Ancient Persia

The Persian Empire is well documented in history. 

Persia began as the tribal area of Persis, which we know of now as the area of Fars, in the southwestern corner of Iran. Iran, as a country now, is only a fraction of what the Persian Empire became.  However when Persia is mentioned in Bible prophecy, it seems to explain the region we know of now as Iran – the land of the Aryans! Even as it expanded into Elam, Media and up into what is now Azerbaijan, (from the Gulf to the Caspian Sea) it still only explains the western side of Iran.

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Jerusalem

Has a city ever evoked so much emotion or contention? A city on the Fertile Crescent, one of the main trading routes between Egypt and the east. This city has been ruled by Jews, Babylonians, Persians, Greeks, Egyptians, Syrian Seleucids, Romans, Byzantines, Mameluks, Ottoman Turks, British and Israelis.

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Relationships - And Dealing with Difficult Ones

  It is all very well to talk about accepting difference in general, but how do we cope when someone else's difference challenges our own, frequently comfortable view of the world? Can we, in fact have a situation where two people with the same information interpret it differently, yet each is correct?

 A well-known example of this is the picture of an old/young woman, familiar to anyone who has studied basic psychology or Human Resources.

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Talk Sense to Yourself

ThinkingA successful behavioural change program is to TALK SENSE TO YOURSELF. One of the most important facets of this program is the way it seeks to intervene in self-defeating behavioural cycles, to change the way we see ourselves and expand the skills we have, so we cope more successfully with problems, confrontation, disagreement, frustration, or our own unacceptable behaviour or inadequacies.

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The Pursuit of Happiness

Happiness has become a subject of interest to the general population, and many books are sold as people attempt to understand why we are not happier, given the high standard of living we enjoy, and why satisfaction with life is so elusive.

Some psychologists began moving away from the study of mental illness in the 1960s, preferring to study what makes us happy. This "Positive Psychology' found that factors linked with a sense of well-being are :

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Kit for Beating the Blues

(From Lifeline's "Just Ask" Program.)

Everyone feels sad or down from time to time, usually from events in our lives such as loss or disappointment. These feelings usually lessen with time.

Depression is a more persistent condition which can last weeks, months or even years. It affects not only the way you feel but also the way you think and behave. It is not something you can just "snap out of.   It is nothing to be ashamed about. It is not a character flaw or a sign of weakness. Depression is one of the most common problems encountered by mental health workers.

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