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The Psychology of Genius

On the power of genius and the need to develop practical psychological models and solutions to nurture geniuses.

I’ve written a lot about the creative genius already. However the psychological profile of geniuses needs a separate discussion because it is very interesting and the traits or attributes of genius are so unique that they need proper identification and delineation. Genius is marked by high levels of intelligence, an intelligence quotient IQ score above 145, exceptionally high levels of independence and high levels of creativity. Most profound geniuses are very independent in their thinking, highly creative and have very high levels of intelligence. A genius is usually defined by these primary attributes of intelligence, creativity and independence. There are however some distinct attributes that differentiate the genius from the other humans.

Genius and Personality: Geniuses have unique personalities and attributes. They are the rule-breakers, system-busters, world changers, visionaries and pioneers. In societies where the geniuses are recognized and appreciated, they have better opportunities of utilizing their talents. But geniuses in less developed societies or say in conflict zones, may not have the right kind of opportunities and may tend to withdraw and some may become depressed, schizophrenic or develop other types of mental illness. Without the right kind of opportunities and channels, some may become antisocials and criminals. The genius personality is unique and they are usually very withdrawn and quiet or very outgoing and socially smart. Some geniuses may oscillate between being very withdrawn to being very social. Some writers, artists, innovators, creative geniuses may be prolific in their abilities and creative output but may be very quiet or silent in social situations and some may avoid all kinds of social interaction. Geniuses usually have very conspicuous leadership abilities, they will say things you will remember forever and they tend to have forceful and impactful personalities that you can’t miss and can’t ignore. Even the quiet ones will have an impact in their social interactions. Most geniuses, even the very quiet types are also significantly strong-willed, determined and a tad obsessive.

Genius and Power: Geniuses are very powerful and impressive, because they are confident of their abilities. They are sure of their qualities, they know they can influence and have a definite impact on people. They attract people with their brilliance and everyone is attracted to a genius. They are like social magnets. Geniuses are also highly intuitive and perceptive, so they understand people, they predict responses and reactions and are able to see through people’s motives. This keen psychological understanding of people is what makes the genius so powerful. Even the most socially withdrawn geniuses are super psychics and understand people very well. They simply know and understand apparently unexplainable stuff and since they are able predict responses, they know how to deal with people and situations. If a person of average intelligence comes up with five possible scenarios and options, geniuses will come up with 50 different possibilities. This ability to see all angles of a situation, makes them powerful because they can foresee and handle situations better. Geniuses can easily gauge the strengths and weaknesses of people so it’s easier for them to spot talents and understand who they could rely on for specific tasks. Geniuses are also more knowledgeable and as several philosophers have said and Bertrand Russell has reemphasized that, “Knowledge is Power”.

Genius and Sexuality: All geniuses are oversexed. Period. Sex drives and libido or life force is what drives the genius. The sex drive gives them their ambitions and inspire them to do what they want to do and many geniuses achieve extraordinary feats because of their life force or proper channeling of their sex drive. Some like Newton may get scared of the sex drive and try to suppress it and others like Picasso will openly flaunt it, but all geniuses are constantly haunted and tormented by their sexual desires. Geniuses do have an equally potent self-control alongside their explosive sexuality, so the self-control helps them to channel their desires to more constructive and creative pursuits. Some may take the route of denying or rejecting their sexuality as a kind of personal challenge and remain celibate for long periods of time. Research studies have indicated that most people of high intelligence stick to few sexual partners in their lifetimes. Some geniuses may consider themselves spiritually, intellectually or morally superior to have sex with the lesser mortals, so there is a level of pride and high self-esteem involved in the practice of celibacy. Geniuses are also more strongly mentally androgynous, they don’t have typical male or female traits and do not relate to typical gender issues, so there is a level of sexual confusion. Some like van Gogh may engage in several unsuccessful heterosexual or homosexual relationships. Many geniuses become gay, asexual or engage in forms of alternative sexuality. Oscar Wilde, Leonardo da Vinci are geniuses who were possibly more comfortable with their homosexual side of their androgynous personality. Many are bisexual, although some geniuses come to terms with their androgyny and practice socially acceptable forms of sexuality like heterosexual behavior and marry and have families and so on. Yet, deviant sexual behaviors such as celibacy, bisexuality, homosexuality, alternative sexuality are very common among geniuses.

Genius and Creativity: Genius is characterized by insatiable curiosity about everything, followed by the need to gain knowledge in many different spheres. They may be highly technical, may focus on one subject like computer science although many geniuses are interested in multiple subjects, and are multifaceted, multitaskers, and talented or gifted in many areas. They have this magical or supernatural ability to do many things very well. Some may focus on one field and become immensely productive in that specific field. The high level of creativity as seen in genius is usually a product of knowledge, imagination, independence and intelligence. Since genius is motivated by curiosity and have vast knowledge, this knowledge is then used along with imagination to give them unique and great ideas. One ingredient needed for this, is independence of thought. Geniuses are greatly independent in their thinking, they like to think out of the box, they are too proud to rely on other people’s ideas, so thinking independently gives them the necessary kick to boost their egos. They are thought leaders and thinking independently is a requirement to satisfy their creative, sexual or life drives as well. Independence of thinking gives them unparalleled creative abilities, so most geniuses excel in technological innovation, creative fields like writing, theatre or architecture or they may invent new types of music composition or dance methods. Usually geniuses will find an outlet for their creativity and they are usually very productive and prolific.

