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Apr 9

These three lifestyles are incredible

eatdahplant:

Liquidarian – Consumes liquids only

Breatharian – Does not eat or drink, anything! Sustains life by prana and enzymes taken in by the air through the skin and breath.

Solarian – Also does not eat or drink. A breatharian who sustains life by focusing on taking in the energy in sunlight (according to Ayurveda, sunlight is one of the main sources of prana). 

One day I’ll expand my knowledge on each of them and see what happens. Maybe then I won’t love food so much :)


Feb 12

My ear is still popping and it’s been 2 weeks since I first got the ear infection. I didn’t know this was possible. 

http://www.netdoctor.co.uk/interactive/discussion/My-Ears-have-been-popping-constantly-for-a-year-t51791-f43.html

I’m a 25-year old male and my ears have been popping constantly for what seems like a year. 

 


The most (and least) realistic movie psychopaths ever

hellyeacreepyshit:

Real psychopaths don’t giggle.

The maniacal laugh: only in the movies. For a more realistic psychopath, look to bolt-gun–wielding Anton Chigurh from No Country for Old Men. He just quietly walks up and it’s ka-chunk, you’re dead.

That’s the diagnosis from forensic psychiatrist Samuel Leistedt, who has interviewed and diagnosed real psychopaths, people who he describes as feeling no empathy for others. “They’re cold-blooded,” he says. “They don’t know what an emotion is.”

Leistedt and his colleague Paul Linkowski spent three years watching 400 movies looking for realistic portrayals of psychopaths. Leistedt says he personally watched all 400, some several times. That means he not only watched Psycho, but sat through Pootie Tang in the name of science.

He first weeded out clearly unrealistic characters, such as those with magic powers or who were invincible or not human (such as ghosts). That whittled it down to 126 films from 1915 to 2010, showing 105 male and 21 female potential psychopaths. A team of about 10 forensic psychiatrists and movie critics watched and weighed in on diagnoses.

They did this to develop tools for teaching psychiatry students, and ended up tracing a social history of how psychopaths have been viewed and understood since the early 20th century. Learning to diagnose a psychopath is not easy, he says. Not only are definitions and traits of psychopathy disputed, but students get limited chances to interview psychopaths.

Psychiatrists and neuroscientists have identified behavioral characteristics of psychopaths and parts of the brain that appear to function differently than in the average person. But much remains unknown; experts still disagree about whether and when there’s a genetic basis for psychopathy. Hollywood images of psychopaths have shifted over time as this understanding has changed, and as real-life cases came to light from serial killer Ed Gein to Ted Bundy and Jeffrey Dahmer.

Overall, portrayals have gotten more realistic over time, Leistedt and Linkowski report in the January Journal of Forensic Sciences. Instead of giggling killers with facial tics, at least a few of today’s portrayals have more depth, giving a “compelling glimpse into the complex human psyche,” they write.

Here are a few of the best and worst potrayals from Leistedt and Linkowski’s paper.

The frighteningly realistic:

1. Anton ChigurhNo Country for Old Men (2007)

This contract killer hauls around a bolt pistol attached to tank of compressed air, a handy tool both for shooting out door locks and for shooting people in the head. Leistedt says Chigurh is his favorite portrayal of a psychopath. “He does his job and he can sleep without any problems.In my practice I have met a few people like this,” he says. In particular, Chigurh reminds him of two real-life professional hit men who he interviewed. “They were like this: cold, smart, no guilt, no anxiety, no depression.”

Diagnosis*Primary, classic/idiopathic psychopath

2. Hans BeckertM (1931)

This child-murdering character broke with most portrayals of psychopaths at the time, depicting an outwardly normal man with a compulsion to kill. This is “a substantially more realistic depiction of what would eventually be known today as a sexually violent predator most likely suffering from psychosis,” Leistedt and Linkowski write.

Diagnosis: Secondary, pseudopsychopath, additional diagnosis of psychosis

3. HenryHenry: Portrait of a Serial Killer (1991)

In this film about  guy who likes to find new ways to kill people, the researchers write, “the main, interesting theme is the chaos and instability in the life of the psychopath, Henry’s lack of insight, a powerful lack of empathy, emotional poverty, and a well-illustrated failure to plan ahead.”

