psychological barriers

What is going on with Vilde this season? Love vs Sex Edition

Hallla! First off, I am working on a long Vilde meta but since it is not done yet I just want to point out a few things I’ve noticed so far about this season and the possible psychological drivers behind Vilde’s behavior thus far (which many fans have rightly pointed out has been quite careless and inconsiderate to Sana’s feelings and religious beliefs, particularly in regards to sex and dating). Keep reading after the jump!

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anonymous asked:

Honestly, his album isn't original enough to really create much of a new "grown up, cool" fan base, it hasn't been reviewed that well and 'he fucks girls and writes songs about them' isn't really so appealing that hipster men would come and spend money on his music.

I also think the nature of the crowd at a Harry concert is a giant psychological barrier to entry for the whining menfolk. We scream too much. And also they can generally fuck off.

Pluto in the 12th House - The Nuclear Island

The toxic and intense frequencies of Pluto ignite nuclear waves of shell shock throughout the 12th House waters and relate to the severe plunge into the depths of the unknown, mystery and collective unconscious. Those born with their natal Pluto in the 12th House may wander through life with the intrinsic feeling something dark and devious threatens their entire existence. There tends to be highly resonant themes of intuitive guidance, psychological probing and possible innate fears, betrayals or guilt around sexual behaviour. The individual has an open door access to the mystic riches of the human consciousness and tends to be naturally mediumistic and receptive around other people. 

The 12th House traditionally relates to everything dark and hidden away; asylums, institutions, prisons, confinement, isolation, and when placed in the noxious and macabre Pluto generates twin themes of fervent primal energy, destruction, instinctual prowess, depth psychology, and the intrinsic absorption of any emotion thats circulating. The 12th House is known as our special needs children, and require extra nurturing and reinforcement to burst into blossom. With Pluto contaminating the Piscean ocean, here lies the risk of either reuniting the infinite with the ego or drowning in the 12th House waters; through substance abuse, psychosis or complete withdrawal from the world around them. The individual may feel swamped and overwhelmed by the sea storm of power within him and habitually conceal the lethargy and melancholy that their porous receptivity soaks up. It is possible for Pluto here to masquerade a bright smile while their insides are being swamped by the torrent of psychic radiation. The individual may feel a sense of isolation and detachment from society and sense he wander alone on their remote island, only receiving survival packages filled with the frayed fears, thoughts and desires of others. The placement of Pluto here associates with backgrounds of violation, abuse and unwarranted persecution which only act to exacerbate present feelings of guilt, shame, suicide longings or shadowy paranoia. 

Pluto in the 12th House people may carry an unyielding, suspicious distrust of wider society and possess a great capacity for soothing the disturbed. He may flourish in professions relating to criminal psychology, healing, mental health nursing, forensics, investigative research, detective work or anything that allows them to divulge into the deeper aspects of being. Violent fears and traumatic nightmares may be negotiated, where he feels desperately hopeless and unwell, however, he is capable of retrieving numinous universal knowledge from the depths of their dream slumber. 12th house Pluto people tend to experience deep reserve in expressing their inner power and may want to imprint themselves onto the closest surface and float through life as the observant wallflower. At times the individual may become saturated in impulse with a torrent of emotion, feeling they will splatter in every direction with sheer enormity of feeling; and they are hyper responsive in burying these emotions deeper than Pluto even dare probe. To find land on the 12th House sail, Pluto here are forced to bring the repressed zones of their consciousness into light, and bask in the divinity of their integrated and freely expressed personality. Pluto in the 12th House people are born with inbuilt lie detectors that rapidly and instantly intuit the motives of their company, and it is absolutely impossible to get anything past these personalities. The individual is the ultimate concealer and implants rigorous psychological barriers designed to retract any soul that dare intrude their inner world. With detective Pluto submerging into the 12th House waters, there are bound to all sorts of undiscovered deep sea treasures and secrets thrust into the surface. 

It’s the meta-advice of the past: That things slip out of reach for you, psychologically very quickly, and then legally almost as quickly. It’s hard for people to act when they feel other people won’t act. It’s hard for people to act when they feel like they have to break the law to do so. So it is important to get out in front before people face those psychological and legal barriers. … I think that the people who inhabit the White House inhabit a different ideological world in which they would like for the United States not to be the constitutional system that it now is. I was concerned about that in November. I’m concerned about it now. Nothing that has happened since has changed the way I see things. … Fascism says, disregard the evidence of your senses, disregard observation, embolden deeds that can’t be proven, don’t have faith in god but have faith in leaders, take part in collective myth of an organic national unity, and so forth. … [P]eople now, don’t understand how quick their neighbors will change; don’t understand how quickly society can change. They don’t understand the fact that a life that’s been predictable for a long time, doesn’t mean that it will be predictable tomorrow. … [W]e are facing a real crisis and a real moment of choice. The possibilities are much darker than Americans are used to considering. But at the same time, what we can do is much more important than we realize.
—  Yale historian Timothy Synder, author of “On Tyranny” and an expert on fascism, totalitarian rule, and regime chance.
Secularism as religious anarchy and the case for state atheism

A state is secular when it takes no position on religion per se and allows it to be practiced freely within the confines of supposedly areligious law. In a sense, we can say there is religious anarchy under secularism, in the same way there’s political anarchy in the absence of a state or international anarchy in the realist conception of international relations. When the state takes no position on religion, there will be a natural power-struggle between the religious factions (this is true of anarchy generally). Religion becomes more antagonistic under secularism as different groups are motivated to engage in public displays of religiosity in order to “mark their territory”. However, there can’t be any internal religious conflict in a nation which is entirely composed of atheists or a single religion by definition (but there can be disagreement over the interpretation of religious doctrine, which makes atheism superior in this respect). Being less inherently tribal, Northern Europeans are probably more compatible with secularism than any other ethnic group on the planet although it still may not be optimal, aside from the fact that we have millions of highly tribal religious aliens in our midst. At the other end of the spectrum of clannishness, it is a virtual necessity for Arabs to have a single authoritarian state religion to preserve an inherently fragile social order prone to war and tribalism.

