Award nomination happily accepted and thank you

I’d like to thank Aathmana from Read.Love.Live for nominating me for this award, and congratulations to the others who also received this nomination.

Why not take a look Aathmana’s blog, where she shares her stories, ideas and opinions, and her sweet nature shines through. Drop in and find out more about Aathmana and her take on books, poetry, quotes and films. I’m sure she’d appreciate some likes and comments.

You might also want to visit Vincent’s blog here.

The Rules for this award are:

  1. Thank the person that nominated you with a link to their blog
  2. Make a Post of the award (with photo)
  3. Post the rules
  4. Ask 5-10 questions of your choice
  5. Nominate 10-30 other bloggers (or more) and notify them.
  6. Follow Vincent Ehindero @ vincentehindero.wordpress.com (to qualify for a free blog promotion and shoutout) and more blogging opportunities

Aathmana’s questions are

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Why did you choose blogging? After many years of procrastination, “will I, can I, would I, should I, dare I?” (you get the picture) I decided that yes, I might have something people might be interested in reading. A book is what I always wanted but perhaps that will come later 🙂

How is this lockdown affecting you? Aarrgghhhh……. It’s got me tearing my own hair out – kidding! We’ve been at my step-daughter’s for the last 2 weeks (sshh, we snuck out – both we and them have all been in isolation 3 weeks previously and so there’s no chance of spreading the virus) and it’s been so much fun getting to play with the little ones, ages 4 & almost 3 years, particularly as the weather’s been good in the UK.

Which is the number one place that you would want to visit in your bucket list? Why? Oh wow, it would have to my next number one place as my best so far is Israel for one year. Okay, now it has to be India because it’s vast and also has a lot of history and I love the food. I’m determined to get there within the next 2-3 years and learn how to cook more Indian food. My ex’s dad and his new wife are both Indian and they cook the most amazing foods for us. Poori’s have to be the best thing since sliced bread.

When did you realise that you could do magic with your pen? I don’t think I ever did realise it and not so sure I believe it now. I suppose my younger cousins and best friends used to love the way I told my tales about growing up like only having a bath once a week and having to share the bath water with your siblings — urgh! Fortunately, I was 2nd oldest so I got in the bath after only one person, my big sister. I’d wait until my younger (by 11 months and we’re born in the same year) sister was having her hair washed then tell her I peed in the water 😉 Anyway, the kids and cousins always said I should write a book and I thought I’d best start small, hence the blogging

What do you believe in – Luck / skill? Well, I don’t think I’ve ever had much luck, so I’ve got to say skill. But then I wonder what skill I have. See my mum and my two sisters are great at drawing, knitting, crocheting and my brother’s good at painting and decorating, home-building and fixing cars but I can’t do anything like that with my hands. Perhaps cooking can be called a skill, even if it is only for me and hubby lol.

Now for my questions

Blogging awards
  1. What’s your blog about and why did you start it?
  2. Who would you wish you could have dinner with and why?
  3. Where do you live and tell us a little bit about it?
  4. When was your last holiday and where did you go?
  5. Where would be your ultimate destination and why?
  6. What’s your favourite music?
  7. Reading or writing?
  8. What was the best meal you ever had and why?
  9. Love or hate your job and why?
  10. What would be your favourite job in the world and why aren’t you doing it?

And my nominees are:

  1. https://myquarantined.wordpress.com/
  2. https://rethinkingscripture.wordpress.com/
  3. Liz @ https://mywellbeingandlearningjourney.wordpress.com/
  4. https://beyondtheborderline.net/
  5. https://anthoniasblog.wordpress.com/
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I know I’ve said it before, but I do like these awards as for me, it’s a way of introducing some new bloggers and finding out a bit more about them. So why not visit some of these amazing blogs? And in the meantime, I hope you’re all enjoying or looking forward to your Sunday, what you up to?

You might like some of my other posts:

Being psychotic is no joke here

How to manage panic attacks here

Being Psychotic is no joke

and psychosis isn’t fun

I was flicking through a social media platform and came across this article called ‘Identifying the Psychotic Boss’, by Robert Greene, which you can read here. Now most of us might have thought our boss was the devil incarnate or the boss from hell, but what about the psychotic boss? I’ll just leave the following short excerpt from his article here for you:

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“I decided to do some ancillary research on the internet, and discovered a whole sub genre of what is known as the psychotic boss. There were websites devoted to this subject. I frequented the sites and contacted a few members who had particularly gruesome stories to relate. Certain themes began to crystallize and it became clear to me that this character I was creating out of my own experiences was something that was increasingly common in the workplace.”

What’s wrong with this article?

Hmmm — here’s my response to Robert Greene:

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I get that this is an old post Robert, and you might be more aware of mental illness and the attached stigma and discrimination now? While a lot of your article is quite funny and true in acknowledging “Bosses from hell” (and I’ve had a few of them), I take offence at the term ‘Psychotic’ as it’s used in a derogatory manner and stigmatising mental illness.

As a determined advocate of mental illness and the Stamp out Stigma campaigns, I’m disappointed that these ignorant terms are still being bandied around. It’s almost childish, like saying “You belong in the loony bin.” or “The men in white coats are coming to get you.”

Perhaps you might like to update your knowledge and understanding of mental illness, if you haven’t already done so, by doing further research and reading:

  • My journey through psychotic depression here or
  • Facts about Schizophrenia here and
  • Stamp out Stigma in Mental Health here

Now this chap, Michael Greene is the author of the New York Times bestsellers The 48 Laws of Power, The Art of Seduction, The 33 Strategies of War, The 50th Law, Mastery and The Laws of Human Nature. Amazon say “Robert Greene is a master guide for millions of readers, distilling ancient wisdom and philosophy.”

With all his research, the very nature of his six books and lots of high accolades drawn from both fans and critics, you’d think Robert Greene would have a bit more awareness about mental health and illness terminology.

You see. Crazy. Unhinged. Psychotic. Psycho. Loony. These are all throwaway insults that people use unfairly when describing someone experiencing a mental illness. And they’re truly inappropriate. But unfortunately, many people have been brought up in societies where these words are perfectly acceptable.

Also, many terms that some people view as offensive are not seen as offensive by others. I think a large part of the problem is that many well-meaning people simply aren’t aware of the issue. So, by changing how we talk about mental health, we can start to change the negative attitudes; the prejudice and discrimination that affect so many of us.

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This was my most recent post on Shouting out about about Stigma here. Have you ever or would you pull someone up or correct them for using some of the negative terms?