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Below are the 10 most recent journal entries recorded in Furries in Psychology's LiveJournal:

Monday, March 1st, 2010
1:12 pm
[direwolf23]
Your brain wants friends
A discussion on why we anthropomorophisize things. (Sheef?)

A discussion on how anthropomorphizaition may be a way in which we cope with loneliness. (This is why your plushie has a name. :P)

Anthropomorphizaition of cars and human facial recognition. (There are people out there with car characters like from the Pixar movie "Cars." o.0!)

Loneliness can be contagious, and should be rectified quickly to prevent snow-balling effect of social disconnection and a self-perpetuation cycle.

I think that these give some insight into how individuals may develop an interest in furry and related interests. What's interesting though is that I don't particularly see a negative correlation between increased social interaction and Anthropomorphizaition in furry, which is what I would think the study would suggest to happen. *shrugs* Perhaps the coping mechanism transforms into a kind of reverence for the source of the social interaction, or perhaps furries take the entire process further and simply connect better with anthropomorphic subjects. I know that I can empathize better on average with anthro stories. What do you think?
Thursday, January 7th, 2010
10:56 am
[direwolf23]
Dreaming
I've never been given reason to believe that dreams mean anything in-and-of-themselves. I've seen some fears and desires work themselves in there, but I haven't seen anything in there that wasn't also more or less in my conscious mind as well. Certainly no grand revelations in my nightly adventures.

That being said, I'm curious as to whether or not some of the more unique aspects of dreams reveal anything about the way your brain works. The instance in particular that has me wondering is a phenomenon where you understand that someone or something in your dream is actually someone or something else. This mostly commonly manifest itself with people for me, and not object. Objects are usually variations on places or things I've seen before, so even though they are different, I know what they're derived from. However, sometimes with people I can tell that they are visually not a given person, but I will never-the-less know that they are that person. I suppose it could just be my brain pairing the wrong person "picture" with their data, but I wonder then why this kind of thing isn't prevalent in the rest of my dream.

Do you experience this as well?

Current Mood: contemplative
Tuesday, November 18th, 2008
3:45 pm
[direwolf23]
Moral Slope Climbing
I believe there exists a psychological phenomenon, which I have dubbed moral slope climbing. I'm actually hoping this is defined somewhere (probably under a different name), and if you are familiar with what I'm speaking of, please point me in the right direction so I can research it further.

Moral slope climbing is described as follows:
- A person holds an opinion about a particular group or action.
- This opinion is negative, something like racism.
- The origin of this belief is not necessarily known, and notably lacks any reasonable justification, or is either a generic stereotype or based on misinformation/prejudice.
- A well structured argument is discovered that presents either a legitimate or at least more substantial reason to reinforce the original belief.
- Justification for the original belief becomes the new argument, even though the real, lesser reason is still held internally.

This results in situations where, for instance, someone who hates gays will say they oppose gay marriage for some socioeconomic reason, instead of the real, unspoken reason.

I want to differentiate this from simply augmenting one's beliefs with new information. Individuals displaying this behavior would maintain the original belief even if the new information they have been using to justify it was disproved or otherwise invalidated.

Current Mood: contemplative
Saturday, March 18th, 2006
3:40 pm
[shadow_morgan]
I've been looking
I recently spotted this community and it looked particularly interesting. As somebody who feels most at home within the general behavorial and philosophical outlook of the furry fandom, and yet currently resides in an academic environment that is almost exclusively non-furry, this to me seems to be a happy medium where I can pursue both my somewhat extreme obsession with psychology (being increasingly related to medicine- my actual course) and feel comfortable discussing related topics in great detail.

I've got another journal (due to the unfortunate separation of things furry and not) where I post pretty much a large portion of my thoughts (highly condensed), and a large proportion of that happens to be related to psychology. I have very little formal training in the subject, and it tends to be integrated with other bits of subject matter, but I do hope that they remain sufficiently relevant. Feel free to read, comment, and I hope to keep in touch.

