Friday, January 4, 2013

A Word To The Wise

You might remember that in my post last Monday (yeah, the one that was supposed to be for Tuesday...that one) I was telling you about my plan to become more optimistic.  It turns out there is a new study aimed at helping us all to become more "yay-sayers" instead of "nay-sayers".  For those of you that have been reading my blog for awhile, you KNOW how much I believe in studies. (dripping in sarcasm).  As studies, polls and graphs always give totally accurate information, (more sarcasm mixed with a little scorn) I thought I would offer up a Public Service Announcement, of sorts.  So  before I fill you in on the "what were they thinking?" news for the week, I will tell you about another study that may or may not have an ounce of credibility.

Take the Trash Out

According to new research study that was published in  Psychological Science, if  you write down your negative thoughts and toss them into the trash, those pesky negative thoughts will be removed from your mind. According to this cutting-edge psychological test, you can  get rid of of all that negative brain trash by writing it down  and just throwing it away.  The study did note that if you prefer you could put your negativity into a computer document and drag them into the trash can on your desktop.  Good to know for those of you that no longer remember how to write without  the aid of a technical  device.  Any way,  according to them. this will keep you thinking more positive. 

I did notice that this research that was led by Pablo Brinol at the Universidad Autonoma Madrid  (I type it as I see it, folks) consisted of asking high school students to write down negative and positive thoughts about their bodies. (why it was limited to just their bodies, I haven't a clue) Then test participants were asked to either toss them or keep them.  Supposedly the students that tossed their negative thoughts were unburdened of their negativity.

Just to keep you thoroughly informed, I am presently jotting various negative thoughts onto little scraps of paper (which pertain to the fact,  I think that any study limited to teenagers thoughts on their bodies might be flawed from the very start)  I will be tossing these little  pieces of paper in the garbage shortly.   Let's just see if that purges me from the skepticism I have regarding the accuracy of this particular study.

Flying in the Face of Fashion

Do all those extra baggage fees get you down? Here's an idea.  Follow the lead of a man  at the Guanzhou Baiyun International Airport in China earlier this week.

According to The Examiner, the unnamed man was told that he would have to pay extra fees or get rid of some of the weight of his luggage. Not willing to do either, he removed approximately 60 shirts, 9 pair of jeans from his bag and proceeded to put them on.  (I wouldn't of thought this was possible but according to the Guangzhou Daily, it is.)

After layering all his clothes he proceeded to board the plane. least that was his plan.  He was stopped by the metal detector and was required to have a full body search.  He had forgotten to remove thumb drives and chargers from his packed clothes.

Seriously?  How much was the baggage charge that would inspire someone to put on 60 shirts.  I am not sure  if there is an upper limit to what I would pay not to have a full body search from an airport security person. 

Don't Blame the Ghost

Debbie Michelle Zamacona, a woman from Winder, Georgia, recently called the police to report a theft in her home.  She said her resume and a black and blue blouse had been stolen.  (odd combination..wouldn't you agree?)

What made this report a tad unusual beside the fact the electronics weren't stolen, was the fact that she listed the value of her resume at $5000.00.  She, also, went on to tell the police she knew who the thief was.

She suspected it was one of the two ghosts that had been coming into her home.  She said the ghost of her mother frequents the house and she brings with her two malevolent entities with her.  Debbie is sure that one of them, stole her resume and blouse.

What made this story even more "odd" is that there was a quote by a paranormal investigator that said, "if the items were actually stolen, it would have been done by a poltergeist not a ghost."
 Poltergeists are more mischievous.  By all  means...let's use our words wisely and not go around falsely blaming ghosts.

No Truth in Advertising

A Florida man went into the Shark Lounge Liquor store with his 11 month child.  He left his little one at the counter with the clerk and proceeded into the adjoining Shark Lounge Gentlemen's Club.

The clerk called the police and the daddy, Kenneth Rowe, was charged with child neglect.

So what?, I hear you saying....The reason, I am even mentioning this is Shark Lounge slogan is "We will Rock You."

Evidently they don't.


Jo-Anne said...

Thank you for making me feel normal...............and more so for making certain members of my family seem normal by these posts............

Aleta said...

Uh, yeah, I'm thinking the paper and trash idea is a little goofy, but if it works for some people, power to them :) The ghost story had me laughing... seriously 5k for a resume!

Anon A Mus said...

Several years ago, my sister felt really bad about herself. I told her about a similar article I had read where you write down your negative thoughts and then burn them.

So for several weeks, she wrote her self-loathing thoughts into the family's laptop. Unfortunately, Windows Vista, being the epitome of buggy operating systems, crashed during one of her critical projects for her work.

Her emotions were swift and furious. She proceeded to press the enter key repeatedly by running over it with her husband's truck. She then threw laptop into the fire pit. Not the first time a laptop made an ash of itself. And my sister felt pleased about ridding herself of her negative thoughts.

A few weeks later, she received a letter about a payment she missed. My sister had been paying her bills online. So she felt really bad about being pleased about ridding herself of negative thoughts.

Well, not that bad. To this day, she says she would have taken a sledgehammer to that evil mechanized spawn of Satan. And she feels really good about herself now.

So I agree – do it, write now.

lisleman said...

My authority on ghosts comes from watching Ghost Busters a few times and I have seen Poltergeist but was distracted by the broken TV. I can tell you ghosts have no use for a resume of any type.
Thinking negatively can attract a positive mate occasionally.

Nicky said...

And all this time, I've been using alcohol to get rid of my negativity. Who knew?

I think it was very important to clarify the poltergeist/ghost issue. Just think of the potential for defamation and libel lawsuits by ghosts everywhere who are falsely accused of theft.

Chubby Chatterbox said...

Are you sure you have a problem with negativity? You strike me as being rather level headed and upbeat.

