Saturday, December 31, 2016

Kisah Sedih Menjual Novel

Perhatian orang sedang ke DKI Jakarta, gak akan ada yang membaca curcolku ini. Hihihi,...biarin ajah.... Ada orang minta dibawakan novel, terengah2 dan basah kuyup oleh keringat akhirnya kubawakan novelku GENGGAMLAH TANGANKU. Beliau membacanya dan kemudian memberikan kritik. Yang dikritiknya adalah menurutnya bahasaku tidak standar.

"Seharusnya 'dech' dan bukan 'deh'," katanya.

"Bentuk bakunya 'khan' dan bukan 'kan'," lanjutnya.

Aku manggut-manggut saja, berharap dia membayar novelku. Novel itu kujual dengan cara konsinyasi. Penerbit mendapatkan 55% dan aku mendapatkan 45%, yang 45% itu sudah termasuk royalti yang besarnya 10%. Sampai akhirnya aku memutuskan untuk pulang karena jengah, kritikan dan saran terus saja dikemukakannya. Akhirnya aku pamit saja, dalam hati kecil aku mengharap dia membuka dompet dan membayar harga novel yang Rp. 75.000.

Ternyata tidak, dia cuma mengatakan, "Terimakasih atas doorprize-nya, Maz Fermy baaiiiiik dech." Begitu dia berseru dengan menirukan bencong berujar sambil melambai2kan tangan dengan gaya khas. Aku memang agak keperempuan2an, padahal itu bukan mauku.

Sudah rugi, dilecehkan pula.

Thursday, December 29, 2016

Pesanan yang Lambat

Sudah sejak lama aku menganggap bahwa masa lakunya novelku BERCANDA DALAM DUKA sudah lewat. Ketika tadi sore ada seorang sahabat pembaca novel mengontak bahwa temannya ingin memiliki buku itu membuat anganku melonjak. Temannya itu mempunyai seorang anak berusia remaja yang didiagnosis ke arah penyakit seperti yang kuderita. Awalnya sang teman yang pembaca novelku hanya menyodorkan novel itu sebagai penguatan saja bahwa dia dan anaknya tidak sendiri. Diluar dugaan ternyata beliau tertarik dan malah ingin memiliki novelku. Psikolog yang menangani anaknya dan ikutan membaca ternyata juga malah tertarik dan ingin memiliki.

Peminat baru ini ingin mencarinya di Toko Buku Gramedia, namun oleh sahabatnya diterangkan bahwa bukuku tidak masuk ke Gramedia karena self publishing saja. Dia akan mengusahakan supaya aku mencetakkan novelku kembali. Akhirnya benar, beliau mentransfer ongkos cetak untuk sepuluh buah novel. Yang tiga eksemplar akan beliau beli sendiri. Percayalah nanti akan masih saja ada peminat, Mit, demikian pesannya kepadaku.

Anganku jadi melambung jauh. Kayak-kayak sudah jadi pengarang terkenal dan profesional saja. Terbayang akan sangat memudahkan untuk mendapatkan apabila bukuku terpajang di Gramedia dan toko buku lainnya. Dan sepertinya ide itu akan dapat terlaksana dengan bantuan ibu-ibu yang bersimpati seperti sahabat pembeli novelku itu. Namun aku kembali berfikir realistis. Aku akan mengalami kesulitan jika ternyata novelku tidak laku apabila dicetak besar-besaran dan meminta bantuan dustributor besar. Pemasaran buku adalah masalah yang kompleks dan aku tidak mungkin menanganinya sendirian. Aku bisa terbelit hutang.

Berarti sekarang ya diterima saja kalau ada yang merasa membutuhkan bukuku. Dicetakkan dan segera dikirim, selesai. Tidak usah berkhayal menjadi pengarang terkenal segala.

Penerbit Kanisius

Seorang sahabat peminat novel saya mengirim pesan. Bunyinya adalah mengajak saya untuk bertamu ke Penerbit Kanisius di Jalan Deresan. Singkat cerita, tibalah kami disana, dan ternyata itu adalah pertemuan formal yang sudah dijadwalkan/ada perjanjian untuk ketemu terlebih dahulu. Saya menyesal sekali kesana pakai sandal jepit setipis kerupuk udang.

Kami berbicara panjang lebar disana. Penerbit Kanisius meminta kami untuk membawa novel BERCANDA DALAM DUKA dan novel GENGGAMLAH TANGANKU. Sulit bagi saya untuk bercerita secara detil apa saja yang kami bicarakan. Yang jelas, hati kecil saya berkata bahwa Penerbit Kanisius ini bisa dipercaya.

