Think of it as a directed-association game.
We give you a concept.
You share your associations of that concept through the structure of the blog:  movies, encyclopedia entries, words, and biographies.
We’ll choose some and publish them on a daily basis, as we already do.
I don’t know exactly how we’ll choose them.
This is a new component to the blog.
Have some fun.

Use our concept to relate to  Movies, words, encyclopedia, biographies Share your association with one or more of the categories Be assured that this is purely an intellectual exercise and not a plot to psychoanalyze anyone

Use our concept to relate to
Movies, words, encyclopedia, biographies
Share your association with one or more of the categories
Be assured that this is purely an intellectual exercise and not a plot to psychoanalyze anyone

The concept of next Wednesday, September 4, 2018 posting will be “Remembrances of our growing up.”

Using one or more of the entries below, send your response.
What movie might you recommend to parallel this post? Use your own memories.
Why does this movie resonate with you?

Encyclopedia Entries
We use this category for an in-depth explanation of some aspect of the post that bears a detailed presentation.
Any thoughts on a concept that is worth presenting to our readers?
Remember that we’re dealing with bloggers who have demonstrated wider-than-average ranges of interest.

Word of the Day
What is a good word in this area that behooves us to define?
Sometimes common words can bear definition.

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Today’s post is from Ron Fuccillo, Papa Fooch, who shares his thoughts on old-timers’ gatherings wherein the only topics of conversation are health and medication.

Today is Wednesday, August 29
This is my 141st consecutive daily posting.
Time is … and Weather
Today’s dinner is

Photo of the Day
The House we grew up in

I love those dear hearts and gentle people who live in my home town because those dear hearts and gentle people will never ever let you down

I love those dear hearts and gentle people
who live in my home town
because those dear hearts and gentle people
will never ever let you down

Web Site Tweaks
The tweak is the blog's new component: a fun brain-game of association.

I say: growing up.
You consider the concept and think of a movie that illustrates it.
Share the movie title with us and, if you will, tell us why you made that connection.
Reconsider the concept and think of a word that we might define to add to the body of knowledge in that area.
Do the same for a famous person whom you associate with growing up. We'll do a biography.
Finally, think of an encyclopedia entry which, explained, will shed further light on the subject.

Do one of the above or more.
Send them in.

The post on growing up will appear on Wednesday, September 5.


hermann rorschach or is it Brad Pitt?

hermann rorschach
or is it Brad Pitt?

What is the Implicit Association test?

Find the answer just before today’s Post below.
Give yourself partial credits for partial answers.

Thumbnail Biography:

Hermann Rorschach (8 November 1884 – 1 April 1922) was a Swiss Freudian psychiatrist and psychoanalyst.
His education in art helped to spur the development of a set of inkblots that were used experimentally to measure various unconscious parts of the subject's personality.
His method has come to be referred to as the Rorschach Test, iterations of which have continued to be used over the years to help identify personality, psychotic, and neurological disorders.
Rorschach continued to refine the test until his premature death at age 37. Rorschach lived a short yet successful life while influencing the world of psychology

Thank you, Wikipedia

a movie with both psychological profiling and growing up

a movie with both psychological profiling and growing up

Movie Details
What's Eating Gilbert Grape is a 1993 American drama film directed by Lasse Hallström and starring Johnny Depp, Juliette Lewis, Darlene Cates, and Leonardo DiCaprio.
The film follows 24-year-old Gilbert (Depp), a grocery store clerk caring for his morbidly obese mother (Cates) and his mentally impaired younger brother (DiCaprio) in a sleepy Midwestern town.
Peter Hedges wrote the screenplay, adapted from his 1991 novel of the same name.
The film was well-received; DiCaprio received his first Academy Award nomination for his role.

In the small town of Endora, Iowa, Gilbert Grape (Johnny Depp) is busy caring for Arnie (Leonardo DiCaprio), his mentally challenged brother, as they wait for the many tourists' trailers to pass through town during an annual Airstreamer's Club gathering at a nearby recreational area. His mother, Bonnie (Darlene Cates), gave up on life after her husband hanged himself in the basement seven years earlier.

