Thursday, December 1, 2011


"Tell him the truth" - Keri Hilson. This song is about the conviction that comes with cheating on your boyfriend. The message of the song is telling listerners to be honest with their partners and to reveal to them the truth. I tried listening to this song to motivate myself to tell my boyfriend what "accidently" happen during summer- It didn't work, although i really wanted to. It would really suck if he saw this blog; I might have to delete it at the end of the semester.

"Momma"- Boys II Men. I love this song! I played it for my mother for mother's day. The song is about how the much the artist loves his mother because of all the things she has done for him. The song is slow and the notes are long, so its a perfect sing-a-long tune. This song is a classic and it never gets old. Everytime I listen it I want to call my mother and tell her that I love her.

"Hush, Little Baby Don't you cry" unknown-  This song perfectly fits my life at this moment in time.  Currently I am at the library at 2 a.m. in the mourning and I feel like crying. Fortunately, I am not crying physically but I am definently crying mentally. I am very tired and I want to go to sleep.

Sunday, November 20, 2011

Research Paper PROGRESS!

Harper, B(1994).Gentle Birth Choices.Rochester,Vermont:Healing Arts Press.

My research question is "What are the major differences between Home Birth and Hospital Birth". Gentle Birth Choices  will be the major source of my paper. This book has alot of information that will make this writing assignment a breeze- well almost. Because being a midwife nurse is something that I am truly passionate for, I am going to enjoy reading and picking out information to include in my reseach paper. The pictures are amazing!  I have shown several people the pictures in the book and they all seem to react in disgust- to make them feel better, I just tell them that it is a natural process that everyone goes through (literally).

(1993, Nov. 3). A Birthing Center. Parents,150. Retrived from
I found this cute, litte article on the ProQuest Research Library Database. The Database found this article through an Magazine. I don't think I cited this article correctly, because I can't find the arthuor or  edition of the Magazine. I will be using this source to support Home Birth. It is an easy read; all I need now is an highlighter to begin finding information.

Thursday, November 17, 2011

Chapter 10

This chapter begins with Ron at some sort of meeting. In the meeting people were proposing disorders  to be included in the fourth coming edition of the DSMV.  Ronson then goes on to talk about how  doctors and parents of the USA,were so quick to put children on medication. The purupose of Lady Margert character is not clear, but she introduces a man name Robert Spirzer.  Spitzer was a psychiatrist who didn't like psychoanalysis. From the way it is written in the novel, it seems as if Spitzer's ideas influenced the kinds of meetings were people yell out disorders and someone writes them down; he even published his version of DSM-III. After steping down as the editor of the DSM-III, he concludes that it is very easy to create a false epidemic in psychiatry. The chapter ends with the death of a little girl named Rebecca. She died because her parents overdose her with bipolor medication; the medication was not even intended for children.
For some reason this chapter was hard to understand, but it is probably because I read it at 1 in the mourning. One thing that stuck out to me about this chapter is the reality that parents in the USA really do put their children on medication for everything. Its shocking to read that most kids are being misdiagnosed.

Wednesday, November 2, 2011

Jon Ronson: Chapters 9 +10

In "The madness of David Shayler", Ronson writes about a  terroist bombing in Northern London, that occured on July 7,2005; the tradgedy happened in the  mourning, around 9:30 am. Rachel North, a survivor of the terroist attack, was in the same carriage as the sucide  bomber. After recovering, she blogged her experiences; she gained support and enemies. David Shayler was one of the enemies she made because he was the head of a conspircy group that believed  that  the goverment was responsible for the July bombing which means that he accused North of lieing. Ronson allows the reader to choose to side with North or Shayler.
In the begining of the chapter I was in favor of North. Why would she team up with the goverment and agree to be nearly killed by a bomb? But, i was open to learning about Shaylor's conspiricy; it was a bunch of BU*LSH*T! I was laughing when Ronson told Shayler to f*u%k off.

Tuesday, November 1, 2011

Malcolm Gladwell: Something Borrowed

In "Something Borrowed" Gladwell describes the plagarism case of Broadway play,Frozen .British playwright Bryony Lavery, produced a play about a serial killer named Ralph, who kidnaps and murders a young girl. Nancy, the mother of the young girl, wants answers. Agnetha , the psychiatrists works to provide answers of whether Ralph's crimes were acts of evil or illness. It turns out that Lavery was "borrowing" ideas from the work of Gladwell and Dorthy Lewis. This incident, inspires Gladwell to question the act of plagerism. The answer is not clear because Gladwell mentions many different definitions of plagerism. For example, on page 107, Gladwell writes "What matters is what you copied, and how much you copied. Intelectual-property doctrine isn't a straight foward application of the ethical priniple 'Thou shalt not steal' At its core is the notion that there are notions were you can steal". On page 108, Gladwell writes "This balance between the protecting and the limiting of intellectual property is , infact, enshhrined in the costitution: 'congress shall have the power to promote the progress of science and useful Arts, by securing for limited'". On page 109, Gladwell writes ".....when it comes to literature, we have some how decided that copying is never acceptable".

I enjoyed this reading, it was very informative. I never  understood why people take plagerism so seriously until now. Now I  understand why Lewis becomes outraged, when Lavery uses aspects of Lewis's personal life in her productions. I would be mad too!  I will never cite unproperly again! Also, It is ironic that this passage talks about "psychopaths".

