Tag Archives: Health

What makes an extravert?

30 Jul

NOTE From @BlotterMonkey

Seeing as how often I don’t fit easily into categories and I’m most usually the ‘exception to the rule’, I still like to pay attention to the categories that ‘other people’ gravitate towards so I am aware for communication & interaction when dealing with the people who do fit into categories… it has proven helpful socially & in business for me, and I recommend it to anyone wanting to understand people in general.

But always keep in mind, people are not insects, we (well some)are fluid entities who creatively go out of bounds often when least expected.

– RW (BlotterMonkey) http://gravatar.com/blottermonkey

Mind Hacks

Why do some people prefer adventure and the company of others, while others favour being alone? It’s all to do with how the brain processes rewards.

Will you spend Saturday night in a crowded bar, or curled up with a good book? Is your ideal holiday adventure sports with a large group of mates and, or anywhere more sedate destination with a few good friends? Maybe your answers to these questions are clear – you’d love one option and hate another – or maybe you find yourself somewhere between the two extremes. Whatever your answers, the origin of your feelings may lie in how your brain responds to rewards.

We all exist somewhere on the spectrum between extroverts and introverts, and different circumstances can make us feel more one way or the other. Extraverts, a term popularised by psychologist Carl Jung at the beginning of the 20th Century, seem to…

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AlmostHumor Quickie: Inspirational or?

21 May

Where the inspirational figure is selected for us, and the gap between their life and ours is too great, the effect is not one of encouragement but of disillusionment – especially if their story is told in terms of personal qualities like bravery or persistence.

Knowing a famous person has the same impairment as you can be reassuring, but only in the vague way that hearing of a successful distant relative is reassuring.

Most of us will never scale Everest, compete for our country at sports or have a showbiz career.

This does Not mean we’ve failed … !


For BBC’s Mental Health Awareness Week, Mark Brown questions the valueof glorifying role models who share our own disabilities and pathologies.

A flipside of the same coin to consider is the perilous “tortured genius” myth of creativity, which implies that depression, addiction, and other mental health issues that plagued some successful creators were central to their genius.

In my opinion, the human antidotes to this mythology are worthy role models.

Via~ http://exp.lore.com/tagged/culture-and-society http://tmblr.co/ZWcUtvlX1xKU 

Disaster response psychology needs to change

15 May

This reminds me of the story I was told as a child I refer to as “Saving fish from drowning”
( I don’t remember the parable word for word & haven’t found it on the internet yet)
But it went something like this, if I can portray it well enough for you in a short version:

There was a preacher with a heart of gold who was traveling to save the world.
He had never seen the beach until one day he found himself at the shore…

Later they found him at the beach in a panic surrounded with dead fish lying everywhere on the shore.
When they asked him what was happening, he frantically exclaimed he had found all these fish drowning in the ocean.
He keeps pulling them out of the water & they are still alive gasping for air when he gets to them and places them safely out of the water so they can breath.
But sadly every-time he is just a little too late because they all keep dying..

He says help me, help me save these fish from drowning! there must be thousands of them..

I think you get the idea & I would love the parable if anyone has/knows it.
Sometimes the best intentions can be the most harmful instead of helpful.

Understanding is key.

– BlotterMonkey (RW)

Mind Hacks

Photo by Flickr user flyingjournals. Click for source.I’ve got an article in today’s Observer about how disaster response mental health services are often based on the erroneous assumption that everyone needs ‘treatment’ and often rely on single-session counselling sessions which may do more harm than good.

Unfortunately, the article has been given a rather misleading headline (‘Minds traumatised by disaster heal themselves without therapy’) which suggests that mental health services are not needed. This is not the case and this is not what the article says.

What it does say is that the common idea of disaster response is that everyone affected by the tragedy will need help from mental health professionals when only a minority will.

It also says that aid agencies often use single-session counselling sessions which have been found to raise the risk of long-term mental health problems. This stems from a understandable desire to ‘do something’ but this motivation is not enough to…

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