I am an extreme introvert. I could go days without talking to people and be very happy. In fact, I really enjoy having days without human contact.
I am not anti-social, and I do enjoy being around people. I just need that alone time to recharge my batteries.
When I am forced to interact with people all the time and I don’t get enough alone time, I become irritable and my anxiety levels increase drastically. I actually feel agitated and it can even cause my depression symptoms to increase.
I try to explain this to people, but they don’t seem to understand. They don’t realize how important it is for me to have time of personal isolation. I don’t want to hurt people’s feelings, but I just need to be alone.
When people feel they have no control over their situation they tend to develop learned helplessness.
They miss opportunities for relief or change, because they fail to look for such opportunities.
They never try to change anything, as a result they continue to feel helpless.
On this day, four years ago, my brother Aaron died. I don’t visit his grave often. Instead, I wear his dragon necklace everyday. I also like to drive around and listen to Sciatica, his favorite band.
This song perfectly expresses how I feel, so I decided to share it with you today.
This book was rather interesting and educational. It was easy to read and easy to understand.
The main points are:
- Adjustment disorder is the inability to cope with a life stressor.
- Risk for developing adjustment disorder increases for those with sensory sensitivity, genetic predisposition, or have experienced any type of trauma.
- The following can help when dealing with adjustment disorder: building a support system, deep breathing exercises, medication, therapy, life skills training, healthy diet, plenty of sleep, exercising, and journaling.
Erich Maria Remarque did an excellent job of capturing the horrors of war in, All Quiet on the Western Front. The language used by the author is descriptive and graphic.
The author also portrayed how Post Traumatic Stress (known as shell shock at the time) effected the main character. While on leave, he was unable to connect with his family, exhibited signs of depersonalization, was depressed, and dealt with feelings of rage.
Reading the book was an eye-opening experience and I would recommend it.
According to the American Psychological Association (Feb 2014, Vol 45, No 2, Pg 10), playing video games can be good for you.
Video games help people:
• Improve cognitive skills, such as reasoning and memory
• Improve problem solving skills
• Improve their mood
Therefore, when I spend a day playing video games, I am not wasting time. Actually, I am enhancing my cognitive abilities, improving my emotional well-being, and saving the world from killer zombies.
Sounds like a win-win to me!