Book Summary: Who Moved My Cheese? – An Amazing Way to Deal With Change In Your Work and In Your Life

Circa 2002.

While doing some research today, I came across one of the papers I did back in graduate school.  It’s a good read (the book I mean).  You guys should check it out.

Who Moved My Cheese?

An Amazing Way to Deal With Change In Your Work and In Your Life

By Dr. Spencer Johnson

The cover of my copy of Dr. Spencer Johnson's 'Who Moved My Cheese? An amazing way to deal with change in your work and in your life."
The cover of my copy of Dr. Spencer Johnson’s ‘Who Moved My Cheese? An amazing way to deal with change in your work and in your life.”

Summary:

“Who Moved My Cheese?” is set in a far away land wherein four protagonists—two mice named “Sniff” and “Scurry” and two “Littlepeople” (or men the size of mice) called “Hem” and “Haw”—would attempt to find their own kind of cheese each day in a vast labyrinth of corridors.

One day, after an extensive search, both groups found a reservoir of cheese in a place called Cheese Station C. In this station, both groups were able to eat cheese to their hearts’ content. In fact, Hem and Haw even moved closer to the Cheese Station as it provided for their daily provisions and eliminated the need to look elsewhere for more cheese. As time went by, Hem and Haw grew comfortable with their surroundings and became neglectful to the fact that their cheese supply was running out. Hem and Haw had always believed that there would be more.

Sniff and Scurry, on the other hand, braced themselves for such inevitability and scurried away to look for more cheese once it did run out. Hem and Haw, despite having the ability to think and learn from their experiences, did not follow suit as they remained firm on their belief that the cheese would eventually come back if they were patient enough.

Sniff and Scurry’s search for new cheese were laced with dead ends, bouts of fear, and hunger. But eventually, in an uncharted area of the maze, the mice came across the biggest store of cheese they had ever seen—Cheese Station N.

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Guide to registering for your PRC license in Psychology (Updated)

Photo: Window 19 in the PRC Main Building.
Photo: Window 19 in the PRC Main Building.

So, your application for registration without examination for psychologists and psychometricians has finally been approved.  Congratulations!  Now what’s your next move?  Below is a step-by-step guide to register for a Professional Regulation Commission (PRC) license in Psychology.  (Click here for more on Republic Act No. 10029 [The Psychology Law]).

Updated Procedures (Based on the ‘Procedures and Requirements’ listed on the back of the PR Oath Form) [Updated as of July 31, 2014]

Step 1: Check the PRC website to see if you are among those who were approved for licensure without examination.  Should your name be among those listed, take note of the calendar dates when you will be allowed to go to the PRC to register for you Psychology or Psychometrcian license and oath taking.

Step 2: As you enter PRC, immediately line up at one of the two windows on the far right.  Once you reach either window, request for an Oath Form and two pieces of metered documentary stamps [P21 each] (one to be affixed onto the Oath Form and the other for the Certificate of Registration).  Note: if you are registering for more than one license, you will need to ask for a separate Oath Form and pay for the corresponding metered stamps.

Step 3: Fill out the Oath Form. Note: You will be required to provide your current Community Tax Certificate (CTC |Cedula), a short brown envelope [with name and the profession that you are registering for], two (2) 2×2 passport sized photos, and one (1) 1×1 colored photo [White background, collared shirt, name-tag].  It is best to have these items on-hand before entering the PRC.

Step 4: Proceeded to Window 12 in the PRC Main Building for verification of records and assessment.  Note: This is the new Window assigned to those applying for the Psychology and Psychometrician license without examination.

Step 5: After receiving your documents, you can now pay the registration and additional fees at any window—found right outside—the PRC Main Building. Note: Each registration will cost P1050 PHP.

Step 6: Return to Window 12 to accomplish any remaining forms: Fill out your PRC registration card, affix your right thumb mark onto the aforementioned card, sign the registry book, and most importantly, make sure that you have received your claim stub. Note: PRC license cards will be be released two months from the day you complete this registration.

Well, that’s it for now.  Congratulations again for being among the first to be registered as a licensed Psychologist/Psychometrician in the Philippines.

Addendum:

Guys, I have been getting a lot of messages regarding submission specifics; possible review materials for the board exam; if one can file in their province’s PRC branch; or some combination of the three. Truthfully, I would not know as I am not affiliated with the PRC. My post is solely based on my own filing experience and ends there. Thank you.

Featured on TV5’s Reaksyon with Luchi Cruz-Valdez (March 4, 2014)

Reaksyon: Walang kamatayang paghanga ng Pinoy sa basketball (Reaction: The Filipino’s never-ending admiration for basketball)

As part of a segment on ‘Die hard’ Filipino basketball fans, a TV5 news crew came by my clinic to get my thoughts on the game of basketball in the Philippines as well as the role that social media plays in attracting its current and future fan base. [7:28 to 8:42 mark].

Click here for the entire segment.

Ever wonder why you read the same book or watch the same show over and over again?

"Other times, the film simply serves as ambient noise while I fall asleep."
“Other times, the film simply serves as ambient noise while I fall asleep.”

Over the past few months, I’ve noticed that I have repeatedly watched—to some degree—the same movie each night before going to bed.  Oftentimes, I cut straight to my favorite parts and mouth choice lines even before they grace my iPad’s screen.  Other times, the film simply serves as ambient noise while I fall asleep.

Have you ever had a similar experience?  Stopped to reflect: Why this particular movie considering you have watched so many others?

According to Scientific American writer Sunny Sea Gold, people tend to “use familiar entertainment to measure how their lives have changed in positive ways.”  While in a study conducted by Cristel Antonia Russell as cited in Gold (2012) on people who had “recently ‘reconsumed’ a book, movie, or vacation spot,” it was gleamed that the respondents engage in familiar activities due to the comfort that they will receive from it (e.g., excitement, laughter, relaxation, etc.).

