DMT The Spirit Molecule

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DMT Versus 5-MeO-DMT

DMT and 5-MeO-DMT have been used for thousands of years in South American shamanic practices. Both substances provide a very psychedelic experience: the loss of one’s ego, the sensation of being transported into another world or dimension and obtaining information about life that you otherwise did not know before inhaling.

DMT stands for N, N-Dimethyltryptamine. The chemical has been found in many animals and plants. It is believed that the pineal gland of the human brain releases DMT during birth, traumatic and stressful situations and death. That being said, DMT is a natural molecule that is part of life.

DMT has long been used in ayahuasca brews by South American shamanic tribes. Some research is showing that ayahuasca may have benefits in treating depression, PTSD and drug addiction. Ayahuasca also helps many people break down their defense mechanisms, helping them establish new relationships and meaningful connections.

5-MeO-DMT stands for 5-Methoxy-N,N-Dimethyltryptamine. The chemical is derived from the parotid glands of the Colorado River toad (“Sonoran Desert toad”). Many claim that the DMT experience is highly visual and humbling while 5-MeO-DMT is like a near-death experience.

Michael Pollan describes his experience with 5-MeO-DMT in his book “How To Change Your Mind.” He states that he does not remember ever exhaling the smoke; the 5-MeO-DMT immediately transported him out of this world. 5-MeO-DMT is considered more powerful than psilocybin, LSD and DMT.

Like all other hallucinogens, the potential for psychological addiction is slim. Even if a person loves “tripping” on hallucinogens, their mind naturally prevents them from tripping too often. Simply put, a user will not feel determined to trip too often. Some users say that they trip once a month, every six months or even once a year.

Hallucinogens do not induce any physical dependence, and thus, no withdrawal is experienced. They also don’t cloud your mind as marijuana and other drugs do. You remain clearheaded while your perception of your surroundings and reality become altered. The experience is transcending to many people.

Lastly, it is important to note that DMT, like all other hallucinogens, have the potential to induce paranoia and anxiety. Set and setting are the key words to any hallucinogenic experience. If you enter the psychedelic world with something bothersome on your mind or are in an uncomfortable setting, you are risking a very bad experience with potential adverse consequences.

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Importance Of Avoiding Arguments

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Avoiding Arguments At Work

An argument is an exchange of diverging or opposite views, typically a heated or angry one. Unless done on a friendly and playful basis, they are an unnecessary waste of time and energy. Arguments increase your stress level, affect your reputation and make you look unprofessional.

The workplace is an especially important location to avoid getting into arguments. Negative attention spreads very easily; oftentimes, much easier than positive attention. Your coworkers may become influenced in a negative way by your involvement in an argument, depending on your words and actions.

Arguments also make you look weak: they promote awkwardness, insecurity, unreliability, defensiveness and uncertainty. Negativity often sticks in peoples’ minds much longer than positivity. This is because positivity is temporary while negativity is much more impactful on one’s emotions.

The solution is to stand your ground by stating what you believe without actually getting into an argument. If you find yourself dealing with someone who is heading towards an argument, back down before it escalates. Backing down does not make you look weak; it actually demonstrates maturity, confidence and leadership.

Be a role model and avoid arguments. People are always searching for someone to look up to! If you become involved in arguments, it will be very difficult for people to view you as someone they want to imitate; being argumentative is not an attractive characteristic. It is important to maintain a consistent reputation backed by high quality traits!

Arguments lead to losses. Reasonable and professional disagreements lead to gains!

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The Start Of A New Week

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Changing The Way You View Mondays

For most people, when Monday rolls in, a yucky feeling of “ugh” swarms over. There is something about starting a new week that displeasures the most of us. But the key to feeling more positive and optimistic is to change the way you view the start of a new week.

Rather than dreading Mondays, start to look at it differently by appreciating the start of a new week. Look at the positives: a new week brings more eduction, opportunities to learn at school or on your job, discipline and even surprises. Starting the week off with a positive mindset will allow you to enjoy the process much more than being negative before the week has even started.

Dreading Mondays also makes you more vulnerable to experiencing stress. Stress can impact your job performance or doing well on exams. You may not feel the stress right away, but over time, it will creep in on you and bite you harder than ever before. Beginning the week with a positive mindset helps keep your stress level down.

