media-psychology

Midheavens- Sign on the Tenth House Cusp.

Aries- Law enforcement/forces/Protecting vulnerable people/anything active that causes adrenaline.

Taurus- Finance/economics/business/gardening/conservation. Then on the other hand, anything creative such as writing/art.

Gemini-  Creativity/Humour/Languages/Communications/Media/Journalism.

Cancer-  Healing/psychology/creativity/vulnerable people/children.

Leo-  Could go into entertainment, theatre, working with vulnerable people, law, humanitarianism.

Virgo- Any serving job/healthcare/assisting/something where patience and care is needed.

Libra- Law/mediating/communications/creativity/aesthetics.

Scorpio- Psychology/Criminology/researcher/journalism/therapy.

Sagittarius- Teaching/Comedy/philosophy/science/researcher.

Capricorn- Business/economics/politics/finance/collective causes.

Aquarius-  Science, engineering, philosophy, politics, humanitarianism, law, yet they can also seek unusual status paths in life.

Pisces-  Metaphysical/healing/spiritual practices. Or anything creative actually.

Thoughts #2: Forcing Happiness/Positivity?

I think it is so ridiculous that at this time of our lives, expressing sadness and vulnerability through social media is considered bad.Not bad.. More like, cringey, laughable, childish, unprofessional, or rather, disgusting.So many people gave up pouring their heart out and their true feelings to this free-speech platforms because they are embarrassed that others will laugh at them, or unfollow them, or even just getting no likes on that post. They prefer to google some poetic-sounding quotes or song-lyrics to put it as their Instagram caption or LINE posting. Those words will be written with no citation or even a quotation marks, as if those are their own words. And finally, they are hoping their followers will ‘get the message’, that they are currently, and actually… Unhappy.


We can’t blame anyone, though. Society forced us to look, sound, and appear as if our lives are going amazingly. Being happy and positive is admired by anyone. The better our story, our achievements, or our shared-feelings, the more we get the feel of superiority. The happier and the more positive people appear on social media, the more attention and likes they get. Social media has become a game. It has become a competition of people showing off to claim “who has got the better life?”


But who are we kidding, forced positivity has always been there since waaaay before we were born. There is a reason why people shout “smile!” while taking pictures, and point us out if we appear sad. Don’t get me wrong, I love when people are happy, and I would love to be happy myself, but when happiness is forced.. It’s not so desirable anymore, isn’t it? It has lost it’s beauty and purpose. Some people say that you should tell yourself that you are or should be happy, so you WILL be happy. That statement isn’t 100% wrong. Thinking about positive thoughts that make you happy, could make you happy. Although, it wouldn’t stay like that for a long time. It’s forcing.. It creates a fake emotion. I personally still think that happiness is something that we received and feel, not made. Also, is it even healthy?

You can read more about what psychologists say about forced positivity here.

Forced positivity on social media has escalated to a point where showing vulnerability, which by the way is experienced by everyone in the world, is almost not acceptable anymore. Even my friends who follow someone who constantly “whining” or “complaining” on social media, were making fun of this person, to feeling annoyed by their posts, and eventually unfollowed them.
Have you ever wanted to just write and show people how shitty your day has been, or just how annoyed you are with your parents, but you cant because you think “people would rather not see this in my profile” or “it’s too sad, people will think I’m just whiny” or “I’m stronger than this.

So, think about this example; see, it’s hard when you just want to say “I can’t believe how bad my grades are and I hate myself for not performing as good as I should” when people that you follow are posting about how nice their holidays are, or that they just won a competition, got a great job, performed on a big stage, celebrated anniversary with their boy/girlfriend, and all those amazing life experiences.


Eventually, you chose not to show that “grey side” of your life. You chose instead to “compete” with them and chose the greatest moment of your life to post on your profile. You chose a picture of you smiling wide and look happy, maybe edit it a little for more likes. Until at the end, your image that you put on to public is this happy-go-lucky/positive personality. No vulnerability allowed. Even if you want to post about sadness, you have to put some kind of sarcasm, jokes, or funny emojis to go with it.


It’s unfair. 

We are humans, we feel down sometimes.

Sadness and weakness are what make us what we are.

When we force happiness,we hurt ourselves.

When you make people to force happiness,you hurt them.

Again, it’s not your fault. It is a collective thought. And I just wish people can be more comfortable of showing their feelings, their story (good or bad), their opinions, etc. Not only on social media, but also in real life.


Am I wrong?

Happy AkuRoku Day! ♥ I actually wrote a completed one-shot for you guys this time! All fluff and afterlife feelings, so I hope you enjoy!

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They didn’t go out and watch the latest superhero movie. They didn’t make a reservation at that one restaurant they both like, which didn’t always have the best entrees but always had a decent bread basket and that sea salt cheesecake they could never say no to. They didn’t do anything the couples magazines told them to do–flowers, jewelry, scented candles, a new dress and suit, some ludicrously expensive gold-leaf and champagne infused candy from that one store that opened downtown.

They were both thankful for that.

