Stop Biting Nails Consequences

When you look at the world with the help of your senses it gets formulated with our experience, values, beliefs and assumptions. And when we act it is dependent on our perception and not on the real world. What NLP does is that it helps you model your highly structured language and behaviors into a more reproducible form. So this   modeling  could be done to the more successful part of your behavior and apply it to the less successful parts. It can actually improve functioning.

So, if you find someone excelling in some particular field you can observe it to learn what actually makes them tick and that could be imbibed. NLP contains many techniques such as hypnosis which is considered as an effective way to change the thinking and learning communication skills of a person.

There is one very simple as well as very effective technique in NLP called anchoring. Suppose something made you very happy in the past. Now go back to the same image again and try to make it more vivid. Try to listen to its sounds and try to make the images brighter and larger. And it is certain to bring smile to your face.

This could well be used to bust bad habits like nail biting. If you need to stop nail biting you need to concentrate hard and use NLP techniques. It would allow you to change the way you perceive the world. That would change your behavior which would help you stop nail biting.



Pilates – That’s Hot

Developed from rehabilitation techniques; Pilates is a safe, sensible exercise system. By emphasizing proper breathing, it gets your mind and body in tune with one another.

The originator, Joseph Pilates, was the son of a prize winning gymnast in Germany; were Joseph was born. A sickly child, Joseph began his life’s journey to fitness and health at an early age. By the time he was 14 he was modeling for anatomy charts.

In 1912 Joe went to England where he worked as a self defense instructor for Scotland Yard. At the beginning of WWI he was interned with other German nationals. During his internment, Joe refined his idea and trained other internees. In 1918 an influenza epidemic struck England killing thousands. Not one of Joe’s trainees died. He claimed this to be a testament to the effectiveness of his system.

In 1926 Joseph Pilates emigrated to the U.S. and opened his first studio in New York City sharing an address with the New York City Ballet. Along the way he met Clara whom he later married. By 1960 many New York dancers were their clients; including George Balanchine, who later invited Joe to instruct his young ballerinas at the New York City Ballet.

When Joe passed away in 1967 only two of his students were known to have opened their own studios. Carola Trier, a close friend and Bob Seed, who tried to take clients from Joe.

More than 80 years later Pilates has become one of the hottest and most accessible workouts around. It’s no wonder as Pilates not only tones and tightens your body, but protects it too.

There are two basic types of Pilates. The most common type (which you can do almost anywhere) consists of a series of floor exercises preformed on a mat. These use the body’s own weight as resistance, but can also involve resistance bands or the Pilates Magic Circle (a flexible circle made of rubber or thin metal). The second type relies on two machines called the Cadillac and the Reformer which use a system of springs, levers and pulleys to strengthen and condition. Both types work on the “core” or transverse muscle deep in the abdomen that forms the girdle inside the body. A strong transverse muscle gives you better endurance in every other physical activity. It also protects the lower back and improves posture.

Pilates exercises do produce long lean muscles like a dancer’s, but Pilates isn’t just for girls. Pro football players use Pilates to strengthen their bodies and cores; which helps them absorb the impact of full body tackles without blowing out their knees. During World War I, Joseph Pilates also used his exercises to help wounded soldiers become mobile again.

Today there are Pilates studios all over the world. Mari Winsor has gained much notoriety with her Windsor Pilates fitness program.

The Winsor Pilates program is one of the top selling fitness programs in the world, and is transforming the bodies of men and women all over the globe.



How to Score High for the USMLE Step 1

You worked hard for your basic sciences and now you need to pass the USMLE Step 1 with a kickass score. Fortunately, the resources required for the Step 1 is not as a vast as the Step 2 CK. It all boils down to two resources: USMLE World question bank and the First Aid for the USMLE Step 1 book.

The resources overall:

Dr. Najeeb Videos

Dr. Najeeb videos is gold and I think when you don’t know anything, you should start watching those videos first before trying anything else.

Kaplan Videos

Kaplan videos are very comprehensive, but they waste a lot of time reading off the slides to you instead of drawing things out like Dr. Najeeb. The Behavioral science section for the Step 1 is perfect which provides excellent explanation of Ethics and Biostatistics.

Pathoma

Dr. Sattar, from University of Chicago, does a great job smoothly explaining the pathology behind every diseases. He offers an online video course and book to follow along.