We should also bear in mind as racial nationalists that an illiberal state ideology acts as a cultural barrier to immigration and racial mixing. State atheism would amount to a public war on modern Christianity, Judaism and Islam. We would be able to (with the White veneer of non-discrimination against any particular religion) close down all of the communist churches, subversive synagogues and murderous mosques. Some will claim that this would not be pragmatic; “the orthodox Jews would emigrate and the Muslims would riot”. I say…GOOD! If there’s one thing our nation doesn’t need more of, it’s Jews, and rioting Muslims will just stiffen the spines of Whites everywhere; a necessary condition for the expulsion of aliens. Not hearing treasonous gabble about “one world” and “equality” so common from our pulpits would be a mental detox for millions of Whites. Whatever merits the old Germanized Christianity had, it has none of them today; modern Christianity is little more than communism. Any Roman Catholic who listens to the deranged ramblings of a fool like “Pope” Francis knows this to be true and the “Sharia for Britain” Anglican church isn’t any better. If a despicable Kike like Peter Beinart is lamenting the decline of modern Christianity, even the most committed Christian patriot must see that it is a severe psychological barrier to White racial consciousness.

While I believe that state atheism amounts to upholding truth over suicidal relativism (secularism) or falsehood (religion), Christian traditionalists should prefer state atheism to secularism, for the same reason that a political traditionalist should prefer abolishing the House of Lords in its current degenerate form to its continued existence. The anti-British traitors used to want to abolish the Lords but they devised a far more devious and subversive strategy; take over the HoL and use it for their nefarious ends. This is exactly what happened to the Anglican church, which is not these days “The Tory party at prayer” but “The communist party at prayer”. Every genuine Christian traditionalist should want to extirpate the hostile religions of Judaism and Islam from this nation and state atheism would provide a solid pretext for doing so.

Despite my atheism, I support the maintenance of religion in alien lands. The stronger their religious belief, the less success they will have in science and they will remain backward while we in the West advance. Their religion also discourages race-destroying miscegenation and strengthens the Political (or friend-enemy distinction) which is as fundamental to meaningful human existence as anything else. Alien religions in the third world will continue to keep their populations down with internecine clan warfare and the intermittent creation of new aggressive sects, usually along ethnic lines. Religion will continue to destroy their racial unity, cull the herd and keep them backward & superstitious (i.e. not a threat to the White West).

Under state atheism, all public and quasi-public promotion of religion (such as the operation of a church, synagogue or mosque) would be banned. Religion may continue to be taught in public schools but from a critical perspective. However, truly private religious beliefs would not be persecuted. Whites would able to practice Christianity with their families in a far healthier environment than those found in most modern churches. Jewish and Muslim law courts, Jewish and Muslim religious slaughter, religious provisions in prison, male and female genital mutilation & religious garments would be banned, which would undoubtedly increase the rate of Jewish and Muslim emigration (and reduce their rate of migration) dramatically. Alien religious buildings and monuments shall be destroyed (aside from Christian ones, which will become museums).

Religion will have a difficult time in any nation with free speech, the internet and a culture that is antagonistic toward it, unless religious groups culturally secede and become hyper-insular (like the Amish) and preferably aggressive (like Orthodox Jews or Muslims). A nationalist state could attempt to foster a revival of our more vigorous and naturalistic European religions which would be less vulnerable to scientific attack and more conducive to racial progress. Many of the great political theorists such as Machiavelli have claimed that a state religion is necessary to maintain a strong moral order and promote unity. I agree with this claim, although I think “religion” can be used interchangeably with a useful social morality or system of values. I regard karmic reincarnation as being the most socially efficient metaphysical speculation about the afterlife and would be happy if a plausible case could be made for it but I do not believe that a such a case could be made on the evidence. The plausibility of atheistic materialism creates a sense of nihilism in most intelligent, rational people.

Although idiotic “new atheists” will not accept it, a tendency for religious belief is highly heritable. Most human beings are inclined toward the mysterious and something “greater than themselves”. I use the term “religion" in a loose sense; there are plenty of nominal atheists who are fanatical egalitarians and moral universalists, beliefs which are far more absurd and contradicted by evidence than theism, which is a doctrine that has not been refuted by science because it has proved thus far to be a non-scientific claim. Belief in a non-scientific claim is a lot more intellectually respectable than belief in a blatantly unscientific claim; the latter requires truly titanic levels of delusion when we are dealing with a belief like the veracity of human equality, which is not just untrue but the most obvious major falsehood that has ever been declared a truth.