Diagnosis: Primary, classic/idiopathic psychopath

Scary, but not realistic:

1.     Tommy UdoKiss of Death (1947)

A great example of an early portrayal of a “madman” as psychopath. The Udo character was famous for his creepy chuckle, and legend has it that actor Richard Widmark was later asked repeatedly to record the laugh on blank record albums.

2.     Norman BatesPsycho (1960)

After the 1957 arrest of real-life serial killer Ed Gein, a case involving cannibalism, necrophilia and a troubled relationship with his mother, horror films about serial murder took off. Norman Bates was inspired in part by Gein, launching a genre showing misfits with usually sexual motivations to kill. This kind of behavior became closely linked to psychopathy, but Gein was more likely psychotic, meaning out of touch with reality. Psychosis, which is a completely different diagnosis from psychopathy, often involves delusions and hallucinations.

3.     Hannibal LecterSilence of the Lambs (1991)

Yes, he scares the bejesus out of me, too. But Lecter’s almost superhuman intelligence and cunning are just not typical among, well, anyone, let alone psychopaths. Lecter is a perfect example of the “elite psychopath” that became popular in the 1980s and 1990s. This calm, in-control character type has sophisticated tastes and manners (think Chianti and jazz),exceptional skill in killing and a vain and “almost catlike demeanor,” the researchers write, adding, “These traits, especially in combination, are generally not present in real psychopaths.”

The new release The Wolf of Wall Street may be part of another movie-psychopath trend, the “successful psychopath.” Leistedt hasn’t seen the film yet, but he says the story of real-life con man Jordan Belfort should make for an interesting portrayal. “These guys are greedy, manipulative, they lie, but they’re not physically aggressive,” Leistedt says. Gordon Gekko in Wall Streetis an example of a realistic successful movie psychopath. He’s “probably one of the most interesting, manipulative, psychopathic fictional characters to date,” the researchers write.

Hollywood has lately been fascinated by these successful psychopaths, Leistedt and Linkowski note, in the wake of financial crises and high-profile trials such as Bernard Madoff’s. Apparently, vicious stockbrokers are the new bogeymen. Instead of disemboweling their victims, they gut their bank accounts.

No matter the subtype, one thing is clear: Psychopaths are the people we meet in our nightmares. And sometimes in the boardroom. We’re fascinated and repelled by them, so it’s no surprise that they are the subject of so many of our favorite films.


*The diagnoses of characters in Leistedt and Linkowski’s study are based on classifications outlined by forensic psychologist Hugues Hervé and by psychiatrist Benjamin Karpman. Definitions vary, and the descriptions below are general guidelines.

Primary versus secondary psychopathy: Primary psychopaths are deficient in affect, or emotion, from birth, suggesting a genetic basis. They are often described as more aggressive and impulsive. Secondary psychopaths have been shaped by their environment, may have had an abusive childhood, and are often described as having more fear and anxiety than primary psychopaths. ‘’

Subtypes:

classic/idiopathic Score the highest on all sections of the widely used Hare Psychopathy Checklist, or PCL-R, showing low fear, lack of inhibition and lack of empathy.

manipulative Tend to be good “talkers” and associated with crimes involving fraud.

macho  Lack the glibness and charm of the above groups but manipulate through force and intimidation.

pseudopsychopaths Also called sociopaths; show antisocial behavior but score lowest among these groups on the PCL-R.


thalensis:

i’d like to take a moment to thank all the disabled people who make it through to the next day, no matter how difficult that may be.

  • mobility impaired individuals who must navigate a world that they are physically cut out of and barred from entering.
  • chronically ill and pain ridden individuals who live with an agony that many of us will never even begin to understand.
  • mentally ill individuals who live without diagnosis or even the bare minimum for adequate medical care and treatment.
  • visually and hearing impaired individuals who are told to assimilate into a world that, around each and every corner, excludes their existence and enjoyment.
  • autistic individuals who are spoken over regularly, deemed non-human, and openly infantilized.
  • intellectually/developmentally disabled people whose personal agency is removed, who have had horrific slurs not only aimed at them, but are forced to listen to them every day.
  • individuals with cerebral palsy who are made of fun of, sneered at, imitated, and looked on with scorn.
  • individuals with MS who are told their bodies are a prison that will be confined to mobility aids.
  • individuals with amputated limbs that are laughed at, considered abnormal, or unwhole. 
  • individuals with brain injuries who are treated as children, and are told, mournfully, “they were never the same since”.
  • little individuals who are seen as comical sideshows, and must live in a world where your size is not seen as the ‘default’, and therefore, not ‘normal’.
  • individuals who remain undiagnosed, or misdiagnosed, and live in pain, self-loathing, sickness, and unhappiness.

