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The Versitile Blogger Award

27 Jun

This award was granted by AnxietyAdventures over at Anxiety Adventures: The Chronicles of the Anxious  – this is an excellent blog expressing thoughts/emotions surrounding anxiety and panic attacks.  I’m especially thankful for this award, because it exposed me to this blog.

For this award you must share seven things about yourself:

  1. I am a “Gemini” and was born in the Chinese Year of the “Rat”
  2. My favorite color is Blue
  3. I get every single geek joke in “The Big Bang Theory…”
  4. …making me an uber geek
  5. horror movies still get to me sometimes – to the point of sleeping with the light on:)
  6. I like reading Fantasy/Fiction/Romance novels for fun – and am a big fan of George RR Martin
  7. I have 2 stuffed toys (Dr. Seuss’ “The Lorax” and “The Cheshire Cat”) on the dashboard of my car

Then you must nominate 10 blogs you admire:

  1. TherapyTales
  2. risablairlovitz
  3. Listverse
  4. Charly CONCHITA Carlyle (warning NSFW)
  5. ShrinkThings
  6. WritingForOurselves,WritingForOurWorld
  7. Book of Words
  8. Enjoy Life For Once
  9. SimpleTerapia
  10. The World of Mismatched Socks
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27 Jun

An EXCELLENT review of a book…It has peaked my interest significantly:) I may have to go get this and add my thoughts/reactions at a later date. Please comment/post or tweet if you have read this or have any suggestions for books I should consider:D

Book of words

With a book dedicated to analyzing psychopaths, a group that often brings to mind stereotypical terms such as ‘deranged,’ ‘emotionless’ and ‘dangerous,’ it is hard not to be attracted to it.

I was half expecting to read about the infamous Jack the Ripper or some other brutal serial killers, only to have author Jon Ronson dig deep into the mind boggling business for psychopaths.

“I remembered those psychologists who said psychopaths made the world go around. They meant it: society was, they claimed, an expression of that particular sort of madness.”

Starting off with the most widely used diagnostic test for psychopathy, the Hare Psychopathy Checklist, which the book’s title is based on, Ronson laid the foundation with an ‘official’ definition.

“Psychopaths are predators who use charm, manipulation, intimidation, sex and violence to control others and to satisfy their own selfish needs,” Bob Hare, creator of the Hare Psychopathy Checklist…

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Sleep Therapy and Tweaking Your Sleep Habits With Technology

8 May

Ok…as a graduate student (or working stressed out human being in general) sleep quality is not always the best.  However, psychologists as well as others have begun experimenting with ways to increase sleep quality through the use of smart phone alarms as well as through dream manipulation. The following article on LifeHaker discusses some of these apps.  I’m currently using the DreamOn app.  I’ve only been using it for a week or two, and would like to wait a bit longer before going into depth about the app; however, my experience so far has been (a) increase in vivid dreaming and (b) more restful/higher quality of sleep – leading to increased energy/mood during the day.  Now if only I could use this app to help me study for the NCE. 🙂

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Sleep. It’s the one thing we all do and the one thing that few of us are willing to screw around with—if only because a bad night of sleep can ruin an entire day. Still, hundreds of sleep tricks, hacks, and dream induction techniques exist that are supposed to give you a better night of sleep, and they’ve all been ported to your phone. But do any of these really work? If so, are these apps worth using? We’ll take a look at the science supporting various sleep apps, and then see how it really feels when your sleep and dreams tinkered with.

Randomness and Life…Myfitnesspal, a tool 4 self-awareness

7 Apr

Ok, this has nothing to do with counseling in a traditional sense.  In counseling, the counselor seeks to promote “mindfulness” or awareness of cause/effect.  Awareness can relate to eating habits, sleep patterns  (as in the ZEO product I discuss HERE), and/or mental/emotional awareness (through meditation and reflection), etc.

My fitness pal is a website (and an Iphone app) that lets users keep track of caloric intake, nutrition, and water consumption.  It also calculates (based on height/weight/activity level) the suggested calorie consumption to promote weight loss.  It’s completely free.  I was not contacted to review their site, and am not receiving compensation.

Physical health is tied to mental health and can influence depression, high blood pressure, anxiety, and dysfunctional coping strategies.  Since joining I’ve lost 7lbs:) (and goodness knows I haven’t hit the exercising/dieting hard).  Having the Iphone app also makes it easier to make decisions when eating out at fast food places (as you can see the values and select one based on your plan).  Unlike other programs (that will not be named), it is free.  Which makes it not so much a diet, as a change in behavior/habit.  Lifestyle changes are sustainable.  Diets, are not.

Counseling is about making small lifestyle changes that build to make larger impacts.  For myself, this meant using an Iphone app as a tool for mindfulness.  It makes me wonder what other resources to promote mindfulness are available that could be used to support client/individual interventions.

Hysteria, Victorian Treatments and the Clit

4 Apr

One of the blogs I love to follow is called The Mary Sue, and it’s about geek stuff/coverage specifically geared to geek-ettes.  Normally, the facts/tidbits would not relate to counseling and psychology; but I HAD to repost this comic on the previous treatment of Hysteria.  Clicking the link in bold links to the source comic.  Please be warned, the drawing of the clitoris even in comic form may be NSFW – clicking the image will bring you to the original post.  All credit for the original coverage of this comic goes to The Mary Sue.

The comic itself is by Jess Fink at deviant art – Click HERE to view the artists comments and original posting of the art.

It covers how hysteria was used to label the female libido and the resulting “treatments.”

Type – Therapy Tales #181 (via Therapy Tales)

21 Mar

If your in counseling, and you’re unfamiliar with Therapy Tales…it is the most awesome site/cartoon on counseling/psychology/therapy. Check it out!!!

This archived cartoon makes fun of comparisons between modern versus historical approaches to psychotherapy. 😀 I love how it describes psychoanalysis!!! XD

Type - Therapy Tales #181 Seems interesting to me that the old-school approach and the current cure-all approach are at opposite ends of the time/effort spectrum. Of course, the privately-paying neurotics of Wien are far removed from today’s “average” consumer. PS. Due to the enormous pain-in-the-arse that is the Cafepress tshirt interface, Therapy Tales Tshirts are now on Zazzle (more to come as I get the finished). This also means that the WWFD Tshirt can come back! 🙂 … Read More

via Therapy Tales

Additionally, there is now wallpaper for the Ipad/Iphone/and computers.  Click HERE for free wallpapers on Therapy Tales’ site.  I’ve got the second one, and am using it to actually organize my desktop files for graduate school!!!