Genius and Insanity: Geniuses are usually a bit eccentric. They actually enjoy eccentricity, because madness helps them to release some of that high level of creative tension. Moreover geniuses are able to predict responses and foresee events, so they are able to analyze many factors quickly and act in ways that to most people will look a bit ‘crazy’. So there is usually an underlying method in the madness, along with the apparent madness in the method. But they have great insight, so they know they are acting mad and they are significantly courageous to stretch their imagination and actually engage in some temporary insanity, knowing very well that they have complete control over their minds. They are not scared of madness. People of average intelligence are controlled by their thoughts so they may actually become insane. Geniuses and people of very high intelligence actively control their minds so even if they apparently come across as insane, they have a pretty good hold on their thoughts so don’t exactly become mad. Having said that, some geniuses have found themselves battling deep depression, bipolar disorder, schizophrenia and so on. Mental illness can set in among socially maladjusted geniuses. When geniuses are unable to find opportunities for their creativity or there is some sort of suppression of their creative talents, due to personal circumstances, they might lose their minds, become antisocials or completely insane. It is essential that we provide adequate opportunities to children and adults who show very high levels of intelligence. Highly intelligent children must be given additional creative tasks and encouraged to think independently so that they don’t get too frustrated with the lack of appreciation for their abilities.

Psychologists have a good understanding of genius and there are many theoretical models in psychology to explain the phenomenon of genius. Yet there are very few practical models and solutions to actually support, encourage, direct or nurture geniuses. Too many highly intelligent children are driven to insanity by the time they are teenagers and with increasing levels of intelligence among children worldwide, we need more practical or applied psychological solutions and models to understand and nurture geniuses of all ages and cultures.

What Is The Meaning Of Monday Blues?

Monday, as you know is the beginning of the week for almost all workers in many countries. You get two days rest, and your soul is at peace. Now once, again you have to go back to the grind. When you are at school, you would have been elated when it was Friday and dread the way the clock was ticking to go back to school on Monday.

Out of the seven colors, blue is one color. But as science grew, various factors began to be associated with colors such as emotions, attitudes, memories etc.

The question here is if you are satisfied with the work, the relationship with your colleagues or teachers at school etc.

Monday Blues can be described as the set of negative emotions, many experience on the first day of the work or school week if they are not satisfied. The emotions may vary from fatigue, depression, and feelings to put leave for the day in the notion that work or school environment is not pleasant but they cannot avoid absence.

The concept of Monday Blues was not taken into consideration fifty decades ago. But in recent times, it is widely recognized. They should be taken as a warning symptom that everything is not okay at school or work. If you are very energetic, excitement and energy flows in your body on Monday, you will not suffer from fatigue or depression for the following week.

Experts specify that you can become more successful in the field you love. On Monday morning, you will be bubbling with energy as you are doing what you love. At the same time, not being appreciated/unsatisfied appraisals can take a toll on your performance and it might seem like another painful starting of unwanted work. These factors can be termed as Monday Blues.

Your disregard of Monday can have a disastrous effect on the performance of your work. Some of the symptoms are less productivity, lack of motivational factors and the learning curve is very slow.

Motivational experts opine, “A bad mood or unwanted stress can have disastrous consequences on the entire work environment.” When a team member is unhappy, all the other members would have difficulty in staying happy, and as the proverb goes – if one finger is oiled, it oils the others.”

How To Beat The Heck Out Of Monday Blues

Identify The Challenges

The first step is to analyze what is wrong? If you are finding it challenging to go to office every day, then it is a factor that you should not laugh or just put down your head to live within. These are the symptoms which show that you are unhappy at work. It would be better and beneficial if you can fix the challenge or move on to the next job.

Environment Or Work

You do not want to go to work because a co-worker does not get along with you or you are doing the same work without learning anything, or you do not feel challenged anymore. It is better to clarify the nature of the challenge and try to improve.

Prepare on Friday for Monday: Getting Away From Monday Blues

As Monday is the beginning day of the week, it can be extra stressful. So complete the hard tasks on Friday so that you can take a breather. Do not leave unpleasant tasks for Monday. Also complete the work beforehand. Do not leave work for clients so that they have to make a call on the weekends.

Make A Time Table

Make a list of work that you want to complete and compete for the next week. If you are not able to list, then you need to relax and analyze regarding the working pattern.

Relax And Come Back Rejuvenated

It is mandatory that you go back to bed a little early on Sunday night, and get enough sleep. If you stay in the wee hours of night, naturally, you would not be interested to get up when the alarm does its work.

Dress Properly

Your dress should reflect a positive mood. On Monday wear your favorite dress. A good complement might work wonders for the whole week. For a happy life, a feeling of gratitude is necessary. Always treat with respect the seniors as well as juniors. Gratitude can break the ice in many situations.

Keep The Schedule Light

Having less work on Monday is a good contributor to productivity. The proverb holds comfort “Great challenges will take care of themselves.”

Have Fun

‘All work and no play make Jack a dull boy.’

This proverb is not only for boys, but also for adults. If you are concentrating only on the job, you will feel more tired and over time, the productivity will take a nose dive. Share jokes with co-workers or go to a movie with family.

The above-given factors are only some of the ways you can beat Monday Blues. If you are facing challenges at work, discuss with your spouse, family members or close friends. They can give you the best solution or may be, refer to another person who can identify the problem and give the answer that can change your life forever.

The Top Three Goals of Spiritual Recovery

Numerous lights await the person who endured a dysfunctional or abusive upbringing, yet bores through the tunnel of recovery to reach them.

Powerless, devoid of understanding, and justifying his parent’s detrimental treatment of him because of his own alleged deficiencies, he reacted in ways that ensured his survival, causing his brain to rewire itself into survival tactic pathways so that he could negotiate an adult world he erroneously believed was the equivalent of his home-of-origin one.

Unable to function in such a debilitated state for long, however, but not entirely understanding his personal restrictions and fears, he may seek help and answers in a spiritual twelve-step program, enabling him to progressively regain what his upbringing forced him to lose, such as trust, a reconnection with positive, genuine feelings to enhance his life experiences, a re-established link with a Higher Power of his understanding, and, finally, a reknit with the rest of humanity, so that he no longer perceives himself to be on the outside, looking in.

Three aspects, all of which are interconnected, can be considered the goals of such a program.

The first of these is the determination of a person’s own interests, abilities, strengths, talents, and aspirations in life.

“By moving beyond survival,” according to the Adult Children of Alcoholics textbook (World Service Organization, 2006, p. 429), “we realize that lost dreams or wishes can re-emerge. The return of dreams is a signal that we are continuing our separation-from-family work. We learned… that we had internalized many aspects of our parents’ thinking and behaving. We had no real identity or dreams separate from them. Even if we had moved far away, our parents and their dysfunction still lived inside us.”

