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Comment by applesauce on Stupidity as a mental illness · 2017-02-14T18:45:40.446Z · score: 2 (2 votes) · LW · GW

Well said!

a thought/idea can only go so far before they fall on deaf ears. Does not matter how "rational" a thought is...if you cannot convey it to people...you just have an idea that is in your head.

Comment by applesauce on Worked example of a mnemonic Memory technique · 2017-02-11T16:39:10.268Z · score: 0 (0 votes) · LW · GW

hello!

I am trying to make sense of this. You explained it very well and to me it seems like you are creating an association with something already familiar to you so that you may remember certain things?

Comment by applesauce on Stupidity as a mental illness · 2017-02-10T19:51:53.717Z · score: 1 (1 votes) · LW · GW

a) the DSM isn't perfect

Of course not... I wonder when/if the DSM 6 will come out...

practitioners who may not being using the tool appropriately

Example Intermittent Explosive Disorder... The names speaks for itself in that some children become totally enraged and..explode.

Sometimes used to label kids and be done for the day. The implication of this is that, this diagnosis can act as a band aid and not getting down to the root of things for WHY the child is upset. This is how a person can fall through the cracks.

Comment by applesauce on Stupidity as a mental illness · 2017-02-10T18:27:56.399Z · score: 0 (0 votes) · LW · GW

That is a more approachable way. ..and still preserves the respect of others.

Comment by applesauce on Stupidity as a mental illness · 2017-02-10T18:11:38.476Z · score: 0 (0 votes) · LW · GW

yes. Forced treatment might not end well...in terms of emotional scarring, loss sense of identity.

Comment by applesauce on Stupidity as a mental illness · 2017-02-10T18:05:53.827Z · score: 0 (0 votes) · LW · GW

Yes, calling stupidity as a mental illness is very offending and dangerous... This can be seen as verbally attacking someone because of its aggressive lying undertones.

Comment by applesauce on Against willpower as a scientific or otherwise useful concept (Nautilus Magazine) · 2017-02-07T15:24:26.342Z · score: 0 (0 votes) · LW · GW

Thank you for eleaborating. And I agree, a person's schema does influence their thinking as you described in your examples.

Comment by applesauce on Group Rationality Diary, February 2017 · 2017-02-07T15:21:58.111Z · score: 1 (1 votes) · LW · GW

I do not mind PMs at all. I am still getting a feel of the LW community and how things are in terms of posting articles... to be honest I have no clue on how I would post an article featuring people's accounts. And yes I would leave out details that would allude to a person's identity for sure.

Comment by applesauce on Group Rationality Diary, February 2017 · 2017-02-06T23:28:08.461Z · score: 3 (3 votes) · LW · GW

Thanks. And no I did not lie to her. She had no means or intentions of taking care of a child...foster for the baby was the best option she had.

I do not lie to patients/client. Nor do I give them advice. I offer their options but ultimately it is their decision.

And yes. Social field is very interesting. There are a lot of horror stories out there for sure and inspirational ones too.

If you would ever like to hear more real life commentaries , just send me a PM :)

Comment by applesauce on Against willpower as a scientific or otherwise useful concept (Nautilus Magazine) · 2017-02-06T22:43:24.597Z · score: 0 (0 votes) · LW · GW

I could be wrong but those cognitive processes you refer to might be "elaboration likelihood model" basically:

  1. Central processing is when the person thinks deeper about something.
  2. Peripheral or side processing is when someone thinks quick and makes a decision based on how attractive the situation is presented, reframing the question as you said.
Comment by applesauce on Planning 101: Debiasing and Research · 2017-02-06T22:18:45.073Z · score: 0 (0 votes) · LW · GW

Very nice especially distraction time. I call it "structuring chaos" when dealing with patients/client who are having a hard time getting things done.

Comment by applesauce on Group Rationality Diary, February 2017 · 2017-02-06T22:11:06.041Z · score: 2 (2 votes) · LW · GW

Okay let me see if I answered your question right...please let me know so I can.

The other day a seemingly well mother came to terminate her parental rights. She was well dressed, healthy looking, and had an educated background. She terminated her rights and gave the state her infant because she spent the past few years prostitution and using drugs. I validated her by telling she is doing what is best for her baby by allowing the baby to be in a nurturing enivironment (hopefully in good foster home).

New workers had reactions of being agasted at how someone could be so reckless with a child in tow. Whereas the seasoned workers had a sigh of relief that the mother was not going to hire a lawyer and fight the case. There's a big difference in reactions there.

