Archive for February, 2012

SCOD Religion

Posted in Pagan, SCOD Online School with tags , , , , , , , , on February 28, 2012 by Drogo

SCOD Church

SCOD Ministry

SCOD Religion

 

SCOD believes that it is possible that civilization will regress into dark ages, as it has before. It also believes that regardless of the future, we should usually prepare ourselves for the worst, while hoping for the best. We are all individuals, but can sometimes come together on occasion to achieve more than we would otherwise. Biodiversity is natural and good, and unique qualities are important even within groups that desire to cooperate towards a better life. Communal life is not for everyone, but is encouraged for those of us that desire it to various degrees.

If you believe as we do, than you may consider yourself one with SCOD.

SCOD believes we are each our own ministers of our own personal beliefs. Therefore feel free to use religious titles in the name of SCOD. Every living-being is born with the right to free-will, which includes recognizing what is ‘divine’. You may request a letter of good standing, or a certification from us if you wish to have a piece of paper to show others.

  1.  Sentient life-forms have ‘spirit energy’.

  2.  Inanimate objects have energy.

  3.  Matter is condensed energy.

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Emotional Impulsive Disorder – EID

Posted in Psychology with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , on February 21, 2012 by Drogo

This mental (or personality) disorder is based on several sources including “Stop Walking On Eggshells: Taking Your Life Back” and ‘The Unquiet Mind’.  This article uses EID to re-label and re-organize BPD, because the abv. BP could be confused with Bi-Polar, and the original 9 criteria are repetitive and confusing.

BORDERLINE PERSONALITY DISORDER – BPD

BORDERLINE SCHIZOID DISORDER: Neurosis & Psychosis

EMOTIONAL IMPULSIVE DISORDER – EID

mood shifts (manic-depressive more frequently than bipolar), overwhelming anxiety, unpredictable impulsive actions, frustratingly poor decisions, perplexing behaviors, control issues, manipulative tendencies, “party” or “player” relationship attitude, overly distrusting, delusions, paralyzingly sensitivity to surroundings, behaving irrationally, having a chaotic life.

People with this intense emotional and impulsive disorder need to take responsibility for their own behavior, but often simply cannot no matter how much they try or say they want to. Codependent friends and relatives need to define and keep their boundaries, to limit enabling wrong behaviors.

Emotional Roller-coaster: what it is like having EID.

  1. feel more intensely emotional ups and downs

  2. act more extreme because of over-whelming emotions

  3. difficulty regulating emotion and behavior – mental & physical chaos

Most people have all the same types of thoughts and almost all the feelings as EID, but the line is drawn at the frequency and intensity of irrational EID behaviors. As with addicts, it is intense destructive behavior that tends to demand diagnosis.

EID cannot be changed through force, because they will always tend to rebel against any authority (even role-models that they chose), just as they rebel against self-control. EID uses their will-power to resist addressing stresses that most people use their will-power to address on a regular basis. EID resistance and avoidance ironically creates more stress for them, if not immediately, then later. Many of these symptoms are also used as coping mechanisms, and so they are very difficult to change. Everyone is different, and a mental diagnosis does not explain everything.

In dealing with EID it is not only important to explore possible CAUSES of actions, but it is vital to realize the RESULTS of actions; because EID actions often have very sad consequences. By assessing the results of behaviors, we can set limits.

EID Criteria  (Diagnosis should be dependent on meeting all 8 symptoms)

1.  Isolation – intense fear of abandonment or feeling alone, depressive tendencies

2.  Emptiness – intense apathy, lack of self-esteem, psychosis tendencies

3.  Self-Destructive / Suicidal Behavior – psychotic including dangerous life-threatening addictions

4.  Impulsive / Unstable Moods – paralyzing stress and anxiety from a range of intense emotions always changing back-and-forth within minutes or hours in a day.