a moment for all of you who are told, daily, that you are a burden on society, and - most damning - on your loved ones; loved ones who are congratulated for living with the same things you are deemed subhuman and demonized for, without so much as a care.

a moment for all of you who are told, daily, that you’re bodies are unattractive bodies that you should openly treat with derision.

a moment for all of you who are, daily, made fun of, spoken down to, desexualized, and regarded with contempt; whose existence, if acknowledged, is viewed as pathetic or nightmarish.

a moment for all of you who, daily, have your disabilities used against you in the most reprehensible of ways. who navigate a world unsafe to you, because you have no other choice.

you all make this world a better place, and yours is an existence of beauty and wisdom. you are remarkable creatures who, in the face of a hostile, exclusive, and oppressive world, continue to make it through.

and i’m proud of you.

**apologies if i left anyone out of this, i tried to use broad designations for just that purpose [for ex. ‘chronic illness’ can encompass many disabilities]. it was not my intention to leave anyone out, so let me know, and i’ll be happy to add you in. xo.


Feb 11


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Feb 8
allthingswittyandneko:

Annoys me to no end when people claim doctors are “condescending” or “knowitalls” or “think they’re god”. A medical doctor likely has over a decade of education, plus all their experience. They know more about medicine and health now than the average person will ever know about anything. They’ve earned the right to be listened to, without question from ignorant patients and their googled medical knowledge.

I do this… Pharmaceutical companies have been known to push things on people with little to no proof of effectiveness. Also I don’t even see what is necessary about all the training they have to go through. We do almost everything else in our society through specialization. We eat food that is prepared in an assembly line fashion. But why can’t we have the same for the medical field? Now we have a doctor shortage and costs are so high because one person is expected to do everything. Also read the history of healthcare:
http://www.freenation.org/a/f12l3.html

Such licensure laws also offered the medical establishment a less overt way of combating lodge practice. It was during this period that the AMA made the requirements for medical licensure far more strict than they had previously been. Their reason, they claimed, was to raise the quality of medical care. But the result was that the number of physicians fell, competition dwindled, and medical fees rose; the vast pool of physicians bidding for lodge practice contracts had been abolished. As with any market good, artifical restrictions on supply created higher prices — a particular hardship for the working-class members of fraternal societies.

Something that relates:
http://www.americanprogress.org/issues/religion/news/2013/08/08/71893/scarlet-letters-getting-the-history-of-abortion-and-contraception-right/

During the mid-19th century, American physicians also began to battle “irregular” doctors, such as homeopaths and midwives, in an attempt to assert the authority and legitimacy of male-dominated scientific medicine. To tackle these irregular doctors, the “scientific” physicians attacked legal abortion because it was midwives and other “unscientific” medical practitioners who safely performed the procedure. White men were also concerned by shifting ethnic and racial dynamics in the United States, worrying that the low birthrate of the white upper class would lead to racial inferiors and un-American immigrants overrunning the country.

>They’ve earned the right to be listened to, without question
I won’t question them when they find a cure for everything, until then, no. I’m not the type of person to be rude about it, though. I just think I have a right to question what other people think is best for my own health, especially when you look into it, the success rate for some of the things they push is never that high. 
*>but they go to medical school!
In my personal experience, I’ve read about health studies before my doctors knew about them. Not always do I know more, usually they do. But I’m just saying. It is possible to self teach. Please stop acting like the only people with valid opinions are people who get degrees or go to school. Next time you have an opinion on anything and you didn’t get a degree in that subject, you will see how dumb that is. (So are the only people who can have opinions on raising children are people with psychology or education degrees? The only people who can discuss music must have degrees in music? etc)
Everything is complex. Which is why I’m arguing that we need more specialization instead of just a few people trying to do everything. I feel like I’m being a help for doctors because I’ve heard they can be stressed and in a lot of debt from unnecessary schooling and I think the suicide rate is high for doctors. I don’t want to place all or even most the ‘blame’ on them btw. A lot of the problems in healthcare stem from politicians making laws they don’t know much about too. 

allthingswittyandneko:

Annoys me to no end when people claim doctors are “condescending” or “knowitalls” or “think they’re god”. A medical doctor likely has over a decade of education, plus all their experience. They know more about medicine and health now than the average person will ever know about anything. They’ve earned the right to be listened to, without question from ignorant patients and their googled medical knowledge.

