Author: Willie Hudson

May 3, 2019 Off By Willie Hudson

Why Is Creative Expression Important In Psychology?

Psychology studies behavior and the self. Psychologists run many different tests, interpret a lot of data, and study tests subjects all for the sake of further understanding the way humans connect, and how they respond to stimuli.

Arts And Creative Expression In Psychology

In terms of therapy, one-way psychologists and psychiatrists use to understand better their patient is through creative expression. When words fail to explain experiences, traumatic or not, their patients can turn to artistic expression and freely express themselves.

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Creative expression comes in many types and forms. It is a broad artistic spectrum with various creative mediums. Some widely known methods of creative expression are dance, creative writing, theater, drama, acting, singing, music, and even through broadcasting and scriptwriting. Visual art forms like photography, drawing, graphic artistry, murals, creative vandal, and painting are also under creative expression.

Creative expression amplifies three significant components, both from the observer’s point of view and the artist:

  • Sensation
  • Emotion
  • Knowledge

These three major components are tools to better understanding artworks, regardless of form.

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Additionally, creative expression becomes a tool for the self to feel fulfillment. In individuals who have lost their sense of self to their mental illness, creative expression can help them slowly regain that.

Creativity is known to decrease depression (read a similar article here: Family Hype). Studies in the field of psychological research suggest that engaging in artistic activities significantly decreased negative emotions experienced at a given time, and ultimately reduced depressive episodes.

The creative process is ultimately beneficial to the human psyche because making something is inherently a human trait. The drive for creation propelled most of the scientific discoveries and historical events in the past. The desire to create, to express, and to improve the quality of life all seem interconnected.

Outside Of Therapy

Artistic expression outside of its use in therapy varies widely. Patients indulge themselves in this expression to relieve themselves of past trauma. They use it to communicate themselves and their inner feelings, consciously and subconsciously. Artists engage in creative expression as an outlet to express themselves when they can’t do it outright.

Others engage in creative expression as a hobby, and because it makes them feel good about themselves. More often than not, it is a valuable skill that one can develop and explore endlessly.

Creative expression is right for your overall health and wellbeing. It becomes an outlet for stress, negative emotions, and pent up frustrations. Being able to express yourself freely without restriction dramatically improves your mental health. Not only that, but creative expression also allows you an escape from the harsh realities of life as you focus on your art.

In some cases, exploring your potential for creativity and similar creative pursuits might inspire you to be better. Creative expression inspires action and often comes with positive, feel-good results.

Additionally, for those prone to illnesses of the body as well, creativity improves your immune system. Participants who engaged in emotional writing had a noticeable increase in the production of lymphocytes in their body.

Creative Expression In Culture

The idea of creative or artistic expression being able to contribute to the self’s healing process is nothing new. A lot of different cultures worldwide know of the benefits of art, and its appearance brings to the soul. Throughout history, people have used dances, chants, pictures, and stories as a part of their healing rituals. Recently, further studies have been about exploring the therapeutic effects of the arts in spiritual, emotional, and mental healing.

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As a whole, creativity and the right to express yourself artistically is something beneficial and inherently a part of the human psyche. In psychology, where studies and research are continuously in the process of development with regards to creative expression, its positive impact on the body is undeniable.

Aside from that, engaging in artistic activities also offer fun but a cost-effective escape from the horrors of reality. Being deeply absorbed in your art de-stresses you from your toxic work environment, allowing you are breathing space to grow.

Creative expression promotes freedom of speech, creative space, better self-confidence, and in turn, a glimpse into the artist’s subconscious. Through the artistic expression of thoughts, feelings, emotions, and need, you can be better understood.

April 3, 2019 Off By Willie Hudson

Scott Mills Talks About His Anxiety And The Mind Media Awards

Anxiety is indeed a mental health issue. Not only does it disturb a person’s emotional and psychological state, but it can also cause drastic changes that can affect lives. It is something that should not be taken for granted but instead must be addressed immediately. People should be aware of this and must learn how to cope if already suffering from it. Anxiety is not just an issue on the person who has it. It is also an issue to the people and loved ones around the affected person.

March 22, 2019 Off By Willie Hudson

Mass Media Assistance For Mental Health Awareness

Introduction

Mental illnesses have existed as far back as the time of the ancient civilizations. Yet, it is only in recent years that the general population have become so aware and well-acquainted of these mental health disorders, thanks to the onset of the digital age. Mass media is a primary source of information about psychological disorders such as, but not limited to, bipolar disorder, schizophrenia, and depression. It was author Jum C. Nunnally’s book, The Psychometric Theory, that launched the scientific study of mental health in the public eye. In it, Nunnally discussed and analyzed the differing perspectives of the mental health experts, the general public, and the mass media. Besides that, the misunderstandings caused by false representations and negative portrayals were also emphasized and criticized. It is quite clear that the media depicts mental issues in a terrible light, despite the growing scientific advances being made in studying and treating them (for example, therapy). It is this kind of misrepresentation that unfortunately creates a stigma around mental health.

