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Cheating Is Unfair

Posted in Ethics & Morals, relationships, Uncategorized with tags , , , , , , , , , , on April 23, 2020 by Drogo

A cheater is a player i hate because they try to beat me by bending or breaking what i consider to be the rules to their benefit. We can agree upon rules, but without honest discussion about the rules we will not know how people feel about the validity of the conventional or accepted rules. Accepting or agreeing to rules holds no water when parties or players cannot be trusted with obeying what they see as trivial or obstacles to goals or values that they have, no matter how much other people might protest. 

I tend to say a computer game AI that wins is ‘cheating’ because they are programmed to be better at playing the game than i am; and a person who breaks a promise is dishonest rather than a cheater, because i dont view relations as just a series of trivial social games, i feel there is more depth to love or compassion that is not always tied to a series of conscious selfish strategies (selfishness can be unconscious, but that is its own discussion). A person using unauthorized hidden notes on a test is cheating, and a person who cannot talk about personal problems with a partner has social challenges within a dysfunctional relationship. Cheating implies to me that things are either a test or a game, and therefore not serious or real as relationships or feelings. Perhaps rather than see relationships as competitive games, we can begin to talk about love as bonds which can unite many people together.

Regarding nature we often use the serpent metaphor. When asked why the snake bit us when we trusted it, the snake replies “because i am a snake, I bite other animals.” More people are liars than they want to admit, and more people want to accuse other people of lying to gas-light their own problems. No matter who is more guilty, there are underlying problems in society that go unaddressed regarding the psychology of honesty and our abilities for discussion and desires to volunteer information that may be used against us fairly or unfairly by various parties or partners. When we get to know people, we learn what we can trust them with, more or less in general during phases of their life, based on our experience with them and our perception of them. We can also label levels of crimes and discuss the hierarchy of importance of laws.

We can say “cheating is cheating” much like “sinning is sinning”. Most of us can look at something and sense it is an exact copy, or something a bit different; and begin to determine differences and similarities between two things. In art it becomes very tricky because tracing is an accepted method for learning how to draw, for professional architectural design (we trace) for modifying designs or drawing perspectives from photos, and in digital art what i do is tracing for my digital portraits; aka cheating. People accept it because it is a surface overlay which is new.

I take these issues seriously regarding the semantics, I want to understand what people expect. The world of art and antique forgeries is INSANE; works are both highly valued and highly penalized. When an artist is honest about doing a fake, and the fake is amazingly accurate, they are rewarded and the risk of penalty disappears. We can say “all is fair in love and war” and “life is unfair”, and yet sometimes we put war criminals and corrupt politicians on trial and get divorces; both ways exist in reality and are clearly problematic for many. Do I hate cheaters that rig or play the system to their advantage? Yes I hate cheating because it is unfair, especially if I am not rewarded by the rigged or played cheating; although sometimes cheating is used to achieve justice, such as stealing from the rich to give to the poor; but “two wrongs don’t make a right”, unless one way is considered fair or legal (such as taxes on the rich, but taxes and distribution of wealth are still highly debatable also).

Related SCOD articles : Relationships & Polyamory

B.D.U.: Boot Camp Diary Unauthorized

Posted in Biographies, Book Reports, Critical Commentary of Civilization, Military, Uncategorized with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on July 15, 2019 by Drogo

Title – BDU: Bootcamp Diary Unauthorized
Subtitle – My Un-Official Air Force BMT Journal

This non-fiction historical book is a real 2006 memoir and analysis of Air Force Basic Training (BMT), including some personal auto-biographical experiences and opinions. This journal has been made public to document the psychological treatment of young soldiers by the Military Industrial Complex (MIC) training system. It is based on a secret diary inside an official notebook that the author kept during training, despite constant antagonism by the Training Sergeants (TIs). While not every experience is included in this first edition for Amazon, it is unabridged compared to the official summary edition submitted to commanding officers. This more expressive version contains strong adult language. Airman Stowell (also author of ‘Operation 10 COW’) provides specific details and general summaries from original notes and actual documents about BMT, and is both honest and patriotic. Mouth-piece propaganda for our conventional establishment will seek to discredit authentic journals like this, as individual civil rights are threatening to authoritarians who want ritual hazing and brain-washing to be a confidential surprise (despite films showing historical accounts dramatized, see ‘Band of Brothers’ and ‘Full Metal Jacket’). It is the US ‘War On Terror’ training version of war time stories that have been attacked for showing realism in their home countries (see Solzhenitsyn & Grossman). There is no top secret information revealed here, but it is a personal perspective for national self-reflection about the unethical tyranny of psychologically conditioning soldiers to perpetually operate on hate, anger, and fear. If you like this type of work, please write a supportive comment on Amazon’s sales page for ‘BDU The Book‘, thank you!