I do this… Pharmaceutical companies have been known to push things on people with little to no proof of effectiveness. Also I don’t even see what is necessary about all the training they have to go through. We do almost everything else in our society through specialization. We eat food that is prepared in an assembly line fashion. But why can’t we have the same for the medical field? Now we have a doctor shortage and costs are so high because one person is expected to do everything. Also read the history of healthcare:

http://www.freenation.org/a/f12l3.html

Such licensure laws also offered the medical establishment a less overt way of combating lodge practice. It was during this period that the AMA made the requirements for medical licensure far more strict than they had previously been. Their reason, they claimed, was to raise the quality of medical care. But the result was that the number of physicians fell, competition dwindled, and medical fees rose; the vast pool of physicians bidding for lodge practice contracts had been abolished. As with any market good, artifical restrictions on supply created higher prices — a particular hardship for the working-class members of fraternal societies.

Something that relates:

http://www.americanprogress.org/issues/religion/news/2013/08/08/71893/scarlet-letters-getting-the-history-of-abortion-and-contraception-right/

During the mid-19th century, American physicians also began to battle “irregular” doctors, such as homeopaths and midwives, in an attempt to assert the authority and legitimacy of male-dominated scientific medicine. To tackle these irregular doctors, the “scientific” physicians attacked legal abortion because it was midwives and other “unscientific” medical practitioners who safely performed the procedure. White men were also concerned by shifting ethnic and racial dynamics in the United States, worrying that the low birthrate of the white upper class would lead to racial inferiors and un-American immigrants overrunning the country.

>They’ve earned the right to be listened to, without question

I won’t question them when they find a cure for everything, until then, no. I’m not the type of person to be rude about it, though. I just think I have a right to question what other people think is best for my own health, especially when you look into it, the success rate for some of the things they push is never that high. 

*>but they go to medical school!

In my personal experience, I’ve read about health studies before my doctors knew about them. Not always do I know more, usually they do. But I’m just saying. It is possible to self teach. Please stop acting like the only people with valid opinions are people who get degrees or go to school. Next time you have an opinion on anything and you didn’t get a degree in that subject, you will see how dumb that is. (So are the only people who can have opinions on raising children are people with psychology or education degrees? The only people who can discuss music must have degrees in music? etc)

Everything is complex. Which is why I’m arguing that we need more specialization instead of just a few people trying to do everything. I feel like I’m being a help for doctors because I’ve heard they can be stressed and in a lot of debt from unnecessary schooling and I think the suicide rate is high for doctors. I don’t want to place all or even most the ‘blame’ on them btw. A lot of the problems in healthcare stem from politicians making laws they don’t know much about too. 


Feb 6
liesofaman:

unsettle-me:

“This is Bull. He’s a chimera, which is a single animal that genetically is two animals. In his case, a black lab and a yellow lab. The result is extremely adorable.”
but look even his little footsies are different and he is so darn cute 

dead

a single animal that genetically is two animals

liesofaman:

unsettle-me:

This is Bull. He’s a chimera, which is a single animal that genetically is two animals. In his case, a black lab and a yellow lab. The result is extremely adorable.”

but look even his little footsies are different and he is so darn cute 

dead

a single animal that genetically is two animals

(via godofidea)


Feb 2

This may be the end of me

I get sick about 5 times a year. I have low white blood count. I was given a lot of antibiotics as a kid too. I always have so much phlegm to cough up. Now I have this cold/ear infection that hasn’t gone away in 7 days. And my period just came 2 weeks early!

I will probably die from some stupid illness like a cold.

Don’t send help. It’s over.

*cries*


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