She spends almost all of her time on the couch watching TV and eating. With Bonnie unable to care for her children on her own due to her morbid obesity, Gilbert has taken responsibility for repairing the old house and looking after Arnie, who has a habit of climbing the town water tower, while his sisters Amy (Laura Harrington) and Ellen (Mary Kate Schellhardt) do the rest. The relationship between the brothers is of both care and protection, as Gilbert continually enforces the "nobody touches Arnie" policy. A new FoodLand supermarket has opened, threatening the small Lamson's Grocery where Gilbert works. In addition, Gilbert is having an affair with a married woman, Betty Carver (Mary Steenburgen).

The family is looking forward to Arnie's 18th birthday. A young woman named Becky (Juliette Lewis) and her grandmother are stuck in town when the International Harvester Travelall pulling their trailer breaks down. Gilbert's unusual life circumstances threaten to get in the way of their budding romance. In order to spend time with Becky to watch the sunset, Gilbert leaves Arnie alone in the bath. He returns home late and finds that Arnie is still in the bath the following morning, shivering in the (now cold) water; his guilt is compounded by his family's anger. His affair with Betty ends when she leaves town in search of a new life following her husband's death—he drowned in the family's wading pool after suffering a heart attack. Becky becomes close to both Gilbert and Arnie.

While they are distracted during one of their talks, Arnie returns to the water tower that he is always trying to climb. Arnie is arrested after being rescued from the top of the tower, causing his mother—who has not left the house in seven years—to become the object of pointing, laughing, and gawking from the townspeople as she goes to the police station, forcing Arnie's release.

Soon after, Arnie tries to run away yet again from his bath and in his frustration, Gilbert finally snaps, hitting Arnie several times.
Guilty and appalled at himself, Gilbert runs out and drives away in his truck without another word.
Arnie also runs out and goes to Becky's, who takes care of him for the evening until he is picked up by his sisters.

After some soul searching aided by Becky, Gilbert returns home during the birthday party to make amends to his family for running out and to be forgiven by Arnie which, with only the slightest hesitation, he is.
He apologizes to his mother for his behavior and promises that he is not ashamed of her and that he will not let her be hurt any more.
She admits to Gilbert her knowledge of what a burden she has become to the family, and he forgives her.
He introduces her to Becky—something he had been reluctant to do earlier.

Following Arnie's 18th birthday party, Bonnie climbs the stairs to her bedroom for the first time since her husband's suicide.

Arnie later tries to wake her but discovers that she has died.
The children, not willing to let their mother become the joke of the town by having her corpse lifted from the house by crane, empty their family home of possessions and set it on fire.
A year later, Gilbert describes what happened to his family after his mother's death, as Gilbert and his brother Arnie wait by the side of a road for Becky, who arrives with her grandmother, and picks them up.

Thank you, Wikipedia

Word of the Day

Psychiatry is the medical specialty devoted to the diagnosis, prevention and treatment of mental disorders

Psychiatry is the medical specialty devoted to the diagnosis, prevention and treatment of mental disorders

a bat? a butterfly? Did you turn the card around? Turn it over? Is the answer right? Be careful that the interpreter is truly experienced.

a bat?
a butterfly?
Did you turn the card around?
Turn it over?
Is the answer right?
Be careful that the interpreter is truly experienced.

Answer for Encyclopediacs

The Rorschach test is a psychological test in which subjects' perceptions of inkblots are recorded and then analyzed using psychological interpretation, complex algorithms, or both.
Some psychologists use this test to examine a person's personality characteristics and emotional functioning.
It has been employed to detect underlying thought disorder, especially in cases where patients are reluctant to describe their thinking processes openly.

The test is named after its creator, Swiss psychologist Hermann Rorschach. In the 1960s, the Rorschach was the most widely used projective test.

Although the Exner Scoring System (developed since the 1960s) claims to have addressed and often refuted many criticisms of the original testing system with an extensive body of research, some researchers continue to raise questions.
The areas of dispute include the objectivity of testers, inter-rater reliability, the verifiability and general validity of the test, bias of the test's pathology scales towards greater numbers of responses, the limited number of psychological conditions which it accurately diagnoses, the inability to replicate the test's norms, its use in court-ordered evaluations, and the proliferation of the ten inkblot images, potentially invalidating the test for those who have been exposed to them.

