THE PSYCHOLOGY OF ME (ACCORDING TO RELIABLE INTERNET SOURCES)

Capgras delusion is a disorder in which a person holds a delusion that a friend, spouse, parent, or other close family member (or pet) has been replaced by an identical-looking impostor.

I started the day off doing a favor for a complete stranger. I took a Brain Lateralization Test and then answered some questions about algebra. Sounds interesting, doesn’t it?

Well, it was! I LOVE taking tests about my brain, personality, or addictions. As messed up as I feel, I find it comforting to know that there’s an actual name for what’s wrong with me. It’s almost as good as finding out there’s nothing wrong with me.

So, after I completed this test and helped someone finish a research project and quite possibly graduate, I looked for more psychological tests to take. I got some VERY interesting results.

Brain Lateralization Test (Took 2 different ones to make sure) Right Brain ( 42%, 44&) Left Brain (54%, 56%)

“Left brainers” are orderly, articulate, and literal. They can understand directions or anything logical or explicit. They have trouble comprehending emotions and abstract concepts. They doubt anything that is not stated or proven.

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Have you seen Sharkwater? It made me cry

Bring out the Charles Darwin in you – today! This isn’t the most timely post but if you give a shit about nature, which ultimately means you give a shit about yourself, you will find this very interesting.

UNC professor Pat Davison unveiled his latest multimedia project today called “Living Galapagos.” Coined as the “first in-depth multimedia project to examine the impact of humans in the Galapagos Islands,” this Flash-based project is definitely a sight to see. Davison traveled with 21 students and four coaches to document the stories, people, places and facts of the islands.

This is probably my dream project. Great sound, video, and photo, plus it’s all wrapped up in a slick map. My only complaint is in conjunction with Innovative Interactivity’s review in that it could use a navigation bar, but it’s easy enough to work around. The beauty of this piece just furthers my impatience with learning Flash better as these are the kind of projects I want to be working on but I am getting better – I think.

Have you seen Sharkwater? It made me cry more than Cinema Paradiso and that is saying a lot. The film, of course, discussed sharks but also investigated various aquatic issues. In particular, the narrative focused on the perils of longline fishing, which is illegal in certain parts of the world.

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The Good Grades Guide Review

Quite frankly, Hans Wellman M.Ed. has got a sense of humor and isn’t afraid to use it.  The Good Grades Guide had me laughing on the first page and that kept me turning the pages.

Wellman has packed the Good Grades Guide will solid, scientifically backed information that students and teachers can apply that night for more successful studying.

The Good Grades Guide helps students discover how they learn best and the most effective study strategies specifically for them.  Wellman also explains how your brain retains information and gives specific tips on how to study.

In the Good Grades Guide Wellman covers all of the ground students need to become more successful and achieve the goals they set for themselves.

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Eating Healthy Made Affordable

Community Supported Agriculture is the New way to Shop for Food

I resigned from my job to be a full-time stay-at-home mom to Miss Aubrey.  My husband and I went before the Lord to seek His blessings on this matter.

I remember telling God that in doing this I wanted to still be able to eat organically and travel. Look what God has done! I am eating organically, locally grown food more now than ever before and I am still traveling.

It wasn’t that God initially blessed us with financial increase to be able to maintain the lifestyle that we enjoyed before my resigning. To the contrary, there has been lots of sacrifices.

The Good News tells us to seek and we shall find. That is exactly what happened to me. As I searched for affordable ways to continue to eat organic and all natural foods, God gave me the wisdom to make that happen on our one income budget.

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Simplify: Why to Eliminate the Clutter

“Simplicity, simplicity, simplicity! I say let your affairs be as one, two, three and to a hundred or a thousand. We are happy in proportion to the things we can do without.” Henry David Thoreau

I’m feeling the need to simplify my life. Most of my problems are due to one thing: clutter. Too many responsibilities, too many thoughts and most important of them all, too much STUFF.

Not all of this is bad, of course. Most “responsibilities” are fun and what I love to do, my mind is full of ideas (unorganized as they are) and aspirations, and my space has a lot of things that I love and are necessary. I’m sure things are similar for you.

As I’m on a never-ending mission to create peace in my mind by reducing the useless and self-limiting mind chatter, I’ve decided to focus on the physical. Is there anything in your life that weighs you down? Stresses you out? Or causes way too much anxiety?

I know I can think of a thing or two or hundred. This is why I’m going to start on a journey of eliminating a TBD amount of stuff from my life. I’d like to share it here because this is inherently and intrinsically tied to my happiness and my capability to follow my dreams. That is true health right there and you all know how I feel about that! Anyone want to join in?!