Indeed, adopting his parents’ own derailed life plan can be considered an example of a parent-child boundary loss, but his motivation for doing so may have been an effort to please them and a last-ditch attempt to attain their love.

The second goal is to become his own autonomous person beyond the boundary-poor projections, which caused him to subconsciously adopt his parent’s image of him by means of their distorted mirrors.

“Often one or more (family) members are dysfunctional in some capacity so other members take on their roles,” according to Dr. Charles L. Whitfield in his book, Healing the Child Within (Health Communications, 1987, p. 48). “Everyone learns to mind everyone else’s business one way or another. What results is a group of family members who are enmeshed, fused, or have invaded or even overtaken one another’s boundaries.”

“These enmeshed or fused relationships are generally unhealthy, closed, rigid, and tend to discourage the fulfillment of one another’s needs and rights,” he continued (p. 49). “They tend not to support the mental, emotional, and spiritual growth of each person. Little or no ebb and flow of closeness and distance is allowed.”

One of the major manifestations of a dysfunctional, alcoholic, and/or abusive upbringing is codependence, which can be defined as “a disease of lost selfhood.”

“The origin of codependence,” according to Whitfield in another of his books, Co-Dependence: Healing the Human Condition (Health Communications, 1991, p. 22), “is primarily due to having grown up in a troubled, unhealthy, or dysfunctional family.”

“Wounded themselves,” he later states (p. 27), “the child’s parents feel inadequate, bad, and unfulfilled. They project those charged feelings onto others, especially onto their spouse and their vulnerable children… They look outside themselves to feel whole.”

“When we focus so much outside of ourselves, we lose touch with what is inside of us,” he wrote (p. 3): “our beliefs, thoughts, feelings, decisions, choices, experiences, wants, sensations, intuitions, unconscious experiences, and even indications of our physical functioning… ”

Identification of and reconnection with personal feelings is an important aspect of self-recovery.

“Since the parents and other members of such families tend themselves to be unable to listen to us, to support us, and to nurture, accept, and respect us,” he wrote in the Healing the Child Within book (p. 77), “we often have no one with whom we can share our feelings. The emotional pain hurts so much that we defend against them by… various unhealthy ego defenses… Doing so allows us to survive, although at a price. We become progressively numb. Out of touch. False. Codependent.”

The importance of feelings in a recovery program is not to be underestimated.

“(They) act as indicators or gauges at how we are doing at the moment and over a stretch of time” he concludes (p. 78). “They give us a sense of mastery and aliveness.”

Tantamount to the family separation needed to create a condition of autonomy is the replacement of a person’s physical parent with his virtual one-that is, of himself.

“By reparenting ourselves with gentleness, humor, love, and respect,” according to the Adult Children of Alcoholics textbook (p. 295), “we find our child within and true connection to a Higher Power.”

“(But) separation,” it also states (p. 430), “does not mean we are abandoning our family. It means we will have a separate identify. We will know where our feelings end and their feelings begin.”

That “inner child,” and releasing the shackles that once served as a protective sanctuary to retreat to, but later represented a prison, is the third major goal of recovery and facilitates the other two.

Deeply buried in a person’s psyche is the survival-sparked need for it, the long forgotten cocoon of the true self.

“The cause of codependence,” according to Whitfield in his Co-Dependence: Healing the Human Condition book (p. 27), “is a wounding of the true self to such an extent that to survive, it had to go into hiding most of the time, with the subsequent running of its life by the false or codependent self.”

Awaiting a person somewhere along his road to recovery is the rediscovery of his true or authentic self and its treasure chest of intrinsic worth, value, dreams, purposes, and love, the location of his personal direction, which was replaced early in life with his parents’ judgmental derailing. It is here where his critical inner parental voice exists and can now be replaced with his own affirming one.

The goal, in the end, of a spiritual twelve-step program is the reversal of the detrimental upbringing that caused an adult-child to lose himself very early in his life’s journey and replace it with the survival-necessitating false one.

Psychological Paranoia – A Theory As To Why Many High IQ Brains Suffer From Such Things

Higher IQ people are more apt to suffer from psychological paranoia – but why? Could it be that they have such large memories and memories which are so vivid that they pick up subtle nuances, patterns and anomalies easier and try to make meaning of it all? Over the years running a think tank, I’ve talked to a huge number of over-the-top intelligent folks, all of which seem to be carrying some quirks or psychological baggage with all that brilliance, so let’s talk shall we?

When explaining this theory to another high IQ individual he noted: “This is similar to how my brain works on a day to day basis, for someone who I assume has no mental condition your description of the thought process is uncannily similar to how I have attempted to explain things to my doctors (with little to no understanding from them).”

Well, since I use my brain so much, I’ve learned to use it in all different ways, and I practice those different types of thoughts. I have caught myself pondering coincidences which are seemingly random, but statistically improbable, and as I do this it triggers a notation, brainwave, release of chemicals, thus an imprintation into memory. So, I’ve noticed that and it appears that the spike in awareness imprints the memory so strongly, it’s like a photographic memory only “video memory” instead, which is requires the imprinting of lots more data than a mere picture of something, because it’s in motion and 3D. Also, it seems to reply later + dream defragging.

I find this interesting, and had postulated that if an individual brain enjoys this sort of chemical splash, brainwave sensation, they constantly look for connections in the deja vu realm, or coincidences that are unlikely yet have occurred, this becomes exciting, and although I don’t know, it appears that it could become an addiction, which might be good depending on one’s job.

Let’s say someone’s job was to protect the President, a prime minister, look for evil doers, terrorists, or a detective? Well, a brain that could do this would be well suited, looking for clues, things out of place, connections, etc. But if it became an internal natural brain chemical addiction, then it could run away with that brain whose new job is to find such clues to thus reward itself with that chemical flush.