Long live our American ideals of freedom, democracy, and peace!!!

“I’m a historian by profession. I’ve probably read several thousand journals and diaries in my time, including ones by soldiers and others living through the Revolution, Civil War, Spanish American War, and others. This book reads true, both in content and form. One would expect a diary to be disjointed and have a grammar glitch or two here or there. Someone undergoing the physical and intellectual traumas of this type, and writing on the run to boot, is not going to write with the polish of a Victorian sitting at his desk on Beacon Hill.” – thank you so much Professor Michael Swanson

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Incredible Hulk Psychology

Posted in Cartoon Comics, Fictional Characters, Uncategorized with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on February 18, 2019 by Drogo

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This essay is from a SCOD video on the Marvel Hulk comic-books. Is the system working for you? Do you work for the system? Do you have a balance?? Dr. Banner worked within the nuclear science field, and was cursed with the alter-ego of the Hulk after a gamma-bomb test radiation accident. The main over-arching human theme of the ‘System vs Individuals’ originated because the military industrial complex created the Hulk, and Banner uses technology to handle his Hulk problem, but he is always chased by the military as a terrorist because the The Incredible Hulk was very aggressively anarchist libertarian (in effect by savage nature, not due to political ideology) due to his resistance to authority and desire to be left alone. In ‘Marvel: Five Fabulous Decades of the World’s Greatest Comics’Les Daniels addresses the Hulk as an embodiment of cultural fears of radiation and nuclear science. He quotes Jack Kirby: “As long as we’re experimenting with radioactivity, there’s no telling what may happen, or how much our advancements in science may cost us.” Daniels continues, “The Hulk became Marvel’s most disturbing embodiment of the perils inherent in the atomic age.”

The main character core theme for individual psychology is obviously anger (but also fear) as one part of the aggressive/passive dichotomy paradigm; because anger is the main catalyst for his change, and calmness allows the beast to sleep within him again. A third theme might be danger/safety (violence/gentleness), survival regardless of emotions. A fourth theme could be the stoic sadness of living with guilt and responsibility for problems. Humans are animals, but we seek to control our id, ego, and emotions for the sake of society and civilization. The Hulk deals with debates about man and monster, where does one personality end and the other begin??  Oddly enough, his rage doesn’t make him evil or the antagonist in the story. Can he be both a hero and an anti-hero?? Originally the Hulk transformed at night (1962), then randomly. It was not until after about the 30th comic book (1966) with Hulk in it [Tales To Astonish #80], that ANGER became his main catalyst for transformation. Hulk influenced popular culture so much, that the term ‘hulk out’ means to get enraged and rampage. “Don’t make me angry; you won’t like me when I’m angry.” – Dr. Banner (TV show)

Dr. Banner is a scientist dealing with some serious mental issues. As he evolves, so does his monstrous manifestation. The egos of the various incarnations exist within Banner, as Banner exists within them. The metaphor being that our different personality aspects and phases of life exist within us. Who we ‘really are’ does not have to be limited to just one personality, or set of emotional responses. I actually cannot think of a depiction that does not consider them within each-other as they are obviously connected, even if they are also beings in their individual ways.

The Jekyll-Hyde story is not just about literal appearance differences; also about mental disorders and addiction, physical (chemical) and mental bi-polar and border-line… all kinds of things to think about with split-personality concepts (not the diagnosis but the reality of how emotions can be overly intense with many people, making them seem like different people when they experience them).

[More will be added later to this article, like illustrations of the Evolution of Hulk; and more story plot points and descriptions.]

Youtube video:  Incredible Hulk Comics 1970-1990

Youtube video:  Incredible Hulk fan tribute collage – ‘evolution montage’

 

 

 

 

 

 

Psychopath vs Sociopath

Posted in Psychology, Uncategorized with tags , , , , , , on September 3, 2018 by Drogo