5.  Impulsive / Unstable Regulation – intense anger resulting from moods

6.  Impulsive / Unstable Relationships – refusal or inability to take responsibility for their own actions regarding other beings

7.  Impulsive / Unstable Identity – social chameleon w/ schizo-breaks, no clear ‘self’

8.  Delusions – re-occurring irrational paranoia, or intense dis-associative attitude

Recovery is possible but not probable. Combined therapy and medication will improve cases.

Psychotherapy Psychotherapy is the core treatment for borderline personality disorder. Two types of psychotherapy that have been found effective are:

  • Dialectical behavior therapy (DBT). DBT was designed specifically to treat borderline personality disorder. Generally done through individual, group and phone counseling, DBT uses a skills-based approach to teach you how to regulate your emotions, tolerate distress and improve relationships.
  • Transference-focused psychotherapy (TFP). TFP centers on the relationship between you and your therapist — helping you understand the emotions and difficulties that develop in that relationship. You can then use what you have learned in other relationships.

Medications Medications can’t cure borderline personality disorder, but they can help associated problems, such as depression, impulsivity and anxiety. Medications may include antidepressant, anti-psychotic and anti-anxiety medications.

Emotional Spectrum Chart – mammals have complex combinations daily. It is difficult dealing with anyone who has EID, because many of us have some of the symptoms, but not all of them so intensely; so their moods affect ours, and vice versa, which tends to make things worse, as even our positive moods may not affect them in a good way.

Emotion Chart

Politics of Night

Posted in Critical Commentary of Civilization, History, Politics on February 18, 2012 by eposognatus

Recently on NPR Robert Siegel interviewed professor Philip Freeman about timeless political advice, discussing a letter written by Quintus Tullius Cicero to his brother in 64 BC.  Over 2000 years later, in 1964, Frederick Pohl writes just as aptly concerning politics, in a theme very appropriate to current campaigns:

“The classics of public relations clearly show how little reason has to do with M/R, and yet I had allowed myself to fall into that oldest and most imbecilic of traps set for flacks. Think of history’s master strokes of flackery: ‘The Jews stabbed Germany in the back!’ ‘Seventy-eight (or fifty-nine, or one hundred and three) card carrying Communists in the State Department!’ ‘I will go to Korea!’ It is not enough for a theme to be rational; indeed it is wrong for a theme to be rational if you want to move men’s glands, because, above all else, it must seem new and fresh and of such revolutionary simplicity that it illuminates an enormous, confused, and disagreeable problem in a fresh and hopeful light. Or so it must seem to the Average Man. And since he has spent any number of surly, worried hours groping for some personal salvation in the face of bankrupt Germany or a threat of subversion or a war that is going nowhere, no  rational  solution can ever meet those strictures… since he has already considered all the rational solutions and found either that they are useless or that the cost is more than he wants to pay.”

As he says, “If there is an area of human endeavor in which I know a specialist’s kind of knowledge, it is politics. I spent 20 years in political work, have written one book (Practical Politics) on the subject and a lot of shorter pieces, have ghost-written speeches, run campaigns – the lot. At least a dozen times I’ve tried to write a science-fiction story about politics, and every time I’ve abandoned the effort – every time but one. “The Children of Night” is the one.

Who can hear the insane ramblings of any of the GOP candidates today and not agree with Pohl’s observation that rationality is counter to effective campaigning? The more extreme and irrational a candidate appears to be, the better they seem to do!

Wok Cooking (Stir-Fry)

Posted in Food & Drink, Organic Gardens with tags , , , , , , , , , on February 16, 2012 by Drogo

Stir-frying in a large Wok or Frying Pan

This shows the variety of colors, before all the large green leaves are added.

Here is how I divided the amounts of veggies before adding them to the tofu I first cooked on olive oil at the bottom of the pan.

I filled the Wok entirely with these items, and they mostly steamed without burning, due to their internal juices. I cooked them with olive oil, butter, and seasonings.

Then served this on plates of Rice.

