Hope and optimism are powerful aspects of health and wellbeing. They are espoused in positive psychology - the psychology of positive human functioning. A loss of hope and optimism are seen in clinical Depression. I thought that the three videos below show hope and optimism over adversity in ways that are difficult to put into words alone. Nick Vujicic resonates with purpose - so much so that he seems unstoppable - but it wasn't always that way.
…my crediting today’s earlier post to E. O. Wilson in his book “The Social Conquest of Earth“
while it had really been pulled from a chapter titled, “Uncalculated Risk” by Garrett Lisi in
“This Will Make You Smarter“, edited by John Brockman with Edge.org.
Alright, I can justly credit multiple head traumas from decades ago along with the consequences of neurosurgeries from a little over a decade ago with my mistake. So please, I beg, forgive me…
Across my years I’ve realized that…
Normalcy is a bungled ploy.
I am currently reading yet another book on spirituality… "Sculptor in the Sky", by Teal Scott.. It was actually recommended to me by a fellow WP blogger. It's a compelling read. I actually plan to read it over again, once finished.
But here's the thing.
It is not exactly saying anything new to me. Nothing I haven't heard a hundred times before.
“I must be as critical of what I build my doubts on as I am of what I trust in.”
For myself, I have had to face into doubting that I had read well presentation made to me by anyone. Especially during my tenure in group work with domestic violence offenders. Most of them, truly voiced, in nearly sociopathic fashions, how everyone else was guilty for putting them in such a place and especially with an incompetent therapist. Only a few with the same court orders presented differently.
At first, that second and smaller group showed up early and chatted with me, over our horrible coffee in styrofoam cups. Too often the naysayers’ focus in conversations covertly were really denials of their own problems. Catching me off guard, the first ones of that group got away with proverbial murder. I now have forgotten whether it was a peer telling me or I just finally caught onto a truly seriously lack of insight and almost completely my own. Their fingers had, almost, never pointed back at themselves. Close to everyone of them sought to keep my attention centered on everyone else’s faults and off of their own.
Applied to my doubts, perhaps, feels a little odd but that is the point. The doubt which I am most focused on right now is that I can work. Making my case overt, my supervisor back in 1999 finally had to threaten to call the cops to have me ejected from their office. She’d told me that I had no need to raise a finger to gain disability since they had done everything beyond signing that single document that would be mailed to me later than afternoon.
What am I pointing at in all of that last paragraph? I was, like that second group I mentioned just before telling you about my supervisor threatening to call the cops on me, doing the same thing. I had been trying to turn that woman’s eyes away from all the documents she’d just shown me of hoards of serious mistakes made by me, toward my assertion that I could work. Think about it, just think about those men talking to me about everyone else’s problems while not saying a word about their own. Now, do you see some similarity shared between myself and those men?
Over the past couple of weeks, I had retaken sections of the Woodcock Johnson III test. Being a seriously cute and too damned effective a means for taking a good snap shoot of mental functions is one thing but when compared to any previous testing it takes on a serious character. Back in 2003 I was tested by a neuropsychologist which yielded grievously similar results. What has that to do then with my putting forward subtle flaws, first in how certain men in my domestic violence groups distracted me and then in how I feebly attempted to distract from my own flaws?
This time, the program I have decided to give initial traction to is suggesting that they are not just going bypass my neurological faults and flaws but to actually try and get my brain to redevelop those abilities. To some degree, I hope to potentially bypass, on my own, what has long been espoused as unchanging. So then, put simply, I am putting money where my mouth and taking the chance to revamp my neurological domain by living out what neuroplasticity means.
In a longitudinal study by Bobo and colleagues the researchers looked at men aged 50 and over during a 10 year period to identify predictors of alcohol use. The researchers found that 30.7% of the men in the study were classed as moderate drinkers during the study period. The results were complex and dependent on the baseline characteristics and interacted with the number of variables including age education and self-reports of health.