A lawyer might like this type of brain, or someone who deals with complexity, computer programming etc. It is one way to think, still, there is a probability in the mathematical realm of improbability too, thus, there will be X amount of improbable events in life, not everything can be or appear to be in complete order.

Needless to say, a high IQ person needs to check their brains and realize that Occam’s Razor must rule the day, and that there will always be random events, and anomalies which they are more suited to find, but that can be a very good thing depending on their occupation. Think on this.

The Real Importance Of Dreams And Warnings

Many people tell me that they had a terrible nightmare, but when they woke up they were glad because they realized that it was just a dream. These people believe that dreams have no meaning. They believe that their dreams are produced by their imagination. This is why they disregard important warnings that they should respect.

I already showed you that all dreams are very meaningful, even the simplest ones. Thanks to Carl Jung’s discoveries today we know the scientific meaning of the dream images.

All dreams are produced by the unconscious mind discovered by Carl Jung, which is in fact God’s mind as I could discover because I precisely obeyed the guidance I had in my dreams, after recognizing that the unconscious mind was wise and had a saintly nature.

God produces your dreams in order to show you all the dangers that are threatening your conscience and your life. He also shows you how to solve your problems and develop your conscience.

So, you have to respect the importance of your dreams. They are images and scenes that contain precious messages.

After having a nightmare you must become worried and sad. I already showed you the meaning of many nightmares in my articles.

Many people believe that they are morally correct and that they will manage to always be moralistic because they ignore the fact that they have a satanic anti-conscience that is constantly negatively influencing their behavior or controlling their mind and behavior during numerous situations.

Now that we know that we have a terrible anti-conscience we have to stop being na├»ve, and protect our human side. Even though our satanic anti-conscience is stronger because it occupies the biggest part of our brain, our human conscience can tame the demon when we obey God’s guidance in our dreams.

Therefore, you have to be afraid of your evil self instead of trusting your sense of morality. You can easily fall into many traps and do many things you will regret having done, depending on the situation you are and depending on the stimuli of your environment.

Your mental health depends on your capacity to respect your moral principles when you are tempted to do something absurd and evil that seems to be advantageous for you, but is in fact a trap prepared by your satanic anti-conscience.

You must be afraid of all dangers instead of believing that you can control your behavior and you will never do something you disapprove. Your dreams help you avoid having a sad surprise because they show you dangers that you cannot see.

God doesn’t exaggerate when He shows you in your dreams that you can have the behavior of a prostitute or become a murderer. Unfortunately, you have inherited many absurd and evil tendencies. You cannot always control your behavior as you may believe.

You have to tame your anti-conscience and transform your wild conscience into a positive component of your human conscience. Otherwise, it will transform you into a cruel monster.

This is a difficult mission. God knows that you need His help in order to tame your terrible anti-conscience and become a wise and sensitive human being. This is why He sends you dreams with meaningful messages that reflect your mistakes and all the dangers that are threatening you.

You have to consciously accept to be transformed by God in order to tame your wild conscience.

Your dreams show you that you make numerous mistakes that work against you. You must learn how to always have the perfect behavior of a saint in order to become a true human being and definitively stop making mistakes.

You also have to stop passively accepting the horrors of the world. You have to help God make miracles thanks to your obedience to His guidance.

Your spiritual life is more important than your material life. Your goodness during your life defines your destiny after your death.

Therefore, you have to learn how to cultivate goodness in your heart, after eliminating the poison of hatred, which already is accumulated in your heart from the beginning of your life because you have inherited a satanic anti-conscience that likes terror.

The purification of your spirit is the most important matter of your life. You have to understand the importance of purity thanks to God’s lessons in your religion and in your dreams.

Carl Jung’s method of dream interpretation helped us understand the importance of religion. He managed to accurately translate God’s words in dreams, while he presented the dream producer as the incomprehensible unconscious mind, which seemed to be a strange organ that worked independently of our conscience.

God gives you scientific explanations about your brain in your dreams, which also help you understand the meaning of your religion. What really matters is the purification of your spirit and your transformation into a perfect human being. Everything else is simply part of this mission.

Whenever you have a bad dream or a nightmare you must seriously translate the meaning of your dreams for a certain period of time and follow God’s therapy because Satan is threatening your peace of mind.

Your satanic anti-conscience is terrible. It doesn’t let you find peace and evolve.

It existence is a tragedy because your capacity to think is a tragedy. Thinking is a very dangerous process that must be organized based on goodness in order to work in a positive way. Otherwise, it is a catastrophic process that influences your actions in a negative way. When you have absurd thoughts you also do absurd things that your conscience disapproves.

When you think in a disorganized way you are absurd. You have to organize your thoughts based on logical rules in order to think logically.

You have to learn how to successfully solve all problems based on goodness and wisdom in order to be a mentally healthy human being and think logically, while you purify your spirit. This is what your dreams help you accomplish.

Psychotherapy and Visualisation

Abstract:

In this paper I wish to describe the technique of visualisation in the process of psychotherapy as applied to clients in a counselling setting. There are two purposes for visualisation, the first being a technique of relaxation in a therapy session, guided imagination and ability to project thoughts and feelings onto the scene. The second, for home use, where imagery through art or illustration can help to projection and relaxation of the client (patient) in a controlled setting. The first part I shall show the verbal imagery in therapy and in the second the ability to use the technique for self-growth and cognitive insight.

Introduction:

Visualisation has been talked about and used in a haphazard way for many years, mostly in art therapy as a form of self-expression. This type of use is particularly helpful with children to non-verbalise feelings and thoughts, also with adults who find it difficult to communicate emotions verbally and need the support of art or visuals to enable them. In psychotherapy and mainly with adults my (1. 2017 SFM) form of visualisation is both expressive and revealing to the therapist and patient in the form of projection. Projection means transferring your feelings onto an object – in this case a verbalised visual image or a selected painting. In psychotherapy projection is often seen as a transference of feelings, emotion or identification with the therapist or object of interest. This has mainly been used with Thematic Appreciation Tests (2. 1930 Murray) or Rorschach Ink Blots (3. 1921 Rorschach) Both requiring analysis by a skilled practitioner in psychotherapy from historical data provided by the patient. Psychiatric use has mainly been a failure as to the medicalised nature of the interpretation leading to false outcomes and patient confusion.

