Sunday, February 08, 2015

Ruby Wax on Neuroplasticity: "You're the Architect of Your Own Brain"

Ruby Wax put her comedy career on hold a few years ago in order to research mental illness and mindfulness-based cognitive therapy at Oxford. It's there that she first encountered neuroplasticity: the ability to rewire your brain just by changing the way you think. Wax, who sports a Master's in Mindfulness-based Cognitive Behavioural Therapy, now travels the world promoting mental health awareness and stigmatization. Her new book is titled "Sane New World."   
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Friday, January 30, 2015

Sunday, January 11, 2015

Should Schools Teach Personality!

Self-control, curiosity, “grit” — these qualities may seem more personal than academic, but at some schools, they’re now part of the regular curriculum. Some researchers say personality could be even more important than intelligence when it comes to students’ success in school. But critics worry that the increasing focus on qualities like grit will distract policy makers from problems with schools.

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Sunday, December 28, 2014

Me, Myself and Us

(Brian R. Little)...begins by addressing “personal constructs” — what he calls “the cognitive goggles you use to understand yourself and others.” There are “core” constructs, he explains, closely tied to one’s sense of self, and “peripheral” constructs, more loosely attached to one’s identity. “To the extent that you have an overly dominant core construct along which much of your construing is organized, you have limited degrees of freedom in navigating your world,” Little notes. “If, however, you have many independent personal constructs or several pairs of goggles through which to anticipate events, when one pair doesn’t work so well or is invalidated, you can switch to a different construct.” Add single-goggle and multi-­goggle to his growing list of types.

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Wednesday, December 17, 2014

Committee for Surrealist Investigation of Claims of the Normal - The Birth of Patapsychology

...Patapsychology begins from Murphy's Law, as Finnegan called the First Axiom, adopted from Sean Murphy. This says,and I quote,"The normal does not exist. The average does not exist. We know only a very large but probably finite phalanx of discrete space-time events encountered and endured." In less technical language, the Board of the College of Patapsychology offers one million Irish punds [around $700,000 American] to any "normalist" who can exhibit "a normal sunset, an average Beethoven sonata, an ordinary Playmate of the Month, or any thing or event in space-time that qualifies as normal, average or ordinary."...(cont.)

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