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Forum: General Psychology
MajorBob
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MajorBob 23 Antarctica SanguinePhlegmatic INFP 2w1 81C
I'm that creepy guy who sits on a park bench watching people avoid eye contact with each other.
Forum: Your Fig Hunter Friends
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MajorBob 23 Antarctica SanguinePhlegmatic INFP 2w1 81C
Real life responsibilities have kept me from many of my online social communities. Fighunter, Heromachine, Infendo, HCRealms, facebook, Deviantart, youtube... and I feel that the friends I've made in these communities have experienced likewise, as their activity has hit that wall as well.
Time keeps on slippin slippin slippin into the future.
I WANNA FLY LIKE AN EAGLE...! :o
Forum: Why Bother Praying?
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MajorBob 23 Antarctica SanguinePhlegmatic INFP 2w1 81C
Forewarning: heavily Christian-laced perspective ahead.

I'm a Christian. I pray. It works for me.
I make no claims that life always goes my way or that everything is happiness and sunshine since I pray, but it helps me cope with whatever outcomes might unfold. Prayer gives me a sense of peace about life that I haven't been able to find anywhere else.

The question was posed that if God already knows everything about us, what's the point of praying to ask Him something? I think that we have been conditioned to think that supplication is the sole sum and substance of prayer. But I believe prayer is intended for more than just presenting requests for happiness or fulfilled dreams or an end to world suffering to God. It's also a means for pursuing a relationship with Him; A sign of our trust and reliance on Him. The God of the Bible wants us to approach Him in prayer for reasons of relationship that go beyond simply learning the nature of our needs.

God does say that whatever we ask of Him, He will heed. But if I'm truly of a Christian mindset, my requests and prayers will be on a spiritual level coinciding to some extent with what God would have. Prayer isn't about asking for things as if God is some genie who grants wishes to whomever believes. It's about acknowledging that God is ultimately in control, and putting the future into His hands. Whatever might be worrying me, I give it over to God. If I'm stressed or feeling overwhelmed, I give it over to God. If I'm feeling angry and vengeful, I give it over to God. Because taking particular emotionally-driven circumstances into my own hands could be foolish. A byproduct of prayer is often self-control, something that many people certainly lack.

In addition, being thankful is a pretty important aspect of being human. We can be thankful for our clothes, our homes, our families, our food, our freedom. Something that might seem bizarre outside of the religious world is even giving thanks for times of sufferings and temptations. But how else would I grow in character if I'm not challenged?
In all things, we are supposed to give thanks. But to whom are we being thankful? Well, through prayer, we attribute our blessings to God. Now, I know that if I'm working 50 hours a week to bring in a paycheck so that bills can be paid and food can be bought, I am the one who is providing. But humility is lost if I don't realize that my position in life can be taken in an instant. Prayers of thanksgiving often lead to a humble sense of peace in life, even among socio-economical hardships.

I have doubtful thoughts from time to time. But even beyond that doubt, I feel like prayer has had a deep psychological and emotional impact in my life that lead to me becoming much more resilient to the harsh weathers of the world. This is probably where your "scientific" perspective kicks in...?

As far as I've learned and experienced, God's options to our prayers can be yes, no, or eventually. I can pray for God to watch over an ailing friend or to grant me patience through an especially boring lecture or to bring about world peace or what have you. But I also have to be realistic with my prayers. Are my prayers selfish and aim to manipulate God? Do they follow with God's intentions? Are they genuine? As far as my biblical studies have taught me, miracles were reserved for Jesus and the apostles as a way to convince unbelievers and pre-Christian Jews the presence of God on earth and for Old Testament historical intervention. I wouldn't argue with someone who claims to have experienced a modern day miracle, but I would just call it a coincidental blessing. This could also be seeds of doubt present in my life and a lack of faith on my part however. And I don't claim to know everything about this matter. It's a subject shrouded in ajgoeupoasihdgkjlhlksjfio.

