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Alexithymia notes

Permanent Linkby Ada on Thu Feb 18, 2016 10:35 pm

Something else parked for future thought. http://www.alexithymia.us/test-alex.html I think the angle brackets show the thresholds. For each area between non and affected.

Externally-Oriented Thinking: 24 Points <18 - 21>
In this category you show high alexithymic traits.

Problematic Interpersonal Relationships: 21 Points <15 - 18>
In this category you show high alexithymic traits.

Difficulty Describing Feelings: 15 Points <10 - 12>
In this category you show high alexithymic traits.

Difficulty Identifying Feelings: 17 Points <15 - 18>
In this category you show some alexithymic traits.

Sexual Difficulties and Disinterest: 12 Points <10 - 12>
In this category you show some alexithymic traits.

Restricted Imaginative Processes: 12 Points <18 - 21>
In this category you show no alexithymic traits.

Vicarious Interpretation of Feelings: 7 Points <8 - 9>
In this category you show no alexithymic traits.

It's an odd blend. I understand what's going on for other people well enough. But am more clueless when it comes to my own stuff. And this externally oriented thinking is a surprise. For someone spending the majority of their life in a daydream. [Which, also, is vividly imaginative.]

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Adult attachment styles

Permanent Linkby Ada on Thu Jan 07, 2016 11:00 pm

Attachment is a word used by psychologists to describe the relationship between children and their caretakers. When we watch the behavioral patterns that characterize this relationship, four types of attachment are seen: secure, avoidant, ambivalent, and disorganized.

Avoidant and ambivalent attachment are organized forms of insecure attachment, meaning that these children are observed to be insecure in their attachment to the mother, but have modified themselves and their interactions with their mother in an organized way. Children who are disorganized — also an insecure attachment — have not developed an organized way to respond to their caregiver[...]

http://www.essentialparenting.com/2010/ ... ttachment/

There's a weak to moderate correlation between children's styles. And those people as adults. Not well studied as yet. But the description was the most succinct I could find. And the four groupings do seem to apply to adults so anyway.

My scores from the quiz are- Secure 9, Avoidant 29, Anxious/Ambivalent 8, Disorganized 6. Just putting here for thinking through some time.

antisocial-personality/topic173848-120.html#p1808342 [Please note the pink notice at the top of the thread first. If you don't read in AsPD usually. But feel like exploring.]
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“I love the dark hours of my life”

Permanent Linkby Ada on Thu Oct 29, 2015 7:57 pm

“I love the dark hours of my life
which deepen my senses;
in them, as in old letters, I find
my daily life already lived
and, like legends, distantly beyond.

From these hours comes the awareness that I
have room for a second life, timeless and wide.
And sometimes I’m like the tree, ripe and
murmuring, which fulfils that dream
above a grave, the one a boy in the past --
so that he could press it into his warm roots --
lost in sorrows and songs.”

~ Rainer Maria Rilke, translated by Mark S. Burrows

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Interesting quote from "Some Thoughts about Schizoid Dynamics"

Permanent Linkby Ada on Tue Aug 18, 2015 10:41 am

I also find myself wondering if some large-scale parallel process is at work in the lack of general attention to psychoanalytic knowledge about schizoid issues. George Atwood once commented to me that the controversy over whether or not multiple personality (dissociative identity disorder) “exists” is strikingly parallel to the ongoing, elemental internal struggle of the traumatized person who develops a dissociative psychology: “Do I remember this right or am I making it up? Did it happen or am I imagining it?” It is as if the mental health community at large, in its dichotomous positions about whether there really are dissociative personalities or not, is enacting a vast, unacknowledged countertransference that mirrors the struggle of the patients in question. Comparably, we might wonder whether our marginalizing of schizoid experience parallels the internal processes that keep schizoid individuals on the fringes of engagement with the rest of us.

Nancy McWilliams- http://internationalpsychoanalysis.net/ ... namics.pdf
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Reason: Fixed the formatting of the quote.

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An excellent article on Maladaptive Daydreaming

Permanent Linkby Ada on Thu Apr 30, 2015 7:59 pm

http://www.theatlantic.com/health/archi ... fe/391319/

THIS IS THE CONTENTS OF MY HEAD! Except, not General Hospital related. :D

When asked if he felt maladaptive daydreaming should be considered a pathology, Klinger, the University of Minnesota psychologist, drew an insightful analogy.

“If you’re running a fever, that’s generally considered pathology. It’s just an extreme example of a normal defense mechanism of the body,” he said. Excessive daydreaming could be a normal process that goes out of bounds. “It’s pathological insofar as it’s injurious.”

Would there be any potential downside to calling maladaptive daydreaming a pathology?

“Only in a sense in that if you call it a pathology, you’re looking for a very specific concrete kind of cure, and that tends to be a pharmaceutical cure,” Klinger replied. “It’s not as productive as it would be if you handle it on a behavioral basis.” Many people who have intense, plot-rich daydreams function well at work and in relationships, he noted. And for those who don’t function well, it could be productive to tackle the themes and conflicts that come up consistently in their daydreams, resolving those issues through therapy.

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