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a glossary of terms.

INTJ
Introverted Intuitive Thinking Judging

One of sixteen personality types, as created by Katharine Briggs and Isabel Myers.  The Myers-Briggs Type Indicator® is a test that can be taken online, and will tell you what your personality type and traits are.  

 

INTJs prefer their own company (introversion), spend more time on ideas and concepts rather than facts and details (intuition), make decisions based on logic and reason (thinking), and prefer organisation and planning to spontaneity and flexibility (judging).  

I took the MBTI test in 2017 and again in 2020.


OCPD
Obsessive Compulsive Personality Disorder

This is not the same as OCD (defined below).  OCPD is a personality disorder characterised by rigid adherence to rules and regulations, an overwhelming need for order, unwillingness to delegate responsibilities to others, and a sense of righteousness about the way things “should be done”.

A person with OCPD may also have OCD. 

I was diagnosed with OCPD in March 2021, completing a course of CBT and continue to take medication which helps to manage symptoms. 

CBT

Cognitive Behavioural Therapy

A short-term form of behavioral treatment. It helps people problem-solve. CBT also reveals the relationship between beliefs, thoughts, and feelings, and the behaviors that follow.

 

Through CBT, people learn that their perceptions directly influence how they respond to specific situations. In other words, a person’s thought process informs their behaviors and actions.

I completed CBT from May to July 2021. 

Sertraline

Sertraline is a type of antidepressant known as a selective serotonin reuptake inhibitor (SSRI). It's often used to treat depression, and also sometimes panic attacks, OCD, OCPD, and post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD).

Sertraline helps many people recover from depression and helps to manage other mental health issues, with fewer unwanted side effects than older antidepressants.

Sertraline comes as tablets, which are available only on prescription.

I started Sertraline in March 2021 and continue taking them on a daily basis. 

OCD

Obsessive Compulsive Disorder

A mental condition in which a person experiences persistent, intrusive thoughts that cause distress and performs repetitive physical or mental acts in order to prevent or counteract the thoughts and relieve the distress.

 

The term 'OCD' is often used by people who do not, in fact, have OCD. 

While I relate to some aspects of OCD, such as intrusive or obsessive thoughts, I would not say I have OCD nor have I been diagnosed with it. 

Vegan
A person who does not consume any animals products in any form, including consumption of meat, fish, and animal by-products, like milk and eggs.  Further, they do not use any animal products. 

 

Strict vegans will not wear or own animal products, like leather and wool.   They will avoid all cosmetic and other goods that have been tested on animals or contain animal-derived ingredients.  

 

The reason to start a vegan lifestyle varies by person.  Some choose it for ethical reasons, some for health and fitness, others for short-term weight loss. 

 

The acronym VFTA stands for 'Vegan for the animals'. 

 

I went vegan in January 2021 for a month long challenge.  It was at this time I completed a lot of research (INTJs love soaking up knowledge!) which really opened my eyes.  I've not looked back. 

Minimalism
A concept that means different things, depending on who you are asking.  My definition of minimalism is living with fewer items to achieve happiness and fulfilment. 

This is achieved by getting rid of things you do not use or need, leaving an uncluttered, simple environment, which helps create an uncluttered, simple life.  It's living without an obsession with material things or an obsession with doing everything and doing too much.  It's using simple tools, having a simple wardrobe, carrying little and living lightly. 

I started minimalism in February 2021, again for a 'zero-waste' challenge.  It is having a huge positive impact on my life and mental health, and continue working on it today. 


Teetotalism

The principle or practice of complete abstinence from alcohol-containing liquids.  A person who practices this could be referred to as a teetotaler or simply said to be teetotal.

I went teetotal in October 2021 after seeing the detrimental effect it was having on my mental health.  

Experiential Living
The ability to live fully in the present and respond to new experiences without fear.  This could also be defined as a preference for experiences rather than products.  

For me, this is very much about enjoying spending time with good people, enjoying food, creating an ambience, being comfortable, igniting the senses, etc.  Some people would love to spend a day in London shopping, which is great, but I would rather be trekking up a mountain in the rain!

 

Anti-consumerism

Opposition or resistance to a culture or way of life that emphasises the purchase and use of consumer goods, where business corporations benefit in pursuit of financial goals at the expense of the public. 

I got more into this when researching minimalism and listening to various podcasts.  I almost instantly stopped shopping at Amazon and now boycott them (as much as humanly possible), as well as other conglomerates like Google and Facebook. 


Introversion
Introversion is a basic personality style characterised by a preference for the inner life of the mind over the outer world of other people.

 

One of the Big Five dimensions that define all personalities, introversion sits on a continuum at the opposite end of which is extroversion. Compared to extroverts, introverts enjoy subdued and solitary experiences.

 

Introverts do not fear or dislike others, and they are neither shy nor plagued by loneliness. A crowded cocktail party may be torture for introverts, but they enjoy one-on-one engagement in calm environments, which is more suited to the make-up of their nervous system. Evidence suggests that, unlike with extroverts, the brains of introverts do not react strongly to viewing novel human faces; in such situations they produce less dopamine, a neurotransmitter associated with reward.

I think a lot of people would describe me as extroverted, but that is just nervous energy.  I have definitely become more introverted as I've gotten older.  If I had to choose between eating out at a busy restaurant or staying at home alone, I'd go with the latter. 

Essential Tremor

A progressive neurological disorder that causes rhythmic shaking. It mostly occurs in hands when doing simple tasks such as tying shoes or drinking from a glass. It can also spread to other areas of the body, including the head, arms, legs and knees, and voice. 

 

There is no known cure. 

I was diagnosed when I was 10.  I have taken a number of different medications and saw a neurologist for about 15 years who completed studies.  I don't take any medication for this now and have learnt to live with it.