Situating Mental Health Stigma Within Mass Media Interventions

Mental illnesses becoming a ‘stigma’ is a phenomenon that occurs around the world, affecting not only those who face them on but also their families and societies. A recently published article in https://www.familyhype.com/ also mentions this. Because of the general public’s unwillingness to understand the conditions of mental health, the stigma encourages ignorance, prejudice, and discrimination within a community. The repercussions from these kinds of behaviors could result in a lack of professional help, poverty, and unnecessary and stereotypical labeling. These orders go on to become untreated, simply because it is seen as a taboo.

In response to this, the idea of holding media interventions has been brought up. Mass media has a wide, prolific audience through channels of communication. Rather than a conventional intervention where face-to-face contact occurs, mass media interventions reach out to a large number of people at once. They vary in several aspects, such as their target audience, their resources, and their specific area. These kinds of interventions are utilized because it allows for an introduction that does not overwhelm its audience. Mass media campaigns have been proven to be more effective when they are conducted thoroughly and last for a longer amount of time.

Healthcare professionals and individuals or families who have experienced the stigma associated with mental health are usually advocates for mass media interventions. Some research studies have found that anti-stigma mass media interventions on mental health have managed to reduce discrimination, as well as increase the utilization of mental health services. This study is also found in an article in www.whattoexpect.com. However, despite these results, this type of approach is still highly intricate and should be dealt with delicately.

 

Situating Mental Health Stigma Within The Community

In the case of communities in Uganda, mental illnesses are prevalent but poorly understood. They base the cause and manifestations for mental health issues on their belief systems, which vary from social, religious, and cultural. Often a dilemma is posed in regards to choosing between traditional or medical treatments. Because of this, patients are often misdiagnosed, wrongly treated, and lack adequate and appropriate professional care. Therefore, efforts are being made to ensure that mass media interventions educate rather than confuse, most especially when it comes to developing countries.

Methods – Live Radio Talk Shows

 

Take for instance, in Uganda. The Community Psychiatric Support Organization is a listed not-for-profit group in Uganda that was founded in 2009. Their goal is to encourage mental health well-being by enabling the public and encouraging concern for those with mental health issues. They directed sixty-six live radio mental health education talks on five different radio stations (Radio Simba FM, Impact FM, Family Radio FM, Beat FM and Top Radio), and participated on twenty-six live television talk shows in three local stations (Uganda Broadcasting Corporation TV, Star TV and Top TV) in Uganda sometime from January 2013 and September 2015.

During these segments, members of the public such as spiritual pastors and traditional healers joined them. The outline for their programs consisted of informing the audience what mental illness is, what causes them, what signs and symptoms to watch out for, and what treatments are possible. The public was encouraged to call in or send in text messages for any comments or inquires after the programs.

Implications For Practice And Research Mental health practitioners and researchers working in developing countries face major challenges when working with mental health clients, as well as with convincing the public to respect mental health and to bring these issues to light. The public desperately needs to receive information about mental issues that are accurate, appropriate, and accessible. Mass media interventions have proven their ability to reduce discrimination about mental health, albeit at a limited level. Everyone involved must work hand-in-hand towards reducing misperceptions and misinformation in a culturally appropriate and socially acceptable manner.…

February 22, 2019 Off By Willie Hudson

Top 5 Love Lessons I Learned From Radio Shows In New York

Listening to radio shows is one of the things that I enjoy doing during the weekends. I have always been a big fan of anything that is considered as an old school, which is why I find relief in using my radio. Over the past few years, I have heard encountered several deejays from the radio stations in New York. If there is one thing that I noticed from these radio announcers or speakers, it is the fact that a lot of them relate a particular song to a love story – may it be a happy or a sad one. At the end of every song, these deejays will usually leave a comment about a love story that was mentioned in the show.

 

The reason why I am talking about this to you is that I wanted to share something special to everyone for today’s article. Allow me to take a trip down to the memory lane and revisit some of my favorite radio shows in the past. I have to say that I learned a lot from the deejays from various radio stations. Below is a list of the top five love lessons I was not expecting to learn from listening to the radio:

 

Love Conquers All

 

Every relationship will have its ups and downs, which is why couples should never freak out whenever they experience uncertainties and fights together. As long as they have love and respect for each other, everything is going to be great. Nothing can bring apart two individuals who are madly in love with each other. As such, if you find the right person, be sure never to let him go. You only get one chance in this life to meet the right man for you.

