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  Perception/Treatment of Mental Illness by Country
Posted by: AirWaves - 01-08-2021, 05:53 PM - Forum: Everything Else - Replies (13)

Creating a new thread as Suits suggested to continue the conversation:

(01-08-2021, 02:23 PM)Suits Wrote:
(01-08-2021, 03:50 AM)Blake2 Wrote: Chaining the mentally ill in Indonesia has been in the news recently. Definitely some strange cultural practices. But is it worse than the US, where the mentally ill are often homeless? Its tough being a schizophrenic, even on a tropical island paradise.

I'm not an expert on the topic, but my best guess is that every society could probably improve on how they deal with mental illness.

However, from what I understand many mentally ill homeless people in the US and Canada are in the circumstances that they are because they refuse to accept the services and treatment that is available. Not sure how accurate that is overall. Would love to hear from some members that are more knowledgeable on the topic, but that should be its own thread to avoid cluttering up this one.

A nurse in my social circle back in Atlanta 6-7 years ago who worked with homeless confirmed it for me: unfortunately, many homeless people there were also mentally ill. As someone who rarely interacted with them (car-based city), I wasn't aware of the correlation.

It also probably didn't help that the homeless shelter in the city was shut down due to some combination of local or city government pressure. Classic NIMBY (Not In My Back Yard), regardless of your politics.

I believe it was the same nurse who also told me that some folks don't want to deal with the restrictions some shelters have, such as no drugs, etc. - so they'd rather be on the streets, which tells you how powerful some of these addictions can be.

Based on my smidgen of understanding about it in Poland, mental illness has more of a stigma there than in the US, and seems to be talked about less. Keep in mind that's relative, and I'm not saying which one is right or wrong.

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  2 years into a ltr. How to cheat?
Posted by: nordicplayer - 01-07-2021, 01:51 PM - Forum: Game Forum - Replies (75)

First post from expat rvforum here.

After a major tinder spree in the fall of 2018, I met my gf who I now live with.
I can truly say that this is the girl I want to spend the rest of my life with, but I miss fucking other girls. I've even gone as far as setting up plans with a cougar from a different city. Her company has offices in my city, but she is stuck at home due to covid. Amazing body for her age, does yoga everyday. I'd like to hear so input from others in my situation. There is no room for error or getting caught, no fucking way. What she doesn't know, will not hurt my girl

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  How to get into a US Medical School
Posted by: balkan - 01-03-2021, 04:31 AM - Forum: Lifestyle Forum - Replies (7)

Don't imagine this would apply to many people on this forum but figure I'd put it out there. I'm a medical student at a US MD school and have helped a handful of applicants get into other MD schools. Medicine is a long road but still a decent shuttle to the upper-middle class and a consistently good salary. For the European bros, US medical school starts after a traditional 4 year undergraduate "pre-med" experience. It's quite redundant and arguably wastes years but is what it is. Here are the 10 main points that assisted me through the process.

#1 Ace the MCAT. In 2016, the MCAT changed formats from a scale of 45 with three categories to one of 528 with four categories. The addition of a psychology/sociology section is the closest you'll get to free points. Ideally you want a 90%+ percentile which is 512+. Using digital flash card spaced repetition software like anki and plowing throw the highest volume of practice questions you can handle is often the best strategy. You can take it up to 4 times, re-schedule, and void scores. Be wary of approaching this casually as many schools average the scores of those who take the MCAT multiple times. This should be taken after you've completed the core science curriculum, which is usually the spring of your 3rd year or winter break of 4th year.

#2 Have a story and be able to express it. Med school admission committees truly reward uniqueness. About 1/3 of my current class are "non-traditional applicants" whether that means public school teachers, army, or non-science majors. If you have life experience and are a storyteller (can use essay assisting services like medschool insiders) than you have an incredible advantage. Embrace what makes you different and showcase those traits in your personal statement. 

#3 Strategically manage your GPA. As a rule of thumb you want a 3.65+/4 for cumulative and science. Do whatever it takes to maintain that as this can be a hard filter. If organic chemistry is rough, delay it and take it all by itself over the summer. If you find a reputable community college that has transferable credits, take several classes there. 

#4 Showcase any and all diversity. If you're a white male like me, you might feel like you're whoring yourself out here but don't hold back. If you speak a second language, mention it. If your fraternity does a food bank 1x/semester, mention it and tie it into a deeper story. If you have any curiosities like music...it wouldn't hurt to start a free mentoring program in underserved areas. Don't lie but everyone stretches the truth.

