Adderall for Depression

am i depressedChemical depression is widely diagnosed and poorly understood. So much so that many people who are diagnosed with it and medicated for it do not exactly understand what it is or how it works. Of course, remaining ignorant may be a choice rather than an inevitable situation. After all, understanding chemical depression isn’t the same as understanding particle physics, or string theory.

In other words, it isn’t rocket science, but it is science. It’s brain science. [Read more…]

Behavior Management Strategies

behavior management strategiesIf you’re reading this article, we may assume that you are most likely a teacher, and already familiar with the concept of classroom management, the subtle and individualistic methods that teachers use to keep a class focused, on task, and working on academics, rather than breaking out into a floating craps game in the back of the room while the teacher is writing on the board.

Don’t laugh, it happens. It happened to your humble narrator, in an inner-city high school. [Read more…]

Feng Shui Numbers

feng shui numbersMost of us know very little about feng shui. We don’t know what it is, we don’t know why some people are so very concerned with it all the time, and we sure as heck don’t know how to pronounce it.

Let’s get that last one out of the way first, if you don’t mind.  “Feng shui” is not pronounced the way it looks. The closest a westerner can come to the proper Chinese pronunciation is something like “fung shway.” You won’t be exactly there with that pronunciation, but you’ll be close enough, we reckon.

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Conversational Hypnosis

conversational hypnosisHypnosis takes many forms, and can be accomplished in many ways. Inducing hypnosis takes a willing subject and requires that the hypnotist be ethical and focused solely on the subject’s benefit.

Doesn’t it?

Well, yes and no. Ericksonian hypnosis, also known as conversational hypnosis, can be performed on subjects who are not necessarily even aware that the technique is being used on them.

Could this be done unethically? Of course. Should you do so? Never. We should state right from the start that any techniques discussed in this article are not to be used for personal gain or the manipulation of another human being. Are we cool?

Hope so.

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Hypnosis Techniques

hypnosistechniquesThere is, as many have said, more than one way to skin a cat. And no, we’re not planning on skinning any cats here today, or any day for that matter. Metaphorically, perhaps, but literally, we won’t be separating any felines from their hides. No, today we’re here to talk about hypnotism techniques, and there are many varying approaches to that ancient and often misunderstood craft. Hence the reference to the skinning of the cats—hypnotists (professionals including doctors, psychiatrists, psychologists, therapists, and laymen like “mentalists” and entertainers) use a staggering variety of methods to induce hypnosis as well as to make suggestions to the subject, and today we’ll examine several of them. [Read more…]

How To Learn Hypnosis

how to learn hypnosisHave you ever seen one of those old movies in which a psychologist or psychiatrist, or perhaps a psychic, or medium, or mentalist hypnotizes someone? Yes, with the hypnotist wearing a turban, usually? And the hypnosis is followed by making the subject stiff as a board, and perhaps even making the subject float weightless in the air, while those watching gasp—that’s not what hypnosis really is.

Or maybe you’ve seen one of those live entertainers who populate the Borscht Belt and the lesser rooms in Las Vegas or Atlantic City, men in tuxedoes or women in kaftans with snappy patter and perhaps even a musical number in the act somewhere, who hypnotizes “volunteers” from the audience? Yes, the ones who get their subjects to “act like a chicken” or passionately kiss a total stranger, or take off their clothes, and they’ll be here all week, doing two shows a night—that’s not what hypnosis really is, either.

So what is it, exactly, and how can you learn it? That’s why you’re here, isn’t it? You are interested in hypnosis, and want to become a hypnotist. So, that’s what we’ll talk about today. We’ll look at what hypnosis is and isn’t, what you need to get started, some resources for learning, and what you might want to do with this new skill once you’ve mastered it.

Ready? All right, look deeply into our eyes, and we’ll begin…

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Non Cognitive Skills

non cognitive skillsThere may be no greater misnomer in the worlds of education or psychology than “non-cognitive skills.” First, no term is generally useful if it defines what it represents by what it does not represent. Imagine if bicycles were renamed “non-internal combustion motorcycles,” or some such. It is, unquestionably better to define something by what it is than what it isn’t.

And of course, the problem here is the fact that “cognitive” means “of or relating to cognition,” which for laymen means that it is related to the process most of us call “thinking.” Cognition, narrowly defined, is the process by which our brains transform, reduce, elaborate, store, recover, and use information. [Read more…]

Japanese For Beginners

japanese for beginnersJapanese is a difficult language for Americans and other English speaker to learn, there is no doubt. In fact, Japanese is generally thought of as being in the top five of difficult languages to learn for non-native speakers. There are a number of reasons for this, including the fact that the order of the parts of speech in Japanese (subject, object, verb) is different from the order in English (subject, verb, object), the unheard-of in English variety of lexical systems (hiragana, katagana, and kanji), a bewildering array of tenses that have no counterpart in English or any of the European languages that English speakers tend to be more familiar with, and subtleties of context that can be so hard for foreigners to detect that they can completely misread a situation.

And in general, Japanese is simply so “different” that most Americans who have studied English grammar and taken a foreign language like Spanish or French don’t have a clue as to how to begin. Perhaps the intimidation factor is the biggest reason that Americans find Japanese difficult to learn.

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Fun Presentation Ideas

fun presentation ideasThere are few things that inspire more dread in the average worker than having to suffer through another boring presentation. “Oh, for crying out loud, we’ve got to sit for an hour while old so and so rattles on and shows the same slides he showed last time, only with different numbers this time? Argh!”

The truth is, there isn’t enough coffee in the world to make most presentations even tolerable, even if it is accompanied by donuts. Even if the donuts are from the local gourmet donut shop instead of the national chain.

And delivering such a presentation can be even more excruciating than sitting through one. If you’ve ever watched your audience fall asleep, or had the secretive use of their smartphones replaced by in-your-face texting and Facebook surfing, you know what we’re talking about.

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Classroom Setup Ideas

shutterstock_137713388Okay, let’s get this straight right from the beginning: keeping your desks in straight, orderly, old-fashioned rows is only really workable when you’re giving a test, especially the high stakes state tests that teachers are increasingly saddled with. For the couple of weeks of instructional time that you will lose to those assessments each year, go ahead and put your desks in rows. Other than that, your responsibility is to do something more creative and stimulating for your students than making them sit in the straightest lines possible.

And no one cares what your 7th grade math teacher did. That was a long time ago, and things have changed since then. Believe it.

And while we’re at it, “classroom setup” means much, much, more than simply how you arrange your desks, even though I just began this article talking about them. Setting up a classroom involves defining your area, decorating the room, and creating specialized zones for specialized activities, and even more, more than we can get into today.

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