Disclaimer

I started writing  Pennsylvania Echoes  because I wanted to improve my grammar.  I chose meditation, mindfulness and how they apply to my daily life, as the blog’s subject matter.  Writing about Mental Health Management has received the most appreciation.
My world- view will not cure mental disorder. but I cannot separate my world view entirely from management or my great concerns for Mental Health.  So I must present my thoughts, and tips on “Mental Wellness” in my own way and from my own experience–  if I am to be honest.
Any information you find is meaningful is presented as is.  There is no Warranty. Too bad I can’t cure my bad grammar.
Enjoy.
–Chris

Understanding Others for Career Choices

reprise (reposted)

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After Visiting the Library  I found a great book for young old––
for   plotting  future career considerations:

https://echopen.files.wordpress.com/2016/04/carreer.jpg Career- graphic guide to finding the perfect.. (DM publishing)

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I decided to make my mindmap  (A note and brainstorming tool)
using page 10:

Understanding Yourself

mindmaps are a great tool   for  brainstorming or general notes––
all you really need is a pencil and paper.
I used  Freeplane  software  in this case. (note: freeplane requires Java)

Here is my map:

https://echopen.files.wordpress.com/2016/04/understanding-yourself1-pennsylvania-echoes.jpg Understanding yourself: for Careers

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Outline Form:

https://echopen.files.wordpress.com/2016/04/understanding-yourself-freeplace-pennsylvania.jpg Understanding Yourself- Career Paths  outline form (Freeplane)

click here shows an outline in text

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Good luck on your own Career choices

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Fun With Gestalt images

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When You look at the Image above which do you see first?
the white silhouette  figures of two heads ?
or a black Chalice?
or something completely different?

saxophone-player-and-lady-gestalt*

  • How bout one to the Right?
  • The image of a womans Face?
  • or a the profile of a jazzman saxophone player?

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Gestalt psychology was introduced by Max Wertheimer  in the late 1800s. The  first fundamental is:  we perceive  in organized  groups or wholes.

In the pictures above are mostly black and white  blotches. we see a chalice faces or a saxophone player through a holistic process called  “insight”.
Basically,
are eyes  take in the black and white undefined shades,
This stuff is compared with our memory, expectations and the rest of the biology of our brains…
reificationand  we organize the images into the form of Faces, Jazz men  triangles that we see in these images.

If you see a Triangle…

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Time

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Time is, in my estimation, fascinating concept. Time from, a first person point of view, is the consciousness of change.

Persistence of Memory

Time is not something we can hold in our hands or literally see.  As  we engage in observing  phenomena  change in displacement, position  and appearance in space,  we can measure these events over graduated increments.
Time is a rational organization of  observed changes in nature .

In Physics If we  study an   Event , such as a ball rolling from point A to B: We measure speed as {the change of position as the ball moves from A to B} divided by {increments of time} .
{distance}  divided  by {time} equals speed.
Divide the {change of speed}  by  {increments of time} and  we  get the acceleration of the ball moving from point a  to point b.
{distance / time} divided by {time}.
In fact many  rates  and …

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phenomenology

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Phenomenology is the  study of experiences: generally the experiences of a subjects (an organism, a group, or a single conciousness) interaction with “other” (eg. the environment, field, “world”, other happenings or other people  in contact with the subject) and from the subject’s  point of view.
This includes all integral structures and components:

  • mood, excitement, aggression, apprehension and expectations in circumstances.
  • Bias, “world view”, outlooks and introjection
  • intentionality (or towardeness) and mindfulness.
  • sensing, near and far (touch and taste are near, sight and hearing far)
  • sensing time  and observing change
  • imagining, feeling, problem solving, abstracting,
  • desiring, empathizing,expressing,
  •  affecting and being affected
  • experiential learning -learning by experience and activity
  • the limitations of experiencing
  • The communication of experiencing, i.e language, language modes
  • context and meanings
  • patterns (similarities of different experiences and applications)

Some benefits  of phenomenological investigation is:

  • One may improve his understanding of his ways of cognating and acting.