In the first application of visualisation the client is attending a normal therapy session, usually the therapist has already determined the biographical history of the patient and is beginning to know his life position in relation to others and themselves. There is also by this time a certain understanding of cultural background and societal stance. To set the scene the therapist asks the client to relax, close their eyes and listen carefully to the description of a place, scene and story. The patient is told that at some point they will be asked to take over the story themselves and verbalise what they see and feel. What follows is the script often used to begin the process. Remembering the visualisation is in the mind of the client as verbalised by the therapist.

Script Example: technique one;

Therapist: I am going to talk you through a short journey, try to imagine inside your mind the scene I describe.

You are walking down a street that seems familiar to you
The house on both sides of the road are normal and with small gardens to the front
As you walk you can feel a cool breeze over your face – it is a very sunny day – warm and fresh
You feel relaxed and content – not particular worry or thoughts
As you go further down the street you notice a gap between the houses and a small railing in front
As you get nearer you notice the railing has a small gate leading to a park
You decide to enter the park and go through the gate
The park is small and rises to a small hill and dips out of sight
The park is mostly grass and bordered by trees on each side
As you enter you see a winding path lined with occasional wooden benches
In the distance you see a man walking his dog and a small child following him with a red balloon
You can not hear them as they are some distance away
You decide to sit down on one of the benches
You look up and can feel the warm sun on your face and the coolness of the light breeze
Birds are flying over with light tweets
You take off your shoes and let your bare feet gently touch the grass – it is still wet with morning
due and feels pleasant and relaxing
After a while you decide to walk on, the man and boy have long gone
As you reach the rise you can see down the other side of the park
You notice a gate and railing leading to a small lake with a beach area
It is deserted and peaceful – you decide to go and explore
Through the gate you find soft sand leading to the lake shore and take of your shoes and enjoy the feeling of the sand that is warm to the touch – you can hear birds overhead
You lie down on the sand, the sun is hotter now and you feel relaxed and warm
In the distance you see a figure walking towards you… the person seems familiar

Therapist: Now take over and tell me what is happening?

Client: I see…

Analysis:

At this point the client can verbalise their own imagined ending to the visualised story. Some patients with good imagination can go on to talk for sometime about who they met what was said, others can only identify the figure or express a fear response to the new character in the story, all can be very revealing as they allow the client to open a door of the unconscious to express their projected fears and desires including wish fulfilment. The therapist should tell the story in a low key voice with a steady delivery without emphasis on any particular point. The different suggestions enable the client to immerse themselves in the story as they imagine being there. The differing modalities are expressed in touch, feeling, sounds and sight, all enabling the client to realise a cognitive event inside their minds. The touch of the grass, the smell, the sound of birds, the feel of the Sun, and cool breeze all help to stimulate the visualisation of the story. Afterwards clients are asked specifically what they experienced and many report having heard the birds, felt the wet grass, the soft sand for example. The power of the mind to invent and elaborate is truly amazing experience for many clients in psychotherapy.

Once the client has experienced this in therapy the second way to use visualisation in a home setting is explored. Here the therapists suggests certain types of classical paintings that can act as the doorway into their own visualisation experience. The client having seen it work in practice with the therapist feel more empowered to try the technique for themselves.

Paintings: technique two:

In order to enable clients to self visualise at home (or office) they need a stimulus in absence of the verbal visualisation of the therapist. This is best achieved through classical country scenes that are familiar to most people. Artists such as Constable (UK) or Shishkin (Russian) often painted woods, distances of scenery and background country cottages excreta. These type of scenes can enable the client to create a walk in the countryside and imagine a story for themselves. The technique to be explained to the client is as follows;

Therapist: Find a comfortable place such as a sofa with the painting directly in front of you at a comfortable distance. Start at the closest point of the picture such as bottom right or left depending on the scene itself. Relax and get comfortable, your should be alone, with no distractions of noise or interruptions of phones or other disturbances. Allow yourself to start travelling within the scene, follow the path, the riverside, the treeline excreta, do not be in a hurry, notice real distances and your ability to walk gently and slowly through the scene. Imagine the characters you might meet, the feel of the ground, the wind, the sun, the trees, the terrain for example. It is OK to fall into a light meditation or even drift into sleep. After about 30 minutes it is alright to stop and review

The client should have a notebook to record sensations, thoughts and feelings as well as any storyline that came to pass. This can be taken to therapy sessions for joint analysis with the therapist’s support and insight. Painting are available in the internet very easily but a full scale painting or print is more desirable as this gives depth and better for projecting yourself into the imagined place. Clients often report an enhancement of mood with a relaxed feeling of well-being after they have been in visualisation for about 30 minutes each time. Those patients with anxiety can find this technique extremely comforting, depressive patients can seek inspiration and a sense of life’s purpose. Both techniques can invite insight and realisation from a cognitive perspective.

Summery:

In this paper we have discussed and explored two techniques of visualisation and their therapeutic advantage for meditation, stress relief, insight therapy, verbalisation through art and story telling. The first technique by being explored in therapy and then the second to allow the client to experience the cognitive benefits for themselves in their own time as homework or just a new way of relaxing from a high pressured lifestyle. Either technique in conjunction with their therapist can have profound insight into the mind of the patient (client) and allow for more insightful psychotherapeutic sessions to come. Along with dream analysis, visualisation can be a cornerstone of successful insightful therapy.

Reference:

  1. Myler S F (2017) All the above techniques and scripts are the copy-write of the author (unpublished)
  2. Henry A. Murray (1930) Thematic Appreciation Tests
  3. Hermann Rorschach (1921) Rorschach Inkblot Test

What Is The Prepping Lifestyle?

Are You Already Prepping?

I am willing to bet real money that you’re already prepping and do not realize it. Let’s see if you pass the test.