#5 Check the expected boxes. That is primary care physician shadowing, 1 other speciality shadowing, 3+ volunteering experiences (ideally a split of clinical and non-clinical. longevity of volunteering more important than intensity), research, clinical work (ex. medical scribe, EMT, phlebotomy), a hobby that you've invested serious time into.

#6 Utilize Student Doctor Network (SDN) and Medical School Admissions Requirements (MSAR). SDN is kinda an autistic place but helpful for application vetting, due dates, and which schools are giving out interviews at which time. There is a subforum titled "What are my chances?" where several admission committee members will give you feedback on a synopsis of your stats/application and guide you to how many and which schools to apply for. It's helpful to do this ~6 months ahead of June 1st so you have time to take action on their feedback. MSAR gives you the course requirements and stats (MCAT/GPA) of medschools so you can create an accurate target school list.

#7 APPLY EARLY AND WIDE. Primary applications can be submitted on May 31st/June 1st. Make sure yours is ready by then. You can only receive your secondary apps when your primary is submitted and you can only receive interviews once your secondaries are submitted. I applied to ~35 MD schools and received 4 interviews and 2 acceptances.

#8 Pre-write secondary prompts. Most school specific secondary prompts do not change between years. You can find the prior years on SDN and pre-write them so you can copy, paste, and submit the day your secondary comes in. There are a generic 3-5 essays which you should have a formula for that you can tailor to each school (general how you would contribute to the school's diversity, why our school, tell me about a moment of adversity, etc)

#9 Don't worry about CASPER. CASPER is a online exam that is designed to test your social accumen which ~25-33% of schools use now. They'll describe an ethical dilemma and make you describe how you would respond. I wouldn't put too much weight on it as it's still novel without much supporting data. Be aware which schools require it though and schedule it as early into the cycle as you can. 

#10 Know your app inside and out and anticipate interview questions (why our school, why medicine, greatest strength, greatest weakness, current thoughts on healthcare, tell me about your research, greatest anticipated challenge if accepted). You can do mock interviews but think it's more a numbers game and luck depending on who your interviewer is. You don't want to be caught off guard though. Rule of thumb is 3 interviews= 1 acceptance

If anyone has questions or has plans of applying feel free to DM me!

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  2O21 goals
Posted by: vuko225 - 01-02-2021, 03:17 PM - Forum: Lifestyle Forum - Replies (44)

Hey everyone!

I thought it could be a good time to share our goals and maybe directly or indirectly help some people out or at least motivate each other to do some positive things.

Last year was a breakthrough year for me financially, due to Covid I was forced to fully shift my business online and it opened up lot's of new opportunities for me and allowed me to increase my client base due to no commute time as well as targeting new markets, countries. I'm in the business coaching/consulting business, specifically I help management level people and often startup founders with their public speaking skills/ pitches etc.

I was able to save good amounts of money partly through self discipline I acquired in part thanks to this forum and overall personal development.(spent lots of time focusing on personal finances, motivation, discipline - focused on goals, good eating habits etc. I am sure that many of you used the lockdowns and some travelling bariers to further grow yourself in different areas. I was also able to help out some family members a bit more ( without them asking. It's a rewarding feeling.

By focusing almost all of my efforts on business and self development I lacked a bit in social life ( of course partly due to covid - I'm in Europe now and women, last year or year and a half it was specifically it was by choice. I'd also like to discipline myself a bit more with reading books and finding an hour a day or so on reading, it helps you switch off and this is something I'd like to do. I did grow a lot mentally in a sense of appreciating everything I have, clearing my head through walks,audio books, some form of mediation etc and I did read a lot but I believe daily walks, books or spending time in nature are very helpful.

I'd also like to offer more time to my friends and networking this year. I believe that anyone who's trying to grow their business or wants to build up good savings and what not needs a year or two or more of " beast mode" but eventually it is essential to have more balance in our lives.

I've also dedicated myself to doubling down on my fitness. Day 2 of 2o21 and i've done loads of walking, decent running and 45-6o minute intense workouts at home, gyms are closed here.

Last but not least, even though building up financially, outsourcing some business elements and building up my fitness and reading habits are still my priority this year, I plan on travelling to some new countries this year and spending some extended time there. eg Serbia and/or Bulgaira and getting back to meeting attractive women while keeping an eye on the one worth keeping. I'll be in the balkans until summer and then head back to Odessa, where i've been on and off since 2o13.

I live in Warsaw, Poland right now.

If anyone is around balkans or plans on spending some time in UA, pm me. I know it like the inside of my wallet.

