I read an interesting article in the local daily newspaper today that led me to a website that measures people’s implicit attitudes towards mental illness.
Visitors to the Project Implicit Mental Health website can measure their implicit assessments of things like anxiety, depression and people with mental illness.
Project Implicit Mental Health is part of a larger research program, Project Implicit.
Project Implicit's information site shows the study’s website findings after seven years, including the finding that people’s implicit biases can predict behavior.
I’m glad people’s attitudes about mental illness are being studied.
Thanks to those of you who commented about my decision to try ERP. I appreciate the support. I’m excited! I won’t see my psychiatrist for two weeks, and then I’ll have to wait for an appointment with the cognitive therapy specialist.
I would like to do some research on the therapy beforehand. Any suggestions on sources that have helped you?
I am setting goals for myself instead of resolutions, as some of you have suggested. Goals can be made anytime and aren’t tied to Jan. 1. I can make them as I go along.
And I don’t have to take on all my goals at once. I can work on one at a time if I want, and really get specific about the objectives and steps I need to make to reach the goal.
I am so glad I started blogging! It has been a beautiful experience for me, and I look forward to writing and posting in 2012.
Here are some quotations that are meaningful to me that I would like to share:
“The only escape from the miseries of life are music and cats . . .”
“Until he extends the circle of his compassion to all living things, man will not himself find peace.”
“I will not let anyone walk through my mind with their dirty feet.”
“I write entirely to find out what I’m thinking, what I’m looking at, what I see and what it means. What I want and what I fear.”
“Cats are dangerous companions for writers because cat watching is a near-perfect method of writing avoidance.”
“For I was hungry and you gave me something to eat, I was thirsty and you gave me something to drink, I was a stranger and you invited me in, I needed clothes and you clothed me, I was sick and you looked after me, I was in prison and you came to visit me.’
“Then the righteous will answer him, ‘Lord, when did we see you hungry and feed you, or thirsty and give you something to drink? When did we see you a stranger and invite you in, or needing clothes and clothe you? When did we see you sick or in prison and go to visit you?’
“The King will reply, ‘Truly I tell you, whatever you did for one of the least of these brothers and sisters of mine, you did for me.’”
-Matthew 25: 35-40 (NIV)
I wish you all a safe, productive and beautiful 2012. Happy New Year!