In addition, the respondents also “gained personal insight” and some measure of “growth” based whenever they watched the rerun or jumped back into that familiar book.

What was your personal insight?  Was it a positive or negative one?

Why not get a pen and paper and jot down some notes today.

Contact information:

If you would like to set an appointment, you can reach Dr. Villasor at the Makati Medical Center trunk line number: 888-8999 (Local 2357) or through their direct line: 844-2941.

Finding that need to exercise

As I was preparing for my circuit training class one afternoon, a fellow trainee came up to me and asked, “How do I motive myself to exercise?”  I thought about it for a moment and replied, “Well, getting yourself to the gym would be a good start.  Once you’re here and see all of us preparing—you’ll be raring to join us.”

Although said in a lighthearted manner, my classmate (if you will) got my point: Desiring exercise starts with putting oneself in an environment that promotes exercise.  This is followed by the need to have an intrinsic and realistic exercising goal that is not time bound.  To put it another way, your health/exercise goals should be your own and you shouldn’t forget to have fun while on your way to achieving them.

Exercise goals are long-term goals.  After all, very few of us can be like Elysium actor Matt Damon and spend four hours a day in the gym and be disciplined in what we eat—given the enormity of healthy food choices that we have available to us.  If you know what I mean…

Here are a few tips to get you started:

  1. Select an exercise activity that you find interesting and do some research – What is it? Is there a gym near you that offers it?  What are their rates?
  2. Like Goldilocks, try and try until you find the perfect fit – Don’t be discouraged if you are not too thrilled with your first exercise choice.  Just think that you have yet to discover the new one.
  3. Consult your doctor before engaging in any physical activity – Best to get the necessary clearances for your peace of mind.
  4. Start out the right way – Consult with a trainer or instructor for your first few sessions so that you’ll be more informed on the proper execution of your chosen exercise.
  5. Don’t forget to have fun and ‘rest days.’ – Getting fit and feeling better can be an enriching experience so always be mindful of the journey and not the destination.  Also know when to take a day off and rest as too much exercise may lead to unanticipated injuries.

Enjoy your exercise journey guys!

Contact information:

If you would like to set an appointment, you can reach Dr. Villasor at the Makati Medical Center trunk line number: 888-8999 (Local 2357) or through their direct line: 844-2941.

Long distance relationships: Are they workable?

In all honesty, the success of any long distance relationship boils down to four factors: Love, Trust, Resolve and a concrete Plan.  I believe that the absence of any of these factors could contribute heavily to the end of the relationship as well as some feelings of resentment, loss of self-worth, anxiety, and even depression on the part of one or both partners.

Unique relationships such as this usually call for some measure of sacrifice (e.g., having to leave the security of family and friends, changing jobs or lifestyle, move to a different country or state), as the ultimate goal should be to bring both lovers together for an indefinite period of time.  Oftentimes, one partner is called upon to make a greater sacrifice that he or she may not be ready to commit to because of its enormity and that it is filled with unparalleled uncertainty.  That said, couples may find themselves setting aside these tough decision and simply be contented with “what they have now.”

There in lies the problem as no definite timetable or concrete plan leaves you only in the moment.  So, what’s next?  Where do you go from here? Why are you in this relationship in the first place?

Questions that will eventually have to be answered…or maybe in your heart you’ve known the answer all along but just haven’t mustered the courage to embrace it.

If you are having trouble reaching a decision regarding your long distance relationship or would just like to have some personal clarity on the matter, here are five questions that you can reflect on:

  1. Are you ‘in love’ or ‘in love with the idea of being in love?’
  2. If your have arguments (or course you do), how are they normally resolved? Was it truly resolved or did you just set it aside?
  3. Was there ever a time that you didn’t have your ‘best foot forward?’ How did that turn out?
  4. Would you consider yourself the type of person who changes people for the better?
  5. How do you deal with regret?

Good luck guys!  Do this and it is my sincerest hope that it will be workable.

Contact information:

If you would like to set an appointment, you can reach Dr. Villasor at the Makati Medical Center trunk line number: 888-8999 (Local 2357) or through their direct line: 844-2941.

What are Millennials?

Time Magazine's May 20, 2013 issue
Time Magazine’s May 20, 2013 issue

According to TIME Magazine’s Joel Stein, Millennials or Generation Y are people born between 1980-2000.  They are “fame-obsessed” and compared to the generation that is now 65 or older, “the incidences of narcissistic personality disorder are three times as high.”  Coined by Strauss and Howe, Millennials were described as having been empowered by the information revolution—to the point that their self-esteem and self-worth have reached record levels compared to past generations.

Simply put, Stein’s piece paints a picture of a young entitled adolescent who may have already defined who they are at the tender age of 14.  Today, their self-worth is in such a fragile state and can change in an instant based on how many ‘likes or dislikes’ they get on their social media posts.  As for the millennial generation workforce, they are no longer shackled by the modesty or unspoken etiquette of their predecessors as they are now willing to question their CEO about the projects that they are assigned to and why they must do them.

Despite the seemingly brimming overconfidence of the millennial generation, Stein also points out that the transition of this population out of their parent’s home has also been “prolonged” and “stunted.”  A failure-to-launch of sorts.

For more, pick up TIME Magazine’s May 20, 2013 issue.

Out now in newsstands everywhere.

Addendum:

  • With the release of the May 27, 2013 Angelia Jolie cover issue of TIME Magazine, it has become a challenge for some people to procure the May 20 issue.  Good luck!