Introvert Power: Why Your Inner Life Is Your Hidden Strength by Laurie A. Helgoe

An incredibly compassionate and empathetic account on introversion, Doctor Laurie A. Helgoe’s Introvert Power is empowering. Helgoe educates her reader on the most important fact: you are not alone. Introverts compose more than half of the population, which is a fact kept in the dark due to the glorification of the extrovert in contemporary society. 

Unlike other book approaches and psychology, Helgoe’s Introvert Power is not a a conventional “self-help” book. She does not treat introversion as a disease one must be cured from; instead she thrives on the importance of acceptance. She does not ask introverts to adapt or deviate from their true self. Helgoe offers solace for disliking parties, large crowds, and meaningless chit chat among many other points. 

Most importantly, Helgoe highlights the introverts desire for meaningful connections and solitude to recharge. Helgoe breaks the stigma and the feelings of guilt introverts have been conditioned to feel since childhood. Introvert Power gives one the opportunity to better comprehend oneself and abolish all feelings of shame. 

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It is always the direct relationship of the owners of the conditions of production to the direct producers which reveals the innermost secret, the hidden basis of the entire social structure and with it the political form
—  Marx - Capital Vol 3 Ch 47 1894
Although borders define geographic boundaries of political entities and legal jurisdictions, they are also ways of dividing the world - and people. Above all, borders are characterised by their communicative function, signifying state control over territory and mobility
—  Loftus
‘Border regimes and the sociology of policing’. (2013)
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My presentation at the Ryerson University Arteries 2015 Conference

Trans Bodies, Cis Minds: The impacts of cissexism on the construction and performativity of the transgender self.

Please note that the video is fully captioned - just press the ‘cc’ button to turn them on.

This presentation focuses on an introduction to the concept of ‘Cissexism’, and explores how this phenomenon impacts the construction and performativity of the transgender self.
This paper is available through my website
Or just email me! - Markus.harwoodjones@gmail.com

Human nature is a myth. Get the hell over it already. The only myth bigger than human nature is that capitalism is validated by human nature. No, it is not, never was, never will be. Read a book, at least the one pictured above - although for this, you may need extensive background reading in social sciences and philosophy, history and so on, but a developed knowledge of the works of Foucault also helps. Oh, but social sciences are not sciences are they? I am all for Feynman and physics (though I am far from being versed in physics, I am but an admirer from afar, so to speak), I love the man, but what he thought of social sciences and philosophy is pure, unadulterated bullshit. Just because he is one of the biggest physicists that ever lived, doesn’t mean he was right in every possible aspect of his thought. This is not that big of an issue - as long as you don’t mind being reminded that your heroes too are human beings capable of errors, for instance I don’t agree with Foucault on a number of issues either - , plenty of social scientists on the other side misuse concepts from the natural sciences, like for instance some of them equate evolutionary thought with racism, fascism and so on, which is flat out stupid and uneducated to begin with. So when the natural sciences - which themselves, ironically, are social constructions - will be able to explain society and its emergence, I will be happy to agree with Feynman. Until then, however… 

(although as a thought experiment, a quantum physics based history of society seems to be a rather smile inducing prospect and a biological one - Malthus and the misnamed “social darwinism”, since social darwinism has little to do with the original concept of Darwin - was horrendous to begin with).

I wrote an essay for the Australian philosophy journal “Writing from Below” on transhumanism versus hedonism and this theme seemed to crop up and got annoyed as hell.

🌠Guide to Study Guides

Hi, so I make study guides when I revise as referenced to in this post/ask here. So in this post I’m gonna try and show you guys how I go about making a study guide like I did for sociology or philosophy, both of which are shown in that link there. This is my method so it probably is really complicated and stuff, I know for sure that my guides are overly “fancy” and whatnot, but it makes me happy and I guess the extra effort does pay off, at least aesthetically. 

Okay, yes, let’s begin…

1. Visit colourlovers.com to choose a colour scheme for your guide!

I’ve provided the link to the most loved palette page which is where I choose my colour scheme. In Word, you change your colour scheme by choosing Page Layout > Colour > Create New Theme Colours and you go from there!! I basically started making my own colour schemes after I went through all the ones already provided by Word, but to be honest you can start with those since they’re really nice too. I recommend: Apex, Composite, Foundry, Metro, Module, Slipstream and Solstice.