Comment by applesauce on Group Rationality Diary, February 2017 · 2017-02-06T22:02:41.727Z · score: 0 (0 votes) · LW · GW

Haha! Seemed like a grand ol time.

Comment by applesauce on Group Rationality Diary, February 2017 · 2017-02-03T19:36:26.820Z · score: 1 (1 votes) · LW · GW

oh yes! Bless their souls with having to scrap melted skin off their suits.

I did not think of morbid jokes as a typical symptom...This explains a lot. Thank for pointing that out.

Comment by applesauce on Group Rationality Diary, February 2017 · 2017-02-03T18:52:20.328Z · score: 1 (1 votes) · LW · GW

Oh yeah most people do, no doubt about that. Eventually I will take a break from this field perhaps in the next few years.

Also it makes me wonder if you are drunk and on lesswrong you must read a lot on here?

Comment by applesauce on Group Rationality Diary, February 2017 · 2017-02-03T17:12:44.332Z · score: 1 (1 votes) · LW · GW

Sorry I am new here...are you asking ME to give you specific examples of being desensitized?

Comment by applesauce on Group Rationality Diary, February 2017 · 2017-02-03T17:10:43.640Z · score: 1 (1 votes) · LW · GW

Yes there are...such as self care, understanding compassion fatigue, always use supervision to keep yourself in check, and I always encourage all mental health staff to have a therapist. After pondering on this thought and then going to bed and waking up to revisit it, I think it is more useful than bad:

You cannot bring other people's troubles home with you. This is a recipe for disaster if you were in everyone's lives 24/7.

"We are trained to respond not to react" type of trainings. "crisis prevention intervention" CPI...might be an example of this.

I have not lost empathy though. I just no longer find things disturbing. I agree with you, such topics you cannot speak to the general public because it is inappropriate, graphic, gore etc.

Comment by applesauce on Group Rationality Diary, February 2017 · 2017-02-03T02:02:22.985Z · score: 4 (4 votes) · LW · GW

I learned something new.

As a social worker, clinician, psychiatric counselor for detox/behavioral disturbances/mental illness to I've been with refugees, immigrants, and the forgotten ones, to attempted murder to young teenaged mothers...all the way from infants to stellar 90 year olds... the more I understand people...the more I become numb. Perhaps I am desensitized as I encounter crisis, having to section someone in, someone dying right there and then, etc. I no longer feel the same way. It's like watching a horror movie over and over but no longer fearing them. I think I need to figure this out.

Comment by applesauce on Death - an essay · 2017-02-03T01:21:45.348Z · score: -1 (1 votes) · LW · GW

I don't think he was taking a stance on death as he stated the essay may not hold a position in the end.

Whose says death is bad? Only those who believe death is a bad thing.

The perspective of death lies within cultural context. Is it the end of the beginning or the beginning of the end?

Also #2, there might be a chance no suffering in some form of quantum immortality. And #3 there are such things as peaceful deaths too. I agree with #4 and #5 though. Losing information draws some setbacks unless their knowledge was recorded somewhere.

Comment by applesauce on Death - an essay · 2017-02-02T17:42:13.710Z · score: 0 (0 votes) · LW · GW

Although I am not a Freudian...(different discussion)

He once believed that the basic instincts involved life vs death...Eros vs Thanatos. Freud thought that people who have had rough lives will probably want to suicide but the pleasure principle (life/eros) outweighs the thanatos urges; which then produces this whole war inside a person. He once said "The goal of all life is death"...in his Beyond the Pleasure Principle book 1920. Kind of conflicts with the cryonic people.

Why fight the laws of entropy?

Comment by applesauce on Group Rationality Diary, February 2017 · 2017-02-02T15:22:18.158Z · score: 0 (0 votes) · LW · GW

Have you ever forgotten that you put the actual paper slip in your pocket for reminders?

Comment by applesauce on "What Happens When Doctors Only Take Cash"? Everybody, Especially Patients, Wins · 2017-02-01T01:42:58.240Z · score: 0 (0 votes) · LW · GW

I better start saving money incase I need a 30k surgery.

Comment by applesauce on Welcome to Less Wrong! (11th thread, January 2017) (Thread B) · 2017-02-01T00:37:24.130Z · score: 3 (3 votes) · LW · GW

I am applesauce.

Found this place through another user and quite a few concepts/topics/thoughts/content was interesting. Currently have a year left till I become licensed to start diagnosing people with the DSM-5 and on my way to be an RN as well... I am a crappy counselor so I meet all types of people...but the members of this site have peculiar thoughts and processes which is pretty fascinating.

Bottomline: I just like to listen to people.