Psychological research has had a tendency to study negative effects of behavior both on the individual and cultural level. But new research has started to focus more on the positive aspects of behavior. I like this shift, as I think it will change how we interact with the world. In one TED talk I watched, scientists were studying genetic superhumans. That is, people with genetic ‘flaws’ that has proven to give these people abilities normal people don’t have. By getting more knowledge about these ‘superhumans’ we are also a step closer to knowing which environmental, psychological and biological factors contribute to their genetic make-up.
Humans in a big crowd have an inclination to behave the same way. It is difficult to resist the force of it. This is why people, who ordinarily are sensible, can do things that they regret afterwards . It is also the reason people who normally are harmless can become violent.
There are thousand different ways we can be affected by mass suggestion, both in a negative and positive sense.
A mass-suggestion experiment
If I could do a study as a researcher, I would want to look at how positive mass-suggestion could affect us . Let’s for fun’s sake call it a social media experiment. If every person shared the research hypothesis I’m about to present with one person, it would be interesting to see what would happen next.
My hypothesis would be something like: Can we by mass-suggestion, make people around the world do the same thing on the same day?
For example I could propose that the 30th of september, every one of us tried to do one random act of kindness. What do you think would happen? Could it affect us all in a positive way?
The date could be set one year in advance to make sure that many get the message, but as information can spread like fire in the right circumstances maybe it would not be necessary to wait that long.
So, would somebody be interested in an experiment like that? What can each and all of us do by simply being kind towards others?
Why not try? We got nothing to lose.
I am a 29-year-old girl from Norway where I work as a psychologist. On my free time I love to read, travel and experience new things. I also like taking photos and creative activities like scrapbooking and decoupage. My personality? For those of you who know the BIG 5 personality test, I am high on Openness, Conscientiousness, middle on agreeable and on extroversion/introversion. It basically means that I`m a flexible person, work hard, usually don`t make a fuss and love to be with others, while also needing to be alone to think and calm down. I also want to add that I love the Italian language, my family, Haruki Murakami, good music and my friends. I am VERY emotional, but calm when I have to be. Earlier I had a tendency to put other`s needs first, believing that I wasn`t worthy of any attention myself. Luckily I have grown in heart and mind since then, and learnt that being there for others mean taking care of your own needs first.
This blog is a blend of my personal story (called narrative or the sound of..) topics related to psychology and just random things I find interesting. I work daily as a clinical psychologist, and most of my clients have been abused and neglected in heartbreaking ways. Many of my posts will cover subjects related to trauma and dissociation. I am quite open and honest in my posts, because I believe it might make us psychologist less mysterious.
Most of the psychologist I know are kind, intelligent people. Some with their own stories, but all with a genuine wish to help. In this blog I want to share what I know about overcoming challenges and following your dreams.
Since more and more people have started to read this blog, I unfortunately found it necessary to password protect some of my more personal posts. If you want to read them, feel free to contact me at email@example.com. I am also on twitter (@ninjafighter), instagram and Facebook. I also have two other blogs that are dedicated to psychology and the “Kindness project” that I started one year ago, You find them here: Free psychology and The kindness project.
In the last blog I post interviews with different people. I ask them questions about good things they do, and my hope is that their answers will inspire others to do be kind towards others. I have also invited guest bloggers to share their stories on “Free psychology”. They are brilliant writers, so feel to explore their story on this blog. I am always open to invite more bloggers who want to write, so feel free to contact me at any time if you`d like to write about topics relevant for the blog.
I started my blog three years ago, and it has grown so fast I almost can`t believe it. I am really proud of it, and grateful because I have made new friends and found other blogs that I like.
I want to thank all my readers and offer some encouragement to everyone who suffers or have done so in the past. I have been in the deepest valleys myself, and felt emotional pain so intense that I was afraid of it.
I hope this blog might prove that the fight for a better life is worth it.
