TMI Tuesday: Oh Behave!

François Boucher [Public domain], via Wikimedia Commons

François Boucher [Public domain], via Wikimedia Commons

This week TMI Tuesday takes its cue from the world of psychology and sociology, which both deal with behavior.

1. Catharsis – What behavior or activity do you do to achieve catharsis?
This is the time of year that I need to achieve catharsis. I have a lot of sadness this time of year (I know, a rotten time to slink into the blues with the holidays and all), so I go nuts making candy and baking. I’ve always loved to do it, but I tend to do it in overabundance now, spending that day making cookie after cookie, chocolate after chocolate, and trying not to cry in the mix. I think it helps…I guess it must, or I wouldn’t continue to do it.

2. Self-affirmations was made famous by Saturday Night Live character Stuart Smalley (now Senator Al Franken): “I’m good enough, I’m smart enough, and gosh-darn it, people like me.” What self-affirmation do you say/or should you say to yourself?
Hmm…I guess something like “I can do this, I know I can do this.” It applies to a lot of things.

3. “I knew it all along.” What did you know all along?
I don’t know if there’s anything I’ve known all along – at least nothing I can think of right now.

4. Daydreaming. About whom or what was your last daydream?
I try not to daydream too much, but usually my daydreams involve frolicking in the shallow waters of the ocean before walking on the sandy beach and relaxing on a beach chair with an umbrella and a pina colada.

5. We all have fears. What fear (real or improbable) have you taken steps against to protect yourself.
I have a lot of fears, I guess, although I don’t consider myself a fearful person. My biggest fear is dying, or the ones I love dying, and how do you protect yourself from that?

6. Relationship churning–How many on-agin off-again relationships have you been in? Why would you say you that you repeat this behavior?
Hmmm….I don’t think I’ve ever been in that kind of relationship.

Bonus: Self-monitoring is the ability to both observe (or measure) and evaluate one’s behavior. It is an important component in human behavior that aids one to measure their behavioral outcomes against a set of standards. What sort of self-monitoring do you do on a regular basis?
I don’t do a lot of self-monitoring, as I’m terrible about evaluating my own behaviors…and I find it somewhat depressing. Probably the only self-monitoring I do concerns my eating and exercising.


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