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VLOMO 2012 - Day 1 - Good Morning from South Padre Island, Texas

Just a quick look at the storm heading our way. Should be over quickly and it brings much appreciated coolness to the normally hot and humid gulf coast. #vlomo #vlomo2012

LAUREL LANCE/KATIE CASSIDY APPRECIATION POST

I seen some hate that Katie Cassidy portrays Dinah Laurel Lance awfully, they think the actress ‘can’t act for shit’. I seen some hate posts on Dinah Laurel Lance saying she is an ‘damsel in distress’ saying that when Sara died they ‘killed the wrong Lance sister’ or saying ‘she needs to die’.


WELL I THINK NOT. The portion of the fandom that loves and adores Laurel as a character and Katie Cassidy portraying her, WE NEED TO stick together. I love all you Laurel Supporters ❤️. You guys are the reason I stay in the Arrow Fandom. At one point I was about the leave the Arrow Fandom because of the Laurel Lance hate, but I found these tags and weeks with Laurel apperception. This made me stay, this made me love the actress, the character, and the show even more. Once again, I love you guys ❤️.

Dinah Laurel Lance is a badass, sexy, character just like she was in the comics. She is on hero’s journey to become Black Canary. No one can play her better then Katie Cassidy. Some people even hate her because of OLICITY. They know she can interfere with the ship, so that’s why they hate on her. THAT’S THE MOST PATHETIC EXCUSE I EVER HEARD IN MY LIFE. Some people still hold grudges because of her dark times in Season 2, it was a year ago get over it. She knew her mistake and could you blame her ENTIRELY? Her love dies, her sister is back and is in the arms of the guy that cheated on her TWICE, her mother and father are still split. I agree, she was acting like a bitch but she moved passed that and now she is the badass Laurel that she was in Season 1, except MORE BADASS. She knows self defense, she is a good lawyer, and she is not only physically, BUT MENTALLY strong. She watched her sister die right in front of her, and she still had the strength to take her to the Arrow Cave. She was strong enough not to break, and she vowed to avenge her sisters death. She didn’t need saving from Oliver, she could defend for herself. She is truly a badass character… Hang on Laurel fans, this is going to be the best Laurel Season… YET.


P.S. I’m putting the Olicity because this is has Olicity mentioned in there, I’m not hating on the ship. It’s just some of people are really annoying hating on Laurel that are in the ship. I actually ship it too.

Psychological Analysis on Peter Michael "Toys' Drowner" Bourne

Name: Peter Michael Bourne “Toys’ Drowner”

Date of Birth: December 13th, 1993

Age: 19

Referred by: Dr. Thomas Dusk

Psychologist: Dr. William Host

Place of Examination: Bridgewater State Hospital, Massachusetts

Date of Examination: October 13th, 2012

Date of Report: November 2nd, 2012

Examiner: Dr. Jillian Arrow

Procedures: Clinical Interview. Wechsler Adult Intelligence Scale III (WAIS-III), Bender-Gestalt Test, House-Tree-Person, Incomplete Sentences Blank, Minnesota Multiphasic Personality Inventory-2 (MMPI-2), Thematic Apperception Test (TAT), Rorschach Inkblot Method.

Background Information:

Information was gathered from police reports, family experiences, and a survivor’s statement. All are reliable sources. Peter Bourne. Nineteen Years old. Single, caucasian male. No official occupation, a high school graduate. Prior psychological assessment states that Mr. Bourne has shown signs of psychopathy since age nine. He lacks remorse and guilt. He is impulsive, and is a pathological liar. Mr. Bourne has committed multiple homicides. His victims were children, usually around the age of two to four. His modus operandi was kidnapping the children and holding them for forty-eight hours. During which, Mr. Bourne tortured and abused the children. After he would abuse his victims, Mr. Bourne would proceed to drown them in a bath tub.

When Mr. Bourne was nine, he drowned his two year old brother in their upstairs bathroom. After this event, his parents sent him to the Bridgewater State Hospital to be treated. There, Mr. Bourne stayed, but he would soon be released after several months. Mr. Bourne was then left to live on his own. He traveled across the country, kidnapping, torturing, and killing children. This went on for ten years.

On  October 7th, 2012, Mr. Bourne had attack ten year old Jonathan Castle. Mr. Castle managed to fight and escape Mr. Bourne. Later than evening, Mr. Bourne was apprehended by authorities. By the time he was caught, Mr. Bourne had murdered eighty children in the past ten years. He was brought back to the Bridgewater State Hospital to be examined before his trial and execution.