Lastly, don’t feel rushed or obliged to get through a Monday as quickly as possible. Rushing promotes errors and more stress. Rather, take it easy and enjoy every moment of the day, even if your job is intense. Taking one step at a time is a much better strategy than powering through a Monday.

It’s all about how you view your world. Mondays are no different. Change the way you think and your reality will adapt as well!

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Schizoid Personality Disorder

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To Be Left Alone In Peace

A person with schizoid personality disorder avoids social activities and interactions and prefers to spend time by him or herself. They are classically labeled by society as “loners” and usually demonstrate a limited range of emotional expression. Schizoids lack the desire to form close relationships; their own presence is all they need to be satisfied.

Schizoid personality disorder becomes evident by early adulthood. Schizoids may have trouble with school and jobs because they are uncomfortable being around people. That is why they prefer jobs where they can work alone. Think of the tollbooth worker who only works the nightshift in order to avoid as many interactions as possible.

Schizoids prefer to be alone and do activities on their own. They do not want help, advice, suggestions or compliments from others; to be left alone in peace is all that they ask for. They do not want a close relationship; they feel uncomfortable, uneasy and uninterested in developing a close bond with another human being.

Schizoids feel little to no desire for a sexual relationship. Masturbation in the privacy of their home is all the pleasure that they need. Why would they want a sexual relationship if they do not enjoy being around others? The thought of getting close to another individual probably turns them off.

Schizoids have difficulty expressing their emotions and reacting appropriately in different situations. They do not know how to show their true colors without coming off as awkward or different. So they avoid situations that involve people in order to prevent uncomfortable experiences.

Schizoids may seem emotionally cold towards others. It’s not because they dislike people; they just prefer to keep to themselves. They find company in the comfort of their own presence. When they do interact with another person, their dysphoria translates into emotions that are perceived by others to be cold.

Schizoids don’t react to praise or remarks by others. What you say does not matter to them. It’s not that they are trying to be disrespectful; they simply do not care what you say about them. Their minds are disconnected from the rest of humanity; human interaction is not their cup of tea.

If you run into a person who seems emotionally cold, disinterested, aloof, makes poor eye contact and quickly attempts to leave your presence, keep in mind schizoid personality disorder!

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Avoidant Personality Disorder

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Anxious Personality Disorder

People with avoidant personality disorder experience nervousness and fear of being around others. They tend to have poor self-esteem, resulting in a fear of being rejected by others or being negatively judged. Because their fear is excessive, it leads them to avoid social settings.

Avoidant personality disorder affects men and women equally. It becomes evident in childhood and progresses into adulthood. But it is not diagnosed until age 18 or later. Personality disorders are not diagnosed in people younger than age 18, even though you can get an idea of what type of personality a child or adolescent has.

It is not clear what causes someone to develop avoidant personality disorder. Parental or peer rejection are possible contributors, impacting the person’s self-esteem and sense of worth. If a person experiences rejection many times and also has a poor self-esteem to begin with, it may promote the development of an avoidant defense mechanism, causing them to retreat back in the shadows and avoiding any social interactions.

The main symptom is an excessive fear of rejection by others, resulting in isolation. They may also be oversensitive and easily hurt by criticism, promoting further isolation in order to avoid future negative emotions. They also lack many friends, sometimes having no friends at all. Unless they are certain of being liked, they are not willing to take the risk to start a friendship or relationship.

They experience extreme anxiety in social settings. Some will avoid getting a job that involves contact with other people; think of the tollbooth worker who only works the night shift and communicates with people who are probably too tired to even say anything.

They are also very self-conscious, shy and awkward in social situations due to a fear of being embarrassed. They cannot take a chance to show their true personality because such a chance makes them vulnerable to criticism; instead, they hide behind an avoidant personality.

Lastly, people with avoidant personality disorder have a poor self-image, seeing themselves as unappealing in the eyes of others. If they cannot tolerate their image within their own mind, how do they expect to tolerate remarks, jokes, banter or criticism from others around them?

They can’t. So they become avoidant. If you suspect someone of having avoidant personality disorder, see if you can gently approach them and help them come out of their shell. Do not leave someone in the dark when you can shine a little light into their life!

