[psych] Define Empathy?

May. 25th, 2017 04:31 pm
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I am thinking about writing a thing, or several things, about empathy. I come from a perspective of generally being appalled about how the concept is bandied about, not just in the popular press, but pretty much everywhere, including among the pros.

Part of my appall is how there seem to be a vast profusion of definitions, many mutually exclusive, loose out there. Like, I'm pretty sure two of my grad school classes promulgated precisely opposite empathy vs sympathy distinctions.

So, for kicks and giggles, what's your personal definition of empathy? Assuming, of course, you have one. (If you don't, you can say that too.)

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grow, stop, squeak, warm, access

May. 24th, 2017 09:03 pm
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Quick good things from the last week or so, no order:

Garden plot, and things sprouting and growing.

People who stop to help strangers.

Guinea pig cuddle-squeaks.

Sunlight and finally being warm enough.

Access to water in some situations where it could've easily been unavailable.

... State of the me: still very stressed and exhausted, but hanging in there; good things help. And so do you; thanks for reading.
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Starts good, gets great: New Orleans Mayor Mitch Landrieu's magnificent address of May 19 on the removal of the Confederate monuments from New Orleans. It's 22 minutes long, and, Americans, it's absolutely worth making the time. Beautiful, firey, and uplifting, it's worth hearing it delivered rather than reading a transcript.



Many thanks to [personal profile] heron61 for bringing it to my attention.

Listening

May. 24th, 2017 10:50 am
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I've probably posted this before, but it's so good I feel like it's worth listening to again.

[Ω] QotD

May. 18th, 2017 06:03 pm
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On Twitter:

Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump): This is the single greatest witch hunt of a politician in American history!

Seth Moulton‏(@sethmoulton): As the Representative of Salem, MA, I can confirm that this is false.

Listening

May. 17th, 2017 11:54 am
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In "songs I probably should've realized were by the Dire Straits."
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I work at a clinic one day a week.

Last week, when I arrived at the clinic, I found in my mailbox a memo and some attached literature expressing Grave Concern about the Netflix original series "13 Reasons Why", due to its portrayal of suicide.

This week, as I was leaving the clinic at the end of the day, I glanced at the waiting room coffee table and saw...

The magazines in the waiting room of the MH clinic I work at, one prominently featuring a headline story on 13RW

Maybe the clinical supervisors should chat with the office manager occasionally.

argh continues argh

May. 15th, 2017 10:40 pm
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Argh continues argh. Car thing. Insurance thing. Work thing. Long term thingy things. Health thing. Apartment thing. Much stress grumble grumble, must remember to sleep and food and relax on the regular while trying to do things. Me continues hanging in there. May you all have the bestest kittysnuggles or equivalent. I cannot grammar. Loveses you all.

afk

May. 14th, 2017 05:25 pm
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Sorry that I have been not here very much recently. School continues stressful, I've added gardening which is coming out of my sleep schedule it seems like, and I have had to do a ton of cleaning because of reasons related to school job you can probably figure out, and I just. Argh. I will be all right, I miss you folks, and I will be back more often when I can.

Countdown to the JLPT N2

May. 12th, 2017 08:28 am
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The past two years, I've taken the JLPT in December. I passed the N3 last year, and the N4 the year before that. This year my target is the N2, which is a substantially harder test.

I tried to get a jump start on studying by ordering my materials in February, but with one thing and another, I've just now gotten my routine nailed back down and my kanji-study backlog under control.

I took the first of many practice tests last night and came in at 64%. Not a great grade - not a passing grade - but it's so much better than the 40 and 50-percent results I was getting at this time last year.

I also came in 4 minutes before the deadline... on a 15-minute quiz. I need to slow down and think harder, and that by itself should improve my score. Last year I was struggling to meet the deadline on every single quiz, so that's actually good news.

My goal is 80% per practice quiz again. If I can reliably hit that, the 70% or so that I get on the live test (which, of course, is longer, more demanding on focus and mental endurance, and probably actually has harder questions) should be sufficient to pass.

Study method babble )

My goal is to be at that 80% pass rate by mid-September, which is about the close of the registration period. If I don't have it by then, I likely won't have it in time for the test itself. That should give me time to get through my first two study books, read all my graded readers, and get a big chunk of WaniKani levels done.

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