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You know, I often run into people that haven’t seen me in a while, and, perhaps feeling obligated to portray a concern for my well-being, they’ll typically greet me with an enthusiastic “Where have you been?!” followed by “You never post online anymore”, as if being unable to passively observe me update my social media suggests that I’m inaccessible, or that my presence in my community, my relevance in the lives of my peers, is defined solely by the frequency of my posts online.

Unless I have a question, I’m trying to initiate a social gathering, or I feel like sharing something deeply intimate or potentially insightful, I’m probably not going to post anything. I don’t experience a compulsion to catalog trivial aspects of my daily routine on social media or feel compelled to garner sympathy for some kind of adversity or misfortunes I experience because I don’t perceive that to justify anybody’s attention.

If you sincerely value me and want to reacquaint, or more importantly, establish some kind of intimate, meaningful, co-empowering relationship, perhaps create something together, you can always IM me, text me, call me, etc, and ideally, we can organize an occasion for some measure of actual human interaction; just engage me. Directly.

so in order to get through my media psychology class i made saucy commentary in between real class notes and as i am now creating my final study guide and going back through all my notes i thought i might share some gems

welcoem to my twisted mind (tag yourself tbh)

  • “the example she gave was ‘teeth’ i want to fucking die”
  • “critical think up in this bitch”
  • “oh my god ya girl needs almonds”
  • “i really don’t want to get called on as the only american in the room to explain manifest destiny”
  • “hi thanks for checking in freud is still a piece of garbage”
  • “tag yourself i’m really this girl in the row in front of me who has been looping a shiba inu gif for five minutes”
  • “can i make this gay and marxist? yes, probably”
  • “miss me with this heternormativity pls friendo”
  • “this bitch really playing solitaire next to me”
  • “you know, personally, i would not call ‘silence of the lambs’ feminist filmmaking but to each their own i guess?????????”
  • “y this college boy have on dad shoes i can’t do this”
  • “knock knock, it’s youtube”
  • “baudrilliard is jerking off right now ugh”
  • “if the corpse bride half decomposed y she got ghost titties”
  • “can we stop celebrating white men for being edgy please”
  • “call me yr nihilist princess”
  • “the gay shoe clerk? mmmmmmmEEEEEEEEE???”

What’s the Best Way to Choose Your Profile Pic? Ask Someone Else to Do It

Are you one of the 1.8 billion people who use Facebook at least once a month? Maybe you’re using dating apps like Grindr/Tinder to find a partner, or browsing LinkedIn for job vacancies? If so, you probably have a profile picture on these networks, and people likely infer something about you from this..

The research is in Cognitive Research. (full open access)

why do all akechi fans type like fake intellectual supervillains

“oh ho ho you don’t like evil characters? you are perhaps misunderstanding the depth and nuance in another male serial killer. media never explores their psychology. evil is more interesting than good, you troglodyte.”

their blogs are all pretensious black and white aesthetic blogs with a bunch of gifs of male murderers with imagine dragons lyrics posted over them

usually armchair lawyers or first year criminal justice majors, just a step away from true crime blogs

talk a big game about how evil characters are fun but only ever reblog dudes

The Reasons Why Your Cell Phone Is Slowly Killing You

For those of you who watch my show, you may have seen the episode from last season when I threw Kidd Cole’s cell phone into the river. What you don’t know is that I would have been just as satisfied, if not more so, throwing my own phone in the river.

Read on: http://bit.ly/1DS2If2

We’ve created a culture that fetishizes the new(s), and we forget the wealth of human knowledge, wisdom, and transcendence that lives in the annals of what we call “history” – art, literature, philosophy, and so many things that are both timeless and incredibly timely. Our presentism bias – anchored in the belief that if it isn’t at the top of Google, it doesn’t matter, and if it isn’t Googleable at all, it doesn’t exist – perpetuates our arrogance that no one has ever grappled with the issues we’re grappling with. Which of course is tragically untrue.
—  Maria Popova
For many decades a very controlled and corrupt media has been directing the attention of the masses by uniformly reporting on a state of managed chaos, which is scripted and staged to produce mental confusion and fatigue. The relentless reporting and rehashing of catastrophic and traumatic events, with images of despair and destruction repeatedly planted into the minds of the viewers, creates supreme states of anxiety, and are, in reality, a form of psychological warfare. Authorities play with truths, half-truths, deceptions and lies, to render you helpless, feeling it is pointless to do anything - this now passes as ‘the’ news, and it can rule your life.
—  Barbara Marciniak - Path of Empowerment
Hannah Harper