A psychopath uses physical violence more than a sociopath. The term definitions are reflected in their roots: Social and Psychotic (‘psychotic’ is the reason for the term, to distinguish it from a social psychological predator or a pedophile predator. The distinction between them is not the Nature vs Nurture debate, which does not determine whether someone is a social or physical ‘predator’. Humans can be disabled or really psychotic, and unfortunately that does not mean they are monsters and not homo-sapiens. Being ‘human’ is not the same as being ‘humane’, because biologically speaking homo-sapiens with all their psychotic tendencies are the definition of what humans are, without the artificial moral baggage that we use in civilization to determine how to treat each-other with decent human ‘nature’ (as opposed to the nasty sides of human nature). Someone who lies all the time regardless of intentions is a type of sociopath called a chronic liar to clarify their psychological pathology. Psychopaths use violence so easily that homicidal tendencies will make them into criminals by nature. Psycho- and Sociopaths can have other mental illnesses or personality disorders like schizophrenia or the borderline version crossed with bi-polar which is BPD or Emotional Instability Disorder, but by definition they can rationally make plans and carry them out, and due to lack of empathy tending toward narcissism they easily can hurt the feelings of others without meaning to, and often intentionally cause harm to others when they feel anger, or being fully aware of how others may react, but do harm any way as a means to their own selfish end goal. A sociopath will tend to stick to superficial charm with mental abuse in relations, and a psychopath will use both mental and physical abuse to control others, and if they are also a sociopath they will use charm as well to manipulate.

“a person suffering from chronic mental disorder with abnormal or violent social behavior.” – Google Dictionary

“It has been suggested that psychopathy is associated with “instrumental”, also known as predatory, proactive, or “cold blooded” aggression” – Wikipedia, Psychopathy

“PCL-R Factors 1a and 1b are correlated with narcissistic personality disorder. They are associated with extraversion and positive affect. Factor 1, the so-called core personality traits of psychopathy, may even be beneficial for the psychopath (in terms of nondeviant social functioning). PCL-R Factors 2a and 2b are particularly strongly correlated to antisocial personality disorder and borderline personality disorder and are associated with reactive anger, criminality, and impulsive violence” – Wikipedia, Psychopathy Checklist

 

Social Anarchy Dream

Posted in Philosophy, Politics, Psychology, Uncategorized with tags , , , , , , , , , on August 24, 2017 by Drogo

Poetic Essay by Drogo Empedocles

Social psychology is affected by our social subconscious, metaphorically translated from and by cultural myths, regional legends, and local lore. In Jungian terms, we have collective dreams….. The split in philosophy between science and psychology is largely ignored by the masses, due to politics and economics. Our current political-economic model of Capitalism ensures that the masses remain subjugated, and the masses are increasingly aware of that. When having a car becomes required for lower class jobs, having a car is no longer a luxury, it is a burden of responsibility. Each new mandatory requirement of society, becomes a shackle upon humanity. If some of those shackles can be removed by government, it would be possible to have real democracy. That would then bring up the need to define democracy relative to our needs; which is the question of what natural or civil rights are, and how they should be allowed to be expressed by law.

But of course some say government is always a problem, and less of it is better than more regardless of population; yet I cannot stop thinking that with more population is more government needed? Indeed perhaps every citizen should be an ambassador or counsel for council some times. One might call that social anarchy.

Talk It Out, SCOD Life Counseling & Coaching

Posted in Philosophy, Psychology, Spiritual, Uncategorized with tags , , , , , , , , , on February 19, 2017 by Drogo

Existential philosophy & psychology with Drogo Empedocles, Architect of The Sustainable Cooperative for Organic Development

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Some Thoughts on Appearance

Posted in Health & Fitness, Spiritual, Uncategorized with tags , , , , , , , , , , , on August 27, 2016 by Drogo

For those that are too hard on themselves, but are able to be good to others; be content that you are ok as you are now. Growth and death are natural organic processes, that will happen with or without our conscious help. This is the mystery of internal will-power and external ‘higher’-powers. The secret to this mystery is if we are empathetically connected with life around us, our subconscious will do the hard work for us, of growing our mind ; it comes with open expanded awareness. Winning or losing need not disrupt our peace of mind and happy contentment, that we can already have; in part by our ability to be good to others, because other people may want to return our favors in order to keep receiving from us or reward us for giving. Not all promises can be kept, however. Therefore, self-generated happiness is critical to sustained contentment and joy.

Take time out to smile for yourself.

Many of us spend hours working on how we look, or thinking about how we look, or worrying about how we feel about how we look to others. All of that matters less than who we are to ourselves, and who we are to people that love us for who we are.

The cover of your book may look good, but the real book is in the inside content. People may judge your book on your cover, and may even buy it because of the cover art; however it is the people that love the book because you wrote it that matters most, even if there is no cover.