  1. When you go to the grocery store do you buy more than you need for just the next meal? If you do, you are a prepper. You are preparing for more than a single meal. You are buying for future meals too and you are going to store those supplies until needed. You are a prepper.
  2. When you buy supplies for meals do you buy things that are on “sale” like buy one, get one specials? If you do, you are a prepper.
  3. When you buy supplies like toilet paper, bottled water, trash bags and other items that come in bulk quantities like cases or boxes you are buying more than your immediate need. You are a prepper.
  4. Do you have food in your freezer? Then you are a prepper.
  5. Do you have food in a pantry? Then you are a prepper.

Granted, in each of these scenarios you are not buying huge quantities that will last a year, but you are buying more than your immediate need and preparing for your future needs. That is all prepping is.It is not the quantity of food or supplies that you have put back that makes you a prepper. It isn’t like you get to a certain amount and instantly turn into one. In reality, we all are preppers to some degree.

Now that we have that settled, let’s get into what some call “The Prepper Lifestyle”.

Take Prepping To The Next Level

Let’s take what you are already doing to the next level without breaking the bank. Here are some examples of prepping on a budget to get you started.

The grocery stores in our area are really good about running BOGOs or “Buy One, Get One” free promotions. This promotion allows you to buy an item at regular price and the get a 2nd one free. In reality, this is a 50% discount on both. For the benefit of prepping this allows you to buy 1 to eat now and the 2nd to go into your food storage. Easy and in some way this seems like you are building your preps for free.

Another promotion in our local stores is 10 for $10. That is you buy 10 of an item for $1 each. I love to use this promotion to buy packaged or boxed dinners, cans of soup, beef stew and chili.

The package and boxed dinners feed 2 people each. Add a protein like chicken, beef or pork and you can stretch these to feed 3 or more. Add a canned vegetable and you now feed a family of 4 easily.

For $30 you can buy enough to feed a couple or small family for a month. Do this for 3 months and you now have enough food storage for 90 days worth of meals. You are really making progress now.

Careful. You are starting to live the prepping lifestyle.

Living Like Our Forefathers

Looking at our pioneer heritage we see that these people spent every day struggling to feed themselves that day and still have enough to put back. They would put food back for themselves and their livestock. I am not suggesting that we all go back to this lifestyle. I am saying that we can learn from the way they lived their lives.

The prepping lifestyle is thinking about more than your immediate needs. Think about your needs for those times when you can’t simply run to the store for something to eat. Think about the needs of your family if the water coming out of the faucet is not fit to drink.

The prepping lifestyle is gathering for your family’s needs for when life’s emergencies happen. Weather, economic and unemployment disasters that happen all too often.

Conclusion

What are you doing today to prepare? How can you live the prepping lifestyle better?

Technology Makes Pressure Canning Safe and Easy

Not Your Parent’s Pressure Canning

I remember my mom pressure canning jellies and jams when I was a kid. We would go as a family to pick blackberries and she would spend hours in the kitchen making jelly. She used a stovetop pressure canner that scared the entire family. We all feared an explosion at any moment. I can still hear that noise of the steam escaping from the jiggler on top of the canner.

The fear we had came from stories of explosions of stovetop canners that had not been used properly. My grandmother had such an accident that damaged the ceiling after an explosion. Not good memories and something that I certainly want to avoid.

Pressure Canning Still Viable For Longterm Food Storage

The use of pressure canning is a key portion of preserving food for long-term food storage. This gives you the ability to preserve lots of different types of foods that can last 5 years or more. These foods are ready to eat and fit in with our overall plans for meals in a jar and heat and eat meals.

Expanding beyond jelly we are now canning fresh vegetables of all types, fruits and even meats. All these combine to create a complete set of meals ready to eat for the entire family.

But there is still the lingering memories of the perceived dangers of traditional pressure canning.

Modern Canning Technology Eases Concerns

There had to be a better way. Technology had made great strides in other areas, why not in the area of pressure canning?

Through research we found that technology has been able to make the process of canning more automated. Done correctly, the process is fairly automated and much safer than in year’s past.

We use a Power Cooker XL as our pressure canner. This unit can also do slow cooking and pressure cooking in addition to pressure canning, We use this appliance so much it rarely goes on a shelf in the pantry.

Using sanitary practices you fill the jars with the item you wish to can. Add the lids and rings and then place them in the pressure canner. Add the correct amount of water to allow for the creation of steam. Place the lid on the canner and press the button to start the canning process. Make sure that you have selected the right amount of time for the product you are canning. At this point, you are ready to go do something else while your foods can.

There is no noise. No worries about too much pressure buildup. You don’t have to worry about letting your foods cook too long. The pressure is regulated, there is no jiggler to make noise and the timer will turn off the canning process is complete. It could not get much easier and worry free.

Give Modern Pressure Canning a Chance

Ease your fears and concerns by using technology. Pressure canning is much easier and safer when you properly use modern technology to your advantage. Use set-and-forget procedures that let’s you pressure can while you do other things around the house.

Over time, you will create a supply of pressure canned fruits, vegetables, meats and even stews, soups and other meals in a jar. You will quickly build up your long-term food storage as well as your supplies for everyday heat and eat meals.

Survival Tips – The Best Emergency Food Kit

Who Needs The Best Emergency Food Kit?

Who knows what the future holds? If only we knew, day to day, what challenges would arise, we would never be caught unawares. Unfortunately, life just doesn’t work that way. Those who prefer to look forward and make preparations for the “just in case” scenarios are often painted as fringe lunatics and doomsday preppers. However, assembling the best emergency food kit for yourself or your family should be something every responsible adult takes seriously. Just a few of the “normal” situations that could arise, when having emergency rations for your family would make sense, include: loss of a job, temporary lay off, extended storm damage or power outage that traps your family at home. Or perhaps you’d just like to be a position to help another family in need, should the opportunity arise. Then there are Armageddon type scenarios that plague the mind of some, and no better way to put those fears to rest than to look ahead and prepare for the worst. Whatever your reasons for looking forward and setting up emergency rations against a difficult time ahead, we are here to help you build the very best emergency food kit for your family.

