Friday Funny: Are you my mummy?

This isn’t so much a “Friday Funny” as a “Friday OMG, how cute!” This adorable little monster was brought to my attention via a Twitter RT, and I asked Damian (@dorkboycomics) if I could share him on the blog.

For your actual “Friday Funny” and more great art, go check out the rest of Damian’s work at dorkboy comics. Unless you have an aversion to puns…


Sharing: Going on a Which Hunt

Due to illness, term transition, and Halloween, I’m going the extremely¬†lazy route this week and sending you to go read this:

Going on a Which Hunt.

This is something I find myself fixing regularly in my editing work, so the more people who learn it, the better. ūüėČ

Have a happy, fun, and safe Halloween!

Friday Funny: Scotch Egg

Procrastination does funny things to your brain. One night last week while I was trying to work on the final paper for one of my classes, this song suddenly jumped into my mind’s ear and set up camp for the night. Before you click the link, know that you have my apologies for inflicting it on you.

They don’t all have to be psychology jokes.

Friday Funny: Finals Week!

Too much studying!

Happy Fall I finals week!

New look! Thank you, @captain_doodle!

So what do you think, dear reader?¬†Somewhere in Mind¬†has a new look (header and blavatar), and it’s all thanks to Rich Chester, AKA @captain_doodle!

If you follow me on Twitter or Facebook, you’ve probably already seen me mention this and seen variations on the new artwork through those channels, but I thought it right to post a permanent acknowledgement here, too.

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Review: Hugh Laurie’s “Let Them Talk”

(I wrote this a few weeks back for future posting. With my first grad school term ending this coming week, it seemed like a good time.)

This post’s connection to psychology is admittedly tenuous, at best, in that my sister was at a therapy training workshop when she bought me this as a surprise present:

Now, this is a blues album, and to the best of my recollection, my exposure to the blues has been limited and, perhaps oddly, only through Caucasian men who I first “met” as actors. That River¬†by Jim Byrnes, of Highlander: The Series, has for 13 years been my only album in this genre. Though I like it, it’s not usually my first port of call when my fingers ply the controls of my MP3 player.

So I make no claims of being a blues expert. I’ll gladly admit I’m not qualified to be a music critic – I have no lengthy training in or study of music or performance. I can’t even identify with any confidence the range in which Hugh Laurie sings (baritone? tenor?).

But I can say that Let Them Talk was an obvious labor of love from a man sharing with the world his adoration of the blues. His liner notes betray his deep connection to this music with self-effacing humor:

Let this record show that I am a white, middle-class Englishman, openly trespassing on the music and myth of the American south. … Why listen to an actor’s music? The answer is – there is no answer. If you care about pedigree then you should try elsewhere, because I have nothing in your size. … I could never bear to see this music confined to a glass cabinet, under the heading Culture: Only To Be Handled By Elderly Black Men. … I love this music, as authentically as I know how, and I want you to love it too.

The album producer notes that the recording schedule was deferred and rearranged to suit the availability of musicians he and Laurie felt were the best of the best.

And to my undereducated ear, Laurie’s rich voice envelops each note with the savoring quality of a foodie enjoying the finest truffle. During the instrumentals, my mind’s eye recalls scenes from House¬†or A Bit of Fry and Laurie¬†of his long, graceful fingers dancing over ivory keys or coaxing magic from steel strings. I’ve known for some times that he’s had these skills, but until now I’ve more or less only seen him employ them in the service of comedy:

But perhaps the best recommendation I can make for this album is the observation that it was more than a minute into “After You’ve Gone” (Track 6) on my first listen before I noticed my finger tapping on the steering wheel. I think it shows the true passion and skill of the performers when the music can wriggle its way into your body and make you move without consciously realizing it.

Friday Funny: “Would I Lie to You” About Hypnotists?

I think it’s safe to say that¬†David O’Doherty has never seen a hypnotist/hypnotherapist for any¬†reason. Ever.

World Mental Health Day

Today, October 10, is World Mental Health Day and, slightly embarrassingly, this nascent mental-health-related blog’s got nuthin’. Why?

Because October 9 is when I was reminded about the existence of World Mental Health Day. And this close to the end of my school term, I didn’t have time to throw something together on such short notice. Over-organizer that I (usually) am, I’ve now set up reminders in Google Calendar to do better next year. ; )

In the meantime, here’s some link love to appropriate reading material:

Mental health: Let’s get back to basics by Mark Tyrrell of Uncommon Knowledge calls for us all “to bring more humanity into helping us all become mentally healthier”.

You could say that to achieve good mental health, we have to admit our own shortcomings, but this can be difficult. Jeremy Dean over at PsyBlog looks at Why People Avoid the Truth About Themselves.

And Therapy Tales takes a stinging look at the under-investment in mental health.


Code Name: Guided Visualization

Something’s bothered me most of my life.

There seems to be pervasive logophobia surrounding the word “hypnosis”.

I first noticed this in my preteens, while I was browsing relaxation tapes (yes, audio cassettes – kids, ask your parents) at the local bookstore. It suddenly struck me: “guided visualization” or “guided relaxation” are code phrases for “we’ve made a hypnosis tape, but we’re afraid no one will buy it if we call it that”. Read the rest of this entry

Friday Funny: Therapy Tales of Freud

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