The Rorschach test is appropriate for subjects from the age of five to adulthood.
The administrator and subject typically sit next to each other at a table, with the administrator slightly behind the subject.
Side-by-side seating of the examiner and the subject is used to reduce any effects of inadvertent cues from the examiner to the subject.
In other words, side-by-side seating mitigates the possibility that the examiner will accidentally influence the subject's responses.
This is to facilitate a "relaxed but controlled atmosphere".

There are ten official inkblots, each printed on a separate white card, approximately 18 by 24 cm in size.
Each of the blots has near perfect bilateral symmetry.
Five inkblots are of black ink, two are of black and red ink and three are multicolored, on a white background.

After the test subject has seen and responded to all of the inkblots (free association phase), the tester then presents them again one at a time in a set sequence for the subject to study: the subject is asked to note where he sees what he originally saw and what makes it look like that (inquiry phase).
The subject is usually asked to hold the cards and may rotate them. Whether the cards are rotated, and other related factors such as whether permission to rotate them is asked, may expose personality traits and normally contributes to the assessment.

As the subject is examining the inkblots, the psychologist writes down everything the subject says or does, no matter how trivial.

Analysis of responses is recorded by the test administrator using a tabulation and scoring sheet and, if required, a separate location chart.

The general goal of the test is to provide data about cognition and personality variables such as motivations, response tendencies, cognitive operations, affectivity, and personal/interpersonal perceptions. The underlying assumption is that an individual will class external stimuli based on person-specific perceptual sets, and including needs, base motives, conflicts, and that this clustering process is representative of the process used in real-life situations.

Methods of interpretation differ.
Rorschach scoring systems have been described as a system of pegs on which to hang one's knowledge of personality.

The most widely used method in the United States is based on the work of Exner.

Administration of the test to a group of subjects, by means of projected images, has also occasionally been performed, but mainly for research rather than diagnostic purposes.

Test administration is not to be confused with test interpretation:

The interpretation of a Rorschach record is a complex process.
It requires a wealth of knowledge concerning personality dynamics generally as well as considerable experience with the Rorschach method specifically.
Proficiency as a Rorschach administrator can be gained within a few months.
However, even those who are able and qualified to become Rorschach interpreters usually remain in a "learning stage" for a number of years.


A Spoonful of  Sugar

Born and raised in the North End, was amazing. Born, raised, and having twenty-five cousins, mostly Northenders, was even more amazing. Yes this was the pattern for most families. Being the prehistoric days, prior to television, I would guess had something to do with us baby boomers.      
Well, we ( the cousins ), have kept as close as possible through the years, mainly holidays, birthdays, anniversaries, and forming a Cousins Club. We meet every other month, at a restaurant or at someone’s house. The conversation, usually is about married life, raising the kids, disciplining the kids, and of course bragging about the kids.     As the years went by, the topics of conversation, were more about paying off the mortgage, going away on vacation, (without the kids), the kids getting married, becoming a grandparent….WOW where did the time go. Now after all these years, yes it was inevitable. The conversation, turns into a medical soap opera, which I will call…“A MEDICAL SOAP OPERA  ”.

Yes, its’ time to talk medication, be it pills, liquid, injections…..or even meditation. I guess it goes with the territory. Now don’t get me wrong,  I guess it is important for me to know, who is up to 32 pills a day, whos’  body is wrapped like a mummy in mint flavored ointment, or who is on a rigid 45 minutes scheduled bathroom run. 

I try, desperately to change the subject matter, by interjecting…. Hey….how about  them sox, or nice weather we are having. All to no avail In fact it only exacerbates the conversation.  example speaking of those sox Someone would say, I can’t wear soxes, because of my falling arches or my ingrown toe nails. No sooner said and processed, someone else will say “OYE” the weather…its killing my arthritic back, hands, knees… whoa, I understand. Note: “OYE” was said by one Jewish cousin..who married into the family) .   Bye the bye, these medical soap operas, seem to be happen with any social gatherings where I am in attendance…HMMMM…