Monthly Archives: August 2014

The Pill’s 50th Birthday

How was your Mother’s Day? I hope it was as relaxing and enjoyable as mine was. Mother’s Day is always special, but this year for us Moms we shared the day with a pretty big anniversary. ‘The Pill’ officially turned 50 on Mother’s Day.

From protests to controversy to liberation, the pill has been nothing short of a revolution for women around the world. Elaine Tyler May wrote a fabulous op-ed piece in the Washington Post where she touches on the many positive things the pill did for women, while also astutely mentioning important aspects of the pill that often get forgotten or ignored…

But there is a bitter irony in the fact that the same pill that gave mothers the ability to combine childbearing and a career by controlling fertility has also led many women to delay childbearing so long that they jeopardize that fertility. Contraception makes it possible to postpone motherhood, but it doesn’t solve the problem of how to combine caring for children with going to work. As a result, many women wait to have a child until they are financially secure enough to afford child care.

In some sense, the pill let employers and the government off the hook by giving women the means to juggle jobs and families. Sanger and Katharine McCormick hoped that the pill would allow women to control their lives, but they did not count on women being stuck with such hard choices. For while mothers’ lives have changed over the past 50 years, the work world has lagged behind: Most jobs are still 9 to 5 — or longer — leaving little time to care for children. The cost of child care is, for many women, ruinously high. Paid parental leave is still too rare, and where it exists, usually too brief. For the most part, it is women who, aided by the pill, have adjusted to the demands of the workforce, rather than the other way around.

The pill may have been a gift to mothers. But 50 years on, it could use some new accessories. This Mother’s Day, instead of jewelry, candy or flowers, how about some more novel presents: lengthy paid parental leaves, government-supported child care and flex-time.

Superwoman of the Day: Hungry Girl

I’ll admit it: I got sucked into watching Rachael Ray this morning as I plotted my writing schedule and Thanksgiving plans. It’s all Hungry Girl’s fault. She popped in as a guest and promised to make a fettuccine alfredo-like meal at just over 100 calories. Are you kidding me?! This makes her my hero.

Here’s the recipe. If you make it, PLEASE let me know how it turned out. If it’s as amazing as the calorie count, Hungry Girl may have a new disciple. Because I like my comfort food. But not what excessive carbs do to my waistline.

Hungry GirlHungry Girl’s Totally Pumpin’ Fettuccine
Per serving (entire recipe): 129 calories, 3g fat, 639mg sodium, 19g carbs, 6.5g fiber, 6g sugar, 7g protein

Ingredients:

1 package House Foods Tofu Shirataki Fettuccine Shaped Noodle Substitute
One-half wedge The Laughing Cow Light Original Swiss Cheese
1/4 cup plain light soymilk
1/4 cup canned pure pumpkin
1/4 cup fat-free chicken broth
1/4 cup finely chopped onion
1 teaspoon reduced-fat Parmesan-style grated topping
1/2 teaspoon chopped garlic
1/8 teaspoon salt
Dash black pepper
Optional: additional salt and black pepper
Yields: Makes 1 serving

Preparation:

Rinse and drain shirataki noodles well. Pat dry. Place noodles in a microwave-safe bowl and microwave for 1 minute.

Drain excess liquid from noodles. Dry noodles thoroughly, using paper towels to soak up as much moisture as possible. Cut noodles up a bit using a knife or kitchen shears. Set aside.

In a separate dish, combine soymilk, pumpkin, garlic powder, salt and pepper. Mix well and set aside.

Bring a small saucepan to high heat. Add chicken broth, onion, garlic, and cheese wedge half. Stirring occasionally to break up the cheese, cook until broth has mostly evaporated, 2 to 4 minutes.

Reduce heat to medium and continue to cook for just 1 minute or so, until onion and garlic begin to brown. Add pumpkin mixture. Stir until sauce is thoroughly blended and hot.

Add sauce to your noodles and stir well. If you like, season to taste with more salt and pepper. Finish with Parm-style topping and enjoy.

Be sure to check out Hungry Girl’s official site. I might be in love.

More About The DISC Profile Personality Test

Dominance, Inducement, Submission and Compliance or popularly known as DISC is a theory that was created through the research and study of psychologist William Marston, who also happens to be the creator of Wonder Woman. Through his observations Marston was able to conclude that people have different DISC profile types that can be distinguished through taking the DISC test and getting the DISC assessment – he concluded that everything DISC reveals is related to how a person feels as it matches with their current environment.