The reason for the preponderance of the religious instinct in human beings is simple; the theistically-inclined have had far more success in Darwinist terms, a wonderful irony. Atheists like Richard Dawkins who long for “the end of religion” are going to be bitterly disappointed; contraception and abortion-loving atheists will select themselves out the gene pool, while the religious brown hordes pour in, slit their throats and enslave their women. The funny thing about Dawkins is that he’s essentially a pious, evangelical atheist; very much religious in nature. He would have surely been a high-ranking member of the Anglican clergy had he been born in the recent past. The religious instinct is strong and cannot be extirpated in maybe 95-99% of the public because it has been so useful to us evolutionarily. This is why I believe that state atheism in a White nationalist nation would result in a quasi-religious ethno-nationalism becoming culturally dominant which can only improve our chances of racial survival and prosperity. State atheism could lead naturally to a form of moral anti-realism, which would allow us to fight our enemies without philosophical guilt or pity.

anonymous asked:

Hi! So our headspace had been the same our entire life (an old treehouse from our childhood), but the host is now in their late teens. We've been trying to move on from the past but it's kinda hard when we all go back to the same safe treehouse that we did when we were little. Is there anyway to purposefully change ones headspace? (PS: your blog is so amazing and helpful! thank you for doing what you're doing!)

I’d maybe recommend changing the surroundings of the treehouse or building a world around it. What’s outside of the treehouse? Can you “explore” or create more around it? After you’ve built around it, you can keep the treehouse but not have it be the entire headspace.

It’s definitely possible to change the headspace. Sometimes psychological barriers are in the way (being stuck in the past), but in theory headspaces can be changed with creatively little work.

anonymous asked:

Would you have liked to see more of the original Chosen Children in 02? If so, what type of storylines would you have wanted for them?

I would have liked to see more of the Adventure kids in 02. They wouldn’t need to steal the spotlight from the new children, but it would’ve been nice to see them developing further.

For example, wouldn’t it have been great to see Yamato trying to reconnect with his mother? Yamato working on being more honest with his feelings and being okay to show vulnerability would have been awesome! It’d have been incredible to see more of Sora and her parents as well (have we seen her with Haruhiko at all?), showing how she was putting effort to understand her mother better and exploring their family dynamic.

I would have loved to see Koushiro working on being less formal with his friends and family. His excessive formality was derivative of his poor view of himself. For him to try to break down his psychological barriers and attempting to bond with the ohter kids in a more emotional level would have been very satisfying. I didn’t like how he was used mainly as mission control guy and the person who explains stuff.

It would have been interesting to see Taichi struggling more with no longer being the leader of the chosen children. I feel like he accepted that status too quickly. I would have liked to see him try to take initiative for the others’ sake only to be reminded that such thing wasn’t his function anymore.

I think I would’ve liked more if Mimi had stayed in Japan instead of going to the USA. That way, she could have been more present in the story. Wouldn’t it have been nice to see her bonding more with the new kids and give them the emotional support she wished she could’ve had in her time? Mimi could’ve been the Adventure child to really question how okay it was to let the younger children fight.

As for Jyou, I would have liked to see more of his motivation for being a doctor. Like have him thinking about the digimon he couldn’t save and how he wanted to make a difference in the future. We already had a great arc about that in Adventure, but I would love to have seen it expanded. Jyou was such an amazing character!

anonymous asked:

I try to help a ESTP in his 50s who self-avowedly got stuck in his professional ambitions and personal life because of psychological barriers due to his upbringing. I showed him he's used to pave the way for his own rejection, criticizing and categorizing people before letting them a chance or always foreseeing the worst outcome. He agreed, but he still judges everything new with generic assumptions like "Tss, typical of contemporary narcissism". What can I do to help him break that loop?"

Does he want your help? Is it your place to help? He needs to develop Ti, Fe, and Ni. Ti for proper analysis, Fe for empathizing, Ni for more nuanced thinking and seeing past appearances, consult the Type Development guide.

anonymous asked:

How do you understand life and people and emotions so well? Is it all through mbti or do you also apply your own experiences? How do I become so emotionally intelligent myself?

No, it is not only MBTI, I have studied a wide range of subjects in depth, formally and informally. MBTI is just a convenient shorthand I use to explain concepts to people in a way that they can more easily understand. As for emotional intelligence, it is not an easy thing to improve to a high level because emotions are weaved into much of our cognitive system, making it extremely difficult to view them objectively, sort of like asking a person to look at their own retina. The psyche has many layers and just when you think you’ve discovered the truth about yourself, you’ll find that there is another layer underneath. Emotional intelligence involves: knowing what emotions are and their role within your psychology, being aware of emotions as they arise, understanding the source of emotions, understanding how emotions influence your judgments about the world and other people, and developing strategies for managing negative emotions.

Function-wise, you should develop your four functions to the point where you can reflexively disperse negative emotional energy in productive ways rather than allowing emotional “clots” to build up in the psyche. Those emotional blockages produce significant psychological barriers for you to overcome on top of whatever else is happening to you, thus, managing them better produces greater emotional resiliency, freeing up mental energy to do other things. Different types have different strengths if they are functioning normally, for instance, Ts are good technical problem solvers and Fs are good with handling people; however, reverse their roles and their respective coping limitations will become obvious. I’ve seen countless examples of people who are so confident that they have developed a function and then those delusions crack very easily once the right emotional button is pushed. Becoming aware of those buttons is the difficulty and that is what emotional intelligence is really about, building depth of self-awareness. A lot of people instinctively believe that avoiding or shielding the buttons is the right strategy but actually, the more you try to shield them from yourself or others, the more you attract situations that press on them. Each type travels a somewhat different path of development but, generally speaking, developing the lower functions requires a lot of time and effort because the rewards are not immediately obvious and complacency is often a more powerful force but, in the process of developing, your emotional intelligence will grow organically because the key to both processes is improving self-awareness.