- What Are the Different Types of Psychologists and What Do They Do? (psychology.about.com)
This is a reblog from Higher Density Blog. This post reflects my thoughts exactly.
Synchronicity – There Are No Coincidences, No Accidents
Every action you make creates a ripple in the universe. You unconsciously telegraph your thoughts to others. Synchronicity is the law of unity. We are all linked. There is no separation between you and anyone or anything. We are all connected.
There are no coincidences, no accidents. Every coincidence has a message for you.
Everything, past, present and future is linked. All coincidences have meaning. We are all synchronized. Any movement no matter how small is eventually felt by us all. Have you noticed that when you are ready to receive something you normally do? Have you ever had a perfect day, where everything went just right? People and things just appeared at exactly the right moment? That’s synchronicity. If you arrived a few seconds earlier or later things would not have turned out the same. You were in the right place at the right time. It wasn’t luck or chance. You were in perfect harmony with everything.
As the saying goes, “When the student is ready the master appears”. When you are in sync with the “thing” that you want you are much more likely to meet that “thing”. That is why similar people always seem to meet. They are tuned in to the same frequency.
When your vibration matches that which you seek you are destined to collide. When your frequency is the same as what you desire, the universe will always find a way to give you what you want.
If you switch on a radio you won’t hear anything clearly unless you tune in to the right frequency. Only when you tune in can you feel “Oneness”. You are consciously changing the world around you.
You can create Synchronicity
Synchronicity is seen more frequently by people who believe it to be true. Why? Well, if you say an event was just chance or luck you are sending a weak message or signal to the universe. Your mind does what you want and the universe listens. It will ignore what you don’t believe. It won’t point out something you are not interested in. But the more you pay attention the more you will see.
With synchronicity you don’t work hard to make things happen. You just let things happen. No force on your part is required. Synchronicities flow very fast.
Synchronicity is a mirror and whatever you believe will be reflected back at you. If you agree with the law of synchronicity then you connect more deeply and send out a strong message (ripple), which creates more synchronicity and coincidence in your favor. You are in harmony with what you seek. The secret of synchronicity and most things is to be “Consciously Aware”. If you are consciously aware of something you can immediately see and feel what others cannot.
Synchronicity is a significant coincidence. The higher and sharper your frequency and intention, the faster your synchronicity’s are revealed. Most of the knowledge of your subconscious can never be passed to your conscious mind because it is too vast. So your subconscious reveals just enough for you to understand your world. But you must be open to receive this knowledge. You have to tune in to the universe. You must pay attention to your thoughts and the world around you. Intensity allows everything to synchronize faster.
Chance can also work against you
Have you ever heard of Murphy’s Law? Whatever can go wrong, will go wrong and at the worst possible time. Synchronicity can also operate in reverse and meaningful coincidences can be unpleasant. If you say, “I’m going to be late” or “I’m unlucky”, then the law of synchronicity works against you. If you expect bad things to happen then you are synchronizing with negativity. Have you noticed how lots of bad things can happen at the same time? This happens because you are consciously willing and supporting what you don’t want.
The Mystery of Chance
We have a very limited understanding of chance (randomness). Science says if something cannot be quantified or calculated then it is not true. This is called “The Experimental Method”. But science cannot explain everything. Your mind sees beyond the five senses of sight, smell, hearing, taste and touch. Your mind is free to travel anywhere across time and space.
Have you ever had an unbelievable chance meeting?
Bumped into someone in a very unusual place?
When something like this happens most of us call it luck, chance or coincidence.
Just because you can’t see the connection or reason for something happening that does not mean there is no connection.
There is always a connection, a reason. Coincidence is just an illusion.
Every single thing, past, present and future is linked. You might not see or understand why a chance event happened, but there is always a reason. The reason becomes apparent at some point in time.
Carl Jung Synchronicity
It was psychologist Carl Jung who originally used the term “Synchronicity” to describe chance happenings between unconnected people or events. Another term Jung used was the “Collective Unconscious”. We are all connected by our unconscious minds. Consciousness and matter are linked.
