Posted in Humor

Toddler studies

Recently, I wrote an article on depression. The stages of depression, how to spot if your friend is depressed, etc. The usual stuff.

But it got me thinking. After a loft of running by the metaphorical guinea pig in his running wheel , in my brain, I came up with an idea, a thought. The most depressed being on the earth must be toddlers .

To understand this idea, I might first want to extract a part from my write up :


“Notice the guy who keeps smiling, no matter what the situation ? Yes, the guy who is laughing all the time, cheerful, pleasant, cool to hang out with. Look at him closely. There might just be a hint of sadness hiding in those eyes.
The eyes, always trying to find something. Something they don’t know how to explain, something that’s missing. A spark in their life, maybe… ? or a purpose to live , perhaps …?

Have you tried to talk to him ? He might just speak for hours and you might gain a lot of general knowledge and absolutely no personal insight into this person. He has shut himself off, emotionally. He might put on weight, or loose some within a short span. He might claim to get plenty of sleep, almost 12 hours, and claim he needs it.

These are just some symptoms of depression. There might be more.
So next time you spot such a person, try to look into him, rather than at him. You might just learn a lot about him”


Now look at a toddler.

He keeps smiling, even if you try to tell him that the Iron may still be hot, or that chewing of footwear might cause him to generate excessive amounts of shit.

You may talk to him for hours on end, and the only thing you might gain is how many times he likes to eat, take a shit , hour he likes to sleep or cry for no apparent reason. He might suddenly grow in size over the period of six months, or drastically reduce weight, although there might be some footwear chewing involved which might have caused him to reduce.

Now, you might wonder what caused the depression ? Here are some possible reasons.

  1. Strangers keep staring at him for no apparent reason.
  2. Some Strangers even try to grab him.
  3. The two familiar faces that feed him, keep talking in some strange language and then expect him to say things he doesn’t understand.
  4. Some strangers poke his cheeks or pull them, and yet the familiars do nothing about the physical abuse. I don’t even want to get started on the oily feeling on my entire body, after some of these strangers are done with me. calling themselves masseur or something.
  5. When he tries out his lingo, no one seems to care what he is trying to say. All they care about is their own lingo
  6. When he tries to go to sleep, there is always something hanging above him, which might fall on him and crash him. This thing even makes sound ,sometimes. This torture has been going on since he slept on a bed in a cage..
  7. The familiars keep making shrill noises like ” oooo ” which makes him think that he is called “ooo” but later they start calling him something completely different
  8. The familiars even pick him up and expect him to go forward in such a wired and totally unstable ways. Four stable pillars is what I am good at, he may be thinking.
  9. The familiars keep feeding him something unfamiliar, which tastes completely different from what he was used to since his birth.
  10. Sometimes, the familiars talk in loud voices. He is afraid of loud voices.
  11. Sometimes one of the familiars simply disappears for ages and suddenly appears back for no apparent reason.   Even after he searches the word for him, the toddler is unable to find him.

This kind of erratic behavior pushes the toddlers into depression.

Please stop this inhuman act of torture. Don’t just like it, share it on Facebook. Even if 1 of the torturers find this valid and saves a toddler from going into depression, my purpose of writing this article would be fulfilled.

Advertisements
Posted in Article, Life, Mensa, Philosophy

Depression

This is another article that I wrote for a Mensa meet. Apparently, I am depressed.


What is depression?

Excessive sadness, perhaps?

So let’s remove sadness from life. By-product : no happiness. As it happens, you can’t feel true happiness unless you know what the absence of happiness means and the absence of happiness is sadness. Like darkness is just an absence of light, or chaos is just an absence of order.

But, Just like, a small beam of light can cause a dark room to brighten, a small act of shouting and cutting queue (chaos) when filling up the graduation forms in college can cause a small and exciting riot, conclusion : a small shock of sadness can actually break the depression.

No this is not a typo. I agree, that small bout of joy can also help with depression, but that is just for a particular moment. For long-term effects, you need a small shock of sadness. This will look at life from a different perspective. It gives the feeling that God just gave a smack on your bum and asked you to “man up” to life. He says life isn’t cruel, just mischievously sadistic.

How do you spot a depressed person ?
He is definitely not the one shouting “I am so depressed, that I can no longer work.” This is simply a lazy guy who wants others to do his work for him.

He is definitely not the person sitting quietly in the corner… staring blankly at a wall. He might just be admiring the colour or texture of the wall. Or perhaps he might be absent minded. Or perhaps he might think himself to be John Forbes Nash and thinks staring at walls may just win him a Nobel prize and he might get a beautiful mind.

He is definitely not the one who refuses to take baths, has long and dirty fingernails. He might be a gardener or he might have just buried someone,preferably not alive.
( I should stop watching police procedural dramas )

No these are not the depressed beings.

Notice the guy who keeps smiling, no matter what the situation ? Yes, the guy who is laughing all the time, cheerful, pleasant, cool to hang out with. Look at him closely. There might just be a hint of sadness hiding in those eyes.
The eyes, always trying to find something. Something they don’t know how to explain, something that’s missing. A spark in their life, maybe… ? or a purpose to live , perhaps …?

Have you tried to talk to him ? He might just speak for hours and you might gain a lot of general knowledge and absolutely no personal insight into this person. He has shut himself off, emotionally. He might put on weight, or loose some within a short span. He might claim to get plenty of sleep, almost 12 hours, and claim he needs it.

These are just some symptoms of depression. There might be more.
So next time you spot such a person, try to look into him, rather than at him. You might just learn a lot about him

Posted in Article, Life, Mensa

Reading People

So, this is what I wrote for a Mensa project. This isn’t much, but I am a secretive person after all.

The article was all about reading people.


It is said that it is common knowledge that reading people is easy enough.
And yet many people find it difficult to judge how their bosses will react or if the boy/girl you like like you back. There are jokes flying around about people not being able to understand what women want.
So, maybe it is not so common. Maybe, it becomes more difficult to read people as they get older,as they learn to hide their emotions.

Look at babies. It is easy to know when they are happy , sad, want their mom, want to pull hair, want to spit… all the things babies do. Admittedly, babies most eat , sleep or poop, but that is not the point. The point is, people learn to hide their emotions behind a mask. As the Japanese saying goes ” every person has three layers of faces behind which he hides.

So how do you read a person ? I am no expert, but here are some things that I have noticed or heard.
Eye contact : If people maintain eye contact, most of the time they are telling the truth.
Pitch : If the person you are talking to suddenly changes the pitch of their voice, you asked the wrong kid of question. This will be followed by a slight restlessness.
Look at the body language : crossing of hands in mid conversation usually means I need to stop talking right away. If this is followed by a frown, I should probably start running in the opposite direction. It might mean, I offended them in some way, which is very probable.
The evil Smile: cartoon have it almost correct. If a person smiles, look for a slight twitching at the corners. If there is a twitch…. a definite evil mastermind.
Handshakes : See if a handshake is firm, Hard or soft. If hard, don’t trust the guy. He might want to dominate you. If firm, he might sell you a boat in a desert, if soft, just push him around. He won’t mind it, and even if he did he won’t do anything about it.

And this is the limit of what little knowledge I gained while learning to be a human being.