“Self-realization cannot be attained by intellect or rationality alone.” - Abraham Maslow

Simon Baker interview

My English is bad and my Spanish is worse, you have my permission to alter the text and make it better and I’d be very grateful if you do so 

Simon baker has two great treasures: his smile and his family. We spent a morning in Paris with the gentleman of Givenchy

Simon Baker (Australia, 1969) could have been one of those actors with a messy love resume, eventful life and a list of oddities that could put an air of extravagance to his famous status. But instead, the star of the television series The Guardian (2001-2004) and The Mentalist (2008-2015), Anne Hathaway’s romantic interest in The Devil Wears Prada (2006) and co-star of Kevin Spacey, Kim Basinger and Russell Crowe in LA Confidencial (1997) decided to be a man of one woman, (together with Rebecca Rigg since, when at 22, they met on a blind date) and adapt his life and work plans to their three children (Stella Breeze, Claude Blue and Harry Friday). He is a surprisingly normal guy. Rather, a gentleman. That is the reason Givenchy chose him two years ago as Gentlemen Only ambassador, a saga of fragrances to which is now added Gentlemen Only Casual Chic, woody, spicy chords and a scent that fits like a glove Simon himself: “it’s the one that goes best with me, classic but with a sparkle.” Perfect description for the handsome with an irresistible smile (known in Hollywood as Smiley), cautious look and seductive character. But, to the relief of Mrs. Baker, is no more than a strategy to preserve his spirit of young surfer. At least that’s what he says…

You just closed one of the most important stages of your life with the end of The Mentalist. What do you think of this achievement?

I’m proud to know it’s been seven years and 151 episodes being leaders of audience. Sometimes I think we could still keep rolling, because small independent histories format can continue for as long as you want. But it’s not my style. I need to continue to grow, explore new genres and get into risk projects that challenge me.

And what is the next challenge you’re planning to face?

The one in which I’ll direct and act my own movie, that we will start to shoot, if it all goes as I hope, at the end of the year in Australia. It is a great personal challenge and a very ambitious project, let’s see how it goes…

So you left your residence in the United States to return to Australia. Did you move to stay?

It will be temporary. We are very happy with the change, but my wife and I have a pact: six weeks in Australia and one in Europe.

Does she always accompanies you on your travels?

Most of the time she’s with me. It’s a good balance. I’ve always had my family support when moving. When I said yes to The Mentalist, a lot of people were surprised, because after filming the series The Guardian I had commented that I would not do television again. That I preferred the movies. But the big screen requires you to travel a lot and, after doing it for a while, I realized that, for a family to work, you need to be home. My children were very young, they were in school age; continue with that rhythm would not be the responsible thing to do. So I chose to return to dinner with them every night.

How is Simon Baker as a father? Have you caught vices of your role in The Mentalist and are you a little detective?

In that aspect I’d say I’m like Patrick Jane. I am really intuitive and I have a good eye to realize that someone at home is concerned about something. I like going  straight to the point. Women, however, love talking about everything that happens and going in circles. Men are more practical, we try to find the shortest path.

Who bears the education your children?

After having our second child, my wife dedicated herself completely to the family. I think the role of a mother is key when transmitting certain values to the children and to establish a pattern of behavior that will soon be repeated when they’re away from home . The way a boy treats his mother gives you many tips on how he’ll be with other people. The interesting thing about parenting is that inadvertently you become a key figure in the life of another person. It’s not something that will happen intentionally: it occurs naturally.

And does your marriage works just as easily?

It is a different kida of love. Therefore, you must work on it every day of your life. We must be faithful to the commitment we acquired with the other person and be aware of their needs. It is very easy to play dumb and not be aware of what your partner needs. It is a constant exercise of giving and receiving. This does not mean that you have found the formula to it to be eternal, but the fact that you want it to be so helps.

Why do you think your family situation is so strange among your professional colleagues?

Fame is a dangerous weapon. You receive a lot of attention everywhere and sometimes it can confuse you. The allure that success gives you is very fascinating if you know hot to enjoy it. But after the moment pass you must make sure you have built a solid family to come back to and help you connect with the rest of society. Both my wife and I came from broken homes and, as we suffered a separation, we do not want our children to go through the same thing. My family is my greatness achievement and I fight to make it a perfect aspect in my life.


All this has much to do with your “normal guy” fame…

That’s who I am. I don’t need to be contemplated; in fact, it seems a bit absurd, and there are situations that borders on the ridiculous. I understand that people stop me on the street, that they ask me for an autograph or want to take a picture with me. It’s all part of the unwritten contract you sign when you chose a public profession. There are always small sacrifices to do. However, I know that people do not approach me, but the person they think I am. The worse about being famous is to see how people change when they are with me. As I said, I am a very observant and I notice that when someone is in my sights they behave in a completely different way. That tells you a lot about people and I do not like that at all.

Is that why you always wear glasses?

Mainly it’s because I need them. But I also recognize that they are a good psychological barrier that puts a distance between the character and who I really am.

What can you tell us about the real Simon?

There are things I prefer to remain a mystery, but I would define myself as a lucky person struggling to make things right.