Cheryl P. said...

I am fairly certain that you and your family are normal. You haven't called the cops today to say that a ghost stole your blouse have you???

Cheryl P. said...

I do agree that writing things down could have a positive effect but I have a problem with how this particular study worked. They asked 89 high school students to write either a negative or a positive view about their body on a piece of paper. Then they were to either keep it or throw it away. They asked the ones that threw negative thought away if they felt better. I would be curious what they had written. Probably something like "What a stupid assignment this is...let's go to McDonalds and get some fries."

As far as the ghost. The article said that Debbie had included her past drug arrests on her resume. Bet the ghost will have a hard time finding employment.

PS Aleta...I answered this once, a bit earlier and it seemed to disappear. If you get two responses...I apologize.

Cheryl P. said...

Hope you aren't getting two responses as one disappeared???? Speaking of computers and sledgehammers...maybe that would make me feel better.

You are seriously hysterical!!!! "spawn of Satan" Maybe burning computers should become a legitimate therapy for negativity.

Cheryl P. said...

Same here. My total experience with ghosts come from watching TV although I lived in a supposed haunted house as a kid.

According to the article the resume included Debbie's past drug arrests so I suspect the ghost ...oops the poltergeist is still looking for viable employment.

Cheryl P. said...

I think your method has more fans that the "scribble it on a note and put in the waste can" group.

You and I think so much alike it is sometimes scary. I thought the exact same thing. Where are the lawyers? Isn't there an ACLU for ghosts or poltergeists?

Cheryl P. said...

No actually, most of the time I am the Pollyanna of the crowd. I tend to be the one that believes that most things turn out like a Disney movie. (Old Yeller wasn't a Disney movie was it??)

I do over analyze though such as the case with this study. The research was done on 89 teens. (so few and so young) They were given the choice to write either positive or negative AND they could keep it or toss it. The conclusion was that the ones that threw anything negative away felt better. Knowing teens that would write negative things over positive tells me that they wrote things like: "How f******* stupid is this? They felt better because they thought they were done and could get out of there.

Riot Kitty said...

I remember a police report that some poor schmuck actually had to write. A woman called police to tell them that someone had taken all of the red, white and green vegetables out of her freezer. (Mind you, not the orange or yellow ones.)

Crack You Whip said...

Oh, I would need more trashcans than that! Interesting study.

Cheryl P. said...

There is something to be said for QUALITY over QUANTITY. Yours would be the funniest, negative thoughts on the planets....and, sure to draw cute cartoons on them too.

Cheryl P. said...

That vegetable thing is interesting...errr...strange. Must not enjoy corn or squash. The poor picky pervert (don't you just love alliterations, RK?) will have a hard time in jail as I suspect that they don't have menu choices based on color. I actually might be wrong on that as I haven't been in jail. This isn't because of dietary concerns but I adhere to every possible law because the thought of using the bathroom in front of others freaks me out.

babs (beetle) said...

I heard something similar to this. I was told (back in the day) to write down things that I wanted to happen in my life and place them in the pages of the bible, then they would come to fruition. I think both ideas are equally off with the fairies and I'm not usually a negative person ;)

Cheryl P. said...

Hi Babs, I was wondering about you. Hope all is well with you. I agree that it would take more than writing down our wish list and having it all mysteriously come into reality.

L.C. Griffith said...

A study using teenagers with negative body image issues? Boy, it must have been hard to find subjects. LOL!! Rock solid stuff;)
I took a course on how to overcome anxiety and part of the exercises were to write down all your negative thoughts and then go through them one by one, answering each thought. For example: "I don't think she likes me. She had a screwy look on her face when she passed me in the hall." The answer would be: Perhaps she just remembered that she left her coffee maker on. Or: does it really matter if she doesn't like you? This helps me to become logical rather than fearful. After doing that little exercise we were instructed to throw the list in the trash. The thing is, it did work. All of a sudden I was questioning these negative thoughts instead of swallowing them hook line and stinker;)
That's my observation. I still have anxiety, but in all fairness I've let the exercises fall to the wayside. When things get really bad I go back to doing it for a while and then I slack off again. Ha! Now that's scientific! Thanks for the thought provoking post my friend. Enjoy your weekend!

Cheryl P. said...

I used to teach a course on stress reduction and there are all types of effective exercises to help people refocus their way of looking at problems but just as in all things...what works for one doesn't work for the other. What I found disconcerting about this study was the small number of participants along with the limitations to age and subject matter. Tossing a scrap of paper bemoaning a large butt by a 16 year old is different than tossing a piece of paper by a 75 year old over the loss of a spouse. Still, I usually find the manner in which data is gathered pretty not laughable or ludicrous.

As far as today's world I think most people struggle with fear and worry. It all has gotten complicated. I would say, my friend...don't worry, be happy but that is so much easier said than done.

meleahrebeccah said...

"if you write down your negative thoughts and toss them into the trash, those pesky negative thoughts will be removed from your mind."

If I did that - I wouldn't have time to do anything else - for all of the hours of all of the days!

60 shirts? Who even owns 60 shirts? But also I think his plan to avoid paying extra was kinda clever.

Um… what the heck? poltergeist stealing resumes? Now I've heard it all!

Anyone who brings their kid to a bar is an asshole. The end.

Cheryl P. said...

I was looking for clipart of one of those huge trash receptacles for my picture to convey that very idea. I couldn't find a picture of anything big enough to hold all my negativity.

60 shirts...I can't imagine how that is possible. Maybe in China the shirts are made of rubber bands or some other stretchy something. I was confused.

Lady with the 5000 dollar resume who listed her past arrests on it....cray cray

That would be a drunk asshole.

meleahrebeccah said...

I love how we are ALWAYS on the same page!!