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Seven Magic Words That Will Change Your Life

Dictionary Series – Change

Were you ever told something as a kid and…suddenly…you remember it as an adult? I was recently reminded of a message I heard when I was young. It was reinforced one Sunday morning in church for me a few years ago. This message is only seven words but has the power to change your life. Normally, I don’t like making statements like that. But in this case, I’m making an exception. Here are the Seven Magic Words:

You Have Not Because You Ask Not.”

Doesn’t get much simpler. I am often asked the following:

  • Question: How were you able to get education?  Answer: I asked, I asked for help
  • Question: How were you able to raise capital for your businesses? Answer: I asked.
  • Question: How are you able to sell through the mail? Answer: I ask for the sale.

Oversimplification? Perhaps. But I don’t think so. When I first started out in business with vending machines, I would come home after going on sales calls and sulk. I did everything but ask for the sale. Presented the features and benefits. Proved beyond doubt my service was good.

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Holy Awkwardness Batman

Today was a busy day. I was on the road at 8:30 am and didn’t get home until 10:30.  I’m exhausted. First a coworker asked me to drive him down to DC to drop off a car that needed to be made accessible.  We then had to take the Amtrak back to Baltimore followed by a cab ride back to my coworker’s parking lot so I could pick up my car.  Then my coworker and his wife offered to take me to lunch.

I then had to run home and pick up D.  I then took him to Walmart to pick up a gift and went off to a (hard to explain) mini early work related Christmas party (don’t ask).

THEN, D and I had been invited to a holiday party, so off we go to Columbia (30 min away) for their party. We walk in … and the hostess says hi … the host doesn’t bother getting up.  D and I get a drink and sit down … and talk to ourselves.

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Make Friends With Fear

Last night I heard a commercial for an insurance company that said something to the affect of, “taking the ‘scared’ out of life.” I spent a lot of time ruminating about fear this weekend and had to laugh at the ridiculousness of that statement.

Life is absolutely not about eliminating your fear. It’s not about waiting until you’re no longer afraid. Or, working at getting over it.

It is about co-existing with fear and doing what you’re most afraid of anyway.

We all have fears. We all especially have fears that prevent us from doing what we want (or are called) to do. I realized on Sunday that I (and you!) will always have fear (duh).

There is no magical pill that is going to make it go away. Of course, things will get easier and maybe your fear for that particular thing will dissolve, but then there will be a new fear facing you head on.

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The Right Wing Elevates An Obscure Solar Scientist To The Status Of Climate Change Expert

A few weeks ago I wrote only semi-jokingly that Big Oil had resorted to hiring little-known overseas scientists to bolster its latest propaganda campaign on global warming: Yes, we finally admit that global warming is happening, but it’s happening because of … the Sun!

Unable to purchase the opinion of any prominent American scientists—after all, their reputation would be ruined for taking money to promote a false view—the right wing had to offshore its propaganda.

The obscure scientist in question is Habibullo Adbussamotov, head of space research at Russia’s Pulkovo Astronomical Observatory. He claims that the current rise in Earth’s average temperature is caused not by greenhouse gases or any other terrestrial source but by increased energy being emitted by the Sun. The proof, he claims, is in NASA data on Mars, which shows that the Martian ice caps have been receding over the past 3 years.

However, from the papers that Adbussamotov has published over the years, although he appears to know a thing or two about solar phenomena, he’s definitely no expert on Earth’s climate:

  • A search with Google Scholar turns up 29 papers, ranging in date from 1971 to the present.
  • All of those papers deal either with the Sun’s behavior or with techniques for observing the Sun from Earth.
  • Not one paper deals with Earth’s climate, let alone the subject of global climate change.
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To a Life of Love

1) Today marks my 26th year on this beautiful earth!

 

2) After three years in the corporate world and 26 years of knowing that I’m not a corporate, 9-5, cubicle person I have officially QUIT!!!!!!!! My last day is January 31st.

There are three things I know:

  • it is your absolute right to fill your day with love
  • you deserve to have passionate, purposeful “work”
  • you deserve to wake up excited for each and every day

These things have been completely lacking in my life so I made a plan. Well, I’m taking my 401K retirement fund and running! (Disclaimer: I don’t condone this. Maybe I do.)

I’m choosing to trust what my heart is telling me and taking a huge leap of faith. I don’t know exactly what my future holds, but I do know it is going to be bright, amazing and filled with love!

I urge you to ask yourself. If you’re not happy with how you spend the bulk of your time, what can you do to change it? Hint: “nothing,” “I have no choice,” and “impossible” are not involved.

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