 

Love Requires Efforts

 

No one can expect a particular relationship to work if none of the parties involved are willing to exert efforts in cultivating love. As early as now, it is crucial for you to understand the reality that nothing easy will come your way. You must learn how to work hard for what you want instead of taking someone for granted. Take note that the goal is to have a long-lasting relationship. It can be possible as long as both you and the other person shows continuous efforts to love one another.

 

 

Love Is Not Selfish

 

There are some couples whoa re not meant to be together. Sometimes, people need to accept the reality that not all things are going to last. There are those that may be short-lived yet worthwhile. What you need to know is to assess the seriousness level of your current relationship so that it will be easier on your part to determine whether it is right to take the leap. Otherwise, do not be selfish by letting the other person go. There is no point in holding back since your soon-to-ex wants to have a way out from relationship. You need to understand this clearly.

 

Love Knows Forgiveness

 

As already mentioned above, a healthy relationship may come with issues and challenges. What is essential is for you and the other person to continuously make an effort in making things work. It involves having the ability to forgive your loved one whenever he commits something wrong. Forgiveness is one of the best things that you can share with the one person who has caused you pain and frustrations. Do not be afraid to take your time before forgiving your partner to ensure that you have already healed.

 

 

Love Is Beautiful

 

Another crucial thing that you have to remember is the fact that love is beautiful. Having this kind of emotion in your life is going to make you happy. Life is truly worth living if you have someone special to share it with. On the contrary, if you are still single, do not worry because your prince charming will come soon. There will be several challenges along the way, but with the right set of people around, you can be fine. Enjoy every moment that you are in love. Make an effort to seize the day with the love of your life.

 

As it appears, being in a relationship can be rewarding. I have to thank several radio shows in helping me learn these things.

 

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January 15, 2019 Off By Willie Hudson

What Is Radio Drama?

There’s an entire selection of programs that a family can find on the radio. There are music shows that play either pre-recorded music or live music. There are news shows that discuss current events. And there are also sports shows that update listeners on whether or not their favorite team is winning the game.

Another kind of radio show, less popular than those mentioned above, is the radio drama. It’s known by a lot of other names such as “radio theater” and “radio play.” What makes this form of entertainment particularly interesting is the fact that it is wholly auditory. It relies solely on dialogue, background music, and sounds effects. Radio dramas have no visual component.

In radio drama, actors receive a script, and each of them takes on the role of a specific character. The story unfolds primarily through dialogue. Essentially, the radio drama seeks to tell a story. It’s very much like a play, but without the physical acting.

A Brief History Of Radio Drama

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The radio drama began to gain popularity in the 1920s. However, its roots run deep into our history. Some sources say it broke ground as early as the 1880s. Others would go further back to the Ancient Period with Seneca, a Roman playwright. He was supposed to have written scripts that were for sound plays instead of performed for stage plays.

The radio drama continued to be a widespread form of entertainment up until the 1940s. It covered almost every genre—horror, mystery, thriller, romance, comedy, and much more.

In addition to original compositions, famous plays by well-renowned playwrights underwent modification so that they could be appropriate for radio. Examples of such plays include William Shakespeare’s Macbeth, George Bernard Shaw’s Pygmalion, and Johann Wolfgang von Goethe’s Faust.

Later on, writers also began modifying books for radio dramas. Giles Cooper is just one of these writers or “radio dramatists” who wrote scripts that were specifically for the radio. He wrote radio dramatizations of a lot of books, including Charles Dickens’ Oliver Twist and William Golding’s Lord of the Flies.

In the 1950s, radio drama and radio programs, in general, began to decline. It is mainly due to the rising popularity of television as a source of entertainment. It was a step up from the usual radio drama as it presented something new—visuals.

While there were still many radio companies and writers producing radio dramas, they couldn’t surpass the appeal of the television. Ever since it entered the scene, radio dramas never regained the popularity it had lost.

Radio Drama In Contemporary Times

Recently, however, the entertainment industry has been met with a sort of revival of the radio drama. Arguably, it is no longer appropriate to call it “radio drama” as it does not air over radio frequencies. The more appropriate term would be “audio drama” or “audio play.” Nonetheless, the formula is more or less the same.

A myriad of audio dramas can now be found online and downloaded. These could have been produced either by companies or amateur writers and voice actors. The British Broadcasting Company is one of the companies that devotes its time to writing audio dramas.