Monday, October 17, 2011


The chapter begins with Ronson having a conversation with his friend, Adam Curtis. Ronson was explaining his visit to Shabuta, Mississippi, and the sculpture collection of predatory animals and his giant oil paintings of himself. Al Dunlap is a characters of interest because he  is hired to fire employees of Sunbeam which eventually leads to the closing of Sunbeam and the demise of  Shubuta. Curtis then goes on a rant about the "madness of journalism". Ronson mulls on Curtis's rant, and decides to do some research. Through research, he meets Charlotte Scott. Charlotte Scott is a relatively young retired show producer. Scoot was the producer of shows where raised on social issues, such as: drugs,incest, adultery, and cross dressing. It was her job to call the people who wanted to be on television and listen to their story. Scoot often felt as if she had to feel removed from the person on the other end of the phone- she was describing the process of dehumanization. People find ways to erase empathy and remorse from their  jobs, so they can perform their jobs better. Scott reveals a producing secret to Ronson. She exposes her methods of weeding out the boring from the mad. Scott would ask people what medications they were on. If they where on Prozac- they were perfect for the show.
I enjoyed this chapter. Mostly because it was nice, short read. I also gain some insight to how TV producers go by creating interesting shows. It was cool to read the job description of Charlotte Scoot, former bookkeeper of Jerry Springer, Trisha, and Jeremy Kyle. I always figured that the people on these shows where on some sort of medication. The interview of Al Dunlap really, didn't shock me. It wasn't as gory as compared with earlier interviews. He's not that "bad" of a psychopath.

Thursday, October 13, 2011

Question that can be answered in 10 pages

Because I am interested in Midwifery, I want my paper to be about Midwifery. I don't know what aspect of Midwifery I want to talk about. I feel like there are alot of subjects I can write about concerning midwifery, but its not coming to mind. So, Today I'm going to meet up with a real Mid-wife Nurse. I'm going to ask her billions of questions-she is going to wish I never agreed to meet with her today! I am so excited. If I sit her and continue to write more on this post I'm going to be late for one of the most important meetings of my entire life. (updates on how it went later :)!)

Wednesday, October 5, 2011

The Psychopath Test- Summary of Chapter 4

Ron sends Bob Hare an email requesting an interview; Hare agrees to meet with Ron but only if he registered for a three-day residential course. During the course, Hare taught Ron and others how to identify psychopaths through his checklist. Hare developed the Hare PCL-R checklist in 1975. With the help of experts he, he catergorized the characteristic and behaviors of psycopaths into an organized list.
Which was this: (pg97-98)
1. Glibness/superficial charm
2. Grandiose sense of self-worth
3. Need for stimulation/proness to boredom
4.Pathological lying
5. Conning/ Manipulative
6.Lack of remorse or guil
7. Shallow affect
8.Callous/lack of empathy
9.Parasitic lifestyle
10. Poor behavioral controls
11.Promiscouous sexual behavior
12. Earlybehavior problems
13.Lack of relistic long-term goals
14. Impulsivity
15. Irresponsibility
16. Failure to accepts responsibility for own actions
17. Many short-term marital relationships
18.Juvenile delinquency
19. Revocation of conditional relase
20. Criminal versatility
The class then precedes to look at Case studies to learn how to identify these charactericstics. The Case studies allows Ron identify closer with psychopaths. Ron then starts his own exploration of identifying psychopaths
Critique: This chapter was very interesting. I was able to learn, along with Ron, more about psychopaths and their behavior. The story Hane told about the girl psychopath was terrifying. I never considered that psychopathic behavior can begin early in life. So it is really nerve wreaking to hear about a second year student of college who gets pleasure out of extreme violence. Who knows? She could turn out to be my roomate. :/

Wednesday, September 21, 2011

Chapter 3: The Psychopath Test (Summary and Reaction)

In this Chapter, Jon Ronson explores the methods of curing psychopaths. Ronson tells the story through the biogrophy of Elliet Barker who was a budding psychiatrist back in the mid-1960s. Barker wanted to find a cure that avenge psychopath from their suffereings-he started by traveling the world observing other psychitrists and their methods. In Palm Springs, Californaia Barker observed nude psychothearpy seassions ocurring under the lead of psychotherpist Paul Bindrim. Barker later on observed the work of many psychiatrists, including those from turkey, Greece, West Berlin, Japan, Korea,and Hong Kong. Barker returned london, and the Oak Ridge hospital board, impressed by the details of his journey, offered him a job. Here, Barker incoporated into his own work with the work of many psychiatirsts which developed into intense LSD treatment. In 1971 the transformation of the psychopaths that where treated by Barker's method was caught on film. The progress of Barker's methods came to a halt when Gary Maier took over. Barry Boyd, Oakridge's medical director, ordered Maier to lower the his use of LSD in the patients. Unfortunately, the decrease of LSD lead to darastic changes in the progress of  patients. 80% of the psychopaths that were released from Oakridge's Hospital reoffended.
This chapter was really wierd. My mind went from having images of naked people having thearapy to feces being spread on the wall. Just, reading about this made me feel a little "psycho". i don't understand how a psychiatrist can study the problems of psychopaths and not become psycho themselves. The dialogue from psychopaths that Ronson included were dialogue that can be heard in horror films. For example the words of Peter Woodcock,"I regret that children died, but i felt like God. It was the power of GOd over a human being. ..It was the pleasure it gave me. I got very litter pleasure fro anything else in life. But the strangling of children I found a degree  and a sensation of pleasure. And of accomplishment". After I read this chapter my head began to hurt and I took some tylenol. Luckily, I woke up fine the next mourning.

Thursday, September 15, 2011