Behavioral Observations:

The subject has shown small signs of Psychopathic behavior during a majority of the test. He seems to lack remorse and guilt for his victims, including his brother. The subject has stated that he was bring his brother to the light, and referred to all of his victims as toys. It is led to believe that Mr. Bourne suffers from some kind of delusional mindset.

Mr. Bourne has also stated that before he killed his brother, and in between his murders, he would drown small animals. We have come to the conclusion that Mr. Bourne was a hedonistic killer, who killed for control over his victims. This meant that he had a superiority complex, and found his dominance in drowning his victims.

Treatments:

We are unable to prescribe treatments for Mr. Bourne, for he will be executed on January 5th, 2013 by lethal injection, after being charged as guilty for multiple accounts of voluntary manslaughter.

 

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VLOMO2012 - Day 14 - RV Neighbors (by apperceptions)

You meet all kinds of people in an RV camp. This is Claus from Onterio training his cat Moca to climb a tree.

Note: I am trying out YouTube’s scheduled post feature by uploading this Tuesday for post on Wednesday at 4am GMT-0600. If this works ok, I’ll use it to keep up with VLOMO while off-line in Mexico.

Appealing a proposed "PSYCHOLOGICAL DISQUALIFICATION"

Have you applied for the position of police officer, correction officer, probation officer, park ranger, state trooper, sheriff, firefighter or other civil service position and learned that you have been psychologically disqualified?

If you believe that this decision is wrong or capricious, you should appeal this determination. In most jurisdictions, you have a very limited time frame (e.g., 30 days) to initiate your appeal. 

Psychological evaluations for civil service positions typically include both written (i.e., paper and pencil) objective assessment and an oral (i.e., self-report) clinical interview. The former often involve the Minnesota Multiphasic Personality Inventory-2 (MMPI-2), the California Psychological Inventory (CPI), the Millon Clinical Multiaxial Inventory - III (MCMI-III), a Candidate Questionnaire (e.g., CPQ; Police Candidate Questionnaire) and the Cornell Index (CI). Additionally, some evaluators will utilize projective measures including the Rorschach, Thematic Apperception Test (TAT) and drawings. The clinical interview is generally a structured series of questions.

Candidates may be psychologically disqualified for a number of reasons such as anxiety, depression, poor judgement, poor credibility, immaturity, etc. Additionally, maladaptive behaviors are considered. These generally include difficulties in such areas as school, employment, one’s personal history, etc.

When appealing a psychological disqualification, candidates are strongly advised to seek the legal advice of an attorney, such as Mr. Kronenberg, who is experienced in handling civil service cases. An independent psychological evaluation will need to be performed by a clinical and forensic psychologist, such as Dr. Lerner. 

The independent psychological evaluation will include a review of the entire civil service psychological record and provide additional psychological evidence to be considered in concert with the content of the candidate’s psychological file.  

Finally, whether or not you are intent on pursing employment with the civil service position to which you applied, it is strongly advisable to appeal a psychological disqualification. Such a determination can compromise your ability to secure employment with another entity. By appealing your disqualification and having an independent psychological evaluation conducted, you can have a document in hand that addresses the validity of your disqualification and sets the record straight regarding your current psychological functioning and ability to perform the requisite functions of the job to which you applied.

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If you have been found Psychologically Unsuitable for a law enforcement position, and are considering appealing the determination, please contact Robert B. Kronenberg, Esq. at  (631) 234-4434 or (212) 776-1950.

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VLOMO2012 - Day 12 - Morning Kitty (by apperceptions)

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VLOMO2012 - Day 11 - Boca Chica Beach (by apperceptions)

We went to the last beach in the south of Texas on Brazos Island.

Unstructured Time As The Best Projective Test

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Projective testing has a long history within psychology. The basic idea is simple: people look at ambiguous images (inkblots, in the case of the Rorschach test; pictures of people doing things in the Thematic Apperception Test) and explain what they see. What we project into the pictures is believed to say something about our ways of seeing the world; it also says something about how we organize our perceptions and thoughts.

Consider the Rorschach image above, which I pulled from the Web. When I first took the test as a graduate student, I saw two things:

1) The bottom left and right were “two seahorses, turning from each other in a bashful way.”

2) Turning the card upside down, I said that it looked like “two African native women cooking over a kettle, maybe as part of a ceremony”.

All in all, those are responses you might expect from a psychologist-to-be: largely harmonious images of people (or animals-as-people) interacting with each other. The form of the responses dominated the use of shading or color, which is also typical for me—a more intellectual than emotional style of responding to the world.

In reality, we don’t need cards to assess people in a projective manner. Anytime we face a relatively blank or ambiguous situation, we tend to respond with our own needs, values, and feelings.

Time may be the best projective test of all. What do people do when they don’t have anything that they *need* to do? Unstructured time gives us no cues: we have to create activity—and what we create says something about who we are.