Di akhir pertemuan, Penerbit Kanisius tertarik untuk mengevaluasi novel pertama saya BERCANDA DALAM DUKA. Saya sudah berterus terang kepada mereka bahwa buku itu sudah saya terbitkan secara self publishing. Eeemmmhhh,...kira-kira itu dulu lah yang bisa saya ceritakan.

Mohon doa dari kawan-kawan semua semoga novel pertama BERCANDA DALAM DUKA itu hasil evaluasinya di Penerbit Kanisius nanti positif sehingga bisa beredar luas. Aamiin yaa mujiibas sailiin.

Monday, December 26, 2016

Panji

Sudah sadar seh kalau bikin postingan kayak begini ini rawan memancing pelecehan buatku sendiri. Ning kebetulan aku ora isah ngempet kudu ngguyu. Pengen nyeplos saja. Monggo yang mau ngenyek.

Kebetulan aku mendapatkan gelar keluarga Raden Panji dari sepupu ibuku pewaris Keluarga Besar Kesultanan Bangkalan. Tentu saja hal itu didengarkan kabarnya oleh famili-famili ibuku yang lain. Bisa diduga komen yang beredar di kalangan keluarga bersifat peyoratif atau merendahkan.

Adik ibuku sempat menelpon ibuku hanya untuk mentertawakan aku. Yang paling ringan adalah kerabat dekat yang kebetulan akrab denganku. Dia "cuma" memelesetkan kata "Panji" menjadi "Panci". Benarlah, selama beberapa saat aku diolokin sebagai "Raden Panci". Lha kok sekarang ada lagi Panji yang lain diolokin orang-orang sebagai Panci. Sapa gak kelingan nalika semana dan kudu ngguyu. Dia adalah Panji Pragiwoprakoso, seorang komedian tenar yang mendukung salah satu pasangan Pilkada di DKI Jakarta.

Untuk Om Mek di Bangkalan. Aku tidak akan pernah menyesali gelar keluarga paringan Panjhenengan. Aku sangat berterimakasih sekali karena hal itu akan selalu mengingatkanku pada akar Madura-ku. Itu sangat berarti buatku.

Gelar keluarga itu akan kubawa mati kecuali Panjhenengan mencabutnya sendiri.

Mator saebuh sakalangkong Om Mek.

Geger BPJS

Hari2 ini berita mengenai para dokter yang menolak dan menentang BPJS kok semakin santer dan kencang. Para dokter menghubungkannya dengan Sumpah Dokter segala. Adakah teman yang bisa memberikan penjelasan sebenarnya ini ada apa ?.

Saya sendiri adalah peserta aktif BPJS dan merasa terbantu dengan kehadiran lembaga ini. Saya mendapatkan fasilitas pengobatan rutin dan psikoterapi yang bagus sekali dari dokter yang merawat saya selama ini. Dan ada hasilnya yang saya rasakan. Terbukti dalam keterbatasan akibat penyakit itu saya mampu menulis sebuah novel. Artinya ada fungsi yang bisa dipulihkan sekalipun mungkin belum semuanya.

Itu tidak akan dapat saya lakukan tanpa bantuan psikoterapi dan pengobatan yang memadai selama di Yogyakarta ini. Saya masih ingat ketika dulu sebelum adanya BPJS seringkali kehabisan obat dan tidak mampu menebusnya di apotek. Tentu rasanya sakit,...sakiiiiit sekali.

Saya khawatir dengan penolakan para dokter terhadap sistim BPJS maka perawatan kesehatan yang selama ini saya nikmati tidak lagi dapat saya terima dan akibatnya kemajuan kesehatan yang saya alami terhambat.

Saya benar2 ingin tahu masalah apakah yang dihadapi oleh dokter2 itu terhadap sistim BPJS ?. Saya sudah mengalami banyak perbaikan dengan pertolongan para dokter yang merawat saya dengan bantuan BPJS, sekarang saya ingin tahu dan jelas akan sangat peduli apabila dokter2 yang telah berbaik hati kepada saya itu memiliki keluhan.

Thursday, December 22, 2016

Introducing Writing Theraphy



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Would you like to write ?. Perhaps writing a blog or just write a diary ?. Do you know if the writing could be used as a means of therapy ?. This therapy is called writing therapy. I am not a medical employee, my education was on Mechanical Engineering at the University of Gadjah Mada. I therefore do not understand what's the mechanism by which this writing could be called as a therapy. But I'll tell you how writing affects my health as a person.