If you do want to make your own colour scheme, you should get ready to do some fiddling around because I still don’t get this really. Making a colour scheme on Word requires at least 10 colours, that’s okay because on colourlovers, palettes are usually made up of 5 so just choose 2 that you think suit each other :) After this you need to input the hex codes manually into the popup window of “Create New Theme Colours” starting from Text/Background - Dark 2 to Accent 6. The hex codes are provided by individually clicking on the colours.

So that’s what one of my self-made colour schemes look like, you should be aware that Word usually randomises these? I don’t really know how it works but basically sometimes the colours won’t necessarily be in that order when you go to select it to specifically colour a word, if that’s the case you’ll just have to fiddle and change it around to choose your preferred colour in the scheme. Also not all the colours will go into the textbox options so be aware of that too!

2. Font shopping

Next if I haven’t updated the font collection for a while I’ll go to dafont.com because I just…really like jazzy fonts. From here I’ll either check out “All The New Fonts” (option is at the bottom of the front page) or go to the menu titled Script, and check out Handwritten, Fancy or Various. Here are some links to asks about fonts that I’ve used in my shown study guides or just fonts I like in general!! 1 and 2.

Okay so as you can see in the Disney Princess Document/Sociology Study Guide I used at least five fonts, I usually average around 4? Once downloaded choosing fonts that you like for your guide is basically a trial and error process, I choose any fonts that I like or haven’t recently used or just recently downloaded that I want to try out and I match them with what I think would look nice! Here I’ll show you why I use around four or more fonts:

In order to make the process of typing up your guide with these fonts easier, highlight one, so for example the Big Title, right click > Styles > Save Selection as New Quick Style…and it’ll be available to you in the Quick Styles menu underneath a heading like Style1. After this to easily change a font to that particular font, just highlight, go to Quick Styles, choose that particular font and bam! I try to make my fonts match, so if one is bold, I aim for at least a thick-ish font in the rest of my choices. Now to go through what they’re for. 

  • So obviously the Big Title is for your BIG TITLE that could be your subject or your main topic, so if it was sociology (like in the first pic) I would use it for Key Concepts and Methods, I might later reuse the font for another BIG TOPIC, but really…it’s your choice.
  • The Subtitle is what I would use for well…your subtitle, so following my first pic it would be the subtitle of Positivism versus Interpretivism…Three Key Concepts, etc. The heading is therefore for the headings under the subtitle (this is only if you’re making a guide for something that is like intensely sectioned, like sociology), so I’d use that font for where it says Reliability etc.

It just brings something extra on top of all the later colour you’ll probably use, although I only use it for like a set theme, so dates, names etc. and only either a word or a phrase, if it gets too long it’ll just mess up the format of your sentence. 

3. Okay, so you’re happily typing away but now you wanna add the speech bubbles, you wanna add the textboxes and the Disney princesses! Don’t worry my  friend, I got you.

Basically I add textboxes or speech bubbles for 2 reasons, either to highlight a particular point or differentiate a piece of information from the rest OR to fill up space because of some particular study guide pet peeves. 

Pet peeve, when a particular sentence ends like this:

I know it might seem like a bit much, but to be honest, it throws the whole format of a block of text if a bit of it ends with like this huge expanse of space. So in this instance I either will insert a photo or I’ll try and delete a word or add a word until I’m satisfied. THIS IS JUST ME, IF YOU DON’T CARE OBVIOUSLY IT DOESN’T MATTER 👌

You can insert speech bubbles by going to Insert > Shapes > Callouts (you’ll find it there) and textboxes by going to Insert > Textbox > Draw Textbox (I draw mine since I don’t tend to use the ones provided by Word. With the speech bubbles they actually act as textboxes, but I’ve found that using it in that way takes up a lot of space as in your words won’t necessarily take up the whole of the speech bubble so it simply expands and it’s all messy. Therefore, I put a textbox on the top of it, make the background and outline transparent and type there to save space. 

Here are some examples of when I’ve used photos or speech bubbles to fill up space or solve the annoying sentence problem.

I generally tend to have themes around what photos I use, so for example my sociology guide was largely based on Disney/Cartoon Network depending on how I felt and I’d use particular photos to emphasise a point and make it more entertaining I guess… As you can see the speech bubbles with LSP are for filler purposes but also to differentiate information, it just adds something extra really. Also because I continuously indent my guides (since I type with bullet points) as they get further and further in they’ll leave gaps that can be filled with photos, seen here with what I’ve done with LSP. Also with the photos that I choose, I search for the ones with a grey, checkered background which means that they’ll be transparent, allowing me to put them in front of a textbox or just makes overall design easier, it means that I can have the Gangreen Gang in front of that textbox like that :)

4. Final step, going over your guide when it’s done.

I then go through the guide again and highlight, underline, italicise, bold, colour etc. particular points of a sentence/paragraph that I want to remember! I do this in order of the colour scheme that appears in the menu when you click to change the colour of a font, so I’ll highlight particular words for a portion of a paragraph before changing, achieving a sort of a rainbow effect, like so:

These are from my history study guide, where I made front covers (which I don’t usually do…I feel like all my guides really depend on how I feel and my subject). This is what they looked like if you wanted an idea for something you could do too!!

