November 22, 2017

Freudian Slips



The subconscious is that which concerns the part of the mind of which one is not fully aware of but that which can influences one's actions and feelings…a Freudian slip is when one may something that comes from the subconscious mind and not the one that we usually operate with…such ‘slips’ can sometimes be interpreted as the ‘real’ feelings of a person…as with many things, they can be interpreted incorrectly by those trying to pass themselves off as experts on psychology…sometimes it is merely a slip of the tongue only and does not reveal the true nature of one’s thoughts…sometimes they are merely as a malaprop and nothing more…an example would be if one told a pretty girl in a biology class that ‘those’ are interesting orgasms when he meant to say organisms’…not that I ever said anything like that…heh heh…I’m not sure she caught that or she just chose to ignore it…anyway, the idea of the subconscious mind is often seen as a powerful thing and some believe that controlling its supposed knowledge or incredible power is seen as a great advantage to that person…on occasion, the subconscious mind can overtake the conscious mind and lead to an action being taken that usually would not be done when the conscious mind is in charge.

November 20, 2017

Terrifying Nature



It’s been said (by Dr. Wolf von Frankenstein) that nothing in nature is terrifying when one understands it…after living through a tornado and several direct hit hurricanes, I don’t know if I agree with the good doctor…fortunately, the tornado missed my house by ½ mile, but after going out and seeing the devastation the next day…and reading about the fatalities…I imagine it was terrifying…hurricanes can be frightening too with the wind blowing so hard, you are sure a tree is going to topple over on your house, or that the windows are going to blow out…thankfully that has never happened…I think most people had a pretty good understanding of these natural ‘monsters’ and yet they were terrified…on the other hand, I have never felt scared of lightning although there were times I should have been (like trying to finish a round of golf in an impending storm)…as far as earthquakes go, I have only been through a couple of minor tremors…never lived by a volcano…and things seem to be only getting worse…three major hurricanes in the gulf and Atlantic at the same time…never happened before…the increasing temperature of the planet and melting of the ice cap is scary…but that is not so much nature as it is man at the wheel.

November 18, 2017

Hypnosis



We’ve all seen it before…you are getting sleepy…sleepy…and before long, the subject is under the power of the hypnotist…while the art of hypnosis is usually associated with sideshow performances or for comedic affect…but the fact of the matter is it's not some kind of magical act…instead, it's a technique for putting someone or even yourself into a particular state of concentration where you are more free to the power of suggestion and hence more open to specific messages…maybe about breaking bad habits or changing in other positive ways…this induction of a state of consciousness in which a person apparently loses the power of voluntary action and is highly responsive to suggestion is controversial…it has been used in therapy, typically to recover suppressed memories…memories which sometimes can be used in criminal cases, and in some cases, hypnosis has been used to get people to do things they ordinarily wouldn’t do for someone else’s benefit…or to allow modification of behavior by suggestion such as quitting smoking…much debate has occurred between those that firmly believe in hypnosis and those who believe it to be a sham.