First Aid for the USMLE Step 1

This should be your bible for the Step 1 as it has an outline for 80% of what will be on the test. Remember this is not a book so you cannot just open it from page one and expect to read it smoothly to the last page. However, make sure you write all your notes on this.

Doctor In Training (DIT)

This DIT course is excellent if you can’t figure out how to use First Aid for the USMLE Step 1. This course helps in going back and forth and how and what to annotate on the book to fully understand each and every concept.

USMLE World Question Bank

USMLE World for the Step 1 is the ultimate resource which is a must. It is the most difficult question bank I have ever used but it helped me get a good score on the test. This question bank should be done simultaneously as you are doing DIT and reading the First Aid book.

These are the resources I used and I scored a score higher than the national average for the USMLE Step 1. It’s up to which resources you will use to study for the exam; however, you should note that USMLE World question bank and the First Aid for the USMLE Step 1 book is mandatory to use. This test isn’t easy and it requires a lot of time and effort so you have to be fully committed to this test, as in you should breath, dream, and live this test.



Is Kim Kardashian’s Cellulite Really That Serious?

To Photoshop or not to Photoshop, that is the question. Kim Kardashian is not a plus size woman, but she is known for her voluptuous figure. Complex Magazine created a buzz when it inadvertently put up an unaltered photo of the reality star on its website, and then replaced it with a retouched version later. The new and improved Kim had smaller breasts, a trimmer waist, and of course, slimmer cellulite-free thighs. The entire photo had been lightened including the background and Ms. Kardashian’s complexion. Side by side comparisons of the two images popped up all over the web.

Kim immediately took to her blog to defend herself. She brushed off the entire hubbub by responding “So what; I have a little cellulite. What curvy girl doesn’t?” Okay, that works. But then, after claiming to be proud of her curves and her body, she lets everyone know that she’s worked hard to make herself acceptable once again. Kardashian goes on, “At the same time as this Complex shoot, I was gearing up for my fitness DVD and you should see my thighs now!!! Ha ha!”

This is all disturbing on a few levels. For starters, the fact is that using Photoshop to change real bodies into cookie-cutter fakes is common industry practice. It is ridiculous, but it’s also old news. So, why do women still buy into the “this is how you should look” drama of magazines? And if Kim is so proud, why ruin a perfectly good with response by claiming she doesn’t look like that anymore?

What bugs me the most about the whole thing is that people think it is okay to criticize her figure whether it’s Photoshopped or not. There is no perfect or ideal body. Yet, women continue to make the news for gaining or losing weight like it is a matter of national security or something. Oprah felt so ashamed that she put her own side by side comparison on the cover of her magazine. Tyra Banks ranted on her show about her weight gain after critics ripped into her. Jennifer Love Hewitt blogged about the negative response to her bikini laden vacation photos. And weightloss companies like Jenny Craig and Nutrisystem keep making comeback stories of people like Valerie Bertinelli and Marie Osmond.

So what’s a full figured girl to do? It may seem nearly impossible to tune out all the negative body image messages flying around. It’s time that we learn to embrace all bodies for what they are. Let’s cut out the competitiveness. Beauty doesn’t come in one shape or size. If you’re plus sized, work it. If you’re slender, work it. If you’re somewhere in between, work it. Just don’t let someone else’s standard of beauty determine how you feel about yourself.



Looking Fabulous In A Plus Size Dress

Instead of hiding a curvy body, more women are looking to embrace and flaunt their fuller figures. It’s a fact that most women do not have supermodel, gaunt bodies that have been held up as beautiful. Real women are voluptuous and should not be ashamed of their natural shape. As long as they are living a healthy lifestyle, they can promote both inner and outer beauty. The fashion industry is finally embracing plus size women. Larger size clothes are showing up in new and established designer’s line up. You don’t have to be a size two to have a gorgeous wardrobe. It’s completely feasible to find that perfect outfit for that special event.

Dresses. For many woman a dress gives them the most feminine appearance possible. The traditional “little black dress” can make the most timid women feel both sexy and confident, and can have an amazing effect on every one of them. Sadly, a plus sized woman used to have to dread shopping for a dress. Plus sized dresses were once impossible to find; unless you wanted to choose the wrong color, the wrong size and the wrong fit. That’s not the case any more! A plus sized woman deserves to put on that dress and feel like she can conquer the world!