Um..so that’s pretty much it! I’ve tried to make this as extensive and as in-depth as I can, I’m sorry it ended up SO LONG, I’ve never made a post this long before so I’m really sorry. I would put it under a read more but I feel like the font on my blog is too tiny for when it’s redirected and I’d much rather not have everyone straining their eyes. If you guys have any more questions, please feel free to ask. If you want any more examples or screen shots of my guides, just hit up my ask box!! Sorry for this taking so long and being so long once again and I really hope it helps you all in at least some way! 

***As an addition, those washi tapes you see are digital washi tapes which you can get just by googling! I use the free ones which only require a lil’ searching for. Also please tag me in whatever study guides you make and upload, I’d love to see them!!

Reminder

I am a Person of Color, but I am not Black. I’ve received a few requests lately that have been worded or posed under that assumption, and want to remind everyone of the great debt of gratitude I owe to Black researchers, medievalists, curators, historians, and art historians that have come before me and whose perspectives should take priority. “People of Color” is not synonymous with Black, and while I prioritize addressing anti-Blackness in popular culture and academia, it is not the only axis of marginalization that is relevant to MPoC’s topic. It may behoove some of you to read up on the concept of Hypervisibility and social media, and in online research using search engines like Google.

I also highly recommend Jared Sexton’s “People of Color Blindness” [abstract here] [video lecture here] for an ameliorating perspective.

I would define racism as a system of social advantages and disadvantages doled out based upon group membership, particularly what we have socially defined as races. Among sociologists, we also talk about a newer form of racism known as “colorblind racism” (Eduardo Bonilla-Silva pioneered this work) that emerged after the 1960s, where the outward expression of racial animus and explicit discriminatory laws have been silenced or removed, but unfair racial advantages or disadvantages are still doled out, despite few people admitting to being devout racists.
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How I mindmap:

I’ve recently gotten a lot of asks about my mindmaps and made a promise to make a post about my process, so here it is! Starting from the top, the photos are sort of like the step by step photos I took haha. This was a recent sociology mindmap I made for class and is on A3, my mindmaps are usually on A4 but ah well, different circumstances.

1. Mindmaps as a studying method are so versatile that they don’t really have a set design. Some are used to “brainstorm” ideas and make links between particular small themes and concepts without any additional information. I use my mindmaps as a sort of visual sprawling summary. So I begin with a big title in the middle and I usually start on the right, working clockwise. As you can see in the first photo, I’m really just transferring information from my study guide onto a mindmap, but seeing if I can shorten and summarise them even further.

2. I write my mindmaps in columns, so under the heading will come a column of the information for that heading, I usually have like imaginary borders that I know the information won’t pass and I try to visualise where it will end so I know if I’m going to run out of space or if I have to use fillers of some sort. In the second photo you can see that I have some information on sticky notes, these are really for design purposes to make them stand out more but also because that particular information doesn’t really go under any particular heading so I use it to differentiate it from the rest. I aim to make my mindmaps look “full” so where there is space I will fill it in with maybe washi tape, or post-its or a drawing for example that weird briefcase/suitcase there. I also write particular words, definitions, dates etc. in different colours for emphasis, but that’s really just note-taking techniques.

3. So as you can see I just continue clockwise, sometimes things almost don’t fit, if you look at the distance between SOLUTION and the arrow that was bad estimation on my part but it doesn’t really matter? So long as you can understand what you write and you like it then you’re set. Then I just have the finished product as my last photo there! I love mindmaps but honestly the final product could look exactly like mine do or not, it doesn’t matter. It depends on you, your subject and what you wish to put in and take from your mindmap as a resource. This is just how I do mine, so for now, happy mindmapping!!!

Historians crowdsource key reads about racial violence in America

With the help of Twitter, scholars and librarians put together a Charleston Syllabus for educators to situate the shooting within racial and national contexts. 

WEB Du Bois’s “The Souls of Black Folk” is a “crucial starting point” for learning about race in America, says Chad Williams, who started the Charleston Syllabus. | Read more

Question: What would you suggest be included in the syllabus?