Showing posts from April, 2009


"Believe in yourself"
I think this statement is a cliche, like many things in life.
For the genuineness of success, motivation, etc. this statement applies well.
On the contrary, I do think many times people believe what they want to believe regardless of any other notions. This would be an umbrella statement, because many things such as religion, political party, superstitions, theories, ideas (you get my point). But here I am talking about everyday things, that people believe because strictly they just want to believe it. This goes with relationship outlooks, career, hobbies, etc.
What is most disappointing is that we firmly keep believing and then we are proven wrong, which is what causes depression, struggle, cognition processing, self-esteem and confidence issues, and many things relating to mental health.
Right now there are many things I believe, or another words, since I realize the defect, things I want to believe, but have a hard time making myself at peace with it.
I a…

Competent Psychology

In my one and only semester of Psychology Grad School, the term competent was used widely. Our professors would talk a lot about being competent psychologist, competent in course work, competent in our State Exams, our PPL, EEPS, and State Licensing, etc., etc. All these exams and presentations and I always felt discouraged by that, and I confronted myself and my issue with my professors, and they said, you will do and you will learn, you won't even realize the automatic process. I never felt competent.
I am sitting down reflecting on that and doing some research on that.
According to Webster Dictionary the meaning of competent is having suitable or sufficient skill, knowledge, experience, etc., for some purpose; properly qualified.
It is an adjective and the synonyms for competent are adapted, adequate, all around, appropriate, au fait, being a pistol, capable, clever, complete, crisp, decent, dynamite, efficient, endowed, enough, equal, fireball, fit, fool, good, know ins and ou…


YodaFear is the path to the dark side. Fear leads to anger. Anger leads to hate. Hate leads to suffering. - Yoda

Crab Story

There was guy who wanted to go catch crabs, and so another guy took him in a boat with two buckets to the middle of some lake and said, "here this is the perfect spot to catch crabs."
So they threw down the net, and caught lots of crabs. They put the two crabs in two different buckets. The guy put a lid on one of the buckets and didn't put a lid on the other bucket, so the other guy asks, "well, why did you do that, the crabs can get away from that bucket too, so put lid on that one also" and the guy replies, "no, it is not necessary, that bucket doesn't need a a lid because every time a crab is trying to get out of that bucket, there are other crabs in the same bucket who are pulling him down, thus no crabs are going to get out of that, but the other bucket needs a lid because every crab that is trying to get out of that bucket, there are other crabs in that bucket who are helping the crab get out, thus each crab can get out with each others help, henc…

Write A Letter

In Creative Writing you were taught to write it out to clear your thoughts, organize yourself and your ideas and to just let things out.
Write a letter and take all your feelings out.
You know that you have buried so much in your heart. Write it all out, read it and then destroy it.
You'll feel better.
Take a journal and just write it out!

The Curve of Forgetting

The Curve of Forgetting describes how we retain or get rid of information that we take in. It's based on a one-hour lecture. On Day 1, at the beginning of the lecture, you go in knowing nothing, or 0%, (where the curve starts at the baseline). At the end of the lecture you know 100% of what you know, however well you know it (where the curve rises to its highest point). By Day 2, if you have done nothing with the information you learned in that lecture, didn't think about it again, read it again, etc. you will have lost 50%-80% of what you learned. Our brains are constantly recording information on a temporary basis: scraps of conversation heard on the sidewalk, what the person in front of you is wearing. Because the information isn't necessary, and it doesn't come up again, our brains dump it all off, along with what was learned in the lecture that you actually do want to hold on to! By Day 7, we remember even less, and by Day 30, we retain about 2%-3% of the original…

A Picture is Worth a Thousand Words (but only if it gets published)

Many times, the difference between whether a news release or feature article is published, or not, is the quality of an accompanying photograph. Take a little time to review theses simple tips (with camera in-hand), practice your techniques and in no time you'll be submitting photos that editors just can't help but run.

1. Get in the zone- most cameras rely on a "focus zone" to achieve auto focus of pictures. Make sure you know where the zone is (or how to adjust it). Use the "halfway press" to lock focus on your subject and then re-compose your shot.

2. Flash is good... Flash is Our Friend- use camera's flash, even on the sunniest of days. By positioning subjects with their backs to the sun you can avoid the squinting effect. Then, set your camera to force the flash to fire, providing a "fill" light and eliminating the shadow.

4. Show what happened- take actions shots of students competing in hopes of capturing the winner. Don't wait for th…

Graphic Designer

Create designs, concepts, and sample layouts based on knowledge of layout principles and esthetic design concepts.Determine size and arrangement of illustrative material and copy, and select style and size of type.Confer with clients to discuss and determine layout design.Develop graphics and layouts for product illustrations, company logos, and Internet websites.Review final layouts and suggest improvements as needed.Prepare illustrations or rough sketches of material, discussing them with clients or supervisors and making necessary changes.Use computer software to generate new images.Key information into computer equipment to create layouts for client or supervisor.Maintain archive of images, photos, or previous work products.Prepare notes and instructions for workers who assemble and prepare final layouts for printingCreate designs, concepts, and sample layouts based on knowledge of layout principles and esthetic design concepts.Determine size and arrangement of illustrative …