Whatever the case, Jesus prayed, and God asks us to pray. So I do. And I have yet to run into any adverse effects from it. :)
NO MOER WERDZ.
Forum: It's that intro part again, eh?
MajorBob
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MajorBob 23 Antarctica SanguinePhlegmatic INFP 2w1 81C
I remember when they first invented cats. Back before they were a double-crossing, shifty-eyed, command-ignoring, hyphen-inducing species... What's your kitties name? :3
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MajorBob
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MajorBob 23 Antarctica SanguinePhlegmatic INFP 2w1 81C
Yes. Because they replaced my eyes with lasers! Pewpew!
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MajorBob 23 Antarctica SanguinePhlegmatic INFP 2w1 81C
Who just got laser eye surgery? This guy just got laser eye surgery. Oh. Yeah.
Forum: Stress about school
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MajorBob 23 Antarctica SanguinePhlegmatic INFP 2w1 81C
I just graduated with a degree in physics and math. And I'm in a similar boat as you. Except mines sinking a little faster because I've been in it a little longer. But I've had to deal with the same urges to goof off, and boy are they hard to fight! Why do work when you can simply not do work??? Especially when it's hard and confusing and on the verge of metaphysical! Well, deadlines, as Ribbit mentioned, were one thing that forced my hand. I hate doing work ahead of time because I can always do the work tomorrow. And tomorrow is always a day away. Out of sight, out of mind. That is, until the next tomorrow is when the work is due of course! I hate working on a time crunch, but that's when I'm most motivated and most productive. And by some miracle, I've always left room somehow to get all the work done. Thus, deadlines.
Also, I'm someone who would really much rather work alone on a homework assignment or project and just grab the whole thing by the reigns myself rather than work with another person. But in all honesty, having someone else to bounce thoughts and ideas off of really helps and motivates. Going through stuff alone is really unpleasant and miserable, no matter how much you want to go solo. And when you (plural) decide to goof off for a few minutes (which inevitably turns into a few hours) to give your brains a break, you have someone to commiserate with!
Even after graduating out of undergrad, I feel like I'm still unworthy of claiming to have earned the degrees that I have. There still so much that the professors wanted me to learn that I just didn't! This bothered me so I decided to talk to one of them and get some advice. He told me that he just barely squeaked by undergrad with passing grades. Some low B's, but mostly C's in all of his major-level classes. This surprised me, seeing as he was by far the best professor I had in the subject. Apparently he learned the bulk of his knowledge in grad school. On top of his studies, he worked as an adjunct professor and test grader. All of the stuff he didn't know upon graduating undergrad finally made sense after grading 138 tests every couple weeks.
Moral of the story, if you keep pushing forward through all of stress and hard work that you don't want to face, it'll all come together. Or at least that's what I'm hoping. I'm thinking about teaching physics myself, so it had better work out!
Well, part of me hopes it works out. Another part of me is still unsure about the course of life I'm taking. And it will probably always be that way. Maybe that's normal. It's difficult to commit four to eight years of your life to school in preparation for a specific career choice that you're hoping will last till retirement. It's like finding a spouse; You hope there'll only ever have to be one.
But I anticipate a butt-ton of work ahead of me if I ever want to be up to par. Because I know that it won't just come to me by some divine revelation. Work will be involved in any career or life choice. Unfortunately. And sometimes you're not gonna want to do it, but if jumping through some frilly pink hoops while wearing a purple tutu is gonna get you to where you want to go, you had better be ok with frilly and tutus for the time being.

Also, what are you interested in doing with Physicsscscscscs???
Forum: Diversity of Interests
MajorBob
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MajorBob 23 Antarctica SanguinePhlegmatic INFP 2w1 81C
I like to lock myself in the caverns of my mind and create fanfiction that will never come to fruition. Because after experiencing an awesome story that may or may not have taken place in an incredibly epic world, I become obsessed and try to build upon it all and insert myself into the alternate reality. And while the graphics and realism of my present reality are of ridiculous quality, the storyline is less than desirable in comparison.
But after I've had my fill of long nights of counter-productive research and weeks of not having water touch my body, I feel compelled to want to create my own world/story/reality rather than simply existing as do-nothing fanfiction parasite. That's when my gears shift and I begin doing (wait for it) the exact same thing! Except it becomes an obsession of my own fiction, which again, doesn't manifest into anything because I'm a lazy pooface.
Eventually I snap back into reality and actually focus on real life stuff. But then it too loses my interest, where I then proceed to rinse and repeat.

Does this sound like a case of obsession that any of you share?
Or is it simply another example of unmotivated and wasted creativity? Or is this too tangential an inquiry to bring up in this particular thread?
Forum: AQR
MajorBob
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MajorBob 23 Antarctica SanguinePhlegmatic INFP 2w1 81C
Was the getting of the haircut a measure of symbolism and metaphor for the release of built-up stress over a period of time? Or just a happy coincidence to close another chapter of anxiety in your life?
Forum: I used to live here.
MajorBob
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MajorBob 23 Antarctica SanguinePhlegmatic INFP 2w1 81C
Hi. I'm MajorBob. I used to live here.
And now I've returned to a strange place inhabited by a new breed of very much the same type of personalities. Mostly.
Well, really it's not that strange. Except for a few things here and there, it's really quite the same. Although the definition of strange in that it makes me scratch my head and raise one eyebrow still holds. THIS IS A KOOKY PLACE!
But I used to live here. I'm MajorBob. Hi.