When Givenchy called you to be an ambassador for their fragrances Gentlemen Only, what do you think they were looking for?

The fashion and beauty world were two territories that I had never explored. I knew it very superficially, but working for such a strong brand has been a very enriching experience and I’ve learned a lot. They’ve let me have a saying in the campaigns and propose ideas! Givenchy fits perfectly with my idea of luxury: it is basic, but has a design concept very interesting.

Speaking of beauty, are you a smug person?


Sounds pretty convincing, but is that true?

Yes … (he thinks for a second). Why, you don’t believe me?

No, no, I believe… But you haven’t stopped looking in the mirror a minute for the entire session!

Just to make sure you I was not disguised! (Laughs). I really do not look at the mirror to see if I’m handsome or not. I just wanted to check that I was still me. Sometimes they use you as a mannequin, and I already have a certain age (touché! ’. Although I do not really believe, answer accepted).

But you have a beauty routine, right?

Sure! It is very basic: everything I can eat health I do and I swim every morning in the ocean, plus I surf in the afternoon, but I don’t obsess. I use moisturizer, sunscreen and perfume. Choosing the right fragrance puts me in a good mood. There are people who resort to it to seduce; I, however, do it to feel good and be relaxed. I put this new version of Givenchy’s before leaving home and without being a blatant fragrance, I know it’ll be accompanying me for the rest of the day.

So the idea of growing old does not scare you?

Come on, come on … I’m a guy and I have 45 years! Being an actor does not mean you have to be handsome. Or it shouldn’t …  

How do you use social networks?

I have only account on Instagram (snappytoes) because I love photography and is a platform where you can post a picture without saying a word. I don’t see the need to be online or communicate my thoughts every minute. This is something that from a generational viewpoint, its separates me from my children. For youngsters and some adults, social networks are their way to communicate and the only tool they believe that gives them voice.

But when you want to send a message they can become a truly powerful tool …

Yes of course. They are much faster, and to put your name on certain projects makes them more noticeable.

You mean to charitable projects?

That is a very intimate subject. I don’t talk about the charitable projects that I collaborate, but you can google them (cooperates along with his wife in Artists for Peace and Justice and Mending Kid). Sometimes I think that celebrities believe, that for being a celebrity they need to be part of an ONG and above it all they need to tell everybody about it.

The time to interview Simon Baker was over and Givenchy PR asks where he’d like to have his dinner reservation.

“When I find my wife I’ll ask her, but a sandwich from the service room always seems to be a good choice.”

I said: you’re a very normal guy.

The original interview posted by sarapettarini

some things that make RPF unique

[i’ve had this squirreled away in my drafts for awhile, but came across this fourth wall post today and then dug up these posts (x x x) and thus was inspired to publish.]

Moving into real people fandoms (Hockey RPF and One Direction) from literature and TV fandoms (Harry Potter, Lost, Merlin BBC) was an uncomfortable experience for me. A lot of my non-RPF fandom friends pestered me about how weird it seemed that I was shipping and writing and reading about actual human beings. Well, I assured them, they’re just characters to me so it feels just like any other fandom. 

In some ways, that’s true. But it’s also totally not. And the differences, while unsettling to consider carefully and in depth, are part of what make these fandoms so exciting! 

After turning them over for the last two and half years, I’ve decided that not only are these differences real and interesting, they’re also important to name, from an ethical standpoint.  So here’s a (far from comprehensive) list/essay. 

I’m gonna start with the most controversial and most significant: 

  • The ‘fourth wall’ does not exist. We’re not watching a play or reading a book. Our 'characters’ are not 'characters.’ They’re real people with their own subjectivity and agency and they live in the same universe we do. Even the strongest of our psychologically constructed barriers cannot separate them from us or our fanworks in reality. And, in fact, the assumption of a fourth wall can prevent us from having necessary conversations about what is and is not appropriate to post where and send to whom. 

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Some stuff on Psycho-Pass 2 ep 5 (edit: omg why did no one correct me when I’d typoed 6 >_>). Clarification on the original Japanese of a few lines, and screenshots + translations of all the final images that flashed by at the end. Spoilers, ergo cut.

But not before I go: HUNGRY CHICKENNNN. Also, if Makishima was like a clinically detached scalpel, then Kamui is more like an emotionally bombastic cluster bomb. Probably helps explain this season’s body count.

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i stumbled upon quite a handful of hate directed at Mashima Taichi and i’m a little confused. firstly, i want to say that i’m not trying to force anyone to love Taichi; everyone’s entitled to their own opinions (obviously). i’m only writing this post because i’ve time in my hands right now (lmao) and i read some questionable hate-filled lines about Taichi.

let me start off by saying that chihayafuru has really great characters: they’re complex, multi-layered, utterly human, and they undergo brilliant character growth throughout the series. one of the (many) things I love about chihayafuru is the amount of love and effort that the artist took to flesh out each character; and if you haven’t read this series yet, please, please do.

on this note, i want to say i’m not blaming anyone for the hate on Taichi – for karuta’s sake, i love everyone in this series and it’s not just a figure of speech – heck, I love Sumire too (sorry for using you to prove myself, Sumire). neither do i think that anyone deserves anyone, because i believe that love is uncontrollable, inevitable, isn’t measurable and definitely not a form of competition. so i’m making this post not because i support any particular ship – i love this manga not only for the romance, even though it is an interesting subplot.

warning: this post is long and not written in chronological order; the screencaps will be all over the place. (and spoilers)

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Abandon All Hope, Ye Who Enter Here: American Horror Story and Dante's Inferno

AMERICAN HORROR STORY is a rare, nightmarish bird in the television genre. With each season focusing on completely different characters and storylines using mostly the same actors, the recurring themes of sin, power, betrayal, and, of course, horror, are what hold this series together. But, the disconnect between seasons can be examined in an interesting way when held up against Dante’s Inferno. In fact, given a closer look, American Horror Story might just be our own personal Hell.