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Its radio station—BBC Radio 4—is in charge of the world’s longest-running audio drama, which is entitled “The Archers.” It’s a soap opera that runs for twelve minutes over the radio. The show has been running since May of 1951 and has continued up until the present. As of December 21, 2018, it has over 18,800 episodes.

The Simplicity Of The Radio Drama

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One thing worthy of note is the popularity garnered by such a seemingly simple form of entertainment. The fact that audio dramas are still quite popular even in the age of technology says a lot.

The radio drama or audio drama relies on only one of the five senses. And it continues to thrive amidst other, more complex forms of entertainment. Televisions indulge two of them. And there are specialized cinemas that delight three—sight, hearing, and touch.

Note, however, that despite its simplicity, a lot of work goes into the creation of a radio drama. Writing a script that will captivate audiences just by the arrangement of scenes and dialogue is not easy. Neither is it easy to speak in such a way that conveys one’s emotions. It takes a lot of work to make a radio drama and even more to make a good one.

It goes to show how a well-written script and fantastic voice acting can go a long way. Complexity does not always define the quality of a piece of art or a form of entertainment. There are times where that which is simple but well-made will prevail over the more convoluted.

It’s fascinating how the radio drama has evolved and adapted to the changing times. It has gone from the “radio drama” to the “audio drama.” It’s no longer limited to being broadcasted on the radio. The Internet has provided a venue where this form of entertainment has and shall continue to thrive.

November 6, 2018 Off By Willie Hudson

5 Ways To Be Anxiety-Free During Your First Radio Show

Being in a radio show for the first time as either a guest or a host is undeniably a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity for many people. The radio broadcasting industry, after all, is more popular now than ever. The stations don’t let anyone go in the booth unless you are an exceptional human being with a voice that can pull in more listeners. It is the kind of privilege that you should be proud of, therefore.

Nonetheless, it isn’t surprising for your nerves to go haywire on the days leading to your first radio show. It may already be nerve-wracking to think of how you’ll do even if you’ll only be on for a few minutes. If you have to talk during the entire duration of the program, you may feel anxiety creeping in your system. You can’t sleep; you have no appetite. Your mind often flies somewhere, unreachable for the people around you. Worse, you might play morbid scenes in your head nonstop, which involve you receiving hate messages from the unsatisfied audience.

Considering you want to go to your first radio show anxiety-free, you can try these tips:

1. Map Things Out

Like any soldier about to head to the battlefield, you should devise a strategic plan on what you’ll do. Think of everything, from how you will greet the listeners to how the close remarks should be. In case you won’t bee alone in the booth, you need to find a way to interact with the other person(s) without sounding forced.

2. Get A Feel Of Your Tools

Before the actual show, it is smart to go to the booth that you will use. Look at all the equipment there; ask about the things that are unfamiliar to you. You can also test them out and learn about their functions at least a day before your program starts. That can stop you from messing up due to nervousness.

3. Know Who Listens To You

Another vital task you should never take for granted is the analysis of your target audience. Regardless of whether you are hosting or visiting the radio show, you must speak with the age group of your listeners in mind. This way, you will be able to use words that won’t cause the regulatory boards to flag the program.

4. Prepare Your Voice

It is also essential to prepare your vocal cords for the continuous speaking that you will do, especially if you happen to be the host. Avoid drinking iced beverages often; sleep for long hours on the night before the program airs as well. That will allow you to modulate your voice during the D-day and not annoy the listeners. Besides, your nerves may calm down when you hear that you sound amazing through the speakers.

5. Be Comfortable

The best thing about being on a radio show is that you need not dress up for the occasion. You don’t have to wear makeup; you may even strut in the room in your sweatpants or the most worn-out shirt you own. You are also free to be in sandals or cross your legs together on the chair. The audience can’t see you; that’s why you can get as comfortable as you have to be.

 

As daunting as it may seem, doing a radio show for the first time is a genuinely enjoyable experience. Know your role, be mindful of the things you see – and don’t see – and have a blast. Good luck!…

February 1, 2018 Off By Willie Hudson

The Role Of Internship And Mentoring In A Radio Career

In his influential book Mastery, Robert Green examines how people learning a new skill or starting a new job go through three distinct phases. In the first, they’re on the outside looking in. Training such a person costs more than they can possibly contribute without some experience, and even if they already have some basic technical skills, their main role is to keep out of the way while observing everything they can.…

December 18, 2017 Off By Willie Hudson

Kinds Of Radio Shows

Commercial radio is quite the same with TV. In the early morning, the show focuses on news and some current event talks. During daytime at night, the shows are about primetime, life and often, the latest songs from various famous artists. Some edgy shows are featured at night until the wee hours. It is considered off-peak.…