Friday, December 23, 2016

Writing Therapy as Effective as Talk Therapy

Writing Therapy as Effective as Talk Therapy


The article “Writing as Therapy” found in Psychology Today, discusses the possibility that writing could be used as a new type of therapy. It is a very constructive way for people to process their emotions and help understand how they feel. If more people wrote, they would maybe be able to better be able to figure out how they feel. It can help people single out traumatizing events and find ways to deal with them in a way that will benefit their lives. It is important for people to be able to process their emotions in a constructive way that can help them feel better. It is proven that therapy does not help many people, for some it can but for others it does not give them clarity or make it so they’re happier.


The Guardian, an online newspaper, says that writing can help as an easy and inexpensive therapy. A lot of people who are in need of therapy are not able to afford a session, so they write to process and work their emotions out. It can help with depression and anxiety along with being able to deal with hard or traumatizing events. “It's cheap, available to all and works on everything from anxiety to depression…”. It is proven by many people that this sort of remedy can help people. Many Universities have done studies that prove that there are many therapeutic values to writing and that its benefits have the possibility to impact many people, “The Arts Council of England is to fund a project at King's College, London, which researcher Gillie Bolton hopes will give greater prominence to therapeutic writing.”  One person said that writing was almost easier than seeing a therapist, that she wasn’t able to trust a person as much as paper that only she would see.


Help Scout, an organization created to help people, also states that writing can help improve one’s mood and make them all around happier. Getting your emotions out and being able to figure out how you feel can help you lead a more fulfilling life. Many people keep their emotions in and writing is a good solution that allows people to talk about how they feel without the fear of anyone else knowing. It can help calm people and help them to understand why they’re feeling the way they do. Writing works very well as therapy for all kinds of people and situations; if people used writing as therapy more often, it might be able to help many people.

An example of one of these programs is https://www.biteback.org.au/ a program focused towards teens using writing as therapy.


Tuesday, December 13, 2016

Poetry

“Some people never go crazy. What truly horrible lives they must lead”. Poetry is appealing to me because much like this quote, it reveals truths about being human. Charles Bukowski is very talented in the way he says simple things with a complex hidden meaning. He always inspires me to write and he helps his readers find beauty in abstract things. It is my favorite type of writing because I like the words that are used and how there are not very many specific rules on things that you can and can't do. I also like how beautiful all the words are. It is all very artistic and is entertaining to read.
My favorite poet is Charles Bukowski. He has written many poetry books that I really enjoy such as You Get So Alone Sometimes That It Just Makes Sense and What Matters Most is How Well You Walk Through the Fire. All of his books are compilations of different kinds of poems about a variety of subjects and events throughout his life. He is very good at choosing the right words for his poems and he has beautiful language. His poetry has a lot of vivid imagery and wonderful stories. He is very inspirational as a poet and he writes all different types of poems about the world and events that happen in his life.
I like poets and all kinds of writers that inspire change and make people want to write. Charles Bukowski is brutally honest about the way that the world works and he shows the parts of life that people don't always see. I love poetry because of the way it makes people feel. It is a beautiful way to release one’s emotions and it is my favorite type of writing.


Collaborative Blog

Jasmine: The way tattoos are written and the process of choosing them is very interesting. Many people don't give very much thought to the long passages written on someone. It can go from an inspirational quote to a bible verse to parts of their favorite songs. Tattoos hold more meaning and importance than people believe. It can be an idea by which you live or simply a quote that reminds them of a person or a memory. People use it to identify themselves, honor loved ones and sometimes as a gang affiliation. Tattoos are symbols of many things and hold importance to the ones that are  painted upon. Tattooing and writing are connected because many people like to have things written on them. Different fonts in tattoos have different connotations, giving the impression of love or anger or a variety of different emotions. The fonts used in tattoos are very important because it can either show the feeling of the tattoo or add more emphasis to a picture.

Kitana: It doesn’t even have to be a passage it can be names of pets or children,dead parents and some people make the huge mistake of getting their partner’s name tattooed on them.Sometimes people get quotes to inspire them and others when they don’t think they can go on.There is a dark side to tattoo’s as well. In some cases people get tattooed to give them identification as in a number like prisoners of the Nazi Holocaust. Tattooing was introduced at Auschwitz in the autumn of 1941. As thousands of Soviet prisoners of war (POWs) arrived at the camp, and thousands rapidly died there, the SS authorities began to tattoo the prisoners for identification purposes. At Auschwitz II (Birkenau), the SS staff introduced the practice of tattooing in March 1942 to keep up with the identification of large numbers of prisoners who arrived, sickened, and died quickly. By this time, the majority of registered prisoners in the Auschwitz complex were Jews.


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Thursday, November 17, 2016

Self Selected Response

The article “This News-Writing Bot Is Now Free For Everyone” discusses the groundbreaking new piece of technology; a “robot” that  can write and summarize information for you. A mechanism such as this is very important and exciting because it simplifies people daily work and makes many tasks easier.
The innovative robot writer is able to condense collections of data and, if given enough information it can write whole articles for you. It has been known to generate stories for different organizations and many other remarkable feats. Tools such as this writing robot can help shape the way our understanding of electronics and help increase our capabilities and time management. This new robot shows how technologically advanced our modern society is and it gives a preview of the things we may be able to achieve in the future.
I think that on one hand, this new writing bot is a good thing but on the other hand it could not be the best. Writing is a big part of education and an important skill to have to lead a successful life and having something like this around that does those things for you limits people’s abilities. It is important that we are able to write and have knowledge about how to do these things instead of depending on a machine to do our work for us.
It is a difficult topic to have an opinion on because minimizing workload and simplifying tasks with a gadget like this that can condense data and writing summaries for you is good but also we need to retain the ability of writing and be able to do work like this without counting on a website or “robot” to do so.
I believe that it is a good thing for people at work. If it is able to make their work more precise and fast then it is a good thing. I think that it should be a helpful tool for offices and people in a workplace to use. In my opinion, it is remarkable how quickly technology is expanding and developing and people should take full advantage of the situation to help them perform better and faster on their work.