Ending Abuse ASAP

Posted in Psychology, Spiritual, Sustainability, Uncategorized with tags , , , , , , on July 6, 2016 by Drogo

The Art of Ending War Before It Begins

Law suits and physical fights are reasons why I avoid people that show they want to argue about ‘creative differences’ more than they want to ‘creatively collaborate’. I admit i still like the thrill of battle, but i just know how to win before it begins now. LOL Basically I will always communicate with a partner or client until they start getting nasty (meaning personal insults and not just logic of limits) it took years of practice with clients to understand how to avoid the blame game – and years of realizing it comes down to personality and behavior (psych eval). Offer what you can, and if you or they are not pleased enough over a period of time, realize the cycle of abuse before it goes further, and cut losses. If the fight cannot be avoided, it is preferable to get a seat in the audience. Abuse is the wrong kind of drama for a healthy relationship. Abuse is often determined by one side making demands that the other side views as hurtful or oppressive. However if it will not end, and you have a chance to end it before worse things happen, take it. Often we allow situations to escalate because of kindness, and kindness can get taken advantage of for better or worse.

Cut off all communications with those that are willing to hurt you, and get help to enforce the laws that protect our rights to do so. The more severe the behaviors (not talking about freedom of speech but actual business or physical moves), the more the need to sever contact ASAP (as soon as possible).

Friendship is like a bubble of the space between us; too much space and it stretches thin, too little space and pressure shrinks it.

For tips on how to creatively collaborate, rather than quit due to creative differences, read articles on child-like vs child-ish, cooperative creation, and respecting the imagination and limits of others. Make sure that all parties are aware of all the factors and levels of risk before getting too involved, or cutting losses becomes suicide. Within a cooperative you can have committees with leaders, so make sure you understand how project politics work by reading about what has worked in the past. Working partnerships are not less important than friendships, as the level of trust needed often transcends the normal daily challenges of friendship; and because the stakes are greater (even if symbolic of what might happen if there was more at stake), business can often show you who is a loyal friend and wants to support or cooperate with you and how willing they are to do so.

The Problems of Philosophy

Posted in Philosophy, Spiritual, Uncategorized with tags , , , , , , on January 19, 2016 by Drogo

Drogo’s Memoirs on Philosophy

SCOD Theory & Interpretation

Philosophical problems of the individual and community – fear, doubt, shyness, anger, language, context, willingness, depression, possessiveness, annoyingness, drama

Drama – Drama can be considered ‘fake’ or an artificial production of emotion. It is better to express drama in a place where it is desired (theater), rather than in private life, as that often proves problematic to harmony and happiness. The word ‘drama’ is associated with acting, but a good actor brings out and expresses real emotions, and so real emotion and drama are not exclusive terms; but for the purposes of relationships, all emotional expression (real or fake) should be kept minimal for functionality, but given a modest due in when it is useful, such as empathy and therapy sessions.

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Pre-Socratics: Thales, Anaximenes, Anaxamander, Empedocles, Heraclitus, Parmenides, Pythagoras

Seven Great Greeks: Thales, Pythagoras, Empedocles, Socrates, Plato, Aristotle, and Epicurus – 7 Greek Sages ETC > SCOD Video

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Socrates, Plato, Aristotle > SCOD Video

Diogenes – I view myself as a dog, but am really more like a wolf. “Diogenes was Socrates gone mad.” – Plato. anarchist punk / Oscar the Grouch. “If I were not Alexander, I would be Diogenes.” – Alexander the Great > Video

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Philosophical problems of the individual mind (psychology) – soul division (reason, appetite, and spirit; id, ego, superego)

Nietzsche, Freud, Marx > SCOD Video

Nietzsche – “Will to Power”; “What does not kill me, makes me stronger.”; “God is dead, and we have killed him.”

Existentialist vs. Nihilism  (Dualities: Manic vs. Depressive, Master vs. Slave)

Will To Power – Ubermensch “Superman”; self-make; “the Hammer”; over-coming box walls; Truth = Power; defines power relative to social propaganda to control physically and mentally; redefined the sophist old maxim ‘Might is Right’

 

Human, All Too Human [1878> v1]; Thus Spoke Zarathustra [1883> v1]; Beyond Good & Evil [1886> v1]; On Genealogy of Morals [1887> vid1 , vid2, vid3]; Antichrist [1888]; Will To Power [RIP]; Summary vid; Superman vid; 12 Minute Biography;