The number one secret to finding that perfect dress is that you love the way you feel while wearing it. Know how you want to look and find the dress that gives you that look. There are various patterns, prints and accessories to accent or detract from physical flaws or areas you would like to highlight. There are different lengths and fabrics and colors to choose from. Get out there and go shopping, don’t stop until you find the dress that has your name on it!

Dresses look gorgeous in any setting. Don’t just reserve them for formal occasions. You can wear them to work, when you go out, or even just for running around town. They can be as dressy or casual as you make them. You feel beautiful and feminine in a good dress, which can only help your self esteem.

Your whole perspective will transform concerning what you wear if you have the right attitude. You can generate confidence just by believing you are beautiful. If you are sure of yourself, others will notice and see your beauty as well. Slip on that dress and face whatever may come because you never know who may be paying attention.



Working the Layered Look

The layered look is a stylish choice for women of every size. While some critics argue that plus size women should stay away from this look, I maintain that it’s a key part of plus size fashion. Wearing layers can make you look polished and pulled-together. Full-figured women just have to make sure their outfits don’t add extra padding to their frames. Here are some things to consider when putting together a figure-flattering layered look.

Work with stiff or medium weight fabrics. Anything too light and flimsy won’t hold much shape. This can work if it’s a base garment and you wear something with more shape over it. Otherwise, you run the risk of looking bigger. On the other hand, avoid layering with materials that are bulky. These hefty fabrics add fullness that you don’t need.

Wear well-fitted garments. Layering clothes that are too small or too big just makes you look sloppy. For plus size women, clothes should fit close to the body without being tight. Jackets should fit in the shoulder and be able to close. Pants should fit in the waist, hip and seat. Use a tailor if necessary.

Go for structured pieces. Simple clothes with clean lines are very flattering to the full figure. Pick items with details that create shape. For example, wear garments with empire or cinched waists. Try well placed darts or ruching. Typically, the more seaming a garment has, the better it’ll look on a super curvy body.

Aim to create balance. This should be every plus size woman’s goal when getting dressed. Try a boxy jacket to counterbalance a full bust or a wide midsection. Or bring attention to the shoulders to take the focus away from fuller hips. To make the layered look work, you must keep an eye on the overall silhouette.

Use color to your advantage. Dark colors have a slimming effect while lighter colors give the appearance of fullness. This doesn’t mean that you only wear dark colors. It means that you should use color to trick the eye. Emphasize areas you like with light, bright colors. Deemphasize what you don’t want to showcase with darker, mellower hues. Color also expresses mood and personality. Don’t be afraid to use bold color combinations.

Remember that you can always fake it. It’s not necessary to wear multiple garments to get the layered look. There are plenty of items on the market to help you achieve it. Wear a cami bra under tops with deep v-necklines. Or choose shirts and sweaters with built-in collars and cuffs that the give the illusion you’re after.



10 Quick Ways to Relax Your Child

1. Teach them to breathe. Encourage deep breathing – in through the nose and out slowly through the mouth.

2. Give them a massage. Massage your child’s temples, hands, feet, back or shoulders. Try this before bed or while watching TV.

3. Go for a walk. When your child is feeling stressed, take 10 minutes out and go for a walk around the park or even around the block. Walking in the wind and rain really can de-stress and energise kids!

4. Get arty. Have a box full or relaxing activities at the ready, such as colouring sets,   modeling  clay and craft kids to help take your child’s mind off whatever is bothering them.

5. Chill out. Try to create a ‘Chill Out’ space at home and encourage your child to visit this place daily or whenever they’re feeling stressed or anxious.

6. Writing. If your child is older, they may like to write their thoughts and feelings down. Encourage them to write something every day and let out all their internalised stress in the page. If there is something particular bothering them, they could write down what it is, and then scrunch up the paper and throw it away in the bin!

7. Affirming. Simply by repeating the words “I am Calm”, “I am Peaceful’, “I am Quiet”, “I am serene” will enable your child to find themselves in a more restful space.

8 Eating. Make sure your child gets plenty of fresh fruit and vegetables and reduce their intake of processed food. This will ensure that their bodies are packed with all the necessary nutrients needed to stay balanced.

