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Nigerian expat in the UK. I practice psychiatry and write about Christianity, paradoxes and human darkness (mental and moral). Email me: hello@docayomide.com
4 Jul
Feeling jazzed about an obvious solution that only just clicked for me:

I can take podcast notes with iOS dictation.

Normally do house chores while catching up on podcasts, and I was a little anxious because up next was @bjfogg on Farnam Street's podcast fs.blog/knowledge-proj…
2. I already guessed I'd want to take notes, but I thought I might just note down what I recalled (which is what I usually do). But then he made the point that while info about WHY you should do a thing doesn't change people, info about HOW does. I paused and typed that…
3. Then he talked about behaviour change being best approached by, in the following order…

a) training people on what to do (if they're already motivated)
b) modifying environment
c) minimising action
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27 Dec 18
“Suicide is selfish.” This deep-rooted misconception refuses to die. And like all such persistent misconceptions, there's a logic to it that keeps it alive — but it's a logic based on a deeply flawed foundation — the human need that makes us take false answers over none.
So why do I say the "suicide is selfish" idea lies in our need for answers? Well, because we humans don't do well with loose ends—whole series are based on this need! Suicide is the ultimate question without answer—the only one who can is unavailable—so we make one up: "Selfish."
But why suicide? Well, PTSD's likelier with a human perpetrator—with natural disasters, it's random. But when someone attacks you, there’s the terror, not just of what happened, but of knowing…This. Wasn’t. Random. It’s personal—making it 100x worse.

Suicide hits us like that.
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9 Sep 18
If you’re getting mental healthcare, please I beg you: don’t stop your appointments without discussing with your doctor or therapist. I see this dynamic too often and I get it but it’s just heartbreaking. I’ll try to break down why it’s such a bad idea…
I’ll focus on people who stop going for their appointments because they’re doing great. (Stopping due to lack of improvement or loss of faith in healthcare is a different discussion.) The problem with this is it reveals a misconception about how mental healthcare works…
The misconception is this: people think mental healthcare is for getting better. And once you get better, why bother seeing the doctor/therapist? You’re doing great! To show why this is a bad idea, let’s talk about cars. (Not that you’re a car, but you get the point.)
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5 May 18
Regional variants of English everywhere but we won’t let Nigerian English be great.

We aren’t doing ourselves any favours with this line of thinking.

[A thread.]
Look, you guys: truth is, there’s no “correct” English. There’s only “agreed-on English.”

So there’s agreed-on international English (your “formal” English) & there’s agreed-on regional variants, like US, UK, Australian and yes, Nigerian. Plus sub-variants of each of those.
So here in the UK, for instance, there’s Scottish English (which you‘d find confusing if you heard it), both in how it sounds (the accent) and even differences in words (like how they have “ken” for “know”). And all across the UK are similar sub-variants. Same across the US.
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