In case you, like most people, haven’t read the Inferno, here’s a quick summary. Dante’s Inferno was written in the early fourteenth century and is one-third of a larger epic poem known as the Divine Comedy. The Inferno chronicles the descent of Dante (the protagonist) and Virgil (his guide) through the nine circles of Hell, each of which is reserved for a certain type of sinner, with the magnitude of the sin becoming more and more grave as Dante and Virgil journey closer to Hell’s center.

As the plot moves along, things get pretty nasty down there, what with all the monsters, eternal damnation, and general Hellishness. In each circle, sinners are condemned to a fate equal to their crimes, and Dante and Virgil bear witness to all of them, finally ending up face to face with Satan himself before their tour of Hell is complete and they venture off to Purgatory.

So, what does any of this have to do with American Horror Story? Well, good question. 

Inherently, American Horror Story doesn’t have anything to do with Dante’s Inferno, aside from their shared underlying religious themes. But, by putting the two in conversation with one another, we can examine American Horror Story in a whole new and fascinating way: as an allegory of Hell.

In order to do this, we can think of each season of American Horror Story as a 21st century interpretation of a circle of Hell. In each case, we have characters trapped in a distinct horror plot, much the same way Dante’s circles are physically distinct based on what punishment is being handed out. However, while each circle of Hell in the Inferno focuses on one of the seven deadly sins (lust, gluttony, wrath, greed, etc.), each season of American Horror Story tends to focus on more modern, Western versions of these ideas, as well as often addressing more than one at a time.

Season 1 for example, is all about lust and infidelity, with a good smattering of murder and violence mixed in for good measure; the plot of Asylum revolves around criminal insanity, perversions, and abuse of power, and Coven concentrates on persecution, cruelty, and corrupt authority. While not all of these are explicitly mentioned within the confines of the seven deadly sins, they can most definitely be considered the sins of our much more modern time.

To underline this theory, we can also look at the physical setting of each season of American Horror Story. For every season, the horrors mainly revolve around a singular place: the Murder House in Season 1, Briarcliff Mental Institution in Season 2, and Miss Robichaux’s Academy in Season 3. There is also almost always a fence surrounding these locations, which creates a physical (and, in the case of Asylum, psychological) barrier from the outside world. In this way, each season occupies a new physical space in a similar way as each of Dante’s circles of Hell.

In the Inferno, many of the circles of Hell also have guardians that must be faced at their entrance. Dante imagines these to be figures from Greek mythology, such as Charon and Phlegyas, or sometimes monsters such as the three-headed dog Cerberus and the Minotaur.

Coven’s Minotaur definitely warrants a closer look in this respect. As Madame LaLaurie’s creation in the very first episode of Coven, the Minotaur literally acts as the figure that draws these characters into their Hell, since he inspires the feud between Delphine and Marie Laveau, and as such can be considered both the literal and figurative guardian of Coven’s circle. 

The decision to cast the same actors as different characters in each season can also be interpreted as allegorical. The casting could reinforce the idea that any single person is not predestined for Hell, but is capable of committing any or all sins of their own free will, or, in some cases, out of necessity or coercion. Or, each actor could represent a single soul that has been condemned to be continuously punished for his or her sins within all circles of Hell, similar to the idea of being reincarnated several times after a few bouts of really bad Karma.

In addition, Hell in Dante’s Inferno is reserved specifically for those souls who try to justify their sins, or refuse to repent. Likewise, in American Horror Story, repentance is a consistently rare occurrence, taking a minor role in comparison to the overarching themes of evil and power in all three seasons thus far. Therefore, all the characters could also be interpreted collectively as a representation for all sinners, proving that there isn’t just one way to secure your own eternal damnation, and there certainly isn’t only one version of what that eternal damnation might look like.

There are countless ways to interpret the characters and plotlines of Murder House, Asylum, and Coven in relation to the framework of Dante’s Inferno, but one thing is for sure: within this reading, we, the audience, will always be Dante, witnessing each circle of Hell with rapt attention, the creators our Virgil, leading us carefully through as our guide. Because, after all, as any viewer of American Horror Story will attest, we yearn for what we fear.

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anonymous asked:

Do you have any advice on how I can like myself? I'm struggling with very low self esteem at the minute and I find your spirit admirable. I aspire to be like you. ❤️

Hello sweet friend, and thank you for your message. I am sorry you are feeling down on yourself but it is a wonderful thing that you are reaching out and looking for ways to help your self esteem. This is something I have been working on myself for many years, and I will gladly tell you the things I have found to be helpful. I have to mention straight away, that self love (like all forms of love and kindness) is an action, not an emotion. It is something you ‘do’ and you therefore need to make the choice to ‘do’ self love and 'do’ being kind to yourself, just the same way you choose, (whether consciously or subconsciously) to be loving and kind to those around you. So the short answer is that you need to make that choice, every single day of your life, to be kind and loving towards yourself.

