Missy in Japan

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  1. I also enjoyed the book. I felt it was a really easy read, but there were some insights to be found. For example, I became conscious of the techniques that I was already unconsciously using when interacting with people. We all win friends and influence various people throughout our lives, but whether or not we are conscious of doing so is another story.
  2. If you want an accurate, standardized test then it won't be free. The MAT exam used for some graduate schools is a widely accepted and legitimate standardized way to test for IQ, but it is around 100 USD and only available in select locations.
  3. He might have meant that the University will provide you with the foundation? I would agree with that because having a degree can open doors for you in certain industries. I wouldn't go for the sake of going, but I've gotten a lot out of going to University and it was worth it for me. Spirituality can be incorporated into your daily life, habits, and practices, so I wouldn't let that hold you back if you have the desire to attend University. That hour and a half on the train could be a great time for you to listen to an audio book or meditate as well.
  4. @Leo Gura Thank you for the insights! I'll look into economics more instead of just history from here on out @RendHeaven Yes I've been in Japan for about 2 years now haha
  5. I have been studying International Relations in University for a few years, and my focus has been on the United States (and other 'great' powers) and Southeast Asia. One of the widely accepted theories of war is the Democratic Peace Theory which basically says that democracies are less likely to go to war with other democracies than with non-democratic states. There are other theories about war in this field, but having recently moved closer to yellow on the spiral dynamics chain I have been able to see the whole chain more clearly in terms of interconnectedness. I feel that maybe democracies are more developed and therefore less likely to war with one another, but on the other hand, they may just be more powerful and able to force states to comply while avoiding war as a byproduct. My main questions are: What are your first impressions of this theory? Do any of you study Democratic Peace Theory at the postgraduate level? Do you have any criticisms of the theory? Is this theory biased in favor of a certain school of thought or political institution? I am still a beginner with international relations in the grand scheme of things, so my understanding of debates in the current literature are surface level.
  6. Name: Missy Age: 22 Gender: Female Location: Saitama, Japan Occupation: Full-time University Student Marital Status: Dating Kids: No Hobbies: studying, reading, personal development, hiking, cooking/cleaning I got into personal development in 2017 after hiking on the Appalachian Trail. I had an epiphany during my solo 300 mile trip, and I was able to understand it enough to change the trajectory of my life and drastically improve my mental health. Personal challenges I've overcome: Was obese my entire life - lost 120 pounds when I was 16 years old (some loose skin now, but in great health) Diagnosed with ADHD as a teenager Lacked social skills and ability to read facial expressions of others Left my dogmatic religion, had an atheist phase, came full circle to spirituality Got off of my antidepressants Quit smoking Almost dropped out of University - transferred a few times and now almost done What I'm working on now: Working on my Japanese language skills Working on doing calisthenics routinely Working on applying to Graduate School Working on job resumes
  7. When I first came to Japan as a high school foreign exchange student I felt like I was a kid again, and I know a lot of others here did as well. Everything was new and exciting, and we had limited language skills. I've been here long enough now that the initial excitement has worn off, so it doesn't last if you engage enough to assimilate into the culture. You could replicate this childlike feeling with almost any new experience that moves you, but I've seen incredible inner growth among members of the expat community here. Just be careful not to fall into any "grass is greener" situations
  8. I was born in Hawaii but raised in Northern California and moved to Japan. I can't speak for everyone, but there are a lot of great people living abroad as long-term expats. I moved for lifestyle and education, but I know many who moved here for work or life experience. The consciousness of a particular country matters less to me than my opportunity to grow as an individual (that being said Japan is a pretty great place to live)
  9. I did a foreign exchange in Japan during high school, and I loved it so much that I moved back permanently over a year ago as a college transfer student. Lifestyle factors paired with wanting to be bilingual motivated me to take the leap, and I go to a university here full-time so I'm planning on getting a job right after I graduate.
  10. Just a personal experience - my two cents I was vegan on and off for about three years with my longest stretch lasting 9 months. When I was a "unhealthy vegan" eating junk food, I felt like trash or similar to a junk food standard animal product diet. When I was a "healthy vegan" I felt incredible, and I lost over 100 pounds in a long-term sustainable way. I'm no longer vegan, and I eat a lot of seafood now, but eating "clean" with minimal animal products I feel better than eating vegan junk food. Best to worst state of health---> clean vegan>clean omnivore>junk food vegan>junk food omnivore I think the best I've ever felt was eating raw vegan and supplementing, but that lifestyle was difficult/expensive for me to maintain. (no comment on morality or ethics, just personal health experience)
  11. Just a personal experience - I was extremely overweight/obese in my entire waking memory from age 5 or so to age 15/16. At 15/16 I started taking bike rides and eating a vegan/plant based diet. In about one year I lost over 100 pounds and now at age 22 I've successfully kept that weight off with HIIT and intermittent fasting and general clean eating (not vegan anymore). I've seen a lot of people try to lose weight and when they fail they usually lacked consistency. I had some bounce back from a lower resting basal metabolic rate post-weight loss, but that eventually evened itself out. I never did any one crazy thing to lose weight, I did hundreds of thousands of small things, every day, for over a year. Interestingly enough maintaining my weight loss has been even more challenging than losing it initially, but I'm finally feeling pretty stable and good with my weight fluctuation just in the past few months.
  12. @CreamCat It's actually an inverted swastika - it was originally a symbol of Buddhism and then flipped around and taken for the group following Nazism. In Japan there are still signs with the inverted symbol used for its original purpose (to map out locations of Chinese style temples)