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Histrionic Personality Disorder

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Histrionic Meaning

Histrionic personality disorder is a cluster B personality disorder characterized by an overdramatic, overly emotional and erratic type of behavior. Histrionics are extremely emotional and attention-seeking; their behavior becomes evident by early adulthood.

Histrionics become uncomfortable in situations in which they’re not the center of attention. They constantly feel the need to attract a lot of attention in order to fill their emotional void or inflate their ego. They may use their physical appearance to draw attention to themselves.

Histrionics often interact with others by inappropriate sexually seductive or provocative behavior. They are very sexual and may even get themselves into many sexual relationships out of a desire to feel attention and pleasure. They often dress very flaunty and revealing in order to attract sexual attention into their lives.

Histrionics are often shallow in their emotional expression. They may show interest in what you say in one moment and completely forget about you in the next. Think of the loud attractive blonde lady at a dinner party who is having one too many cocktails and demonstrating obnoxious behavior and “omg” statements. That’s histrionic.

Their speech often lack details. Their conversations are very superficial and bubbly; logic and facts are not on the agenda. It’s about emotions, appearance, sexuality and materialism. The simpler the conversation, the better the histrionic feels.

Histrionics display self-dramatization, theatricality and an exaggerated expression of emotions. It’s as if they are the leading actor on stage, attempting to soak up all the attention and credit. They may appear very entertaining and fun to be around with, but their shallowness often drives people away.

Histrionics may also be very easily influenced by others. Because they are so engulfed in superficial emotions and theatricality, they naturally make themselves easy targets for others to exploit. This may lead to good or bad situations, depending on if there is anything to gain by the histrionic.

Lastly, histrionics may consider relationships to be more intimate than they actually are. For instance, they may get into a one night stand believing that the hookup was the start of a brand new relationship. They may believe that innocent flirting by the opposite sex is a sign of a future relationship, when in reality, the man is just being polite and friendly.

Whenever someone is overly dramatic, flaunty, emotional and attention-seeking, keep in mind histrionic personality disorder!

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Narcissistic Personality Disorder

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Understanding Narcissism

Narcissism is the excessive interest in or admiration of oneself and one’s physical appearance. Narcissistic people are self-centered and selfish, involving a sense of entitlement, a lack of empathy and a need for admiration. They come first; you come second.

Narcissistic personality disorder (NPD) is a cluster B personality disorder involving a pattern of grandiosity, lack of empathy and need for admiration developing in early childhood. As the person ages, the traits become more evident.

Grandiosity is an unrealistic sense of superiority and the belief that one is better than others. Narcissists believe themselves to be unique while others are inferior and the same. They are very pretentious, attempting to impress others with the belief of holding greater importance or talent than is actually possessed.

Narcissists are very preoccupied with fantasies of power, beauty, intelligence and success. Their goal is to climb the ladder of success and stomp on everyone below them; some narcissists do have the capability of becoming very successful in life. Their inflated ego actually works to their advantage, but with distaste from many around them.

Because narcissists believe that they are special or unique, they can only associate themselves with other high-status people or groups. If you are not wealthy, brilliant or successful, a narcissist views you as inferior and a waste of time. A common example is a narcissist walking in the emergency room and impatiently demanding to be seen first by the best physician, only to be told otherwise, resulting in his or her stomping out of the hospital.

Narcissists have the need for excessive admiration. They expect others to praise their talents and success, even when none may be apparent. Because they are self-centered, the view themselves as the center of the universe, with everyone else rotating around them with the expectation of constant attention.

Narcissists attempt to exploit others for their own benefit. They may easily take advantage of vulnerable people in order to gain an upper hand and inflate their ego even more. They lack empathy and have no remorse for anything bad that happens to those around them.

Lastly, narcissists may believe that others are envious of him or her because of their imagined success and power. In reality, nobody is actually envious of them. For narcissists who are wealthy and successful, they may falsely believe that others are envious; in reality, others just do not like them as a person and are not necessarily envious.

Whenever interacting with an arrogant and self-centered person, keep in mind narcissistic personality disorder!