Good luck to everyone!

What would you guys like to focus on this year?.

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  Hot girls who look terrible in pictures
Posted by: Johnstop - 01-02-2021, 05:17 AM - Forum: Game Forum - Replies (8)

I had a thing with this black girl over the summer. Fantastic sexual chemistry, in person she was pretty hot, nice girl who I got along with. Things ended cause I just got too busy and we were both catching feelings, so didn't want to get bogged down or waste her time either. 

What trips me out about this girl is that her pictures look absolutely awful, like she's a good 5-6 points worse in pictures than she is in person. She had terrible Tinder pics, but I had a weird feeling that she looked better in person and ended up FaceTiming her. Sure enough she basically looked like a different person. 

I brought this up with her a couple times and she got low key offended so I dropped it lol. I took some model shots of her myself which were way better. 

Has anyone else encountered this? It's super bizarre in an age where women are in an arms race to look as good as possible online.

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  The Texting Strategy Thread _ Seeking Recommendations
Posted by: DVR - 01-01-2021, 02:49 PM - Forum: Game Forum - Replies (15)

Texting is a low point in my game. I get lots of matches, when I get them on a date I bang them most of the time, but I lose probably 90% of the numbers I get and I'm attributing it to texting. I've read some books, talked with some friends who seem to know what they're doing, but I'd like to further increase my abilities. Can someone recommend anything from their one golden rule to the best book or course they've taken?

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Exclamation Will you take the vaccine?
Posted by: samozk - 12-31-2020, 03:52 AM - Forum: Everything Else - Replies (248)

Just for fun and curiosity, how many of you will be taking the covid vax? 

If you wanna add a comment why or why not feel free, maybe it will free up the corona travel thread for more travel only info!

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  Pandemic slumping??
Posted by: Seneca69 - 12-29-2020, 12:43 PM - Forum: Game Forum - Replies (17)


New to the forums but have been day gaming for the past 1-2 years (sense of time completely gone to the pandemic).

I've been in a big slump for the past 2 months. I was doing really well with amazingly stupid approaches adapted from Roosh ("Is that a good laptop?", "Is that an iPhone?"). I took some time off for various reasons. Have been trying to get back into it and it's been messy. Before, I was getting consistent results at cafes, bookstores, and public transport. I was even getting reasonable results on Tinder. Solid dates with 7s+. But for the past few months, I don't know WTF is going on. Just can't seem to get anything decent in the pipeline either in real life or online, girls are flakey, and I am not even coming across decent women in my usual spots. 

And online, I've found women have had a MASSIVE ego. I suspect it coincides with more attention due to the pandemic since more dudes are going online. But 5s and 6s think they're Eva Longoria. Fuck that. 

Wondering if anyone else is similarly slumping these days? To reboot, I am thinking to just be patient and go back to the easy openers that I had success with in the past instead of trying to force openers in places I haven't had good success before. I've never dealt with a slump, so want to know how everyone else approaches it. Especially during these crazy times.

Thanks and be healthy.

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  The Best Conferences/Seminars/Bootcamps Thread
Posted by: DVR - 12-25-2020, 11:52 PM - Forum: Lifestyle Forum - Replies (2)

There are a million out there from traveling to a foreign country for months to learn how to code while living with like-minded individuals to weekend seminars. Unfortunately, there's not a central database out there (that I know of?). Also, in my experience, the most valuable experiences are not going to be the Tony Robbins events. Instead, I'm looking for the hidden gems.

Please list any conferences, seminars, or boot camps that you either have personal experience with or have heard about in the areas of:
- health/fitness
- mindfulness
- personal development/self-improvement
- PUA/game/male-focused
- digital nomad/location independence
- finance/wealth
- leadership

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  Tip: When They Bring Up Their Sign, Do This
Posted by: DVR - 12-25-2020, 10:06 PM - Forum: Game Forum - Replies (12)

It's not uncommon for a girl to ask me what sign I am. After I ask them what sign they are, I then mention how Virgos (my sign) and whatever sign she is, are not compatible. It's a great way to add some tension to the date and to know where you're at. If she likes you, she'll defend why opposites attract or why you're wrong and the signs are a great match.

In fact, this works so well that I often try to bring this up on many dates.

Similarly, I'll mention how I think we don't have anything in common after something random comes up about out likes/disikes (she likes cholocate and I don't, or coffee, or whatever). Adds tension, being slightly disagreeable which is odd for a first date, and she'll disagree saying that she's sure we have many things in common.

This strategy is most useful during a live date, not online.

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