Wednesday, October 19, 2016

*"The Heist" by Macklemore Album Review

Macklemore is like salt, he makes all the other “flavors” sound better. On the Heist, he collaborates with a wide variety of artists that each influence his songs in different ways. He goes from an Indie feel to country to rap. He is a very talented artist that can adjust to any genre and write lyrics fitting for any situation.



"The Heist" by Macklemore is an album that contains many different kinds of music. Macklemore (Ben Haggerty), is a young hip-hop artist who sings about both happy and important world issues. In the summer of 2008, Macklemore went to rehab for drug and alcohol abuse. Many songs on this and other albums are inspired by the hardships he faced during his difficult recovery. The Heist is a collaborative album that he produced with Ryan Lewis. He then relapsed in 2011 and wrote a beautiful and painful song Starting Over.

There are many slow songs on the album including Neon Cathedral, Wings, A Wake, Starting Over, Ten Thousand Hours and the famous song Same Love, a song promoting gay rights and marriage equality. Some of the other songs are a bit faster, switching between inspirational songs and more traditional upbeat rap. “This is my world, this is my arena The TV told me something different I didn't believe it I stand here in front of you today all because of an idea I could be who I wanted if I could see my potential.” This is a quote from his song Ten Thousand Hours, an inspirational song about the hard work he put into the music. It is a song that encourages people to follow their dreams and be who they want to be. He helps give people the motivation they need to make a difference in the world and other people’s lives.

Macklemore's music appeals to a wide variety of ages and music preferences. His music changes genres from song to song depending on who he’s collaborating with. He works with all different artists who write for different genres to give his music a diversity that’s typically hard to find. His lyrics in every song he writes are thoughtful and poetic, a hard kind of music to dislike.

Interdisciplinary Post

In my history class we just learned about the Presidential Debate. This relates a lot to my blog topic because a big part of the debates are the language that they use. People’s diction and choice of words affect the viewer's opinions on them and whether or not they seem professional. When speaking publicly, especially in an important situation like this, the way you talk has a great impact on the people watching. In recent debates Donald Trump has used words such as “biggly” which completely discredits his arguments and makes him seem like a less reliable source. Many teenagers and kids make common grammar and speech mistakes such as funner and beautifuller, but when adults do it, it has a very different effect. It helps them be seen as trustworthy and professional when they use the aforementioned words. For example, when someone in a place of authority is speaking (teacher, president, parent..) they should use the most academic language possible to get their point across. It is very hard to take someone seriously when they lack the simple skills of a common English speaker. Another aspect is the tone of language that the candidates used. When speaking publicly, most people’s opinions are based on the words you use and their connotation. If you use a word like lethal vs. dangerous, you realize that the two words have very different feelings attached to them. Although they both mean the same thing, the way you feel upon hearing them can be changed drastically. People often use diction to manipulate other’s feelings and show them the severity or lack there of in any given situation. Many people use more strong words with a negative connotation to impress upon people the importance of the issue they are speaking about. In my experience, the way you speak to people greatly affects how they feel about you. When a person feels like they are being talked down to, they feel disrespected which has happened a lot in the debate and in other situations. It is important that people realize the words they are using and how it affects their listeners.

Saturday, October 15, 2016

Fictional Story

Lucy got home and sat down at her computer. She began to type, weaving an intricate web of words, creating  a beautiful word full of detailed characters as her fingers flew across the keyboard. Although the words that Lucy translated onto the page were not far from perfect, her writing faced a problem. Everything that she would write, would come true. Not in the flowery beautiful way, but in a perilous sense of the situation. The things she wrote would spin out of control and develop to unimaginable extremes. This was not a fact that she was aware of until one afternoon. Things were always suspicious, she would compose line after line of a dreary town, rain falling relentlessly. As her pen marked the page, the sky outside opened and sheets of  water would begin to strike the pavement. She always thought that they were just coincidences, the fate of time taking its turn, but it was something else entirely. Lucy’s story contained many complex characters, the kind of people she wished existed in her own life, but the most important were two girls, Pam and Betty.
Lucy, you see, was a very lonely person. She longed for a world as beautiful as the ones she would make up in her head, full of carefree and happy souls, very unlike she one she possessed herself. Pam and Betty had come into her life about a year ago when her story began and they would do wonderful things and it seemed to complete her life in the way she always longed for it to be. They would never quarrel or have conflicts because they were only an extent of herself. It had always been hard for Lucy to make friends so she had come to depend so greatly on these fictional characters, hardly enough to accompany her. One day, they disappeared and never came back. No matter how much she would write, none of it would come true. There was a part of her that believed that maybe none of it was ever real, a fictional life to help her cope with her loneliness. She finally gave up hope trying to find her friends, deciding that they wouldn’t come back, no matter how much she wanted them to.  Eventually, Lucy realized that the characters were not enough, just a figment of her imagination, a stroke of her pen. She ceased her story and decided that if she wanted to fill the void felt in her heart, she would have to find real people to do so.