different”, creatures of all types get a kick out of making you miserable.“ The quote is from Raine, the main character in my allegory, the hybrid progeny of a mammal and reptile. A wounded soul who laments the consequences of her divergent looks and personality. Just like Raine, we are different from one another and have suffered similar wounds: Abuse from a world that demands conformity in looks, ideas and actions. Thus, we share the common goal of accepting diversity in ourselves and others. Each animal/character in this story represents a part of your ‘self’. Along with the wounded “off-spring”, as Raine refers to herself, you have an inner life that includes: …Cat, the tiger. Fights for what she wants, at times to her own detriment. …Tortue, the turtle. Abhors conflict and hides in his shell to avoid confronting others. …Dr. G, the giraffe. The inspirational healer eradicates stress by a ‘right-between-the-eyes’ therapy and large doses of humor. …Siggy, the myna bird. The rational thinker prods the others to engage in healthy self dialogues. With the help of Dr. G and Siggy, the mammal, reptile and progeny learn to: …Fight prejudice, intolerance and bullying. …Confront fear and radically accept diversity in themselves and others. And, …Embrace the magnificence of a multicultural Universe. Devour this engaging love story like a sumptuous literary meal. As you read, you will find yourself enthusiastically embracing your uniqueness as well.

“When you grow up with a billboard on your back that says “I’m different”, creatures of all types get a kick out of making you miserable.“ The quote is from Raine, the main character in my allegory, the hybrid progeny of a mammal and reptile. A wounded soul who laments the consequences of her divergent looks and personality. Just like Raine, we are different from one another and have suffered similar wounds: Abuse from a world that demands conformity in looks, ideas and actions. Thus, we share the common goal of accepting diversity in ourselves and others. Each animal/character in this story represents a part of your ‘self’. Along with the wounded “off-spring”, as Raine refers to herself, you have an inner life that includes: …Cat, the tiger. Fights for what she wants, at times to her own detriment. …Tortue, the turtle. Abhors conflict and hides in his shell to avoid confronting others. …Dr. G, the giraffe. The inspirational healer eradicates stress by a ‘right-between-the-eyes’ therapy and large doses of humor. …Siggy, the myna bird. The rational thinker prods the others to engage in healthy self dialogues. With the help of Dr. G and Siggy, the mammal, reptile and progeny learn to: …Fight prejudice, intolerance and bullying. …Confront fear and radically accept diversity in themselves and others. And, …Embrace the magnificence of a multicultural Universe. Devour this engaging love story like a sumptuous literary meal. As you read, you will find yourself enthusiastically embracing your uniqueness as well.

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Published by: John J. Parrino on Feb 03, 2013
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CONTENTS
Author’s Note
 
Prologue: Lesson of the Intolerant Mind1Lesson of the Diversity Imperative2Lesson of the Universal Defensive Reflex3Lesson of the Wounded Warrior4Lesson of the Primordial Brain5Lesson of the Reasoning BrainEpilogue: The Wounded Warrior Revisited
 
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W
hen you grow up with a billboard on your back that says
‘I’m different’ 
, creatures of all types get a
kick out of making you miserable.”This is Raine’s voice, the protagonist in my story
- a young girl symbolizing every wounded warrior whobattles against rigid rules of behavior, beliefs and beauty.My allegory, LESSONS of the WOUNDED WARRIOR, stems from working in the trenches with clients.Each day, I am struck by the higher purpose of therapy interventions. If an angry, hostile man exhibits agreater tolerance towards the Raines of his world when he leaves my office -if he is kinder, gentler - I
have added a small dose of humanity back to humans. I’m not simply changing the chemistry of the
brain, but transforming
 –
one mind at a time- the moral compass of mankind.Consider the possibilities: If millions, or even billions, of people experience this personal transformation,would a critical mass be reached that accelerates the healing of our universal woes? When me vs. mechanges to me accepting me
 –
when you and I embrace our unique journeys - a pebble is dropped in thebrook of humanity that changes it forever.This human-to-human intervention is the most potent force for prodding positive changes in amulticultural Universe.Each of my characters represents this vast, untapped potential of the brain to transcend primitiveinstincts of intolerance towards self and others through personal discovery. This transcendence isexemplified in the Six
Lessons of the Wounded Warrior 
.Dr. G -
the sixteen foot guru to Raine’s family
- is a metaphor for the heights we can reach through theinfinite capacity of our minds. What stands in the way of this lofty goal is the King of all reflexes: Thecompulsive drive to survive. To our emotional brains, a stick in the grass is always a rattlesnake ready tostrike (
Lesson of the Primordial Brain
). When we slay this instinct, reason and inspiration thrive.
Through the lens of the brain’s opposing reflexes
 
 fight and flight vs. relax and reason
 
 –
you will follow
Dr. G’s methods for teaching Raine and her parents, Cat and Tortue, in tapping th
e infinite capacity of mind, body and spirit.LESSONS of the WOUNDED WARRIOR is for anyone who has endured the stings of rejection in any of its
forms…and strives to transform this inner panic into empowerment.
Devour this story like a sumptuous literary meal, and add your inimitable pebble to the ever changingbrook of humankind.John J. Parrino, Ph.D

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