But don’t worry, I know you need something more to work with than that, because 'making the choice to love yourself’ is not something that comes naturally to many of us. The first step is to try and work out why loving yourself does not come naturally. Therapy is the best way to do this because frankly, neither you nor I have all the psychological skills needed to efficiently troubleshoot our own hearts and minds. If therapy is not an option, however, at least spend some time working through your feelings towards yourself and consider what the roots to them might be. Negative belief systems all come from somewhere and with time and effort, we can usually work out from whence they have arisen. Knowing why you feel negative can help you realise that you actually don’t have any good reason to do so. Once you have done some thinking about how you got to your current state of mind, you need to work on getting into the right one.

Here are my top tips for things you can DO each day to build up your self esteem:

* Know that you are in control and you can choose how you view yourself, speak to yourself and think about yourself.
* If people around you are making you feel negative about yourself or about life in general, you do not need them in your life. If those people are your family, you may not want or be able to walk away, but you can work on psychologically putting a barrier up between yourself and their negative influence. Just let it wash over you- it can’t touch you if you choose not to let it.
* Society and the media teach us that attractiveness, money, possessions, power and popularity are what define our worth- but if you base your self worth on these external, worldly things, which are outside of your Self, you will never feel as if you are Enough. You have to love your inside before you can even think about loving your outside- or fully showing love to others. So you owe it to your friends, family and other loved ones to learn to love yourself.
* Self acceptance and love come from inside of you and you cannot find it in others.
* Connect with the world around you. A big breakthrough in my own self acceptance came when I realised that all the world, and all the infinite varieties of people and animals and plants within it, are in fact one. We are all just molecules moving around being born and living and creating other molecules and dying and being reabsorbed into the Earth, molecules rising again out of that Earth and living and moving and procreating and dying again. This way of viewing things led me to see that I, in all my impossible imperfection, was part of the same World as everybody else, and that I was therefore just as valid and worthy and Enough as they were.
* As I have said, in my view, self love is an activity you need to engage in every single day if you want it to become real and solid and instinctive. At first you will need to just talk the talk and walk the walk but in time, you will find that it is genuine acceptance you are feeling- and some time later, genuine love. So be patient.
* I like to meditate. Even if you do not, discover the power of a little mindful breathing. When you wake up in the morning, take a few moments before you get out of bed to feel yourself lying there in your body, stretch a little and connect your mind to your physical self. Notice your breath. My favourite exercise is to practise breathing in love and light and happiness and breathing out any negativity you feel in your body, until you feel yourself surrounded by and saturated in warmth and joy and love and light!
* Try to continue this focus on your inner Self at intervals during the day. Just look inside and spend a few moments smiling in your heart and being gentle with your little human self. I often think about how much I love our hamster and how cute and funny he is, and remind myself when I am feeling negative about myself in any way, that I am just a little animal like Atlas really, and I am kinda cute and funny too!
* When you have bad thoughts and feelings, be gentle with yourself but do not try to numb them; instead, breathe through them, see that they are just emotions and know that they are going to pass with time. My favourite 'mindfulness’ saying is that 'emotions are just clouds in the sky; you are the sky’. Acceptance of negative feelings is an excellent way to become stronger and more resilient when life throws you curveballs, and to prevent yourself reacting by turning those negative feelings into feeling negative about yourself. Let them float like ducks on the water, then let them paddle off peacefully into the distance.
* Learn that you have a right to a wonderful life. Don’t clip your own wings. You can do great things, and don’t let anything or anybody tell you otherwise!
* Further to this, find activities that are life enhancing and stop those that are not. Look inside and you will know what the latter are. The former are things that make you feel alive. I find the best such activities are things like walking in nature, singing or dancing to beautiful music, playing with pets, and looking after myself in various ways, for example nourishing and hydrating myself properly, having a lovely hot bath or having a really great laugh with someone or whilst watching a funny movie. These things feel good! Make active choices throughout the day to only do things that are good for you-whether physically, emotionally or mentally.
* Stop trying to work out 'what it’s all about’! You can never see the whole picture so stop trying to fill in the gaps; just relax and let life lead you where it will. I find the most useful statement (and one which I whisper to myself in my secret heart, multiple times in any given week) in the face of having to deal with changes in plans or generally difficult circumstances, is 'it is what it is’-for me, this reminds me of the power of acceptance and letting things go.
* Forgive and move on. Where both others and yourself are concerned, life is a journey and we are here to learn and grow. Just surrender to the process and learn to forgive things that have happened in the past-carrying them with you is just unnecessary baggage.
* Learn to take compliments and pay them to yourself. Someone once told me that they were sick of me throwing their compliments back in their face. By doing so, I was making them feel like I didn’t value their opinion. When I realised this I felt terrible! Ever since, I have politely thanked people for their compliments and tried to accept them internally. I also try really hard to use loving language towards myself. Sometimes it feels more natural to criticise ourselves in our heads and berate our mistakes and behaviour, but it is not at all helpful. By all means notice what has gone wrong, say 'oh dearie me’ and work out how to move forward, but time spent beating yourself up is time thoroughly wasted. So pick yourself up, dust yourself off and do the next right thing.
* Take responsibility for your own happiness. Believe in your own limitless potential and trust in your own abilities. You can do great things, but only if you believe you can- and if you take time to actually notice when you do them!
* Finally, and very importantly, take time to notice the good things around you and in you and to be grateful for them. You are perfectly imperfect just the way you are, so work on just accepting that fact. Just sit with it and mull it over. You might just come to realise it’s true.