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The Importance Of Educating

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Educating Others On Mental Illness

The mind controls everything: our reactions, movements, choices, beliefs, respiration, sexual drive, creativity, motivation, work ethic and the list goes on. The importance of educating each other on mental illness is immense; one person’s experience can help prevent another person’s demise.

Many people can participate in educating others about mental illness. The more honesty that is delivered, the more stories that can be interrelated! The more open that we are with each other, the greater the effect becomes on shaping society to develop a stronger understanding of how mental health impacts our lives in many different ways.

If we do not come together and form a web of sticky education, humanity will continue to remain divided on the experience of mental health. Cohesion must form to help spread the understanding of mental illness! Education is one form of ending stigma; people are attracted to knowledge and personal experience.

If you have suffered or are suffering from a mental illness, share the experience with someone you know who may be suffering as well; strength in numbers is the expectation. Utilize the power of knowledge and past experience to help someone in need!

The problem does not lie with the medical field in terms of education. But as professionals, our reach can only extend so far. We need the help of humanity to contribute by promoting the end of mental health stigma and the sharing of personal and honest experiences, while being nonjudgmental.

Science can only take us so far. But love and care are limitless.

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Conspiracy Theories 2019

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Why Do People Believe In Conspiracy Theories?

A conspiracy theory is the belief that some covert but influential organization is responsible for a circumstance or event. Many people are attracted to conspiracy theories because they provide alternate explanations which sometimes seem more plausible.

Because our human nature is to question and search for answers and meaning, some people enjoy conspiracy theories because they provide us with an alternative vantage point; it provides us with excitement about an event whose truth is questionable from the beginning. Many conspiracy theories are also easily believable; the information presented often makes sense.

But you have to be careful when reading about or watching a video of a conspiracy theory. Always approach them with an open mind but do not allow yourself to be sucked in their vortex; it becomes very hard to step back out once your mind has been captured.

A side effect of too much conspiracy theories is the development of paranoia or even psychosis. Depending on the nature of the conspiracy theory, you may start to believe that “something or someone” is after you; the same “something or someone” who is responsible for the deaths of presidential figures and celebrities.

Connecting too many dots where they were never intended to be connected can also contribute to the development of brief psychotic disorder. You may start to lose touch with reality and believe bizarre scenarios or become disorganized in your thoughts and speech; it is no guarantee that your brief psychotic disorder will not progress to schizophreniform.

On the flip side, conspiracy theories may be a good thing for some:

  • They help you develop an open mind and prevent mental rigidity
  • They help you analyze information
  • They help you consider both sides to a story
  • They help you form your own opinion without always believing the main story
  • They help you to think outside of the box

Do not let others convince you that conspiracy theories are good or bad; you must try them out for yourself and form your own opinion. For some people, conspiracy theories promote the loss of their sanity, while for others, they provide a mild euphoric rush accompanied by useful tidbits of information.

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Be A Role Model

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Confidence And Leadership

Being a role model can be quite painful at times. It is not easy to strive for perfection on a daily basis. It requires consistency and determination which are difficult to uphold; especially when experiencing stress, pain and worry. But the first step is to change your mindset and strive for being a role model.

You must be able to demonstrate confidence and leadership. Confidence is a feeling of self-assurance arising from one’s appreciation of one’s own abilities or qualities. People are attracted to confidence; it spills over into the category of leadership. Leadership is the action of leading a group of people or an organization.

Being a leader requires trust; who is going to listen to you if your words and actions are deceitful? Being trustworthy requires earning the confidence of those around you. You must be able to tell and show people that you stand by honest principles which they can respect and adopt into their lives.

Excellent communication is key to being a role model. You must be able to speak fluently, make great eye contact, be easily understandable and pick your words wisely and effectively; having a versatile vocabulary can help a lot. Your delivery must also be attractive: an understandable and easily relatable rate, rhythm and tone are a must.

Being respectful of others is a given. Even if annoying people surround you on a daily basis, you must brush them off and continue to demonstrate a respectful attitude towards them; their insecurities should not affect your position as a role model. And do not forget to respect yourself; the process always starts within.

Be humble and willing to admit mistakes. Nobody wants to be around someone who blames others for his or her mistakes. Admitting mistakes demonstrates confidence, courage, responsibility, honesty and a drive to learn more! Go about it by being humble and you become very close to capturing the hearts of those around you.

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