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Category Archive: Philosophy/ Life

Apr 15 2014

Some Thoughts on Beauty and Ownership

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“At last, something beautiful you can truly own.” This is the fictional tagline that Sterling Cooper Draper Price comes up with for the Jaguar ad campaign in “Mad Men.” (It’s in the episode The Other Woman — warning, synopsis has spoilers. Yes, I’m re-watching old episodes, it’s getting me caught up on where we are …

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Apr 03 2014

In (Moderate) Praise of Not Being Yourself

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Elle: “No more trying to be something that I’m just — I’m just not.” Emmett: “What if you’re trying to be somebody you are?” -Dialogue from “Legally Blonde” (a surprisingly good, smart, funny, and feminist movie). We talk a lot about how important it is to “be yourself.” And of course I see the great …

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Mar 31 2014

Should You Give Amateur Medical Advice to People With Mental Illness? A Flowchart

Should You Give Amateur Medical Advice to People With Mental Illness? Flowchart

And now, for those who learn better with visual aids, I offer: Should You Give Amateur Medical Advice to People With Mental Illness? A Flowchart. (This is my very first snarky flowchart: I’m proud of it out of all proportion, and hope to do more in the future.) Context: On Being on Anti-Depressants Indefinitely, Very …

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Mar 31 2014

Why You Really, Seriously, No Fooling, Should Not Give Unsolicited Amateur Medical Advice to People with Mental Illness (Or to Anyone, Really), Episode 563,305

God from Monty Python and the Holy Grail

Sigh. In response to my recent post, “The drugs are hurting us more than they are helping us”: How Not to Talk to People With Mental Illness, Episode 563,304, I received this comment from one Timothy Matias: Just my two cents: “It is seriously fucked-up to undermine people’s [efforts to improve the lives of mentally …

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Mar 28 2014

Things People Said Here About Mental Illness That Were Extremely Helpful

I realized that in much of my recent conversations about mental illness, I was showing a tendency to focus on, and reply to, the small number of comments that annoyed me, more than the many many many many comments that I found helpful. Partly, I think, this is a symptom of the depression, which is …

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Mar 28 2014

“The drugs are hurting us more than they are helping us”: How Not to Talk to People With Mental Illness, Episode 563,304

From Facebook, a comment responding to my post, On Being on Anti-Depressants Indefinitely, Very Likely for the Rest of My Life, in which I discussed my diagnosis of depression and the meds I’m taking for it. If you haven’t read Anatomy of an Epidemic by Robert Whitaker it’s a must. The director of a leading …

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Mar 27 2014

On Being on Anti-Depressants Indefinitely, Very Likely for the Rest of My Life

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So I have to rethink some things. Specifically, I have to rethink some things about mental illness and me. As regular readers may already know, I had a recent bout with depression, starting in late 2012 when my father died and I was diagnosed with cancer. It wasn’t my first time at the rodeo: I’ve …

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Mar 13 2014

Some Thoughts on Intention and Magic

“I didn’t intend you hurt you. I am so sorry. Here’s what I meant to do — I meant to do something good, but I can see that I failed to do it, and in fact I did something that hurt you. I was tired/ harried/ uninformed/ careless. I am really sorry. Please let me …

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Feb 24 2014

Exquisite Corpse Results

We were playing Exquisite Corpse today (if you’re not familiar with the game of Exquisite Corpse, here are the rules and the origin story), and I thought I’d blog some of my favorite results. Ten thousand angry igloos took responsibility for the sexual peanut butter sandwich. The raunchiest, raciest, filthiest space-time continuum has formulated a …

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Feb 21 2014

Secular Meditation: Listening to Silence

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There’s this meditation technique I’ve been using. It’s a little hard to talk about: not in the “painful or upsetting” sense of “hard to talk about,” but in the “literally difficult to find words” sense. But I’ve been finding it very valuable, so I thought I’d share with the rest of the class. I’ve been …

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