We might look different but we are all made of the same stuff.
A mountain, a tree, a person, we are all made of the same ingredients. That’s why we are all connected. Look at the power of an atom. If you split an atom you unleash a huge force.
An experiment by French physicist Alain Aspect in 1982 showed that when two particles (photons) are separated and one of them is given a different charge (positive or negative) the other particle, instantly without any time delay also changes its charge. It didn’t matter if the particles were one mile apart or one million miles apart. This breaks Albert Einstein’s law that nothing travels faster than the speed of light. Einstein himself called this, “spooky action at a distance”.
The Universe is talking to you
Pay attention to the invisible forces in your life.
A significant coincidence is when the universe is talking to you. Are you listening? Listening and being ready to receive creates amazing synchronicity. Look carefully for opportunities. Coincidences let you know you are going in the right direction. You are following the right path. Try to find the message in the coincidence. Does it resonate with your intuition?
Listen to your “Higher Self”. Quiet your mind and listen.
When you have multiple coincidences this means you are resonating perfectly with the Universe.
The only reason this does not happen all the time is because most of us don’t know why these amazing circumstances come about or just refuse to believe in synchronicity. The more deeply you connect, the more synchronicities you will encounter. The more you learn about synchronicity the easier it will be to see synchronicities.
Enter a world of Synchronicities
To have limitless synchronicities in your life you must first
let go of past beliefs.
Then you will “Enter a different world”, where everything seems to just fall into place.
Try not to plan too far ahead.
Then you will be more open to what you receive.
This often turns out to be better than what you expected.
Focus on synchronicity for just one day and see what happens. You have nothing to lose and everything to gain. Your life will never be the same. Synchronicity begins from inside you. Your thoughts create synchronicity.
Synchronicity is also a sign of a Spiritual Awakening
The reason you are reading this page is due to synchronicity. What bought you here? What has changed inside you?
Enjoy your spiritual journey!
Be brainy! Read this post and get smarter.
For the first time, it is empirically proven that cognition can be improved with brain training – according to Prof. Dr. Lindenberger, Director of the Max-Planck Institute for Human Development in Berlin.
Only one year ago, Lindenberger was part of an academic group who published “Ageing in Berlin”, featuring a memorandum clearly stating brain training to not improve trainers everyday abilities. Now, however, Lindenberger and colleagues have published a study encouraging the use of brain training to improve cognition.
The COGITO study is the largest and probably most convincing study in the field of brain training. 101 young adults aged 20-31 years and 103 persons aged 65-80 years trained for 1 hour every 2-3 days, for a total of 100 sessions. A single training session was comprised of 12 exercises: 6 for comprehension and speed (similar to “Flash Glance”); 3 for working memory (“Dual 1-Back”); and 3 for information recall (similar to “Memo Pair”). The brain training exercises were adjusted at the beginning of the study to suit the participant’s performance, as indicated by the pre-tests.
The study was designed to test how effective brain training is at improving general cognitive abilities, and to see if age influences these improvements. In addition, the researchers wanted to evaluate if progress in brain training is transferrable to every day life.
Significant improvements in cognition were observed – especially for working memory. We need working memory to plan, understand complex topics, solve problems, and learn new things. All participants, regardless of age or sex, showed improvements in working memory capacity following the training. The researchers suspect that training positively altered and strengthened the neuronal connections between the two frontal lobes of the brain, hence participant’s progress in brain training could be observed in other areas of life
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Thank you “Locked Thoughts” for nominating me for the Liebster Awards. She has a wonderful blog, so be sure to check it out!
I am always grateful when I`m nominated for awards. It is a bit unreal: I stumble forward in the blogosphere, trying to share my thoughts about psychology and trauma without too many writing errors. But apparently, some readers are satisfied with what I am producing. I hope this blog has been an inspiration or interesting read for you, especially since I soon will take some time off from blogging to concentrate on writing a book version of this blog. But first things first: I will answer the questions Locked Thoughts gave me, and nominate my 11 blogs for the rewards. If you are nominated, you will find the rules at the end of the post. I would love to nominate more blogs, but rules are rules! But know that I appreciate all my readers.