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Architectural Psychology

Posted in Alternative Architecture with tags , , , , on May 28, 2015 by Drogo
There are many psychological factors in architecture; because buildings are often made by humans for humans to use for many reasons. I say often, because I believe that art and architecture are also practiced by other animals like beavers and birds; which I may address later in further digressions. Architecture is sculpture for shelter and living in; so it is functional art.
When I taught Environmental Architecture and Historic Preservation classes at Shepherd College, psychology and philosophy played a part in my lessons. As Professor Daniel Puchala indicated when he approached me about guest lecturing on this subject “the effects that architecture has on a person’s well-being and work productivity level” are worthy of study and certainly very important.
Most people are consciously or sub-consciously aware of architectural psychology in their daily lives. We feel various emotions as we react and interact within our homes, offices, workshops, and class-rooms. Even as we approach structures, they evoke feelings within us.
Assuming that self-awareness and existential philosophy is important, I would like to provoke our brains to think about architectural psychology. What are the emotions we feel around or in various physical constructs? How should we process these feelings regarding built structures and space? Does the architecture in our lives hinder our functions or does it enhance our well-being?? Certainly the feng-shui of our lives is mixed and complex, as the Yin/Yang Tao symbol indicates in abstract simplicity.
I want to ASK you, how you feel about different buildings, structures, and spaces. Then we can compare the design intention, with the actual function, and our personal power to utilize it. So let us first address how feelings relate to architecture. Psychological associations play a HUGE role in design. The mental aspects relate to, and go beyond the physical function of structures. How do you feel about your home, inside and out? How do you feel about your surroundings, urban or rural?? How do you feel about the places you take daily trips to consume, work, and play???
Where are you when you feel your daily best? Where are you when you feel your daily worst? Are there architectural design factors you would change about your life, if you could change them? There seems to be a give and take in life, in that we can shift from setting to another; some designs may be better, but other features may be worse; yet the challenge of life is to accept the mixed bag we are dealing with or have been dealt, as best we can; until our situations change. Some lives and spaces are constantly changing.
Spaces are defined by materials around them, and also by the air itself. Air quality is important for any creature with lungs, both the flow rate, and the chemicals and particles in it. Scale is also important; some people are larger or smaller than others. ‘Occupancy’ is how many people can safely fit into a space, at maximum capacity; considering both space scale, and load bearing on the structural engineering.
Structures can be temporary or permanent, and those labels are used to indicate the time period of their existence ‘in situ’ or on site. Some ‘temporary’ structures were built supposedly for only a limited fleeting use, but remain for years; and other more ‘permanent’ structures fall apart or get demolished much sooner than expected. The Law of Entropy states that nothing lasts forever, all things decay in time; but some architecture will last longer with less maintenance, than other less stable designs. Sustainability deals with the desirability of temporal or permanent designs.

Generic Design Process: by Stowell Architects

  1. Accept – the situation & recognize the problem; Clients
  2. Analyze – what it is; Site Survey; existing conditions study
  3. Define – plan how it will look, how it goes together
  4. Select – the correct plan; sign contracts; settle payments
  5. Implement – build; get legal approval; schedule contractors
  6. Evaluate & Maintain – follow up studies
AP Project: Design your ideal bed-room. Draw on paper 4 walls, floor, and ceiling; or however the room is defined (spherical, octagonal, or outdoors). Uses include sleeping, dreaming, waking, dressing, socializing, etc…

Artistic Success

Posted in Crafts, Economics, Philosophy with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , on January 8, 2015 by Drogo

To an artist ‘success’ is always secondary to the inner need and desire to create. Even when artists are driven by desires to be rich and famous, determining their success is always an after-thought of hind-sight. The purpose of deciding what is successful is not just to apply award praise or sad regret, but more importantly such analysis concludes sustainable functionality or repetition of similar models. Insanity can be defined as repeating the same failed efforts again and again but expecting different results. To be sane we evaluate our efforts that work to achieve goals. Achievements are real success; however the problem with prioritizing success, is that inventors often fail over and over in order to innovate. This is why a practicing artist must push aside the ambiguity and hypocrisy of past and future labels and problems; and just be and do what they want. Artistic Success is part self-evaluation, part opinion of critics, and part completion of work itself; all of which matters less than our ‘will-to-make’.

