Wednesday, 19 August 2020

I'm nobody's fool

So if it wasn't our memory, what was it? Whose was it? Leeds, his home, was not the epicentre, he continues, but by 1978 the Ripper's ambit was as large as West Yorkshire. Fourteen and counting. The Black Panther was up the road in Bradford. Make a list on paper of what you need to accomplish today, and focus on getting through it. Put your phone in airplane mode and disable the Internet from your computer. Get your work done and then give your eyes and ears a rest. Bask in sunlight and not the backlight of your laptop. You'll notice an enormous difference if you pay attention to this. Rituals used to be a big part of our lives. Whether they were daily prayers, weekly dinners, religious festivals, or rites of passage, they have been ingrained in our psyche since the dawn of humanity. Today let's look at any rituals you observe in your life. What are they, and why do you do them? Do you watch the news on TV during breakfast? All of the choices generated by the players were rated by expert coaches to determine decision quality in the specific situations. After the video sessions, all of the players participated in scrimmage games in which they were rated by the same coaches to provide an assessment of the skill level of each player. After the data was analyzed, the researchers found that players who used a functional strategy generated more options than those using a spatial strategy. However, the quality of their best, final options was lower, as rated by the coaches. In fact, those players who had shorter lists of options had higher-quality first and final choices, confirming what Raab and Johnson call the take the first (TTF) method of decision-making.

In fact, had participants not generated any options but instead relied solely on their first choice . As athletes gain experience, their intuitive (System 1) first choice is usually their best bet, which matches with a coach's instructions to trust your gut and don't overthink it. In familiar yet ill-defined tasks, choose one of the initial options generated once a goal (and strategy) has been defined, rather than exhaustively generating all possible options and subsequently processing them deliberatively, Raab and Johnson advise. But Raab and Johnson didn't stop there. Following up on their 2003 study, they still wanted to know how an athlete's decision-making skill evolves over time. He points out, noting some of the facts noticed in the last section, a fat belly is an important marker for inflammation that is present in heart disease, diabetes, and high blood pressure. Moreover, as testified to by numerous studies, fat around the belly and abdomen indicate a defect in the body's response to insulin. Overall, excess weight is always bad, but as these researchers make evident, not all fat is created equal. The Multi-factorial Etiology of Obesity: Genetics, Environment, Psychological, Behavioral, Emotional, Lifestyle, Media, and Socioeconomic Factors When we began this article, I laid out a couple of what should be evident factors behind the increased incidence of obesity in our society. These were a sedentary lifestyle and junk food consumption. I say should be only because people tend to deny their influence, and certain interests, such as those who sell soft drinks and French fries, do their best to foster such denial. That wasn't the whole story however, since a number of other factors have been identified as playing a part in the etiology of obesity. Indeed, the inclusion of a whole host of contributing factors that go from the deep internal genetic ones to the seemingly external larger socioeconomic ones, such as the effect of lower economic status on exercise time, which will be noted below, is one thing that differentiates integrated healthcare from traditional medicine. Interestingly enough, Dewey made this same distinction in contrasting progressive education, which he helped found in the 1920s, from the old pedagogical techniques. I looked at each one in turn and decided whether I liked it or not and tried it on to see if it fitted. I had a huge black bin bag destined for Oxfam, for the clothes that I knew I would never wear again, even if I could fit into them. I put all my favourites in a suitcase and stored it in the loft, I couldn't bring myself to give them away just yet but I knew that seeing them every single day was neither encouraging nor motivating. All they did was to remind me of what a failure I was. I made another pile of items that I had once loved but knew I'd never wear again;

Then I went out and bought myself a few things that I really liked, that fitted me well and that I felt good in. I didn't quite have the courage to go for bold, fitted tops but I found a really nice linen shirt and a couple of funky T-shirts that were certainly more flattering than the items I had just evacuated. And I invested in a really good pair of jeans that were cut to fit me just right - I felt really good in them. What it boils down to Wear clothes that you like and feel good in. Those who chose lines tend to be more focused on their agency; Their me story comes first. Those who chose circles tend to be more focused on belonging; Their we story is primary. Those who chose stars tend to be more cause focused; Their thee story is paramount. For a visual demonstration of the words people in each category use to describe their lives, please see the piece of art on the previous article. Just because a person picks one shape doesn't mean they don't value the others. We all have multiple sources of identity. What it does suggest, I believe, is that we foreground one of these shapes during certain times of our lives. It is one of the first things people notice about you. Every time I see you your hair is either in a ponytail or knotted up with a pencil sticking out of it. Find a style that complements your hair. A good rule of thumb is that if someone has not complimented you on your hair in the last two months it is time for a new style. I fidgeted and worked to tuck my curly bangs behind my ears.

You've got beautiful curls! Stop trying to straighten them out, accept the true nature of your hair. Hair is often most beautiful when a woman wears it the way that it grows naturally, be it straight, wavy or curly. Keep it simple and versatile. Try a shoulder length cut with a few soft layers. This was Nirvana or the cessation of self. So Gautam Buddha did not meditate. He arrived at a state of meditation that Patanjali calls dhyana. Dhyana is the doorway to the ultimate. This experience of the ultimate or the highest state of our consciousness is actually not an experience in itself in that the one having the experience is now lost. The knowledge is present, but the knower is not. The drop of water (which is us) merges with the ocean of divinity (the highest consciousness). If the drop is dissolved into the divine, then what can the drop say of this experience? It cannot say anything. This is why the Buddha has said nothing about his experience of dhyana. To then explain the symptoms of his patients, in the absence of any real trauma, Freud produced a socially acceptable theory that denied the reality of childhood sexual abuse. Once the memories of sexual abuse reported by personalities were rejected by Freud as not being memories of true events, then the interpretation of the nature of these additional, or alter personalities had to change. Despite the many great contributions made by Freud . For most of the twentieth-century the reality of many DID patient's condition was also rejected as their appearance did not fit accepted theory. Given Freud's influence, when he repudiated the seduction theory*43 he helped put an end to any further study of dissociation, hypnosis, doubles, or multiple personality.

In the 19th century and up until 1910 or so, the study of dissociation was in the mainstream of Western psychology and psychiatry and received attention from many of the major figures such as Freud, Jung, Charcot, Janet, Binet, James, and Prince. The study of dissociation had clinical, experimental and theoretical components. MPD and dissociation fell into disrepute after 1910 because of Freud's repudiation of the seduction theory and the new diagnosis of schizophrenia. After Freud shifted gears, and his theories were embraced by the psychiatric world, studies of dissociation declined. Renewal of interest among the professional community was not sparked again until the 1980s. And Saddleworth Moor was a short trip over the Pennines on the way to his Auntie Bev's. Beyond the bravado of the playground, it felt like he was closing in: at home he wouldn't go up the stairs on his own unless all the lights were on. He stole a torch from the corner shop. Then the police released a photofit. It was terrible as a likeness, but still terrifying. To the extent that it could look like anyone it looked a bit like him. He started to sleep with a small knife under his pillow. My anger has dissipated. I am spellbound by the mix of horror and nostalgia. But it was more than that: the memories of my father were disappearing so quickly that this man, or rather this shadowy, hologrammatic figure takes up occupancy, parasitising on what remains of Dad, becoming more and more real as the moments pass. Do you check social media on the toilet? Are you going through the motions, or are you plugged into the spirit of the activity? So many of the things we do in modern times come from ancient origins. They used to mean something. They helped set the tempo of life and were often designed to help us remember where we came from.

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