Que los puentes que quemo me alumbren el camino.


The Four Temperaments: Melancholia - Black Bile

Melancholy: from the Greek melas-, meaning “black” - the same root found in melanin -, and kholé-, or “bile”

An overabundance of black bile in the system was believed to cause introversion, with a strong tendency towards depression, moodiness, and “the vapours”. Later, while this trait was believed to be easily imbalanced, it was not believed to be entirely negative - “melancholics” were thought to be studious and perfectionist in their works, and good at observation.

People with a chronic overabundance of this bile were believed to be possessed by the devil by Hippocrates, but by the age of Galen (500 years later), that belief was no longer considered accurate. The failure to re-balance the humours was at that point believed to be because of an insufficiently considered diet, and a predisposition towards a certain set of traits.

Facets of Melancholia:

  • Element: Earth (cold and dry)
  • Season: Autumn
  • Planet: Saturn
  • Direction: South
  • Organ: Spleen
  • Opposing humour: Blood
  • Characteristics: Introversion, perfectionism, retention, guarded nature, despondence, sleeplessness. Balance between feminine and masculine.
  • Associated diseases: Myriad, including nearly all non-schizoid mental disorders, paralysis or stiffness of joints, cachexia, slow digestion, and cancers. Disorders associated with a lack of blood, such as ischemia (restricted bloodflow to an area, often causing tissue damage), were also associated with black bile.

To re-balance black bile, warming and moist herbs and herbal tinctures were the most common cure. Adding “bulky” (fibrous) foods and eliminating nightshade vegetables (such as tomatoes, eggplant, and potatoes) was a common later suggestion, during the 18th century.

Stewed meat and blood-benefiting (so as to counteract the black bile) foods such as nettle were also suggested by Avicenna.

[The Four Humors at the NIH]

Dude. Uncannily me.

(via biomedicalephemera)

Every introvert alive knows the exquisite pleasure of stepping from the clamor of a party into the bathroom and closing the door.

—Sophia Dembling, The Introvert’s Way: Living a Quiet Life in a Noisy World (via massiv3)

(Source: thesoutherly, via deathbyleche)

Nobody realizes that some people expend a tremendous energy trying to be normal.

—Albert Camus (via onlinecounsellingcollege)

I can see myself in this picture — someday.

I can see myself in this picture — someday.

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Of course, the result isn’t the point… The point is the longing.

Desire can’t be sated, because if it is, the longing disappears and then we’ve failed, because desire is the state we seek…

The worst thing of all would be if we actually arrived at perfect, because if we did, we would extinguish the very thing that drives us.

We want the wanting.

Seth Godin on desire, the paradox of which Rebecca Solnit explored beautifully. Reminiscent of Carl Sagan’s point about science and spirituality

Or, as Andy Warhol wrote in his meditations on sex and love, “The most exciting thing is not-doing-it. If you fall in love with someone and never do it, it’s much more exciting.”

(via explore-blog)


Wait so like are cooties stds

Technically, lice. But it stands in as a generic term for anything infectious.

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complimenting me is free

You are a fantastic artist, Seedlet, and a thoughtful and decent human being. I’m glad I know you. And I STILL get compliments on the work you did for me.

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I didn’t want to wake up. I was having a much better time asleep. And that’s really sad. It was almost like a reverse nightmare, like when you wake up from a nightmare you’re so relieved. I woke up into a nightmare.

—Ned Vizzini (via onlinecounsellingcollege)

Kinda describes the end of my last marriage, except that I had nightmares (the sleep paralysis kind, where you try to scream yourself awake) also. I guess, toward the end, all of life was a nightmare.