Why I do anything regardless of Success – 

Most of the time I have always felt like a failure financially. I always keep working on what I can simply because i can. It is not because I am better than others that I do things, it is because people have told me that I am better at those things than I am at other things, and I am able to enjoy doing those things more than other things. Comparing myself to other people at things always makes me feel like a loser. The pipe-dream of my work being even as important as a common product was not why I enjoy doing art or writing, my joy (which is my main motivation that keeps me wanting to do anything) comes from wanting to share what amuses me inside that is influenced by others, with others. I write about ‘success’ to ironically come to terms with something usually reserved for those with above average incomes, not for those of us who insist in doing what we love regardless of market fortune. There will always be snobs in any field, or rich critics that cannot do better but are greedy so they put others down for profit, but then there is reality of what something is beyond labels.

‘Will’ or willingness to do something, aka ‘motivation’ for me seems to be a mix of emotions, sometimes one more than another. Anger is a driving force that aggressively compels me to action, or willpower to do. Joy is a blissful reason to want to do things without being told that I must, which is in celebration of freewill. Fear makes me want to do something, or else I will suffer more than I am currently. Sadness makes me re-evalute what is worth doing, and why I think something is important.

Creation is success.

Yes, You are an Artist Too! (audio recording)

How we find success and happiness

Posted in Psychology, Religions with tags , , , , , , , , , , on November 9, 2014 by Drogo

We can only truly be happy the more we take steps to become closer to our spiritual source in the Universe. The closer we go towards one-ness and unity. It can be done through the purest forms of religion, although the organized structural part of it may take us away at times. I mean, through religion people have the opportunity to connect to their personal source of consciousness whether they realize it or not. Religion can be a tool to get to more consistent achievement, satisfaction, and joy. However, once ‘there’ in our spiritual hearts, religion can become a concrete form of rigid dogmatic belief, which often has been used to create personal guilt, neighborly strife, foreign persecution, and World conflict.

We know we can go into churches, books, hearts, and minds to find success and happiness. Since we know where to go to seek happiness all the discussion is about HOW to get there. Artists reach points in their performances where they cease to be operating as an individual, and reach a higher place of being (consciously and sub-consciously) while playing their music. Athletes get to a place where they let go of their conscious efforts, and operate as if their sport is being done for them. Striving to get to this place where we feeling immense union, love, and harmony can be done through numerous ways in the human experience. The true key to happiness is to pursue a path that will be able to bring you there (rather than away). Your investment must become deeply committed.

Secondly, in our need to return to one-ness, we can be lead to oppose separate-ness, or experiences that further create individualism. Wars, fighting, violence power struggles, control all are experiences because of separation. Therefore, as a way of ‘how’ to proceed towards success and happiness is to invest your life energies into the opposite from that which sets us ‘apart’. Involvement with peace making, environmental stewardship, conflict resolution, physical, emotional and energy healing, music & all art forms are all meaningful operations that lead towards greater happiness and success.

None of us live in a vacuum, and we certainly are individuals capable of either self-awareness or selfish greed, or both; we can change our minds and act against our best interests even during the course of a day. The 3rd dimensional material world and ego-mind play out here. We all have the choice to live in suffering, or to move towards union with a source. I think we must consider shifting our lives and activities away from ego-dominated selfish pursuits or single-minded competitive aspects; but more-so to meaningful unifying humanitarian measures to further our collective existence together.

written by Sir Jeffy the Spiritual Psychologist

edited by Drogo Empedocles

SCOD Therapy Roleplaying Characters

Posted in Individuals / Members / Monsters / Creative Writing, Psychology with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , on April 23, 2012 by Drogo

Here are a set role-playing personalities for self-help Therapy. Since most people cannot afford a therapist, now you can spend time with any of 7 SCOD characters for free!

 

2 people could “play therapy”, or just one person can imagine what the character would say to help them (after studying them), and make their own Therapist to fit their own needs at the time. If all else fails simply imagine what actual people would say, study them so you can recreate simulations in your mind. The difference between creative people and schizophrenics is that creative people choose to imagine things as though they are real, and can have useful control over their “intentional delusions”.

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Seven SCOD Therapists

 

Madam Bouffont – psychic, clairvoyant

 

Dr. Cigar Fraud – psycho-analyst, combining Groucho Marx, Karl Marx, & Freud

 

Mrs. Sheila Grove – psycho-therapist, behaviorist

 

Chuck Wegman – psychedelic-therapist, hippie, humanist

 

Lady Shadow Vox – sex therapist, S&M, post-apoc theory

 

C3-TO – robot capable of 500 voice personalities, 300 methods, 100 theories

 

Zebbb – small alien visitor to this planet that uses a Socratic-like method of questions to find out about our planet and people.

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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

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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Borderline Emotional / Impulsive Disorder

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