Identifying Your Needs

First, lay out your preparation strategy. If you’re just getting started in emergency preparation, you may not have more than a day or two worth of food in your cupboard. If that’s the case, building up a thirty day supply of food is a good place to start. If you already have 30 days of emergency rations laid by, the next step may be building up a six month or year emergency food kit. The important thing is to start somewhere, and build your supplies up until you’ve assembled the best emergency food kit that you’re able.

Who Are You Feeding?

Do you have children in the house? Teens? Older or elderly adults? Infants will require special feeding accommodations like milk or formula, while the elderly may have some unique nutritional needs, as well. Map out on paper who you’re building a food supply for and any special things you need to prepare for them, or for yourself. Then consider what it takes to feed that person for a single day.

How Many?

Once you’ve written down what it takes to feed one person for one day, you’ll need to multiply that by the number of people, and the number of days for which you’re preparing.

What Do They Like To Eat?

There’s no need to live for a month on nothing but rice and beans. You don’t want to stock up on three months worth of food that your family won’t touch with a six-foot pole, just because it was cheap. It may keep you alive in a pinch, but you want to enjoy it, if possible. So take the likes and dislikes into consideration as you plan. Don’t forget to consider food allergies, as well. In an emergency situation, you wouldn’t want to face an allergic reaction from cross contamination, so better to avoid problem foods altogether, if possible.

Types Of Emergency Rations

There are dozens of ways to build up a great emergency food kit. The easiest, though certainly not the least expensive, is to invest in commercially prepared emergency rations, offered by various companies. These kits come as single servings, or a month’s worth of food for a single person. There are dozens of options to choose from.

Another method, requiring a little planning and management, is to simply take what you buy and use on a weekly basis, and start building up a supply that will last. If you ordinarily use three cans of beans and two boxes of mac ‘n’ cheese and a jar of peanut butter each week, then begin buying double that, and set the extra aside for your emergency food kit. Then manage your stock by rotating it so that your food stays as fresh as possible. Freshness would be a significant advantage in a long-term disaster, where you’re relying on your emergency rations for months, or even years.

Once you’ve built up a few months supply of food, organize your cans and boxes with the soonest expiration date in the front and the furthest out in the back. Then, when you do your grocery shopping, put the new stuff in the back and use from the front. This keeps your stock fresh and ready to use if and when the need arises.

Home canning is another less expensive way to build up your emergency food kit. Canning is becoming a lost art, so if you’re not familiar with how to do it, you’re not alone. Canning food in glass jars requires a little learning and effort but can allow you to preserve tasty, homemade food for years. Be sure to learn which foods require pressure cooking versus water-bathing methods of preservation. Properly canned goods keep best in cool, dark places between 50 and 70 *F (10 – 21 *C) and are safe to eat for years after canning.

For bulk dry goods that are intended for long term storage, wheat, beans, rice, sugar and other dry goods can be vacuum sealed and stored in five gallon buckets with O2 absorbers to last for thirty years and more. For the truly prepared minded, a few buckets of wheat and corn will go a long way toward peace of mind.

A vacuum sealer is a good investment for anyone serious about their emergency rations. Sealing foods in smaller quantities not only preserves them longer but allows you to use them a little at a time, rather than having to use a large container up quickly once you’ve opened it.

If you’re worried about the expiration date on store-bought canned goods, keep this story in mind. A steamboat named the Bertrand was trying to reach Montana in 1865 when it sunk to the bottom of the Missouri river. One hundred years later, canned goods from that wreck were recovered. In 1974, 109 years after the accident, the food was tested by chemists and found safe to eat. You should use good sense when eating canned foods that have passed their expiration dates. If it looks odd, smells bad or tastes bad, don’t eat it!

Signs That The Food In Your Emergency Food Kit Has Gone Bad

Signs canned goods have gone bad: the can is bulging, or the lid has come unsealed. Check for mold or fermentation bubbles in the liquid. If the food rushes out of the can or jar when you open it, there is pressure on the contents that wasn’t there when the can or jar was sealed. This is a good indication of bacterial activity causing a chemical reaction.

Comfort Foods

Once you’ve established a good base for emergency rations, you might want to start thinking about adding some comfort foods to your store. In stressful situations, we all turn to food for comfort, and yummy food might not be easy to come by in the event of a disaster. Some things to store include:

  • Chocolate – powdered cocoa keeps the best, but chocolate bars over 70% cocoa will keep for several months, and much longer if frozen. Hot chocolate mix has a shelf life of several years, and could easily be added to the rotation of your emergency food kit.
  • Mac n’ cheese – Best preserved dried by separating the noodles and cheese, and then vacuum sealing them with O2 absorbers. If you’re worried about being able to cook macaroni and cheese, it can be canned, but it won’t have the same texture as freshly made. Under cooking the noodles before canning will help it to be less mushy.
  • Honey – made with natural preservatives, honey will keep indefinitely, as long as water never gets near it. Store in very clean, very dry glass jars. If it crystallizes, you can return it to its liquid state with a little heat.
  • Freeze dried fruit or dehydrated fruit can be a great energy booster and will keep well when stored properly.
  • Hard candy – store with desiccants and vacuum sealing to provide a much needed pick me up under stressful conditions.
  • Coconut oil, especially virgin coconut oil will store for a very long time and provide added fat for comforting recipes when butter isn’t available.
  • Spices – if you get to a place where you’re having to make all of your food from what you have on hand, you’ll be very glad for some extra spices to… well… spice things up.
  • Alcohol – Obviously, a comforting item, but it serves many purposes in a disaster scenario and it keeps well. High alcohol content (over 20%) will keep the longest and over 40% can serve as a disinfectant if needed.
  • Tea – keeps well without special accommodations. To keep it the very freshest, store in small quantities with an O2 absorber.
  • Coffee – For those who really need their cuppa to keep their chin up, coffee will be an important part of the very best emergency food kit. Roasted coffee keeps, vacuum sealed in Mylar bags, for up to two years. If you rotate it through your emergency rations, you will have good coffee for some time. For preparation beyond that, you can store green coffee beans in Mylar bags with O2 absorbers, then roast and grind them as needed.

