Wednesday, 19 August 2020

Somebody's breaking the rules

Somewhat ironically, Freud is often credited with having shown that the human mind, or psyche, has three different functional parts. These are the id, ego and superego, all developing at different stages in our lives. Freud's mentor and early co-author, Josef Breuer It is important to note that although these aspects represent a theoretical division of the human being or his/her mind into multiple parts, the id, ego, and superego are much more different from each other--structurally, functionally, and in their core being--than are individual selves or personalities; At one point, Freud was very much open to the reality of selves. Only the Brain was new, new-rology, towering above everything: invested-in, expensive, decapitated, a giant totem of Cartesian priority, of human uniqueness, crowned with helicopters delivering us from bad dreams (a rail fitted around the helipad perimeter to discourage potential jumpers), opened in a hurricane by a celebrity former patient, re-enacting an emergency, his smirking face overtopping red stretcher blankets. The tape recorder - his time machine - clicks off. He takes out a new cassette from his pocket, and replaces the old one. This time he presses `record'. My memory is shot. He starts to speak now, going back to the late 1970s, closer to origins, to possible causes. First there was just the name to go on, he explains, but what a name. Later he heard the voice, the hoax one on that tape, the one sent to the assistant chief constable that started in a thick Geordie accent `I'm Jack. I see you are still having no luck catching me. I know this territory well. Electronics are the opposite of that. They run currents on our laps or by our heads that are edgy and intense. Holding a 2. Electronics put off fast waves that our bodies are unaccustomed to. The science on this is still shaky, but why take a chance?

Trees, on the other hand, flow nice and slowly. They vibrate right around the alpha wave pattern of our brains. This is the brain state that most closely resembles meditation. Our technology is here to stay, and your challenge today is to negotiate a healthier balance with it. Just for today turn off the alerts. Also, they believed that as the option list grows, the quality of choices goes down, as does the consistency between the first option considered and the final one selected. To confirm their ideas, Raab and Johnson turned to team handball, an Olympic sport and the second most popular team game in the world behind soccer. With six players and a goalie on each side, the gameplay mixes elements from basketball, hockey, water polo, and soccer. While the object of the game--throwing a ball a little smaller than a basketball into a net about twice the size of a hockey goal--is straightforward, the speed of the game and the decision complexity matches those two sports. Gathering eighty-five local professional players, Raab and Johnson asked them each to watch a series of video game clips presented on a large screen in front of them. Each of the thirty-one clips was ten seconds long and ended with one team in possession of the ball and on the attack. As quickly as possible, each player was asked to say out loud (into a microphone and recorder) the first decision that intuitively popped in his brain, followed by a list of as many other alternatives as he could think of. Finally, of all his ideas, he chose the best option. In this way, his first, intuitive choice could be compared to his final, optimal choice to see if he really should just go with the first decision that occurred to him. Surprisingly, the players came up with a total of 107 different options across the video clips, some using a spatial strategy (move left) and some using a functional strategy (pass to number 9). What Type of Fat Are You Carrying? Yet, some researchers have pointed out that visceral fat, bad as it is, is not the type to be most worried about. Senior investigator Samuel Klein, a Danforth professor of medicine and nutritional science at Washington University's Center for Human Nutrition and Geriatric Science, points his finger at fat in the liver as even more dangerous. He notes that when individuals carry an excess of fat in the liver, this leads to insulin resistance, a precursor or accompaniment of diabetes. He argues that the greatest hazard the body faces is from this type of poundage, saying, Those [whom he studied] without a fatty liver did not have markers of metabolic problems.

