What the U.S. does better than Europe to prevent home-grown terrorism, and what I should tell my children about the dangerous world we all live in.

//What the U.S. does better than Europe to prevent home-grown terrorism, and what I should tell my children about the dangerous world we all live in.

What the U.S. does better than Europe to prevent home-grown terrorism, and what I should tell my children about the dangerous world we all live in.

By Dr. Dean Aslinia

Watching the news these days, it is filled with grim realities of the uncertain and dangerous world we live in. As a psychotherapist and professor of counseling, I am often faced with questions from parents of “what do I tell my children?” “How do I keep them away from danger and high anxiety?”  The simplest answer I often provide is that adults need to be honest with children.  We live in a world where danger no longer only looms in dark and quiet places.  In fact, some of the most dangerous places are now the most populated, and what is otherwise perceived to be secure zones.  This is because we are now fighting with a new level of criminal activity; the type that is rooted in an uninformed, uneducated ideology that brain washes individuals into believing that killing themselves and others will somehow result in eternal peace. From a psychological perspective, when one is determined to do whatever it takes to achieve a goal, there is seldom a defense. Therefore, being honest with our children and informing them of the dangers in the world is the best policy. Being vigilant and aware of our surroundings have always been, and will continue to be our first line of defense.  Another aspect that parents can utilize in easing their children’s fears is to provide them assurance on the things they can control. As parents, we must re-assure our children that they are loved and provided with everything parents can offer.  We must understand that making grand promises that bad things will never happen to anyone in our families are flawed and potentially dangerous guarantees that we should avoid.

If there is any good news for those living in the U.S., it is that we have managed some things better than Europe. This may serve as a saving grace for all of us, and perhaps a major reminder of the path we should continue. As someone who analyzes the psychological factors involved in world events, I perceive identifiable underpinnings in recent terrorist attacks in Europe. I believe that large European countries such as France and Great Britain have been targets of terrorist attacks because of their hesitation to allow immigrant Muslim citizens to acculturate and assimilate in their culture. This hesitation has existed for several generations, and unfortunately has evolved into the situation today, where their children and grandchildren are living through the implications.  From a sociology and anthropology perspective, these young migrants are as French or British as their other non-Muslim counterparts.  These migrants are born outside of their native country, speak both native and local languages, and have merged their local and native cultural experiences. They have often never traveled to their native land, and typically their only understanding of their culture is vicariously through their parents or grandparents. Nevertheless, their psychological and emotional perceptions impede their feelings of belonging in the country they live in. They realize that because of their skin color and ethnic origin, they are discriminated against in the country they predominantly call “home”.  Many of them are without jobs, living in areas where immigrant populations live, segregated from locals. These simple factors lead to the gradual development of inferiority complexes, that when not addressed, can lead to acts of retaliation or revenge.

Alternatively, the U.S. is for the most part, a welcoming nation to migrants. Our history illustrates that those who want to pursue the American Dream are granted the freedom to fully assimilate and acculturate into the American culture. Immigrants live side-by-side in our communities, and collaborate with us on the advancement of goals in the workplace. We have allowed these same individuals to hold political offices and to have a voice alongside us. These simple actions have helped our migrants from feeling different, isolated and neglected.  It is for this reason that our country is less likely to encounter acts of terror. This history of success functioning of our society should serve as a reminder that when we are kind to our neighbors, they are less like to resort to acts of retaliation.

By | 2018-04-07T05:35:16+00:00 April 7th, 2018|Public Mental Health|0 Comments

About the Author:

Dr. Dean Aslinia is a Licensed Mental Health Expert and University Professor. He holds a license as a Professional Counselor-Supervisor and a National Certified Counselor in the State of Texas. Dr. Dean’s educational background includes a bachelor’s and master’s degree in Psychology from the University of Houston, and a second master’s and doctoral degree from Texas A&M University-Commerce. Over the past decade, Dr. Dean has been engaged in professional trainings, clinical mental health practice, graduate higher education teaching, research, writing, and advocacy for greater mental health access for all Americans. In 2011 he co-found and created New Horizons Center for Healing in north Dallas-Fort Worth Metropolitan area. The clinic over a five-year span grew and became the most comprehensive mental health clinic in the State of Texas. Housing more than 30 licensed mental health professionals, ranging from adult, child, and addiction psychiatrists, psychologists, social workers, licensed professional counselors, marriage and family therapists, and chemical dependency counselors, AASECT (American Association of Sexuality Educators Counselors, and Therapists) certified sex therapists, play therapists, and eating disorder specialists. His peers in the profession consider Dr. Dean a leader, as he is the Past-President of the Texas Association of Marriage and Family Counselors, a member of the Texas Counseling Association’s Governance Council, and currently serves on the Texas Counseling Association’s Executive Board. He was also appointed by the Collin County (North DFW) Commissioner’s Court to serve on the Collin County Local Behavioral Health Authority (MHMR) Life Path System’s Board of Trustees. He has also on several occasions, testified in front of the Texas House and Senate Health and Human Services Committees as well as the Texas Health and Human Services Commission for advocacy of mental health related bills. Dr. Dean’s passion, strong leadership, and desire to create a greater social interest with his work has led him to creating Ulead Ulearn Professional Training Company, to provide companies, universities, schools, and organizations with a better understanding of the impact of behavioral and emotional health in their environment. Furthermore, helping companies achieve their goals by fully understanding their work-force, and addressing their concerns. Dr. Dean is an engaging, fun, inspirational, and high energy speaker with expertise in business and leadership development, relational health and communication, team building and trust, mental health legal and ethical compliance, emotional intelligence, workplace environment, and anger and conflict resolution. Dr. Dean has researched and taught on topics that hold individuals, employees, and executives from producing at their ultimate capacity. He in a concise, clear, and highly motivational delivery method communicates and delivers his message to his audience and calls for them to begin to take action on their lives. Media & Press Requests Please Email: [email protected]

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