I was a schizoaffective sufferer. Schizoaffective has two types namely bipolar and depressive types. One of the symptoms of the most severe mental disorders is a sense of emptiness and anguish. There are many coping mechanisms that can do by severe mental disorders to overcome this depressive. One way is to write their worries. Writing makes us outlining the our concerns. It is also known as catharsis. Surely a healthy catharsis. Therefore the act of writing is referred to as writing theraphy.


Writing will be very useful for us as people with severe mental disorders. But do not forget to stick consulting a doctor and undergo your treatment. Therapy and this treatment is actually the primary. So do not be abandoned. Healthy people would also be able to release their tension with this activity. Writing is much useful. Because writing therapy it's not only good for people with severe mental disorders, but also for people who are not afflicted.


The more we diligently write, then we will have more quality writing. Practise the make perfect, does not it ?. If we are diligent to write regularly, then the time will come when we can make good writing. It can be either novel or short story. We're also probably going to make a non-fiction writing, such as the opinions on newspapers or magazines or blogs that we have.


Writing, as I mentioned earlier, could be healthy catharsis media. Writing can decipher concerns so that we become aware that we can overcome our fears. This is exactly the essence of writing therapy. Therefore, why hesitate to start ?. Start writing as load shedding everyday life.




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If I'm Not a Bipolar



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Whether had I not a bipolar sufferer, as if I now?. Actually I never confuse it, but would like also to guess, how the current situation if I do not suffer from the severe mental disorder. Because of this disease, I had ever lost a job in Jakarta. Not just once, but twice.


If I'm not a bipolar sufferer, maybe I'm able to maintain my job. Will grow my career and I have become an engineer or manager in a corporation. Problems in the world of work is very complex. In addition to the challenge of the work itself, we also must face the company culture and even office politicking. Of course such a challenge would be easier faced by people who are "healthy".


Maybe I've had a comfortable house on the suburbs of Jakarta. Similarly, I have a family with my beloved wife and get some of those dear children. Our life will be comfortable, and we will be a family of respectable middle-class.


Every morning I would get involved in a road traffic congestion in Jakarta. And I would hear my wife's complaints about variety of things. Starting from a fussy child up to the high exchange rate of the US dollar continues to soar. And I'll smile to calm her down. Life was not to be complaint, but to be grateful, perhaps so my words to soothe my wife.


That is the answer, it's not a life to be complaint, but to be grateful for as it is. Currently obviously I am bipolar sufferer. Why do I have to wait to get a decent job to be happy?. Why should I have to wait to get married first to be grateful for the blessings that have been gained from the Lord?.


The answer is on self-acceptance. However, I must accept myself that I was bipolar patients. Without having this disease, probably will not grow my empathy to fellow patients with this severe mental disorder. May not appear in my mind to participate and educate the public to abolish the stigma of the disease. There must be the purpose of our presence in the world.




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Wednesday, December 21, 2016

Blog Writing As A Passion



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I decided to re-activate my blogs. Some blogs I'd made indeed, and for several months now abandoned. That's because some reasons. One thing was because I was busy with getting my daily livelihood. I did have a lot of ways to survive. Among them are monetize blogs I've had. The fact that I was too oriented on my blog traffic that was making me broke. Here are a few things that I wanted to share about blog writing.


How come?. Number of visitors in my blog can still be counted on the fingers. Surely not possibly expect earnings of the number of visitors like it. Finally I gave up and did not continue making more posts. I then fill up the time to write my second novel. The first novel was finished a year ago and published by self publishing. Not bad sales, until now, my first novel has sold one hundred and ten copies. Pretty good for a self-publishing efforts.


Why We Suddenly Give Up


It is easy to give up when we are oriented to obtain immediate cash flow if we pursue a career as a blog writer. To make money from a blog requires painstaking efforts and long time enough. A blogger I know started getting income from Google AdSense after ten months of blog writing routine. That could be reviewed as fast enough because people like me have started blogging since 2009 and until now has not had payoff from Google AdSense. Therefore, I appreciate my friend's efforts.


Have A New Paradigm of Blog Writing


The situation will be very different if we seeing at blogging as a passion. Blog writing as a simple attempt to express the desire to write. Of course this statement is already you read in other blogs. However, I can now understand better why. If our orientation is money, and we had a little knowledge how to earn money through blog we write, certainly hope money from blogs is something that was almost impossible. That's what happened to me today. I do not have enough knowledge to make money from blog writing.


