Monthly Archives: January 2014

Desire…

 

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“Ultimately, it is the desire, not the desired, that we love.” 

    Friedrich Nietzsche

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Falling in Love Takes One-Fifth of a Second

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                                And we thought that falling in love was a simple affair…..(seems it’s pretty complex)…

“It takes a fifth-of-a-second for the euphoria-inducing chemicals to start acting on the brain when you are looking at that special someone. That’s one of the conclusions of Stephanie Ortigue, who has co-authored a review of neuroscience research on love.”

See link:

 http://www.spring.org.uk/2014/01/falling-in-love-takes-one-fifth-of-a-second.php#utm_source=feedburner&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=Feed%3A+PsychologyBlog+%28PsyBlog%29

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The GEEL Question…treating the mentally ill…

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A fascinating article, well worth the read – looking at an alternative approach to our thinking about mental health and therapeutics…

“Half an hour on the slow train from Antwerp, surrounded by flat, sparsely populated farmlands, Geel (pronounced, roughly, ‘Hyale’) strikes the visitor as a quiet, tidy but otherwise unremarkable Belgian market town. Yet its story is unique. For more than 700 years its inhabitants have taken the mentally ill and disabled into their homes as guests or ‘boarders’. At times, these guests have numbered in the thousands, and arrived from all over Europe. There are several hundred in residence today, sharing their lives with their host families for years, decades or even a lifetime. One boarder recently celebrated 50 years in the Flemish town, arranging a surprise party at the family home. Friends and neighbours were joined by the mayor and a full brass band.”

See the link: 

http://aeon.co/magazine/living-together/the-town-where-the-mentally-ill-get-a-warm-welcome/?utm_source=Aeon+newsletter&utm_campaign=adfefb7e37-Weekly_Newsletter_January_10_20141_10_2014&utm_medium=email&utm_term=0_411a82e59d-adfefb7e37-64036721

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How We Spend Our Days Is How We Spend Our Lives: Annie Dillard on Presence Over Productivity

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‘How we spend our days is, of course, how we spend our lives. What we do with this hour, and that one, is what we are doing. A schedule defends from chaos and whim. It is a net for catching days. It is a scaffolding on which a worker can stand and labor with both hands at sections of time. A schedule is a mock-up of reason and order—willed, faked, and so brought into being; it is a peace and a haven set into the wreck of time; it is a lifeboat on which you find yourself, decades later, still living. Each day is the same, so you remember the series afterward as a blurred and powerful pattern.’

See the link:

http://www.brainpickings.org/index.php/2013/06/07/annie-dillard-the-writing-life-1/

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