Sunday, April 28, 2013

Critical Approaches and Emotional Health

What motivates you? For some it might be the result. Focus on the final product or reward makes the pain of work worth it. For others it might be the act of 'doing' itself.  Motivation is driven by intrinsic rewards such as the feelings of accomplishment and satisfaction gained through performing work. There are also those who are motivated by others.  Whether it be through positive encouragement or the desire to impress. All of the above can be successful forms of motivation depending on the person/personality and situation.

Sunday, April 21, 2013

In the Zone at Interzone: healthy culture, happy culture

Touch, Sight, Sound, Taste, Smell- these are the means by which we measure and categorize our experiences. Our knowledge of the world depends on these modes of perception. From these interactions with sensory experiences, we draw conclusions. We make judgments. We form opinions. Directly these inferences are drawn from the messages we receive through sensory input.  Indirectly they are the result of the feelings we attribute to different outcomes of sensory interaction. We are constantly drawing conclusions based on how we ‘feel.’

Sunday, April 14, 2013

Healthy What???

Most people tend to approach “health” as a strictly physical concept. We turn our focus towards the tangible elements such as food and exercise as we blindly embark on this journey towards health. These actions; though fueled by healthy desires, often assume damaging roles.  In an effort to get fit, many people find themselves caught up in a struggle to either maintain or attain some unrealistic level of physical idealism. We have been misguided by social messages suggesting that the photo-shopped, airbrushed, and dangerously thin images in the media are beautiful and healthy. We have been convinced that we can achieve these ideal standards through self-control, diet, and exercise. We have been cultured to believe that external measurements and physical indicators are the sole definition of a healthy individual.  

Monday, April 8, 2013

When Thin is IN.. media and motivations

NEWS FLASH: thin is in, folks. When you look good you feel good. You are what you eat. These messages have been engraved in us. WE are a society obsessed with achieving 'health'. Unfortunately our attitudes and focuses surrounding this issue of what it means to be healthy are somewhat skewed. How do we define this ideal of "health" and how do we know that it has been attained? Social media sure has a way of convincing us that it has the answers. Health and fitness magazines line the shelves of nearly every supermarket, drug, and convenience store. Even the magazines that do not imply a health/fitness focus, in the title, will make some sort of weightloss claim or advertisement. But what is healthy?