Closing Statements


To avoid boredom and frustration as a result of the money that has never come to us indeed, then I propose to look at this blogging activity as a canalization of our penchant for writing. And blog writing is one way for it. Indeed, blogging or blog writing is not the only way for us to write a hobby. We can choose to write a novel, short story or an opinion piece in newspaper and magazines.


But the main one I want to say is, make blog writing or blogging as a hobby. Do not always oriented to bring in money quickly through this activity. The money will come as our ability to write well. Of course, with knowing the techniques to bring traffic to our blog as niche choosing and SEO practise.




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Tuesday, December 20, 2016

Simpedes BRI Ternyata JAGOAN

Siang ini aku bergegas menuju BRI deket rumah untuk mengecek apakah kiriman dari sahabatku di Norwegia sudah sampai apa belum. Sahabatku itu memang mengirimkan uang dalam Krona kepada rekening Simpedes BRI-ku yang dalam Rupiah. Om-ku sudah mengatakan bahwa begitu rekening masuk, pasti sudah diconvert ke Rupiah, demikian pula menurut sahabatku yang lain.

Aku=Mohon maaf Mbak,...saya mau ngecek apakah transfer dari Norwegia ke rekening saya sudah masuk?.

CS BRI=Minta KTP dan Buku Tabungannya Mas,...saya periksa dulu.

Setelah melakukan printing pada Buku Tabunganku, kemudian Mbak Customer Service itu mengembalikan bukuku dan mengatakan,

CS BRI=Belum ada Mas.

Aku memperhatikan printing di Buku Tabungan dan menemukan sebuah item yang "mencurigakan". Nilainya IDR 227.760, kira-kira itulah harga novel plus shipping yang telah kubayarkan ke Kantor Pos untuk mengirimkannya ke Honefoss, sebuah kota di Selatan Oslo di Norwegia sana. Kutunjuk item itu dan mengatakan kepada Mbak Customer Service.

Aku=Ini dari mana Mbak,...?.

Mbak CS itu memperhatikan item yang kutunjukkan dan memeriksa di layar komputernya.

CS BRI=Oh,...iya Mas,...dari Norwegia...siapa nama pengirimnya,..?.

Aku= E****nd **ts****

CS BRI=Iya,..betul Mas.

Aku=Terimakasih Mbak,...Simpedes BRI memang OYE!!!

NB:

I've received your money for my novel GENGGAMLAH TANGANKU. You should wait a little couple of weeks before handed it. I've send you the bill from the Post Office too. Thanks a lot E****nd, it's very pleasure to have a deal with you.

Brainstorming As Writing Learning



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People who want to write, whether it's a scholarly essay or a fiction, often confused to begin with. Though illustration of the idea has been obtained. Be it a clear idea or still be a faint picture. Here will be given tips for starting a writing activities. If you already have a clear theme, then it will be better. However, this method can also be used if you still have a vague idea about an idea. I named this kind of this writing learning is brainstorming writing learning.


Brainstorm Your Idea


Write down everything you think of in a paragraph. Everything you think of, including eg chatter by friends which was annoying. Or suppose you aggravation of not being able to write a single word. Or pieces of fried chicken for dinner which snatched by a neighbor's cat. Write down all of them, do not hesitate. After you read this article in full, you will know what I mean by this. Postpone all your critical mind until you have read the whole text.


Once you have enough to make a paragraph, then choose a sentence in the first paragraph. Write the words you choose it in the first sentence of the second paragraph. Then develop your writing in other sentences. Do not be afraid if the sentences are not related to each other. Keep writing and explores themes that have begun to find. The theme will appear more clearly. In the second paragraf, act like when you wrote the first paragraph. Write down what comes to your mind.


After that, re-select a sentence in the second paragraph to be in the opening sentence of the third paragraph. Do it like when making the first and second paragraphs. And so on so you can make the text more or less intact. Intact here is the writing that has been exploring themes or ideas that you want.


Re-writing and Editing


After that, rewrite the first paragraph and the second by considering compliance with a theme or idea that you create. You can also create new sentences to further clarify the idea that you create. Consider the plot and adjust constantly to the theme. If necessary, you can make examples to clarify the intent of writing. Then proceed with the editing, check writing errors and punctuation. It would be better if you do the editing after you make finished article.


