My Top Five Faults (And How I compensate)

A few weeks ago I posted my top five weaknesses and asked other people to describe theirs. xaranahara wrote a post about it…:)

Xara Nahara

Before I begin this post, I will admit that I have MORE than five things wrong with me. In fact, if I were to list them all, then it would be a novel. Let’s spare the poor readers of that drama. No one wants to read that shit anyway. Anyhow, without further ado….

5.)  I’m Forgetful – While I can remember what happened in detail on most days, I forget to do chores, work duties, or God Forbid COMMUNICATE!!!! I know I have eons of things to do and eons of people that I should be communicating with at this moment, but I forget what order I’m supposed to do all of this in, exactly.

4.) I Lack Motivation – Even the carrot on the stick thing isn’t working out for me very well. I am definitely struggling to improve my motivation and to delete this fault altogether. At least…

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What Have You Seen Today?

Found on Clarion Alley

Oh, what did you see, my blue-eyed son?

Oh, what did you see, my darling young one?
I saw a newborn baby with wild wolves all around it
I saw a highway of diamonds with nobody on it
I saw a black branch with blood that kept dripping
I saw a room full of men with their hammers a-bleeding
I saw a white ladder all covered with water
I saw ten thousand talkers whose tongues were all broken
I saw guns and sharp swords in the hands of young children
And it’s a hard, and it’s a hard, it’s a hard, it’s a hard
And it’s a hard rain’s a-going to fall

Joan Baez – A Hard Rains a Gonna Fall
Lyrics by Bob Dylan
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The Blind Woman with DID and an Alter Who Can See

At the bottom of this post is an excerpt from a YouTube Psychology Vidcast by Dr. Ross Avilla.

In this video he discusses a woman a known as BT who was thought to have lost her sight from brain damage.

BT also has Dissociative Identity Disorder.

The video implies that she developed DID as an adult, which is not likely.

According to the Washington Post:

German psychologists Hans Strasburger and Bruno Waldvogel, went all the way back to her initial diagnosis of cortical blindness. Her health records from the time show that she was subjected to a series of vision tests — involving lasers, special glasses, lights shined across a room — all of which demonstrated her apparent blindness. Since there was no damage to her eyes themselves, it was assumed that B.T.’s vision problems must have come from brain damage caused by her accident (the report does not say what exactly happened in the accident).

Waldvogel had no reason to doubt that diagnosis when B.T. was referred to him 13 years later for treatment for dissociative identity disorder, once called multiple personality disorder. B.T. exhibited more than 10 personalities, each of them varying in age, gender, habits and temperament. They even spoke different languages: some communicated only in English, others only in German, some in both (B.T. had spent time in an English-speaking country as a child but lived in Germany)….

Then, four years into psychotherapy, something strange happened: Just after ending a therapy session, while in one of her adolescent male states, B.T. saw a word on the cover of a magazine. It was the first word she had read visually in 17 years.

…Strasburger and Waldvogel say their finding is evidence that DID can unfold at a very basic, biological level. After all, it was not just high-level cognitive functions, like reading, that were affected by B.T.’s condition — even basic things like depth perception were difficult for her. And B.T.’s doctors could see all that playing out in her brain right in front of them on the EEG.

The case study shows that DID “is a legitimate psycho-physiologically based syndrome of psychological distress,” Dr. Richard P. Kluft, a clinical professor of psychiatry at Temple University School of Medicine not associated with the study, told Brain Decoder. The condition is not just a product of culture and psychiatrists’ suggestions, he said; as in B.T.’s case, it “represents the mind’s attempt to compartmentalize its pain.”

The Washington Post