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IN LAST WEEK'S edition of "All About the
PLOTT" we shared a bit about our "plott" to
inspire more positive rituals all across
Trinidad and Tobago, through heightened
awareness and meaningful dialogue on
how we transform our own lives, commu-
nities and wider T&T. If you missed that ar-
ticle, please visit the Guardian online.
This week as we continue our mission to
help you rethink and reshape your own lives
and the world around you, we'd like to en-
gage you in some "shock therapy", but first
a history lesson on that very term.
Introduced in 1938 by Italian psychiatrist,
Ugo Cerletti, electroshock therapy other-
wise known as electroconvulsive therapy
(ECT) was used on hundreds of thousands
of patients of all ages for over three
decades to treat every type of "disorder" in-
cluding depression, mania, schizophrenia
and even homosexuality and truancy. You
may remember the 1975 film One Flew
Over the Cuckoo's Nest, where Jack Nichol-
son played an in-patient who was given un-
wanted and unnecessary electroshock
treatments while his fellow patients on the
ward were portrayed as lobotomized-look-
ing, hollowed-out souls who had trouble
recognising friends and family... hmmnnn.
Their capacity for speech and language had
been so badly damaged they often ended
up needing to be institutionalised. Do you
relate to any of this? Ever feel institution-
alised, your ability to speak up, talent or cre-
Electroshock therapy was actually the re-
sult of Cerletti's human experimentation of
a procedure once used in slaughterhouses
to suppress pigs before their slaughter. The
animals were electrocuted to make it less
difficult for the workers to slit their throats.
Keep that picture in mind. The film One
Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest actually
played a major role in discrediting ECT.
Later advances in the creation of psy-
chotropic medications, especially antide-
pressants, which were able to do what
electroshock therapy was supposed to do
but even more "efficiently", eventually
slowed down the use of ECT. Basically, the
new psychotropic medications presented a
far less barbaric form of therapy. Sadly for
many now addicted to these medications,
their life's dreams and desires have been
slaughtered by their own hands.
What artificial stimulants or suppressants,
if any, have you been using to cope with or
avoid truly living life? Think beyond the
usual medications, for example, alcohol, cig-
arettes, eating habits, television, gossip,
conforming, procrastination, infidelity? Con-
sider any indulgence or activity specifically
used to escape, stimulate, suppress or
avoid your own truth.
Are YOU ready to fly over the Cuckoo's
Today, the only thing we'd like to jolt you
with is your own truth. No electro probes
or artificial stimulants required. This one's
for your untapped potential, the sup-
pressed entrepreneur, creative genius, se-
ductive or sensual self, the unique you that
you've been terrified of revealing to the
world or believe you need some external
assistance to release. Not true! That's all
part of our "plott", we're here to help you
embrace your truth.
Imagine for a moment a support network
that encourages and allows you to explore
your untapped potential, embrace exactly
who you innately are, no labelling or judging.
What if you could step out of your "straight
jacket" and just BE? Who would you be?
What would you change, in your own life,
organisation, community, the world around
you? Who have you shared these thoughts
with? We want to hear from YOU!
This is your year, your life! Make the deci-
sion today to take the risks you've been
avoiding, let go of your fear of "messing up".
Enjoy every moment of your journey, learn,
grow, live, laugh, love! Shock the world
around you with your beautiful, raw,
unadulterated truth. The response may
very well surprise you. Commit to building
your business without fear, creating and
loving without hesitation. If the environ-
ment you're currently in is not conducive to
who you are, change it! Practice being you;
practice showing up every day as yourself
until you discover that's OK, until you're
comfortable in your own skin.
It's time for some "truth therapy".
Spread the word: Powerful Ladies of
Trinidad and Tobago (PLOTT); www.plot-
tonline.org; email: email@example.com;
tel: (868) 623-6005.
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