What a Shaman Sees in A Mental Hospital By: Stephanie Marohn with Malidoma Patrice Somé The Shamanic View of Mental Illness In the shamanic view, mental illness signals “the birth of a healer,” explains Malidoma Patrice Somé. Thus, mental disorders are spiritual emergencies, spiritual crises, and need to be regarded as such to aid the healer in being born. What those in the West view as mental illness, the Dagara people regard as “good news from the other world.” One of the things Dr. “I was so shocked. Another way to say this, which may make more sense to the Western mind, is that we in the West are not trained in how to deal or even taught to acknowledge the existence of psychic phenomena, the spiritual world. On the mental ward, Dr Somé saw a lot of “beings” hanging around the patients, “entities” that are invisible to most people but that shamans and psychics are able to see. “The Western culture has consistently ignored the birth of the healer,” states Dr. Schizophrenia and Foreign Energy With their permission, Dr. Dr. Dr.
7 More Psychological Techniques Trying to make connections? Here are seven more research-based techniques to increase creativity. “Creativity can solve almost any problem. Following on from a previous article on how to be creative, which had a tremendous response, here are another 7 techniques for breaking through a creative block. 1. Conjuring up what might have been gives a powerful boost to creativity. Markman et al. (2007) found that using counterfactuals (what might have happened but didn’t) sometimes doubled people’s creativity. Analytical problems are best tackled with a subtractive mind-set: thinking about what could have been taken away from the situation.Expansive problems benefited most from an additive counterfactual mind-set: thinking about what could have been added to the situation. 2. People solve many problems analogically: by recalling a similar old one and applying the same, or similar solution. So don’t avoid complications, gather them all up; they may well help jog your memory. 3. 4. 5. 6. 7.
thought maybe Internet Psychology 50 psychology studies reveal how people are using email, Facebook, Twitter, online dating and more. Twitter is an unsocial network. 59% of people check email from the bathroom. Online daters do lie, but only a little. These are just a few of the psychological insights revealed in more than 50 internet psychology studies. Image credit: Darren Hester
3D printing, laser cutting – design, make & build your own products with Ponoko The Psychology of Flow (in under 300 words) What is it like to be fully alive, right now, engaged with what you are doing? That’s the psychology of flow. When the happiness and creativity expert Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi was studying how painters work, he noticed an odd thing. When their painting was going well they didn’t care about getting tired, hungry or uncomfortable, they just carried on. But when the painting was finished, they rapidly lost interest in it. What was this special state of mind that seemed to absorb the whole of your being? When you’re in a flow state: an hour can pass in the blink of an eye,you feel what you are doing is important,you’re not self-conscious,action and awareness merges,you feel in full control,and the experience is intrinsically rewarding. To create a flow experience, you need: The experience of flow has been studied amongst surgeons, writers, artists, scientists, athletes and people just socialising and playing games. It’s not always easy to achieve but being in a state of flow is a beautiful thing.
bookleteer The Psychology of Storytelling and Empathy, Animated I want to tell you a story about two neurochemicals… Storytelling has remarkable effects on our brain and on our behaviour. In a series of experiments in his lab, Paul Zak has shown that when watching a short, sad story about a father and son, two interesting neurochemicals are produced: Cortisol–which people feel as distress and encourages them to pay attention to the story.Oxytocin–which promotes connection and care and encourages people to feel empathy. After experiencing the story, people who produced the most oxytocin were the most likely to give money to others they couldn’t see. The molecule seemed to make them more generous (Zak et al., 2007). This video explains the research and how it connects to a 150-year-old theory of storytelling: Stories without key elements–including a climax and denouement–do not engage the brain in the same way. Oxytocin doesn’t just make us more generous, though, it’s effects can be harnessed for less noble purposes. Zak said:
Cool Stuff – David’s Personalized Necklace Check out this interview with funky Ponoko member David Bizer, and also his video at the bottom of the post about his creation the Odb. Way out stuff! David Bizer (aka bza) Joined January 08 David, a Ponoko member from Berlin, has created one of the most awesomely unique necklaces we’ve seen so far. One that can be individualized by sound waves. Nicknamed the “Odb”, you just need to send David any kind of audio sample and he’ll design the individual shapes for your very own waveform necklace. A product designer by trade it was David’s love of music that led to the motivation for his creation. Make your own stuff using: 3D Printing, Laser Cutting, CNC Routing
20 Gifs That Explain How Things Work ‹ FREEYORK Sometimes you just need an image to help you understand something. And if that image is in motion and shows you something that you otherwise would never see, all the better. Below is a set of animated gifs that show us how certain things work. What happens when we swallow. How keys and locks work. How ants walk. This gif shows the development of the human face in the womb. How a ladybug flies. How small the earth would be compared to NML Cygni, the largest known star How dandelion grows. How beautiful music is produced in a trumpet. This is what you can do with your screen. This is what an egg looks like underwater without its shell. How black hole devours a star. Number of flights per day. What happens when you apply a sunscreen. The Pythagorean theorem (a² + b² = c²) demonstrated visibly. How military helmet camouflage is applied. How water refracts the light. How a beanstalk (or other vine fruits, weeds, or vegetables) finds support. How braces change your teeth. What happens when dogs drink water.
Bookcubes: Souvenirs of Digital Reading I was recently asked by the good people at Proboscis to undertake a virtual residency, exploring their Bookleteer suite of tools. Bookleteer is described as “a platform for public authoring and cultures of listening—creating and sharing knowledge, stories, ideas and information”, and also as a form of samizdat for the twentieth century. I’ll be further exploring the Bookleteer API in a future post. The code for the experiments can be found on the Bookleteer blog. One of the subjects that came up in my thinking for SXSW, and which I mentioned briefly, was the question of souvenirs. These records—souvenirs—are important because they serve as touchstones, aides memoires, and visual quantifiers. Russell Davies has written about “the way we use these little objects to say stuff about ourselves. [Photo by jørngeorg on Flickr] Your computer activity is monitored and every week you’re sent a little collection of these blocks. That is what I have been thinking about lately.
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