Five years ago today, my mother met me after work and we went out to see my coworker’s husband play a St. Patrick’s Day gig with his band. Realizing that we didn’t frequently get a chance to have a night out, just the two of us, Mom and I snuck out of the gig early. For lack of any better idea, we decided on seeing a film and I called the cinema to find out what was playing. I vaguely remembered seeing an ad for one of the titles, that it’d looked good, and it was opening that night, so we decided to see it.
The film was V for Vendetta.
Strange how such a small and seemingly random chain of events can utterly change the course of one’s life. Continue reading
Reblogging an awesome post that reflects a lot of my own thoughts as a 32-year-old woman who unapologetically loves Disneyland, watches cartoons, and plays with my 11-year-old nephew.
Also put me in mind of the research conducted by psychologist Ellen Langer where she put a group of elderly men in an isolated house decorated in a style from twenty years earlier. The men were instructed to act as though the date was that time, twenty years ago. As described here, the men’s health – both physical and mental – markedly improved after only a week!
via Health and Humor
Edited to add: This is a fantastic quote!:
To die, to sleep;
To sleep, perchance to dream: ay, there’s the rub;
For in that sleep of death what dreams may come
When we have shuffled off this mortal coil
Must give us pause…
(Sorry; on this blog, quoting Hamlet is required.)
Richard Wiseman has a new book coming out next month: Paranormality: Why we see what isn’t there, which – like all intriguing books from UK authors – has me in the “where to buy it?” quandary, due to a weird disparity in pricing where books on Amazon UK are often cheaper (even after accounting for currency exchange) than the same book on Amazon US (which will likely have Americanized spellings, boo! Yes, this is the sort of thing I think about and deem important. If the author is English, why change his spellings? And then there’s the issue of some Americanized books being censored…), but might take longer to get here. I could get around that via Kindle, if I could shop from the UK Kindle store. Actually, since I haven’t read his LAST book yet, I’m not sure why I care about the shipping time…!
When Wiseman’s last book came out, I was about to visit the UK, and the book wasn’t going to be out in the States until two months after my trip; so I asked Leda to pick me up a copy and she hand-delivered it to me. Take that, artificial international distribution walls! [insert your own side rant about DVD Regions here]
But I digress.
The Guardian recently ran a lengthy excerpt from Paranormality in which Wiseman debunks the idea of precognitive dreams. Now, I’ll put out the caveat that I’m a natural-born skeptic, someone who’s never really believed in things like precognition, before I say that everything he says makes sense: the Law of Large Numbers, the human penchant for seeing patterns where there aren’t necessarily any (especially when we’re looking for a pattern), etc. One thing he doesn’t directly mention (though he hints at it when discussing having three dreams and only remembering the one that seems to predict a later event) is our ability (tendency?) to ignore evidence that doesn’t fit our theory/expectations: confirmation bias.
I don’t really “do” New Year’s resolutions; there’s too much going on in December and January for me to think about adding yet another goal to my “to do” list. I’m more likely to resolve to make a change or learn a new skill sometime in the middle of the year. But regardless of when the resolution is made, you need determination and willpower to keep working on your goal after the first over-enthusiastic blush has faded.
Hypnosis is a powerful tool for all sorts of change, because it works with your instincts to affect how you feel about the change. You know when it’s the middle of January and you’re mentally arguing with yourself about whether or not to eat that last slice of holiday pie? Just two weeks ago, you resolved this would be the year you finally lost weight, but it’s been a long day, the kids got on your last nerve, or you’re celebrating dealing with the last of the unwanted Christmas gift returns. This is all happening consciously, in your thinking brain.
When you hypnotically change the way you feel about gaining better health and slimness (as well as how you feel about the idea of sugar as a comfort or reward), you don’t have to try so hard to “be good”. It just happens; it feels right and natural to do so.
This year, Uncommon Knowledge (the masters in hypnosis downloads and helping people reach their goals) are giving away a bundle of hypnosis MP3s specially tailored to one lucky person’s New Year’s resolution (be it weight loss, stopping smoking, making more effort in your relationship, or whatever). All you have to do is fill out this two question survey. They’re also still offering a free download to new fans of their Facebook page, so get over there and hit that “Like” button, then the “free download” tab, to give their work a free trial.
The wonderful folks at Uncommon Knowledge are at it again. After donating $200 to celiac research, they are now offering their Breastfeeding Relaxation program free to mums through the end of International Breastfeeding Week (August 7). And when you pay for it ($12.95, 90-day money back guarantee), the proceeds go to international breastfeeding charity La Leche League.
(As an aside, I still remember the blog entry when this particular program came out almost two years ago. Written by Lyndsay Elliott, wife of HypnosisDownloads.com/Uncommon Knowledge co-founder Roger, it has always made me giggle and think.)
(July 5 Update: As noted here, Uncommon Knowledge ended up donating $200 to the Maryland Center for Celiac Research. Way to go!)
This post is coming a bit late, but I’ve only recently learned that May, in addition to being Mental Health Awareness Month, is also Gluten-Free Awareness Month.
On Tuesday, Uncommon Knowledge officially released their new Stick to Your Gluten-Free Diet hypnosis download, an MP3 session designed to help celiacs and anyone else who needs or wants to follow a gluten-free/reduced gluten diet. The program is structured to boost your instinctive drive to avoid foods with gluten and to help you feel naturally driven to eat healthier, while also improving your feelings around having to stick to this special diet.
In addition, Unk are doing something incredible with this program. Continue reading
Okay, calm down, I haven’t been wrongly accused of any crime.
Reframing is a psychological technique. Put simply, it’s a way of shaking up a client’s worldview so that they can no longer think about their problem state (addiction, panic attack, etc.) in the same way; and thus, it begins to lose its grip on them. Continue reading
I’ve just recently discovered that May is Mental Health Awareness Month (MHAM). Just after this discovery, I thought this could be a good time to really get myself into a blogging routine: “I should do a daily post on something to do with mental health! After all, wasn’t I reading that great article only yesterday and wanting to blog on it?” Continue reading
Yesterday being Shrove/Fat Tuesday, a lot of my tweeps were discussing giving up things for Lent. This frankly came as a surprise to me, as I don’t think a single one of them is Christian – or even religious. Still, I suppose it’s the thought? Outside motivation?
They inspired me. Continue reading