I hope that helps you out a little, sweetheart. My final thought would be to say that as much as I am honoured by the kindness of your words and flattered by the sentiment, please do not aspire to be like me or anyone else. YOU are the one to aspire to be, wholly and exuberantly and wonderfully YOU! What you bring to the world is powerful and unique, and the Universe would be a lesser place without it. So be yourself and know that that is Oh! So! Wonderfully! Enough!

All my love. Your friend x

let me know if i'm overreacting

there are so many artists i know and care about who have very limited access to employment/income because of social, physical and psychological barriers. if the larger art community was capable of treating their work like something with monetary value it would make a huge difference in their lives.

maybe that’s presumptuous. so i will speak for myself

people treating my work like it has monetary value has made a huge difference in my life. it allowed me to rent a room for two weeks this october and it allowed me to afford food and transport throughout the month of november. the support i have received in recent months has done so much more than that

if we allow this larger community to openly mock and express hatred towards people whos only access to income is through their art (as well as people who cannot stay above water without supplementing their income), we are making a collective effort to push all of those people out of our community. we cut off their access to badly needed support. we deny them the time, safety, comfort and resources necessary to grow. when access to employment is so directly linked to health, race, mobility, sexuality, class, citizenship, gender and gender presentation… this action is a direct movement to target & isolate very specific groups of people. there are a lot of words to describe the exclusion of these groups from a community and i dont need to say any of them to make my point.

the desire within the artistic community to publicly reprimand & humiliate people who have the nerve to ask for support is evil. it inflicts direct harm on real people because it is an action with the explicit aim of impeding a person’s ability to self-advocate. it shames them and silences them. it pushes these people out and into obscurity where we as lovers & consumers of art will continue to have less and less access to the works of people who are disabled, black, brown, trans, queer, mentally and physically ill, or in any way otherized by society

that’s not a community that i wish to be a part of. that’s not a community that i or the people i care about can exist within.

that is why this lizz hickey comic and the attitude that accompanies it can be tolerated under no circumstance. that’s why i need other people to understand why this matters and to speak out whenever these attitudes surface again

if prominent figures in this community behave like this and if this behavior goes unmoderated, people’s quality of life will suffer, and we will lose the opportunity to allow our community to grow into what it should be

thats why i cant shut up about this

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nobodyandheartless  asked:

Why is the Hierophant tarot card typically seen in a bad light?

I think because it’s the Pope in origin, a religious authority figure recognized as very patriarchal and controlling. With a lot of tarot readers being either pagan/new age-leaning or not conservative christian at the very least, the Hierophant presents a figure and an institution that often opposes us - the proscription against divination and tarot cards by most church figures is pretty well-known. So I think by its nature it’s often going to be seen as a figure that opposes us or at least finger-waggles.

Watching how different decks interpret this figure is interesting, especially as newer decks come out, because some decks drop the Catholic imagery and themes altogether and thus find new ways to depict this figure and its role in the deck and our lives. So what I wrote up there is going by the traditional decks, where Catholicism is heavily represented. Also I’m kinda guessing at a larger community’s (tarot readers as a whole) feelings on the matter and extrapolating what I’ve read others say while mixing in my own observations.

I’ve actually been a fan of the Hierophant card myself, because I view the Pope figure on it as a gateway figure to arcane secrets and mysticism who must be properly honored and listened to for one to be allowed to learn the mysteries. The Hierophant’s challenge is different than the High Priestess, who invites you to peek behind the veil by listening to your own intuition. The High Priestess is often presented as a gentle, maternal figure directly contrasting the Hierophant, which implies the Hierophant will not be gentle or maternal. The Hierophant teaches that there are structures and knots and weavings to learn, to study, to grasp with the guidance of someone who has already gone through the initiate step you have of sitting down and listening. In my own journey to learn the mysteries I’ve been sort of a challenging student. I think you can ask the Hierophant questions, I think that the card looks forward to your own insights and challenges of its knowledge and training. A new student is the Hierophant’s opportunity to learn even from atop its throne, because each student learns in a different way, so the Hierophant is always having to learn new ways to teach them.

But I think it is rather intimidating that you come to the Hierophant and you learn via its way. You can’t just knock it down and take its mysteries, you can’t make demands and threaten, you come to it and it gets to set the terms of how you learn. You have to get past the terror of having to let your own self-importance sit down for a bit and let someone else be important, concede that they know more than you. That can be quite a psychological barrier and so your own fear of conceding to the wisdom of another can be projected onto the Hierophant which can make it seem more imposing. I’ve seen this happen when I or others approach potential mentors, you can build an authority figure up in your head as imposing or controlling sheerly through your own fear of having to concede to their wisdom. I work a lot with demons as my teachers and they often remind me of the Hierophant - the same challenges are posed and the same thing is asked of you. To approach a teacher with respect, and let them set the terms by which you gain knowledge, and accept that if you don’t meet those terms then you won’t be taught, and to decide what the price of knowledge is to you and try to determine whether the potential knowledge is worth that price.

Very intimidating, but at the same time, awe-inspiring.

♏ Scorpio are capable of implementing many psychological barriers designed to forbid access to their hidden, inner world. No secret can be kept from Scorpio, and they have a brilliant hypnotic talent at drawing any concealed truth from another person. These individuals have inbuilt lie detectors