It’s better to walk alone
than in a crowd going in the wrong direction
Thanks to Sharon Bonin-Pratt, Ink Flare for adding this last line.
Did you know that some cats get euphoric, others are sedated and EVEN drool when they sniff catnip? Some veterinarians think that the moans cats make while exposed to catnip are responses to chemically induced hallucinations!
When a human has hallucinations and drools it’s a problem but when cats take recreational drugs humans think it’s cute.
I looked up catnip and here’s some startling information I found:
“According to the new academic study, just published in the journal Scientific Reports, over two-thirds of the kiss initiators and the recipient of the kiss have a bias to turn their heads to the right and men were about 15 times more likely than women to initiate kissing.”
“Psychologists and neuroscientists at the universities of Bath Spa and Dhaka, Bangladesh, invited 48 married couples to kiss privately in their own homes, and after kissing they were asked to go to different rooms, open an envelope and then report on various aspects of the kiss independently of each partner.”
“The setting for the study was significant as kissing in Bangladesh is not typically observed in public and may censored from television or films. That means similar results from the western countries could be attributed to cultural factors or having learnt how to kiss through influences on TV or film.”
Dr Rezaul Karim, lead author from the Department of Psychology at the University of Dhaka
In the last weeks of my father’s life he told me about a man who would come into his house at night and lay down in the bed next to him. Frightened, he would call the authorities.
It was the first of many hallucinations, some benign, many terrifying, he experienced before he passed. I learned it was futile to try to convince him that what he saw hadn’t been real. I wish I had heard this TedTalk to help me better understand what was happening.
Oliver Sacks has passed but his experiences, wisdom and compassion remains with us in his talks and books. You might know about him from Robin Williams portrayal in the Movie Awakenings. Take a look and listen to Dr. Sacks’ TedTalk:
“Neurologist and author Oliver Sacks brings our attention to Charles Bonnet syndrome — when visually impaired people experience lucid hallucinations. He describes the experiences of his patients in heartwarming detail and walks us through the biology of this under-reported phenomenon.”
– Atticus Finch, To Kill a Mockingbird.
As therapists we walked a fine line between trying to understand and sympathize with clients’ points of view while not taking on their pain. It taught us to be open-minded.
When I took this short quiz I realized that open-minded is not just defined by “understanding” but can also be about taking action on behalf of others.
Here’s the quiz to find out where you stand. Score each answer using a 3 for “often,” a 2 for “sometimes,” or a 1 for “rarely.” Add them up and see where you rank.
39-33: Congratulations! You are a world citizen, with an open mind.
32-26: You try to keep an open mind, but might consider expanding your horizons.
25-13: You might be closing yourself off too much from the rest of the world.
Here are the author’s six suggestions:
1. Be more approachable
“Being honest, vulnerable and authentic will facilitate more genuine and lasting friendships. Your body language can be an important factor, making you look closed off or open to others.”
2. Let go of your preconceptions about other people and give them a chance
“We often surround ourselves with people like us, but there is a lot to gain from enlarging our social circle. Being respectful of others is the best way to receive it in return.
3. See things from another perspective
“Walking in another person’s shoes helps to open our minds and makes us less likely to be critical. When we judge less, we are less likely to be judged.”
4. Be more flexible and curious
“By being more flexible we trust that we can handle new situations. Being flexible and curious are perfect opportunities for growth.”
5. Be more trusting
“Human beings are all basically the same—in fact, we are far more alike than we are different. We share 99.9 % of our DNA. We all have insecurities, fears, talents and beauty. Focus on the positive in people and show them your best:”
6. Don’t make snap judgements, especially when it comes to people
“According to Business Insider, people typically form a first impression within 7 seconds of meeting someone new. Therefore it takes a conscious, concerted effort to not judge hastily. Try to see each person or situation with unbiased eyes—without letting prejudice, superstition or tradition get in the way. Make your own decisions rather than listening to other’s opinions. Trust yourself once you have investigated for yourself.”
“… every individual member of humankind is exhorted and commanded to set aside superstitious beliefs, traditions and blind imitation of ancestral forms in religion and investigate reality for himself. Inasmuch as the fundamental reality is one, all religions and nations of the world will become one through investigation of reality.” – Abdu’l-Baha, The Promulgation of Universal Peace, p. 433.
“Researchers at McMaster University in Ontario, Canada, made the finding using transcranial magnetic stimulation (TMS) – a technique that uses magnetic fields to stimulate nerve cells in specific regions of the brain. This showed that the areas of the brain that deal with empathy were significantly less responsive in people in power.”
“The results are down to the brain’s neuroplasticity – an ability that allows the mind to rewire itself in response to experiences.”
“The researchers, led by Dr. Sukhvinder Obhi, said: “Many people who have witnessed a colleague get promoted to an executive level have probably seen some changes in their behaviour, and not always for the better. Our current work aims to integrate previous work from social psychology with the techniques and methods of cognitive neuroscience to gain a better understanding of exactly how power affects the brain and social functioning in a variety of environments.”
The good news is people who wield power, who want to avoid this brain damage, can take positive steps, according to experts.
Earmark this post for the next time you find yourself in a position of power. Wouldn’t want your brain to be damaged!
Read the full article here: https://guardian.ng/features/prolonged-feelings-of-power-corrupt-mind-say-neuroscientists/