DPSN Vlog: Obsessions

This month, for our Obsessions theme, we chat with Spencer Sharpe about their obsession with the mid-2000’s emo music, the amazing knowledge they have about it, how it impacts their identity, and how it connects to them.

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OPD (Obsessive Productivity Disorder)

Did you know that NZ has a Productivity Commission? I didn’t, until I Googled ‘productivity’ in order to write this blog. According to the website, “The Government has asked the Commission to investigate how to make overall improvements in the design and operation of regulatory regimes in New Zealand.”

Productivity is defined by Statistics New Zealand as “a measure of how efficiently production inputs are being used within the economy to produce output.” It goes on to say that a key determinant of a nation’s standard of living is an improvement in productivity.

But have we gone too far with productivity? Has it become an obsession? Do we conflate the meaning of productivity with stress, busyness and over-achievement?

An (un)healthy obsession

June is ‘obsessions’ month on DPSN. We’ve asked our bloggers to tell us all about their secret (or not so secret!) obsession. Whether they’re healthy or a causing a problem, common or something entirely unique, we want to know what you’re obsessed with (or what you think of the obsessions you see around you). As always, we’re keen for you to be part of the conversation, so let us know your thoughts on change in the comments below, or jump over to our Facebook page to join the conversation.

The power of labels — is it time to move on?

A while ago I posted a meme, which said, “Better to have lost in love than to live with a psycho for the rest of your life.”

I liked it of course, otherwise I wouldn’t have posted it. Eleven others did too, some commenting on Facebook, “Amen to that,” and “Definitely!!”

Then this: “Hate it. It’s beat up on people with mental illness time again. Ever had the amazing person you love tell you that they just can’t deal with your mental illness anymore? Our society is totally phobic about people with mental illness having intimate relationships.”

DPSN Vlog: Language

This week’s vlog is about AAC, as part of DPSN’s Language theme for the month. We chat with Gabby who talks about the importance of AAC, and what it means for her. Apologies for the poor sound quality, I had a bit of trouble with it when recording. You can read more from Gabby at…

“Mind your language!”

“Mind your language!”

That was what parents used to tell their kids to warn them not to swear. In the last 20 or 30 years however, some people in the disabled community seem to have taken that saying even more seriously than ever before.

“Disabled”, “handicapped”, “special needs”, “differently abled”, ” handicapable”. All these words and phrases have been used over the years to describe those of us whose physical abilities differ from most people’s. Then there’s the very long-winded “people first” language, as in “person with a disability” or “person with special needs” and so on.