9. Drinking. Make sure your child is always well-hydrated with plenty of water and fresh juices. Avoid sugary drinks or drinks with artificial flavours which can make children out of balance and hyperactive.

10. Listening. Calming music can have a positive effect on children, as it stimulates the Alpha brainwaves. At the end of the day, try to play some classical or relaxation music to help children wind down.



Child Modeling: Five Characteristics of a Successful Child Model

The child modeling industry can be a tough business, but there are many differences between what child modeling agencies are looking compared to adult modeling agencies. The two industries can be worlds apart, and the ways in which you and your child can stand out are probably more straightforward than you might think.

In the child modeling industry, it’s not all about beauty. Agencies are looking for children of all shapes and sizes with every type of appearance. You don’t just have to have a gorgeous child to stand out from the crowd. In fact, there are five characteristics which will help you go far in the industry – and beauty is but one!

So what are child modeling agencies really looking for in a successful model?

  1. Be natural and photogenic. Everyone knows that photogenic children have the best starting point, and yes this is the first characteristic of a successful child model. Acting naturally in photographs and coming across well is critical. But many children will meet this criteria yet only ever get a couple of paying jobs because they are missing the other 4 critical characteristics. What else do we need?
  2. Be easy to work with. It’s really important that your child (and you, as the accompanying parent) are easy to work with. This means being polite, attentive, listening and acting on instructions from the director, and being well behaved. If you make the clients and modeling agencies lives easy, they’ll be jumping at the chance to work with you again in the future!
  3. Have a strong work ethic. You need to be willing to put the effort in and travel to casting calls and photo shoots even knowing that you won’t always have success and the day will be tiring. Clients can be picky, but those which work hard to show up to events wherever they are, and on time, are like gold dust.
  4. Be willing to say “yes”. It’s critical that you do make the most of the job offers you and your child get given. Make yourself available to attend the shoots you’re offered – meaning if you’re not available, you need to reschedule your life as necessary in order to say “yes” and take the work. If you can’t or won’t take offers of paid work, the clients will stop offering it to you.
  5. Have a good reputation. Both the child modeling agencies and the clients they send you to will remember both the best and worst attendees at casting calls and even on the job. If you’re consistently exhibiting all of the above characteristics, your reputation will build and soon you’ll be getting offers left, right and center from eager photographs and agencies who know how easy to work with you are and who can’t wait to give you work.

As you get known for exhibiting these qualities, you’ll soon be a roaring success. As a popular model, you may find yourself having to say “no” (contrary to the above characteristics!) but that’s okay – saying no to offers because you’re over booked and in demand only makes people want to hire you more.

Now, apply the above advice to your child’s modeling career and get out there. You’ll soon find yourself having huge successes and being inundated with more offers than ever before.



Small Businesses Are Often Crushed As Corporations Attempt to Take Over the Market

Perhaps the biggest problem with crony capitalism is how it hurts our small business job growth engine which thus, determines the very strength of our economy. When a corporation finds a political bed fellow in Washington DC, they can request legislative changes in the law that favor them and hurt their smaller competitors. Once these smaller businesses become bankrupt, the corporate giants could increase their prices again. This obviously hurts our economy in several ways:

1. Higher Prices – consumers pay more and this decreases their buying power and standard of living

2. Small Businesses Close – job losses

3. Barriers to Entry – other businesses cannot compete and this exacerbates the first two problems

Often that is the evolution of business, what is unfortunate is when it works out that way due to crony-capitalism, or the good ole’ boy networks in towns and states, or the insidiousness of Ivy League fraternity nepotism with friends in high-places. There are scoundrels in our midst. Just as a homeless alcoholic will hold up a sign for food, and duly take your hard-earned donated cash to his fraudulent cause not to the bank or grocery store but to the nearest liquor store down the street or more often next door for the laziest of panhandlers, we can expect that humans will always attempt to cheat the system to their advantage regardless of what that system is.

It doesn’t matter if it is a pretty boy prosecutor lawyer or a mobster on the FBI wanted list – it’s fraud, it’s steeling and it is unethical – that’s the problem. I am not complaining about the system, it is better here than in other countries – at least there is the illusion of free enterprise, rather I am just ‘observing humans in their natural habitat,’ this world of modernity overlay on what is basically the same human brain DNA sequencing with the same physiological needs from the last 20,000 years, or last 5,000 if you are a Christian.