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Zen is a Discipline

禪 禅 Thiền 禪

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Zen is one discipline in realizing our everyday existence, Its primary method is Zazen or Zen mediation, in which one “empties” his/her mind of Language, Constructs,  Meanings, and  Concepts  for a short period. The focus of Zen is direct experience… centering ones attention to “The task at hand” so to speak, and  refining experiential learning   with  mindfulness of the unity all “things”, including the spontaneity of all “events”.

Zen or Zen Buddhism is a discipline and method. But it has long metaphysical roots.

Daruma Daishi BodhidharmaZen’s philosophical background evolved from Indian Buddhism and the influence of ancient Taoism as the two paradigms met and as people exchanged ideas in central Asia and China.

The origional school,  Ch’an started in the sixth century or earlier, and Its the exact history is debated. Some describe the philosophies leading to Chan (“Zen” in Japanese) as a Buddhist revival of Early Taoism with…

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on Being Empirical, Rational and Epistemologally Plural.

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An old Economist  joke revised:

Two economy professors walk into  into a crowded bar .  One  pointed to the ground  and says “look! five dollar bill “. “It can’t be.” replied the Other.   “If it were somebody would have picked it up by now.”

This is  rational expectation in “rational choice theory”.  The  punch line of the joke is that  professors the believes in his principles of logic so strongly that he ignores the facts.  His rational expectation is only a prediction based on a logical foundation. It is only a prediction because circumstance challenges foundation.

I  flip a silver dollar coin  nine  consecutive times and in all nine times tails came up heads . I am now going to a flip the coin a tenth  and final time.

Janus CoinIs it more likely that the coin comes up heads again like it had before?   Or should I bet that the…

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Anger rather than Sad


from the Book of Life

Common tenants of Depression or Major Depressive Episodes

  • Persistent sad, anxious or “empty” mood
  • Feelings of hopelessness, pessimism
  • Feelings of guilt, worthlessness, helplessness
  • Loss of interest or pleasure in hobbies and activities, including sex
  • Decreased energy, fatigue, feeling “slowed down”
  • Difficulty concentrating, remembering, making decisions
  • Insomnia, early-morning awakening, or oversleeping
  • Low appetite and weight loss or overeating and weight gain
  • Thoughts of death or suicide, suicide attempts
  • Restlessness, irritability
  • Persistent physical symptoms that do not respond to treatment

Common tenants of Anxiety―Depression (disorder group GAD)PDF
thanks https://www.adaa.org/understanding-anxiety/depression/symptoms

What is Disorder?

  • Disorders such as Bipolar disorder, Personality Disorders. or Anxiety Disorders can only be “Diagnosed” by healthcare―professionals or psychologists.
  • One maybe diagnosed with 6 disorders or 1 disorder – this does not mean one is anymore “screwed up” than the other.
  • Disorder is categorized for the purposes of treatment & management between a client, therapist & healthcare―providers.
  • There are legal and professional standards that healthcare―providers in mental-physical health must abide by – that’s what the literature is about: DSM4 DSM5

Gestalt therapy perspective

  • Self awareness not why but:
  • how and when? do ” I feel angry and sad “.
  • Moral- am I judging myself for feeling angry? sad? or tired?
  • How and When do I judge myself.. others environment.
  • Ambivalence: do i feel “conflicting” sensations? ↓Examples:↓
  • thrilled but angry and anxious
  • sad but tuned_in
  • relaxed.. but tight in the legs or chest

contact―boundary memoirs

At a good time (when sad happy or angry etc.)
can I observe between “me” and “not―me” :

  • projection — eg. expressing feeling in drawing or painting ; blaming someone or somthing)
  • Deflection — avoiding both good or bad feeling for another time)
  • confluence — losing sense of self to the outside world, or defending in reaction
  • retroflection — turning ones desires for others (especially with anger) back and substituding ones self) i.e. self blame and self harm
  • Introjection — absorbents in the interactions between “me” and “not―me” without processing (metabolizing)
Anger is part of depression. Anger is part of all of us in daily life.
the good choices we make are in
how to manage are emotions, sensations and Affects so they are not regular intrusions or regularly destructive.
This Management.
This is Anger. This is Depression.