So a few of which have ever carried out when practicing writing. I strongly believe that this is also an effective way for you to begin learning to write. I myself have written a novel after a long practice to express their ideas in this way. The novel was then I presented in English in my another web. I hope, writing is no longer something that is hard to do. And do not forget, practice of make perfect. The more you practice, the more quality writing that you can create.




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Monday, December 19, 2016

My Grandfather and RM Sosrokartono

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Perhaps, even in Indonesia, people nowadays haven’t known about RM Sosrokartono.  People have known more about his younger sister RA Kartini which become national heroines for the people of Indonesia. If RA Kartini is well known because of her letter especially to Mrs. Abendanon on Nederland, then RM Sosrokartono had been known by Javanese spiritualism and its monitor.

On formal education, RM Sosrokartono were luckier than his younger sister, RA Kartini. RM Sosrokartono continued his study on Holland which conquered Java at that time, whereas Kartini couldn’t continue her education to higher level because tradition forbid her at that that time. It is a fortune for Indonesian female nowadays as they could attend higher education which is equal with male.

Purpotedly Sosrokarono was a very good looking person. By his female acquaintances in Nederland he had given a nickname ‘de mooi Sos’ which means ‘the handsome Sos’. In Java, RM Sosrokartono is more known as ‘Raden Klungsu’ or ‘Joko Pring’. Klungsu is Javanese word of tamarind seed, and Pring is bamboo. They say, RM Sosrokartono used to bring a stem of yellow bamboo as a stick. His teaching especially were about modestly in all way of life and also about humbleness.

Actually, it is interesting to discuss RM Sosrokartono’s teaching, but I don’t discuss his teaching here. I’m going to tell some unique experiences between my grandfather with RM Sosrokartono.  My grandfather, which I called Eyang Kakung Mohammad had known and had a personal relationship with RM Sosrokartono.

RM Sosrokartono was very well known of his ability in healing diseases in supranatural way. At that time, Eyang Kakung Mohammad was still a student on Bandung. He had an uncle which got very sick in Madura. Eyang Kakung was trying to contact RM Sosrokartono to heal his uncle in supranatural way. Shortly, he could contact RM Sosrokarono. By this prominent figure, Eyang Kakung was given his namecard which had written by Alef letter. The first letter of Arabic alphabet.

Then RM Sosrokartono’s namecard was poured into a glass of water by Eyang Kakung’s family. That water then had drunk by Eyang Kakung’s uncle which was suffering. The next story then turned to miracle, his disease was disappeared. He’s gotten well.

After a long time, Eyang Kakung’s uncle’s disease flared up again. RM Sosrokartono’s namecard had been being looked for and apparently disappeared. As it had been looked for and never been found, Eyang Kakung had been asked by his family to contact RM Sosrokartono again to have a new namecard.

Eyang Kakung had been trying to meet RM Sosrokartono, but he managed to facehindrances. It’s ever that Eyang Kakung tried to meet RM Sosrokartono at his residence, but RM Sosrokartono was gone to another city by chance. It had happened that RM Sosrokartono was at his house but by chance Eyang Kakung had had another affair so he couldn’t meet RM Sosrokartono. It had happened continually till Eyang Kakung’s uncle had died. In Islamic belief, it is indeed that death is one of God’s affairs. None couldn’t hinder if God has intended to pull one’s life out.

There were another interesting experience between my grandfather with RM Sosrokartono. As a healer, RM Sosrokartono had healed a very wealth person. The healed person then gave RM Sosrokarono a stem of gold stick. Then, our figure, as a very modestly person had no desire to have the present. So, he decided to draw the people whom attending his house. The winner would have RM Sosrokartono gold stick. All the people who attended his house could attending the draw, but RM Sosrokartono hadn’t allowed my grandfather to attend the draw. I think that’s interesting. If my grandfather was allowed to attend the draw and won the gold stick, perhaps as his grandson I never had difficulties to finish my study because of its cost….hahaha…..

Buya Syafi'ie Ma'arief

Barangkali ini hanyalah sebuah postingan lebay, namun ingin hatiku mengungkapkan sesuatu yang kurasakan jauh di dasar kalbu. Beberapa teman menulis di status mereka tentang bullying terhadap Buya Syafi'ie Ma'arief, mantan Ketua PP Muhammadiyah. Aku berusaha mencari bullying model apa yang dilakukan terhadap Buya Syafi'ie, dan atas dasar apa bullying itu dilakukan. Namun rupanya aku belum beruntung mendapatkannya.