After a long work week, I knew that I would have unstructured time on Saturday. The thought of relaxing for a day never entered my head. I knew my daughter (who has some diagnosed learning problems) was having some problems in a couple of her college courses, so I drove to her campus and we spent the afternoon studying—just as we had in high school. For another person, driving two hours after a long work week and taking on large reading assignments would be overwhelming and most unappealing. For me, it was fun. It was a chance to be there for someone I care about. I could never have spent the time on a golf course or socializing with neighbors; to me, that would have seemed frivolous.

On other recent occasions of unstructured time, Margie and I have traveled to areas where we’ve never visited, including an ethnic neighborhood where we seemed to be the only native English speakers. On still other occasions, I’ve spent a long morning researching new market indicators and how they work with different money management strategies.

What I almost never do in unstructured time: go to parties, watch TV, get together with other couples, relax at home or on vacation, work in the yard, anything artistic, play sports for reasons other than fitness development. What I often do: read books, research markets, write, travel, go out to eat to new/different places, visit family members, surf the Web for news.

So you get the idea: the unstructured time test shows that I value intellectual and interpersonal activity that is more instrumental than expressive and that is focused on intimate/close relationships rather than purely social ones. If an activity doesn’t have a goal/purpose and if it doesn’t bring me close to someone I care about, it strikes me as a waste of time.

Other people, of course, structure their free time in very different ways and might value expressive and social activity (sharing with friends, arranging flowers) and pure relaxation (a day at the beach, watching TV of an evening). There’s no right or wrong here, just a relatively blank canvas of time that we fill with what we most treasure.

The ultimate blank canvas is retirement. I’m convinced that how people structure their time in retirement is one of the best windows on their souls. With children having left the nest and the end of career work, retirement leaves most time unstructured. How do people use that time? For intellectual stimulation? For productive activity? For social time with family? For travel? All say something about who we are and how we view ourselves and the world.

One retired couple moves to an area to live a country club lifestyle; one couple moves to be closer to their children and grandchildren; still another couple stays in their home community and goes to work building a charitable foundation. By retirement age, when time is not structured by school or work, life itself becomes a grand projective test.

So if you want to know someone, don’t ask for their self-descriptions: just look at what they’re doing when they don’t have to be doing anything.

And if you want to know a trader, don’t ask for a self-assessment: just look at what he or she does outside of market hours.

Brett Steenbarger, TraderFeed

October 25, 2009

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VLOMO2012 - Day 10 - Friday Night at Will & Jacks (by apperceptions)

We stopped by for a little dinner and music at our favorite place in Port Isabel. The guitar player sounded like Gordon Lightfoot.

'Creativity vs. Compliance': It is creative apperception more than anything else that makes the individual feel that life is worth living. Contrasted with this is a relationship to external reality which is one of compliance, the world and its details being recognized but only as something to be fitted in with or demanding adaptation. Compliance carries with it a sense of futility for the individual and is associated with the idea that nothing matters and that life is not worth living. In a tantalizing way many individuals have experienced just enough of creative living to recognize that for most of their time they are living uncreatively, as if caught up in the creativity of someone else, or of a machine.
—  D.W. Winnicott, “The Idea of Creativity”
Personal Statement

Over the course of the next twelve months it is my hopes to effectively construct my vision for my future. Now is the panning stage and over the course of the next year I intend to cultivate my vision into a reality utilizing my skillsets obtained in the Master of Public Relations Program. My ultimate goal is to brand politicians using the skills of Public Relations and my foundation in Political Science.

From this program I hope to learn aggressive skillsets in the field of Public Relations that will me to be the very best in this respective field. I would like to gain techniques that will allow me a thorough understanding of the field, and that will open my mind to new innovative ways to thrive within it. Most importantly I would like to truly be considered a Master of Public Relations at the end of the 12 months having a great understanding and apperception for the field like no other.

My intention over the course of the next twelve months is to create a business plan, and begin building an empire. I plan to bridge the gap with my resources of government/politics and public relations that will allow me to successfully achieve creating a household name for branding politicians and governmental affairs. This goal will be achieved by seeking mentors in both fields that can help guide me and instill in me the values of both arenas.

Post achieving this I plan to invest in my own firm for branding and strategic planning of governmental affairs. This is my plan for my future. This very rare career path will allow much job and self-fulfillment.  Since a young age I have had a strong passion for politics as well as helping others so why not bring the best of both worlds together? It gives me great joy to think by the end of this program I will acquire all elements to make the average Joe, possibly the next best government official being a great figure of change in our communities. 

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VLOMO2012 - Day 8 - Self Portrait (by apperceptions)

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