So do we bother to follow the money, if so, do we follow the alcoholic bum into the liquor store to prove ourselves right? Do we put more regulations on corporations, lobbyists, small businesses? That’s probably worse, we make the system even more inefficient. Should we just reduce regulations and not give corporations an advantage, I mean they don’t need an advantage, they already have one – it’s size – law of bigness – it’s practically a natural law of the jungle right?

Do we watch every business with massive surveillance? Do we profile everyone who runs a business, even if our   modeling  is based on false axioms of logic, only to find we locked the door and threw away the key to our success by trashing on the integrity of the last honest standout? Are all corporations bad?

No. Do they do what’s in their best interests, of course? Doesn’t everyone for the most part do what is or what they perceive to be in their best interests at the time, to get what they want? The question is why do we allow our politicians to accept bribes in the form of lobbying? If we prevented that our free-market system would be preserved far better and in a more efficient manner as well.

Now then, a good book to read on the subject of small businesses being taken over by large ones, consider; “Rule Makers, Rule Breakers,” by Motley Fools. Please think on this.



Activity Diagrams – Advantages, Disadvantages and Applications of Use

Activity diagrams describe the actual work flow behavior of a system in Information Technology. These diagrams are very similar to state Diagrams because activities are the actual state of doing something. These diagrams describe the actual state of activities of a system by showing all the sequence of activities performed. Also, these diagrams can show activities that are conditional or parallel.

When to Use: Activity Diagrams

Activity diagrams should be used in alignment with other modeling techniques like interaction diagrams and State diagrams. The main reason behind using these diagrams is to model the work flow behind the system being designed. these Diagrams are also useful for analyzing a use case by describing what actions need to take place and when they should occur, describing a complicated sequential algorithm and modeling applications with parallel processes.

Activity diagrams’ advantages:

  • UML modeling language included that these diagrams are normally easily comprehensible for both analysts and stakeholders.
  • In UML for the IT Business Analyst, “The activity diagram is the one most useful to the IT BA for depicting work flow [because] it is simple to understand-both for BAs and end-users.”
  • Since they are among the most user-friendly diagrams available, they are generally regarded as an essential tool in an analyst’s repertoire.
  • Additionally, as stated above, activity diagrams allow an analyst to display multiple conditions and actors within a work flow through the use of swimlanes. Swimlanes, however, are optional as a single condition or actor is normally displayed without them.

Activity diagrams’ disadvantages:

UML modeling language include that these diagrams have the potential to become overly complex because their user-friendly nature may lend itself to an all-inclusive description. In other words, since it is so simple to display the information related to the project, why not include all of it? When an analyst has a large project, creating a single, overly complex diagram can be a temptation.

However, as one author notes, “if you are using activity diagrams to define the structure of a work flow, you should not attempt to explore several levels of activity graphs down to their most ‘atomic’ level”. Instead, an analyst should try to present a new diagram for each work flow, or if more applicable, to use swimlanes to present different actors within the same work flow.

Another aspect of these diagrams is that they may not be used in lieu of a state diagram or sequence diagram because “activity diagrams do not give detail about how objects behave or how objects collaborate.” This is not a disadvantage per se, but it is important for an analyst to keep in mind when applying diagrams to their work.

In conclusion, activity diagrams are fairly easy to get the hang of, and will be useful for most projects because they plainly and moderately clearly demonstrate how things work.” Unlike many diagramming techniques, these diagrams also enable the depiction of multiple choices and actors within a work flow, and they are easy for even non-technical users to follow

Applications of activity diagram:

This diagram has been extended to specify flows among steps that transmit physical matter (e.g., gasoline) or energy (e.g., torque, pressure).

  • Additional changes allow the diagram to better support continuous behaviors and continuous data flows.
  • The UML 2 specification significantly prolonged the features and scale of activity diagrams beyond their earlier classification as a special case of state diagrams.
  • Today, activity diagrams can be thought of as flow charts for the 21st century, and UML modelers use activity diagrams to describe it.
  • Also, these diagrams are useful in following methods:
  • Business Rules
  • Functions that occur in parallel
  • Complex chain of multiple use cases
  • Software flows and logic control configurations
  • Procedures with judgment points and alternate flows
  • Single use cases