Whether shaped like pears or apples, it is fat in the liver that influences metabolic risk. It is particularly disheartening when fatty liver disease, brought on when the liver is swamped with fat, is found in young people. Dr Klein elaborates, Multiple organ systems become resistant to insulin in these adolescent children with fatty liver disease. The liver becomes resistant to insulin and muscle tissue does, too. This doesn't mean that abdominal fat can be discounted as an indicator and provoker of illness, which Klein himself acknowledges. I have far fewer clothes than I used to but I know that every single item fits and feels good. Getting dressed in the morning is fine, except when I can't find a top to wear because they are all in the ironing pile. Every season I have a `sort out' and give any unwanted items to friends or to a charity shop. When I go shopping I still buy quite a lot of black and grey, but I also treat myself to lovely bright pink fitted tops, sparkly belts and bikinis in the summer. I even splash out on lacy, sexy underwear, just for myself. I feel confident in my clothes and I really love the way I look. What happened? When I started paying more attention to my body, I realised how depressing and punishing my wardrobe was. One afternoon I decided to have a good old sort out. I emptied my wardrobe and chest of drawers and I sat on my bedroom floor surrounded by every item of clothing I possessed. The final bucket includes shapes that are some sort of object. People who chose this category took shape to mean a symbol, an icon, a logo, if you will, that represented a guiding principle or commitment in their lives. Three in ten were in this camp, including my wife, who runs a global nonprofit to support high-impact entrepreneurs and who selected, in a nod to her interest in new ideas and aha moments, a light bulb. Other examples include a globe, a cross, an infinity sign, a butterfly. Given the inspirational quality of these objects, the way people see them as lodestars, I label this bucket stars.

Self-characterization Agency Belonging Cause As it turns out, the buckets correspond well to the ABCs of meaning and to three primary stories we tell ourselves. Your nails should be impeccable at all times. It is something that takes a great deal of practice, but once you master it there is no reason for your nails to not look great. Keep it simple--short well-trimmed oval or square shaped nails that have been buffed as opposed to polished. Last but not least, your hair I reached up and ran my hand through my unruly curls. I thought today was actually a good hair day. There was not a great deal of frizz. You need a better cut, darling, and to find a better product to control your curls. This wild, uncut set of locks is doing nothing for you. Good hair is a status symbol. Because meditation is a rebirth. The past has to die for one to become open to the future. The Sufi's have also said; Die as you are so that you can become that which you really are. Siddharth had gone and the Buddha had arrived.

Buddha had arrived to meditation. And blessed are those to whom it comes. But how to describe this destination of meditation? There was no way to express this or communicate it. What was this experience that could not be expressed? Early on in his career, in Studies on Hysteria (1895), co-written with Josef Breuer,*41 Freud had introduced the concepts of psychoanalysis in the form of the case of Anna O. We have become convinced that the splitting of consciousness which is so striking in the well-known classical cases under the form of double conscience is present in a rudimentary degree in every hysteria, and that a tendency to such a dissociation, and with it the emergence of abnormal states of consciousness . In these views we concur with Binet and the two Janets. Later, as part of an intellectual property dispute Freud had with Janet,*42 Freud himself said, We followed his example when we took the splitting of the mind and dissociation of the personality as the centre of our position. As Paul Kiritsis writes, They differed from Janet in stressing that splitting was an inadvertent repercussion of the dissociative state rather than an individual propensity stemming from biological predisposition. What happened to shift Freud (with Breuer) from an early acceptance to a later dismissal of the reality of multiplicity? The majority of patients in Josef Breuer and Sigmund Freud's article Studies on Hysteria were described as having been victims of sexual abuse and up until 1895 Freud considered that the majority of his patients were suffering from the aftermath of sexual abuse in childhood. Freud then rejected this idea. There has been a great deal of speculation regarding this decision. Freud's biographer, Ernest Jones, proposed that given many of the fathers of his patients were part of his own social circle, it would have been difficult for Freud to publicly state that his patients had been sexually abused as children. For a certain generation of middle-aged men, Yorkshire Ripper fantasies are almost a diagnsotic idiom in their own right; He recalls how he and his friends would spend lunchtimes in the playground perfecting their impersonations. He could have told the police it was a fake, it didn't sound like him one bit . Did I remember his voice, he asks me? I thought I could, but it verged on neuropsychological fiction;

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