To start off with, I guess the only formal article I've written, for an assignment. It may seem rather disjointed as I had a word limit that I still went and totally blew anyhow, excluding footnotes. It's about stigma. You might be familiar with that.

While I'm at it, the tags labels are woefully out of date, but this might be a general guide. Note that the tags only describe the content of the post nebulously at best:

http://dongstyle-ltd.livejournal.com/tag/philosophy
http://dongstyle-ltd.livejournal.com/tag/psychology

I'd also not bother reading the really early posts, but I'd doubt you get that far as I'm extremely long winded.

One final note: A tidbit.

Current Mood: good
Thursday, February 2nd, 2006
12:09 pm
[snow_kitty]
Psych Geekiness
My brain feels like a sponge today. I'm in one of those "I wanna learn about everything" moods. I love browsing through Wikipedia...it seems to satisfy the craving. Learning about new things is always refreshing (and sometimes very addictive). Jung has me fascinated lately, so I started looking at a few of his articles...LOTS of stuff that I can also use for my Religion in Psychology class too. Then stumbled upon Gestalt therapy. A friend of mine once told me that my view of therapy is very much Gestalt because I'm tend to be blunt and direct....kind of a "get off your ass and do something!" attitude. So, I came across these words of wisdom...

Moral Injunctions of Gestalt Therapy
1. Live now, stay in the present.
2. Live here, be with the present.
3. Stop imagining, experience reality.
4. Stop unnecessary thinking.
5. Express, rather than manipulating, explaining, justifying, or judging.
6. Give in to unpleasantness, do not restrict your awareness.
7. Accept no "should" or "ought", other than your own.
8. Take full responsibility for your own actions, feelings and thoughts.
9. Surrender to being who you are right now.

My Wall of Wisdom is the spot where my computer desk is located. I have lots of quotes and inspirational things that I like to look at when I'm doing my coursework. Unfortunately, they're still in a box from when I moved. I think it's about time I decorate that wall, because these are going on there. :)

Current Mood: curious
Friday, October 21st, 2005
8:39 am
[brodycatsmouth]
Drama! It's this near ubiquitous term within furry (and other subcultures) which I believe is not the problem it seems to be. There's no more negative stimuli in furry than what there is in real life. The difference is in the inability to handle the daily stresses of life. When one looks at drama within furry, one should not point fingers at the cause of someone's upswelling of emotion; instead, one should look at the squeaky wheel him or herself and determine what exactly they are unable to cope with.

Undoubtedly there are exceptions. There are bad people who quietly and purposefully sow seeds of malcontent to their delight. However, this is always the case in all aspects of mankind. What we as furries must learn is to adjust. We must bend like reeds.
Monday, October 3rd, 2005
9:14 pm
[snow_kitty]
Yay college!
Just wanted to send some congratulations to mauilovich on getting accepted into Webster University.

You go boy!
Friday, September 23rd, 2005
3:25 pm
[brodycatsmouth]
Hey guys, pointed here by mirage. I have recently posted my thoughts on Nazi furs on my own journal...take a look! The responses on both sides are very enlightening from a psychological POV.

There was a similar LJ community called "trichology", or something like that, which addressed the same issues. The majority of members were from outside the fandom, but no more objective in spite of it. It's so dead now that I left. Hope there's more activity in this one!
Thursday, September 22nd, 2005
3:46 pm
[jasepanda]
I'll get things started.
Instead of writing a journal article that has actual results (since I'm not getting anything useful), I'm going to write an article called "George Mason University Students Suck Ass" and then I'll feel better about my null results.

Or maybe not.
1:09 am
[snow_kitty]
First Post!
Welcome fuzzballs!

Please feel free to use this community for any psychology related discussion. Talk about your research, career aspirations, or share your experiences as a psychology student.

Enjoy! And don't forget to tip your barkitty on the way out. ;)
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