What To Choose?How to decide what goes into the very best emergency food kit? A good rule of thumb is six months to a year of food that you would eat every day. This is easily managed through good shopping and rotation. For preparation beyond that time frame, vacuum sealed Mylar bags will keep dry goods for years. Many companies and even faith-based family preparation programs offer dry goods preserved in #10 cans that will keep up to 30 years. Building an emergency food kit that can last several years in a pinch is possible, with planning and forethought.

Water will be critical to surviving certain types of disaster scenarios. When planning for emergency situations, one liter of water per person per day is a good starting point. You’ll need some extra for sanitation and cooking, as well. Be sure you have plenty of water on hand, or a way to obtain water and sanitize it. Sanitation tablets and filtration systems would be a major component of the best emergency food kit.

Looking Ahead

For total preparedness, it’s important to think ahead to food preparation during an emergency. If the power was out for three weeks, how would you cook that mac ‘n’ cheese you took such care to store? Even if you have a power generator for emergencies, stoves and microwaves pull too much energy to use the generator for cooking. A propane or butane camp stove with plenty of fuel cells, or a propane or charcoal grill are great options to have on hand. And don’t forget to include a manual can opener in your emergency food kit.

Where To Keep It?

Storage space can be tricky, depending on your housing situation. If at all possible, you’ll want to designate a neatly organized room that’s specifically for food storage. You’ll label your shelves, and keep things nicely stocked and rotated. If you don’t live in this kind of fairy tale situation, you may have to get a little more creative about how you store your emergency food kit. A lot of food can be neatly stored, in cardboard boxes, under beds, in the bottoms or tops of closets, and under the stairs. You may need to reduce unnecessary clutter, to make room for emergency rations. The reward will be worth the effort.

Be Prepared, Not Scared

Taking the steps required to create the best emergency food kit that you possibly can will pay off in peace of mind. To know that you have the ability to care for those you love, and to be able to reach out to those around you in their time of need, will put you in a category reserved for just a few. You’ll rest easy at night, knowing that whatever tomorrow holds, your family is provided for.

Preparing for Disaster and Emergency Preparation

When faced with a situation in which you have just enough time to escape we most likely won’t need to carry a full 72 hour backpack. Instead we may want to have ready a bag set up with just enough supplies to get us out.

A few events requiring immediate evacuation:

Earthquake: There is a distinct reality your home will be uninhabitable after the event, you may not be able to enter it again, ever.

Flood: Normally a long term evacuation, upon returning home you will most likely be faced with a lot of cleanup.

Wildfire: Moving rapidly, the only warning you receive may be the smell of smoke, your home may not be habitable after wards.

Hurricane: These storms include everything, building collapse, fire, flood allowing many hours to evacuate or just a few minutes.

Dam infrastructure being compromised: If you live below a Dam there is a threat of catastrophic failure, partial failure or over flow.

These events dictate for us to get out as fast as possible, grab an evacuation kit and go. During your pre-planning it should be detailed for an emergency evacuation, it will differ from a plan in which you are able to stay in the vicinity of your home. As an example I live on a levee, the levee can be driven on in emergency’s however realistically we will have to walk out. Our escape kits are set up with 1 quart of water, an energy bar, 12 hour light stick, whistle, waterproof matches (or a fire starter), rechargeable flashlight, emergency poncho (it may get or be rainy), a warm blanket, a multi-tool with a knife and a small first aid kit. Also, extra socks, underwear, shoes, a jacket and a hat. It may sound like a lot of items however it fits neatly in a satchel smaller than a carry on. On our small Island there are about 1500 people, we each have a muster station to report to, ours is about 300 yards away. From there we will most likely have to walk the 3 miles to the evacuation area, over the bridge and river.

It’s important to have a bag that fits and is comfortable, take some time to choose one, there are many available. Be certain your water proof bags are not filled to the point of having to keep the closures open, all pockets and flaps need to be zippered or buttoned closed, you don’t want what you rely on to be soaking wet and muddy when it is needed. Prudence tells us to expect tragedies in the middle of the night, in a rain storm, high winds or very terrible conditions. We must also assume that the majority of us will not be rescued immediately, only disabled and elderly will be, most healthy people will be last, placing us in a position of being an aid, helping where ever we may. We must also assume we will have to walk out, the road will be blocked by fallen trees and emergency vehicles dealing with all that is happening. We should have set up next to our beds (the previous night) clothing that can be put on in a minute or less time, layering is the best dress mode to take. We can always remove clothes when we’re hot, but if we get cold we may have no extra clothes to wear.

A real possibility is your neighbors most likely will not be as prepared as you are, it may place you in a position of being the only person with water, a flashlight and other precautionary supplies. We will have to deal with it, I am of the belief that a big part of being prepared for a disaster event is being overly prepared just a little bit. One more bottle of water, another small flashlight maybe, a spare jacket or hat, someone will need something, I cannot deny someone water.

Cell phones will be useless for local calls, the Internet will be down, we will have no electricity or water, communications immediately after a catastrophic event is essential, charge your cellular phone, lanterns and computer every night as part of your emergency planning preparing for disasters. (Before the event) Social media will be jammed up and the phone lines will be totally occupied for local calls, if you make attempts to call locally, wait at least 3 minutes between try’s. Less than 3 minutes will only add to the rush of attempted calls, further clogging up the system. It’s wise to consider establishing an out of state contact to enable people interested in your well being to have the telephone number to report to. Local lines will be swamped and out of area lines will be less swamped. After the initial contact stay in touch with the number, call every 3-4 hours, if that is not possible the initial contact is far better than no contact at all.

At some point we will end up at some sort of a sponsored assembly area, no one wants to be there, we have to make the most of the situation. Keep in mind everyone is trying to help, 90% of the people have never experienced any event that can be compared to this one. It will be hard but we must be patient.