DISC at Work 

A great tool used to determine the qualities and characteristics of employees, companies take the time to determine the DISC profile of their personnel and staff especially when the work environment is relatively a large group. It enables the employers to get a glimpse as to how certain employees will be able to work with others in their different teams or departments. It is also a great means to be able to know the employees and staff members that can be considered from higher posts and if they can handle bigger tasks for the company.

DISC Personality Test

DISC Personality Test

DISC at School 

Students are often much pressured and are served with so many challenges that leave them often very stressed from the many different factors that they have to overcome. Through the DISC personality tests teachers and other school personnel are able to consider what to provide for the student in terms of communal activities or as individual activities. Schools are able to counsel the students to see if they are comfortable enough to adapt to the many pressures of school activities and it is also very useful to see if a student specifically needs more attention and help.

DISC in Everyday Living 

Determining the DISC personalities are a helpful way to be able to realize how to deal with the different scenarios that happen in life. The many instances that happen in life are often not that ideal and being aware of personal feelings and how the environment constantly changes opens up a bigger picture for people. Through the DISC theory people will become more self aware and learn to accept the stance of a regularly changing environment.

Know About Your DISC Personality

There are many theories that have been formulated in the study of psychology but most of these generally support the presumption that people have specific characteristics and traits just like that of DISC profile types. In the 1920s the DISC profile was created by psychologist William Marston, implying that DISC stands for the 4 different emotional states of people in relation to their current environment: Dominance, Inducement, Submission and Compliance.

Through Marston’s theory he was able to prove that everything DISC reveals helps to determine the specific feelings of an individual depending on what he perceives of the environment. Through the DISC test as well as the DISC assessment, people establish what their true nature is in terms of dealing with the current environmental factors.

Disc Test

Disc Test

Dominance: If the DISC profile personality test puts you in this category it implicates that you generally have a positive self image and feelings but often you perceive the environment negatively.

Inducement: If you belong to this category it determines that you have a positive image of yourself as well as your feelings and more often than not also find your environment to be positive.

Submission: If you are characterizes in this type you are deemed to generally have negative feelings about yourself yet despite that you find the environment positively.

Compliance: If you get this type of personality it gauges you to negatively see yourself and your feelings and at the same time also deem your environment to be negative.

Based on these personality types individuals are often assessed either for work or school and often these results are used as a basis for adapting and improving self image as well as perception of the environment. For work determining these characteristics are a great factor to consider so that employees are channeled to the right teams or departments.

Schools also use this personality typing to be able to assess how the student is able to adapt to the many challenges of school courses. The chance to be able to get the different DISC traits is a tool that can really help to improve people individually as well as in group settings and best of all it can increase the chances of making an individual channel to a better and more adaptable to situations.

Benefits Of The DISC Profile Personality Test

Change is inevitable in life, and so is getting to work with and mingle with other people – relationships are bound to happen whether on a personal or a professional level leaving many with either long lasting relationships or those that are short lived. In the early stages of the 20th century a psychologist named William Marston was able to provide proof on his theory of the DISC profile types which game a glimpse into how people react differently to their environment based on their own personalities.

The DISC profile, namely Dominance, Inducement, Submission and Compliance, revealed a lot about how each person would presumably act to the given situations that they encounter in life. These days through DISC assessment or taking the DISC test, a person’s given DISC personality is revealed and the results are used to help the individual become more adaptable to their environment.

DISC Profile

DISC Profile

Improvement of Relationships 

One of the things that are thought of to be achieved by everything DISC related is the chance to improve the relationships that a person must belong to, whether it is at school or at the work place, the tests and assessments are deemed to declare and help individuals to understand themselves more. Not only is self awareness developed, relationships with other people, like getting along with them and establishing a civil and amicable rapport are also addressed.

Improvement of Personality 

As everything DISC sales with emotions and environment, it is considered to make people become more aware of how they really are and what steps they can take to be able to improve on their attitude if necessary. Also notable with DISC assessment is the opportunity to become more attuned to self development that can help create a better chance to mingle and reciprocate the attitude of people you encounter, eventually improving better bonds and relations.

Improvement of Change and Adaptation 

The types of DISC personality carry with it specific personality patterns that can still be changed and at times may also be needed for better adaptation to a given situation. DISC becomes very beneficial when characteristics are determined directly and specific ideals are provided to help an individual adapt to the situations through positive changes.