My answers to Locked Thoughts questions:
1) What is that inanimate object you may like to change yourself into? A good book.
2) Do you like chameleons? Yes, they are fascinating!
3) Do you like yourself? Be it yes or no, why? I guess we all have sides we like and sides we don`t. Mostly I am proud of who I am today, but occasionally I don`t like myself. Especially when I think about some memories of my past. But then I remember I did not know then, what I know now.
4) What or who makes you happy? In other words, What is your source of happiness? My friends and family. And following my dreams
5) What is better? Sea or forest? Why? The Sea. Is there anything more calming than the waves and the endlessness of it all?
6) If you were to live in another place other than your birthplace, where would that be? Italy! I am learning the language, and have travelled there many times. I will move there at some point.
7) Considering you had the power to establish a new norm or new idea in this society of ours, what would that be? That everyone should try to do one random act of kindness to another every week.
8) Does gore scare you? Yes? No? Why? Depends! I have a blood phobia, but otherwise I am not easily scared by what the body produces.
9) If you had to have one of your body part amputated, what would that be?
In other words, What body part can you live without? My brain, no question!
10) What keeps you going? My idealism and need to heal.
11) What is your idea about death? I don`t want to die. But when I do, I want to die knowing that I followed all my dreams and did everything I could for the people I love.
11 random facts about me:
- I have tryphophobia
- I must sprinkle everything with salt
- I have travelled to Europe, Asia, Africa and America.
- I am half-german
- I love buying shoes and have far too many
- I listen to audiobooks every day
- I like my “patients” so much I sometimes find it hard to let them go.
- I am extremely clumsy
- I always multi-task
- I have tried Yoga, but not felt that it was for me
- I love playing board-games
My nominees (in random order):
1. I recently discovered this blog: “I sing the body electric” and can really relate to it
2. The journey of my left foot. We have been following each other for a while, and I truly appreciate his feedback and writing
3. Dave Dubay. A man with a lot of questions he tried to answer. A really interesting blog!
4. A plot for thoughts. Many interesting posts here!
5. Anthony Turi. A friend, inspirator and idol of mine.
6. The daddy blitz. If you want to read advice about child-rearing or simply want to read quality-post, this blog is it!
7. Barrywax. One of my most loyal readers. I have read his book, and am always in awe when it comes to his writing-skills and intelligent mind.
8. Musings of a man woman. This is a brilliant blog, so just be sure to check it out!!
9. Therapy Views. A blog from a therapist. Very interesting and packed with information about everything!
10.The world according to Dina. Norwegian blogger who speaks right to my heart.
11. A bipolar journey through the rabbit hole. Even the name of the blog shines with brilliance.
- If you could do one thing that you always have dreamt of, what would it be?
- What makes you calm?
- Have you done random acts of kindness?
- What really irritates you?
- What music do you like?
- What is the most extreme thing you have done?
- Do you prefer to be alone or with others?
- What is your best memory?
- What is the best book you have read?
- What is your favorite animal?
- What scares you?
Things to do when nominated :
1) Thank the blogger who nominated you ( As if that’s a news. That’s basic courtesy.-_-)
2) Display the award somewhere on your blog or post. ( Yes. You are right. Show it off fellas)
3) Answer the set of 11 questions provided to you by the blogger. (Courtesy)
4) Post 11 random facts about yourself. (Avoid things like, ‘I can brush’, I mean that’s cool random stuff but eh… okay fine you can.)
5) Choose 11 bloggers below 1000 followers (Partiality. :3 )
6) Create your own set of questions for the nominees.
“What do you see when you at the sky?” she asked him, smiling. The sky was bathed in orange, yellow and red. A perfect sunset.
Me performing wicked games with a fellow artist on “smule”