Sunday, March 31, 2013

so i live under a rock...

I just spent an embarrassing amount of time trying to find the name of a song I heard on the radio earlier this week.  All I knew was a man was singing it, and the chorus was: "Ooo ooo ooo ooo ooo ah ah."

Just so you know, that description fits about a hundred songs from the last 30 years! In my case, the brother figure knew it when I finally gave up and called to sing it to him: "Some nights, by Fun," he said, laughing. "You should check out 'We Are Young', too."

Monday, March 18, 2013

Sunday, March 17, 2013

"The Secret Life of Pronouns"

Not as crazy as I thought I would be about "The Secret Life of Pronouns" (which I should have read sooner...)

Having a little trouble with the primary thesis about the importance of function words. Not to mention when Pennebaker asserts that individuals who use the words 'aforementioned' or 'condescending' have low self esteem-- that's a little too Freudian for me.

I do appreciate his early nod to Steve Pinker. If you want to read about language from a social psychology perspective, Pinker is still where you must begin. Snowdon's even done fascinating work in speech/ sentence complexity.

However, I've been attempting to use some of Pennebaker's EW strategies with an MH consumer of mine, who has self-expressive deficits. Some of the explanations early in the book have already added much to my understanding of EW. I plan to put that new information to use as soon as possible.

I hope to have time to complete Pennebaker's book soon, with a goal of preparing something on semantics and communication in the PSR field (for  practitioners to communicate more meaningfully with consumers). School takes precedence, though! And, on that note, Pennebaker's website expands on his research and offers current experimental paradigms. Check it out!

Next up will be the book Choke, by Sian Bielock.

"There are few people who won't be disarmed by a genuine smile"

Sunday, March 03, 2013

Sensory Integration Disorder

--- a hypothesized disorder that was 'discovered' by Anna Jean Ayres, an occupational therapist.

Very interesting! Watch Raising Adam Lanza on PBS' Frontline webpage

they grow up soo fast!

Saturday, March 02, 2013

how did no one tell me about maddie?

I just read on ratemyprofessor
that my sister is an excellent teacher,
but 'she's too obsessed with her dogs'-ha!

Ack- check !!