Teringat aku ketika tinggal di rumah sanak saudara di kawasan Blimbingsari ketika periode awal-awal kuliahku di Teknik Mesin UGM. Persis di depan rumah adalah Kantor PPSK milik Yayasan Mulia Bangsa. Aku seringkali nebeng membaca majalah berita dan koran di sana.

Aku akan selalu ingat kepada Buya Syafi'ie Ma'arief dan Dr. Chairil Anwar karena keramahan mereka berdua kepadaku. Seringkali Buya Syafi'ie menyapaku duluan dan sekedar berbincang. Senyumnya selalu ramah terkembang air mukanya berbinar-binar. Aku sendiri memegang sapu di tangan, karena memang sebagian tugasku adalah membersihkan ruang pertemuan di samping kantor PPSK.

Selembut, sehangat dan seramah itu, bahkan kepada aku yang hanya seorang tukang sapu. Rasanya tidak rela kalau Buya Syafi'ie Ma'arief jadi korban bullying. Semoga Buya selalu sehat dan dalam naungan Allah SWT. Semoga aku juga demikian, sekalipun hati kecilku merasa tidak akan pernah pantas aku bersanding dengan Buya dalam hal apapun.

Semoga kita selalu damai Di Bawah Lindungan Ka'bah.

Examples of Mental Health Disorders




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Mental health disorders are truly ordinary diseases. They can be treated adequatly well. With proper treatment, the sufferers even still be able to carry out productive activities. That's the most important thing for people with mental health disorders, in addition to social functions. Two things here that should keep maintenance for people with this kind of illness. In my opinion, they should try to get a social function and productive function keep running. If not able to afford it themselves, then the patients should certainly have it with the help of professionals. Ie, psychiatrists and or clinical psychologists.


Perhaps it is important to know some kind of mental health disorders that are often encountered. Knowing this and it's signs could help us to care for our surroundings or neighborhood. Maybe our neighbors, relatives, friends or even ourselves are experiencing severe mental health disorders without our awareness. The writer himself is also a severe mental health disorders sufferer. I still strive for a productive function. Let's start with the lists below.


Schizophrenia


Schizophrenia affects one percent of the world's population. About four hundred thousand population of Indonesia are estimated to have this kind of severe mental health disorder. Originally, people named this disease by Dementia Paecox, but now everyone uses the term schizophrenia to refer to this disorder. Developing countries such as Indonesia generally have a better prognosis compared with developed countries. This is because in many developing countries, we have a better social system. The bond between family members are usually quite close. Family and social systems are generally quite concerned when encountering members experiencing severe mental health disorder. They will help.


People have characterized schizophrenia by the presence of delusions, hallucinations and distractedly. And the most important is the behavior's change of the sufferers. We will discuss this issue in more detail in other article. Someone who does not quite get psychiatry or clinical psychology education should not hurry to classify others have this kind of mental health disorder. So do with herself or himself. Please consult a physician or psychologist if encountered traits of this severe mental health disorder.


Bipolar Affective Disorders


The writer himself experienced this kind of severe mental health disorder. Thankfully I already get proper treatment from medical personnel. I was lucky because in this condition, I still able to write novels. Currently, one of my novels being translated into English myself and updated little by little. Often people call this disease only with bipolar instead of Affective Bipolar Disorder. The incidence is about two per cent of the world's population. In Indonesia, we have about 0.3 to 1.5% of the population experience this illness. In the pas,t people called this type of severe mental health disorder as manic-depressive. The old name shows a marker of this disease, namely the manic and depressive conditions. That condition occurs alternately fast and mood swing of of it's sufferers is clearly visible. Especially for a psychiatrist or clinical psychologist who observe.


Manic Conditions

In this condition, the sufferer will look vibrant and energetic. Often also speak excitedly with a fast tempo. Often I'm in this condition while monthly control to the psychiatrist. To overcome this problem the doctors often prescribe the type of mood stabilizer. During this time, I taking Depakote 500mg for a single day. I have it every morning. Of course, on psychiatrist's order.


Depressive Conditions

This condition is the opposite of manic condition. People with bipolar will listless, listlessness and lost their passions. In the extreme situation will be found suicidal tendency. Obviously the closest person who knows it supposed to prevent. If there are people who are on this condition, should the people around him away from pesticides, ropes, belts, or tools that are commonly used for that purpose.