Hannah Harper was born in a small fishing town in Devon on the south- western coast of England. Living by the sea she spent much of her time on the beach or out sailing with her Dad and brother. Hannah had a fun childhood, her Mom threw her huge birthday parties every year and she had some great friends, most of whom Harper are still in touch with. Her parents worked on holiday camps in her town so for her life was like being on a never-ending holiday! Hannah was a real good at school and worked hard, despite being distracted by an occasional boyfriend! She went on from school to study Theatre, Media, Dance and Psychology at ‘A’ level and passed with good grades. Harper had started work at the age of fourteen as a waitress serving the English tradition of fish and chips! She later worked in a hotel as a waitress, receptionist and bar-maid.  The hotel is built over an old network of caves used by smugglers to smuggle goods from the sea to the town and is haunted so Hannah experienced a few weird incidents within her time there. Harper have had the good fortune to have traveled quite a bit. When she was fifteen she took part in the last leg of the Tall Ships Race sailing from Stavanger, Norway to Gothenburg, Sweden and then to Rotterdam, it was the best month of her life. She have also visited Amsterdam and Paris and backpacked around Australia and Malaysia. Hannah started modeling in London at the age of 18, working for publications including 'Club’ magazine and starring in Ben Dover’s 'End Games’. She did not find posing nude strange, it came naturally to her, she loved working with Ben Dover, having sex on camera just added to the excitement and within a short time in the industry she had already fulfilled some of her wildest fantasies! Hannah Harper came out to L.A. for the first time in April 2001 for 2 weeks shooting for 'New Sensations’ and 'Peter North’. She loved her time here and unwillingly returned to England to finish her exams. She moved out to L.A. that July and have lived there ever since. She continued to work for several video companies such as 'Metro’ and 'Elegant Angel’ and shot for various photographers appearing on the cover of 'Swank’ magazine in January 2002. She attended the CES convention in Las Vegas, this was her first convention and first opportunity to meet the fans, although overwhelming to begin with everyone she met was great and she had a fantastic time. Hannah was signing for 'Legend Video’ and it was there that they offered her an exclusive contract. She could not believe her luck and of course accepted. She shot two movies per month for Jerome Tanner and two movies for David 'Pussyman’ Christopher. She had her own line of adult novelties within 'Legend Toyz’. The contract started in February 2002 and lasted one year. She shot for 'Penthouse’ and became Pet of the Month in April 2002 and also a 'Hustler’ cover girl and centerfold in May 2002. To her surprise the two publications were out on the news - stand together. Harper was named one of 'AVN’s’ 15 people in the industry to watch appearing on the cover of their June issue and appeared again in September’s 'Penthouse’ magazine in a boy/girl layout with Ben English. She has been on the cover of 'High Society’, 'Cherie’, 'Taboo’ and 'Leg Show’, among others. She has also shot a boy/girl layout for 'Hustler’ and a girl/girl layout with Mercedes the Vivid girls, this will be featured in the January edition of Hustler on the shelves September 11th, the shoot was the basis for an episode of 'The Anna Nicole Show’ that aired in May of 2004. She attended the tenth 'Nightmoves’ award show in September 2002 and was awarded 'Best New Starlett’. She signed an exclusive one year contract with Sin City in June 2003, her first movie for them 'Steven St Croix is the Bachelor’ was fun to shoot, they shot an eight girl, one guy orgy scene!

anonymous asked:

Hello! I would love to start studying linguistics from the start, so far I have been picking up bits and pieces. Where would you recommend to start? I am afraid I am a little bit lost when it comes to this :/ Thank you!

Thanks for your question!

Linguistics is obviously fabulous, which is why you want to study it, but it can be difficult as there’s no clear path from school to university to deploying your amazing linguist skills in a job. I often talk about how I fell into linguistics by accident.

If you’re still in high school, there are any number of subjects that will assist you later in linguistics; English, Computer Science, Maths, History, Media, Psychology, and any additional languages. Students in Victoria, Australia are lucky enough to have English Language as a subject, where they learn about language structure and use by relating it back to English.

All Things Linguistics has some great advice on choosing an undergraduate or graduate program program at university, and I’ve talked about honours, which is a program at the end of undergrad in some countries.

I’ve also listed some general resources, including links to many awesome linguistics blogs, and recently I did a post on good linguistics books, a combination of those books and blogs should get you familiar with many of the basics in linguistics, although you may find that your learning is not particularly systematic.

I’ve often thought it would be great to put together a “how linguistics works” short course for an adult education centre - so instead of learning the basics of cupcake making, or yoga, people could learn about language structures and how they speak. Thanks to Adam Schembri for sharing this link to a MOOC from Coursera called Miracles of Human Language, running from March next year. It’s only five weeks long, and looks like it will introduce you to the basic areas of linguistic study.

- Lauren

Social Proof 

Most marketers are aware of this concept already, but it was too important to leave out from this list. If you’re not familiar with it, social proof is the theory that people will adopt the beliefs or actions of a group of people they like or trust. In other words, it’s the “me too” effect. Think of this like an awkward middle school dance – few people want to be the first one on the dance floor, but once a few people are there, everyone else wants to join in. (Keep in mind, this desire to conform doesn’t go away when you get older and less bashful about your dance moves.)

One easy way to make the most of social proof is on your blog. If you’re not already, use social sharing and follow buttons that display the number of followers your accounts have or the number of shares a piece of content has. If those numbers are front and center and you already have a few people sharing your post, people who stumble on your post later will be much more likely to share.