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A VERY Belated Introduction

Postby Twinkling Butterfly » Fri Nov 14, 2014 11:59 pm

When I joined this site four years ago, I didn't introduce myself properly, as I wasn't aware of this particular forum until later. Today being my member anniversary, I thought I would list a few things to establish the context of my posts for those who don't know me.

My username once had an underscore instead of a space. If you're an old acquaintance still wondering why you get no search results for "Twinkling_Butterfly," then now you know.

I have OCD and ADD, but I wasn't diagnosed with ADD four years ago. The staff at the mental health clinic had suspected it for some years but not officially recognized until this year. No, I was not "trying" to obtain the diagnosis, but at this point there appears to be no simpler explanation for my distraction and inattention.

I also have VERY INTENSE social anxiety. It may not be very noticeable to a mental health forum from behind a keyboard, but it's here. It's always here. :(

I study ethics, but I am not, nor have I ever been, a professional ethicist. Old posts (by me or others) referring to me as an ethicist shouldn't be taken to imply professional authority. I posted to another forum last year:
Twinkling Butterfly wrote:
You're an ethicist by trade, right?
Well, I'm a student of ethics (and not a very faithful one, I've come to realize, though I'd hoped this first serious study of mine would hold my attention better than any of the whimsical ones :(), and I try to put my ethics first in everything I do—easier said than done, I know. You may have noticed I stopped referring to myself as an ethicist over a year ago. I'd used the word to loosely because when I was growing up, scientists referred to their students as young scientists, philosophers: young philosophers, etc. But I realize that outside such relationships, there are greater expectations of those referred to by those terms, and as I have no desire to mislead anyone, I simply say I study ethics and leave it at that.

I was accused of claiming to be a biologist once, but I never knew why, because I don't remember ever saying that about myself. :?
While on the subject, since I don't know how the "biologist" label came about, I suppose I should also clarify that I am not a doctor nor a professional scientist of any kind. My interest in biomedicine, like my interest in ethics (and bioethics, and any subject whose name contains the etymon *bio* or *eth*) is personal, not professional.

I'm not ashamed of being a path-hugger. Contrary to what some might have you believe, being a path-hugger does not entail romanticizing or fan-worshiping psychopaths, nor does it entail sexual attraction to them. Do I love psychopaths? Yes. I also love cats, but I don't worship them, nor would I want to have sex with them.

I feel awkward as I write this, but I'm going to post it anyway.
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Re: A VERY Belated Introduction

Postby salted lipstick » Sat Nov 15, 2014 8:38 am

Very belated is a sort of understatement really. :mrgreen:

Twinkling Butterfly wrote:Contrary to what some might have you believe, being a path-hugger does not entail romanticizing or fan-worshiping psychopaths, nor does it entail sexual attraction to them. Do I love psychopaths? Yes. I also love cats, but I don't worship them, nor would I want to have sex with them.
This description made me laugh. :mrgreen:

It's nice to see you still around and happy forum anniversary. :D
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Re: A VERY Belated Introduction

Postby Ada » Sat Nov 15, 2014 9:43 am

It's lovely to meet you here, Twinkling :D Congratulations on both your forum anniversary and being PF's Official Belatedest Introductée. :lol:
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Re: A VERY Belated Introduction

Postby Twinkling Butterfly » Sat Nov 15, 2014 11:59 pm

I forgot to mention that, as Salty and Ada know Image I was a moderator of the AsPD forum between August 2011 and May 2012. It was supposed to be part of my therapy in a way (since I couldn't go back to the volunteer job I'd given up before), but my symptoms grew worse, not better. Whether that happened because I was modding the AsPD forum or because of something else, I can't be certain, but I'd sensed for some time that I was growing too ill to continue. :( I might—but probably won't—go back later if I get better.
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Re: A VERY Belated Introduction

Postby Twinkling Butterfly » Sun Nov 16, 2014 10:36 am

Also, if the etymon *schiz* is anywhere in your diagnosis, you'll hate me :razz: (with the exception of a few schizoids ;)).
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