 

 

 

Humanistic Psychology

Posted in Psychology with tags , , , , , , , , on February 6, 2012 by Drogo

It is difficult enough to help others, but mental disorders can make it impossible. Even if you have some success with helping someone, any number of set-backs can be disappointing, and major events can burn you and render you temporarily unable to function in your own life. Yet as friends, loved ones, and concerned neighbors we try to reach out and do some good for others. It is not always possible to make a positive and sustained difference, yet when it is possible and it happens it brings more happiness to all the lives affected.

So to guard against being used by psychotic people, we put social boundaries up and make selective character judgments regarding other people. Often this makes us second-guess even innocent, well-intentioned people or those that truly want help and will be grateful for it. When we question our own judgment it is helpful to pause, take as long a break as needed, meditate in order to refocus, reassess the situation, and reach out once again. Hours, days, weeks, months, and years off from working on a ‘case’ may help, and if nothing else the time provides a buffer from actively adding fuel to a relationship on fire, and the time buffer usually allows things to settle and calm down from neglect, and hind-sight reflections.

My writings may not be ‘professional’, but they are a humanist approach to psychology; since few people can actually afford or access hired professionals. Of course if anyone has free access to a trained psychologist or psychiatrist, then by all means they should visit them as frequently as possible. I believe everyone should have their own psychologist, even psychologists… however this is not a reality so therefore I practice personal, humanist method of intellectual dialogue with my friends, for mutual benefit if possible. Also many people will never truly submit themselves to a therapist for any significant length of time; these are the people that fall through the cracks of our society and systems, and often become more dangerous to themselves and / or the public; because no one will deal with them. Professional separation perhaps the best ideal method of dealing with psychopaths, but that is often not an option that they will willingly pursue (cost being a huge factor for lower-incomes), and therefore it is left to the police to take them away after they commit crimes. Psychological intervention and recommending professionals may not always work, but it is worth trying.

If (by some miracle) a psychopath goes to a therapist, encouraging them to stick to it, and follow through with behavior changes and medicine becomes even harder. We are conditioned to want immediate results, and life does not always work that way, so we tend to get discouraged easily. It is important to discuss different medications, and their side-effects with doctors clearly, and openly. It is almost a catch-22 paradox that so much is dependent on irresponsible people taking the responsibility to take the correct medicine on a daily basis; yet this is the case! Those whose conditions worsen, will only find themselves forced to take medicine at a mental institution, if they do not end up dead sooner than later.

“Life is work, anyone who says otherwise is not living to their potential.” – Dr. Beamer

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Schizophrenia

Posted in Psychology with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , on February 1, 2012 by Drogo

Schizophrenia

 

 

  1. Characteristic symptoms: Two or more of the following, each present for much of the time during a one-month period (or less, if symptoms remitted with treatment).

    • Delusions

    • Hallucinations (visual or audio “voices”)

    • Disorganized speech, rambling, manifestation of formal thought disorder

    • Grossly disorganized behavior (chaotic or frequently emotional) or catatonic behavior

    • Negative symptoms: Lack of emotional response, extreme anxiety, psychotic aggression or suicidal depression

    If the delusions are judged to be bizarre, or hallucinations consist of hearing one voice participating in a running commentary of the patient’s actions or of hearing two or more voices conversing with each other, only that symptom is required above.

  2. Social or occupational dysfunction: For a significant portion of the time since the onset of the disturbance, one or more major areas of functioning such as work, interpersonal relations, or self-care, are markedly below the level achieved prior to the onset.

  3. Significant duration: Continuous signs of the disturbance persist for at least six months. (or less, if symptoms remitted with treatment).

 

Borderline  or Residual Schizophrenia

  • Lesser Delusions, anxiety, impulsiveness, and no psychotic, paranoid, or catatonic

 

Simple Schizophrenia –

  • Insidious and progressive development of negative symptoms with no psychotic episodes.

 

Psychotic Schizophrenia –

  • Psychotic symptoms are present

 

Paranoid Schizophrenia –

  • Delusions or auditory hallucinations are present

 

Catatonic Schizophrenia –

  • The subject may be almost immobile or exhibit agitated, purposeless movement.