Closing Statement


At this article, I just described two kind of mental health disorders. I will present other list for next posts. I want to say that having this disease is not the end of everything. We can still have social functions in communities and having productive wsorks beneficial to others. Including for people who are not experiencing this severe mental health disorders.


photograph by Nina Ulfah Gaffar

Best Mental Health Disorders Tips You Will Read



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Here I share best mental health disorders tips you will read. Psychiatrists said that you have a mental health disorders. Surprised ?, of course, I also experienced that sort of thing. You are not alone facing this disease. These diseases could be schizophrenia, bipolar, depression, anxiety, or other diseases which including the category of severe mental heath disorder. Indeed, no one which wants to have these diseases. Moreover, severe mental health disorders like this. However, if you are suffering from a mental health disorder, would you reject it ?. What if the reality is indeed you have this severe mental health disorders ?.


Everything was fine before. You have a good status in society, even very good actually. People respect you and your contribution to the surrounding. You also have job. Perhaps, that occupation was very promising. Others seemed to be envy because it was very prestigious job and a lot of people were willing to pay any price for the job you have. Your family was also quite harmonious and very supportive of your career and contributions to the society. It was happened as doomsday to you if psychiatrists was found that you have a mental health disorder, wasn't it ?.


As a severe mental health disorders sufferer for years, I want to share about how I manage myself to survive and eventually be able to keep working. I have written three novels, two of them has been published in Indonesian. One can read here. Of course it takes time to reach the level of recovery as I have today. I'm desired to share tips with you how to survive when a psychiatrist stating that you are experiencing severe mental disorders such as happened to me.


Keep Nice Relationships with the Neighborhood/Surroundings


This is an important point. The reason is that your neighborhood/surroundings will find and detect if you relapse or recurrence obviously not desirable. Those people could be your family, friends, neighbors, relatives, anyone who normally interact with you. If you are in conflict with them, should the conflict was managed properly. Try to listen more and demand less. For people who really care, you should more succumb.


Contact the Health Services Nearby


Severe mental health disorders are ordinary diseases and can be treated by medical personnel. Have a control or visit psychiatrist regularly. Follow his or her instructions when taking medication, do not determine it's dose yourself. Psychiatrists undergoing a serious long education process to achieve such competence. If you start recovering from this mental health disorder illnes and want to reduce medicine's dosage, consult your physician first.


Conducting Exciting Positive Activities


No need to do something that's difficult to reach, just writes on a diary been included in this category. Or starting to breed canaries or lovebirds, if you are a birds lover. Or maybe blogging as well. Perhaps you do not think that your passion will make money in the future. As little as whatever the outcome, remains to be grateful. Perhaps you will get an additional income if your skills increasing over the time.


Rewarding Life that God's Awarded


Indeed, life is so worthy to respect. Perhaps, you don't aware that you mean a lot to others, minimal to you yourself. Appreciate the life you have. There are so many out there who dare to die, but in fact they were afraid to live. Do not follow or imitate their attitude.


Accepting Ourselves As Mental Heath Disorders Sufferers


Whatever is our condition, remain to accept yourself. Including them is accept whether we experienced this severe mental health disorder. It's not easy, I know, but of course we should do it. This self-acceptance process could take years. It is important for people with severe mental health disorders like us, so that we keep doing something for living and take part in society. The effect of this self-acceptance is, we feel the fullness of life and comfortable with ourselves. Even if we are suffering mental health disorder illness


Perhaps, the five things above are enough to share here. I don't dare to give you something not being practiced in private life. Perhaps, five tips above are enough to make our lives as people with severe mental health disorder have sufficient qualities. As I revealed, no one wants to be a mental disorders sufferers. However, if we become one of them, we should continue to live, aren't we ?.




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Saturday, December 17, 2016

About Writing



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Do you want to be a writer ?. Or is simply unthinkable to become a writer ?. It have ever been occurred to me sometime ago. I wanted to be a writer. However, it was just be only in my imagination. The thing was no longer happen to me, this time I have actually become a writer. Although I have not generating any money from my writing yet.


What makes me confident that now I've become a writer began with a question from a friend of mine. He asked me, how many pages a day I have written yet ?. His asked was not without reason. He knew that I was writing a novel. However, he did not know that I have completed the novel.


I actually have written a novel. Currently I'm working on my second novel. I replied that I wrote an average of four to eight pages of writing. My friend then stated that I actually have become a writer. No matter that I've been making money or not from my writing.


The novel is written in Indonesian. I tried to translate it into English and collected them on my another blogs. I hope to be able to translate an ongoing basis while writing my second novel.


