Metacognition - Awareness or analysis of one’s own learning or thinking processes.

For years I had insinuated that I had suffered from anxiety, depression and bipolar disorder. Until I had established the conscious ability to render my thought process and perform a psycho-analysis of my own actions I hadn’t any justifiable reasoning behind what I was assuming. Eventually I came to the conclusion that my self diagnosed illnesses were caused by my own complacency, numerous media outlets advertising said illnesses, and unfortunately my own ignorance. My depression and anxiety are caused by a lack of self empowerment, a lack of pro activity, a lack of trust in myself, a lack of confidence, and a lack of understanding.

We have the capability to manipulate our actions and thoughts through awareness. Dive into your conscious mind and begin the ascent to a more alluring lifestyle.

Nosce te ipsum”, know thyself.

Teen Wolf and the Philosophical Elements

I have been meaning to do this post for a while now but kept getting sidetracked when I found sterekmeta​’s recent post on Season 4 being the Season of Air and listed the reasons. I had replied with additional information.

It started to get me thinking on Teen Wolf the elements. So here is the post I’ve been meaning to write for a long while.

Season 1 | Fire

  • The Hale Fire

  • The burnt out shell of The Hale House

  • The fire bomb Lydia teaches them

  • Two of Peter’s victims being burned to death

  • Peter’s burns

  • Guns that Kate and her guns use

  • The fire bomb used to help kill Peter

Season 2 | Water/Liquid

  • Jackson coming out of the water after being bit

  • Kanima venom

  • Full moon reflection on the water

  • Alcohol

  • Rain

  • Stiles and Derek’s swim in the pool

  • Lydia mixing the wolfsbane in punch (which is made of water)

  • Matt’s fear of water

  • Gerard drowning Matt

Season 3a | Wood/Earth

  • The Beacon Hills Preserve

  • Birds

  • The sacrifices being tied to the trees

  • Wood paneling in the hotel

  • The wood in the room being renovated with the saw

  • The Nemeton and repeated references to it

  • Druids

  • Darach

  • Kali killing her pack in the woods by the Nemeton

  • Piano

  • Woods

Season 3b | Lightning/Electricity/Energy/Aether

  • Derek and Peter being tortured via electricity

  • Barrow’s previous profession as an electrical engineer

  • Chemistry

  • Kira’s Kitsune powers

  • Barrow trying to electrocute Kira

  • Power in regards to the laptop and camera

  • The Oni being made up of shadows and lightning bugs

  • Electricity issues at the hospital

  • Isaac being electrocuted

  • Allison’s taser weapon

  • Nogitsune being unaffected by Allison’s taser weapon

  • Nogitsune and Oni’s attack at the hospital affected the power

  • Nogitsune and Oni’s attack at the high school

Season 4 | Air/Wind/Sound waves

  • Wolfsbane gas through the air

  • Derek being encased in dust with the wolfsbane in the sacred temple

  • Malia smelling the Beserkers because they smell like death

  • The disorientation of the infrasonic waves of the weapon that allowed The Benefactor to rob Derek and Peter of their bonds

  • The Mute assassin kills by throwing a Tomahawk through the air

  • Lacrosse and how it is played by throwing and catching the ball with their sticks in the air

  • Lydia’s power relying upon sound waves

  • Banshee’s scream requiring air and travels via sound waves through the air

  • Satomi’s herb cured Scott and co by them breathing in the dust particles from the plant after the jar broke

  • Lydia throws the Mountain Ash and it forms a barrier showing that the boathouse was made out of Mountain Ash

  • The use of fire as a weapon which feeds off of oxygen/air

  • The use of the DJ mixing in infrasonic waves with the music to disorientate Scott and co to be easier to kill

  • Lydia and her tie with Hans Christian Andersen’s The Little Mermaid Ariel and The Daughters of Air

  • Lorraine using sound through the recording of her murder by Brunski to warn Lydia

Season 5 | ?

I am cutting the rest of the post which examines (via Wikipedia and blockquotes) various Ancient Philosophies on the Elements. Jeff Davis’ grouping of the elements seems to be contemporary classical, Air, Earth, Fire, and Water as well as Asian with Wood, Aether, and Wind. So we can’t really use this as a barometer on what to expect in season 5 since 3a and 3b had different elements. Except that Metal and Void as well as Earth and possibly Aether and Sky have yet to be used.

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Which 10 Philosophers Would You Recommend to Someone Just Becoming Interested?

Go ahead and reblog with your list of philosophers you’d shove at a newcomer (and explain why, if you feel inclined).

For me, I’d have to say: Plato, Simone de Beauvoir, Noam Chomsky, Arne Naess, Peter Singer, Bertrand Russell, Immanuel Kant, Descartes, Karl Popper, and Judith Butler.

Certainly most people feel separate from everything that surrounds them. On the one hand there is myself, and on the other hand the rest of the universe. I am not rooted in earth like a tree. I rattle around independently. I seem to be the center of everything, and yet cut off and alone. I can feel what is going on inside my own body, but can only guess what is going on in others. My conscious mind must have its roots and origins in the most unfathomable depths of the being, yet it feels as if it lived all by itself in this tight little skull.

Nevertheless, the physical reality is that my body exists only in relation to this universe, and in fact I am as attached to it and dependent on it as a leaf on a tree. I feel cut off only because I am split within myself, because I try to be divided from my own feelings and sensations. What I feel and sense therefore seems foreign to me. And on being aware of the unreality of this division, the universe does not seem foreign any more…

—  Alan Watts