Headline Nov 08, 2015/ ''' ! NORMAL..... -or-..... NUTS ? '''

''' ! NORMAL..... -or-..... NUTS ? '''

DO YOU TALK to yourself?.... Cry at lipstick commercials?  or forget where you left your room keys? or for that matter,... you, never can relate to !WOW!  -the World Students Society?

All right, dear students, the truth is out. You try to pass yourself as normal person, with normal behaviours, but we know better.

The truth is that you have a few truly bizarre habits. How do we know? Well, because we all have them. Weirdness itself is normal  - and makes us humans.

But while there's a big fat line between  Jack the Ripper deviancy and Jack the Double Dipper quirkiness-

It's not always so easy to tell the difference between that  ''cute''  little thing you do and a behaviour that may truly be harming you, or others. We asked some brave souls, writes the distinguished author, to give up their behavioural skeletons and ran them by the experts. Here's what he found:

Q/ Why do I bite my fingernails or pick at my cuticles until they are bleeding? Is it just nerves? Hyper-grooming? Is it form of  ''cutting'' that some students do? Attempting to control my environment? Or just some thing oral?

Letting your fingers do the vexing, eh? While some textbooks suggest it's about perfectionism, this is potentially a more serious problem.

Like monkeys and dogs, we're programmed to groom, but your hyper-grooming is much more, says Joseph Hemmelsbach, a psychologist at the State University of New York Upstate Medical University.

''It's a primitive way of releasing anxiety. Or you're probably mad about something and you're protecting yourself against acting with more appropriate display of anger. But this is an infantile or immature way of coping.''

If you're regularly injuring your hands to the point of bleeding, you should make an appointment with a psychologist, and soon thereafter, a manicurist.  

Q/ Why do I always have a song stuck in my head? Regardless of what I'm doing, some tune is playing over and over in my mind...and it's driving me nuts!

Besides suggesting you turn off your iPod, the experts polled had almost nothing to say about this behaviour, which leaves two possible conclusions:
1. It's a perfectly normal to phenomenon  and everyone experiences it.
2. All experts are nut themselves. Yale psychologist Marianne LaFrance points out that trying to force a out of your head only makes things worse. ''Trying not to think about something only makes you think about it.''

In fact, its probably your fruitless efforts to  ''change the tune,''  not change the songs, themselves, that are driving you nuts. So why not run with it. Harvard psychiatrist Jacqueline Olds, who admits to radiohead herself, says, ''I find that it's such a joy to give over to it.

A stuck song is a message from your unconscious. If you love this song, why not sing it?'' Or if you don't  {Who Let the Dogs Out.'' anyone?}, think about what the message may be revealing.

Q/I talk to myself all the time, and sometimes I even respond aloud to questions I mentally ask myself. Is this a mild form of schizophrenia?

Not so long as you're the only one talking. If you hear voices that seem to come from outside yourself and they tell you to do some thing stupid, like kill your aunt Sheila, or don't dare join !WOW!, drop this reading and get to the hospital right now.

But regular old talking to yourself is a normal human quirk. We rehearse what we'll say to someone we want to impress. We think up wittier replies for that recent conversation in which we failed to impress, and sometimes, like you, we solve problems.

NASA consultant Wood says you're using a  ''think-aloud-protocol.'' Studies show that students often perform tasks better if they think out loud. Psychologists would once ask test subjects to think out aloud so that researchers could  figure out how they were solving the problems.

But time and again, they found that these subjects did the tasks better those who remained silent. So long as you don't overdo it in public, keep up the conversation with your self. It's only helping.

The Honour and Serving of this great ''Educational Operational Research'' continues. Thank you for reading, and do consider, sharing forward.

With respectful dedication to all the Parents, Students, Professors, Teachers of the World. See Ya all on !WOW!  -the World Students Society.

''' Brain Detective '''

Good Night and God Bless

SAM Daily Times - the Voice of the Voiceless


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