Circulating in the market many books to write instructions. However, many of which, if we follow to make our writing activities become so mechanical. Though the writing is a work of art. It would not hurt you to read and follow the manuals, but the main thing we need to remember is that to be a writer, then we still have to write.


The main thing to keep in mind by a writer is to write. There idiom introduced by a friend of mine about a technique of writing. That is, writing on the go technique. Just write what we want, others thought later. Sometimes we are so tied up with all sorts of theories to forget the act of writing itself.


The quality of our writing will develop in accordance with our increasing hours of flying in writing. Do not let the theories handcuff you. Now, start writing.




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Doktor Syariah

Dulu seorang doktor syariah lulusan Universitas Madinah, Dr. Hidayat Nur Wahid, MA berkomentar minor tentang prosedur penangkapan teroris yang melawan menggunakan peluru tajam. Seharusnya pasukan antiteror menghadapi teroris semacam ini dengan peluru bius atau peluru karet (saya lupa tepatnya) alih alih peluru tajam yang seimbang dengan yang digunakan teroris. Tidak jelas bagiku kenapa usaha itu harus dilakukan oleh pasukan anti teror di Indonesia ini.

Kemarin dulu itu, ada lagi doktor syariah lulusan Universitas Madinah, Dr. Reza Basalamah bilang, jika kalian dicela orang karena berjenggot maka itu belum sebanding dengan celaan yang diterima Rasulullah. Usaha mesti dilakukan untuk menegakkan sunnah, katanya. Orahng lain mestinya tidak mencela mereka yang melakukan usaha menghidupkan sunnah ini. Lah yang mencela sama dicela di jaman itu sama-sama berjenggot jeh. Kekel aku.

Jadi inget jaman tidak enak ketika kuliah dulu di Teknik Mesin UGM. Aku naksir seorang kembang kampus dari Isipol. Kampus kami dipisahkan oleh Jalan Kaliurang. Golongan eksakta di sebelah Barat, sedangkan blok ilmu-ilmu sosial terdapat di sebelah Timur. Banyak juga mahasiswa lain dari berbagai fakultas yang ingin memenangkan hatinya. Tidak kurang usaha yang sudah kulakukan untuk menarik hatinya. Namun akhirnya hati gadis manis itu tertambat pada seorang lulusan Universitas Madinah, sarjana strata satu tapi. Usahanya untuk mendapatkan si cantik memang tidak main-main. Si sainganku itu mengusahakan untuk bertemu sang cewek di tempat kosnya ketika liburan tiba. Mungkin usaha yang kulakukan memang kurang sih. Mereka akhirnya menikah, aku mengenal dengan baik sang suami. Dia adalah lelaki yang baik

photograph by Emile Seno Aji

Reason Why Court Against Ahok In Indonesia Is Useless





This afternoon I traveled to a Kuningan's tavern. Kuningan's tavern are stalls in Yogyakarta, Indonesia, that provide food and drinks which are easily made and served. Usually, the traders coming from Kuningan, a district in West Java of Indonesia. There are indeed coming from other places, also usually in West Java, but it was mostly from the District of Kuningan. you will have it when you travel to Indonesia, specially in Indonesia. Previously, they only sell "burjo" or pureed green beans. However, over the time, they provide dishes that we often encounter at home. Burjo was no longer sold there, not only because of this coconut milked porridge is so easy to be rotten, but it is also not a lot of customers as well.


As usually in such stalls, it has also contained a television set. The shop owner noticed broadcasts carefully and attentively. Several times I saw him stood up to increase the volume. The television station was apparently broadcast a live event from Jakarta, the capital of Indonesia. If you travel to Indonesia nowadays, you will see this commotion, precisely in Jakarta District Court. The case was indeed a concern across the country lately. Which presupposed the blasphemy case against Tjahaya Basuki Purnama alias Ahok. Incumbent governor who served as Governor / Head of the DKI Jakarta's Province.


I do not want to talk about it from a political point. I was almost totally do not understand politics, because it's useless for me to comment. I want to comment lightly. Something that is easy to reach by my simple wits. I can not hide my symphathy onto Ahok, though I myself am a Muslim. I do not see the abuse as alleged done by Ahok by many parties. Indeed, it is a matter of viewpoint as well.


I'm sure that whether Ahok aka Basuki Purnama Tjahaya was declared guilty of blasphemy by the Central Jakarta District Court, then indeed it is adequate political burden. Ahok only a shooting target of politicians who want to fulfill his desire to power. It will often you be encountered if you travel to Indonesia these day, especially after the reforms of 1998.It was said by my friend who studied in Social and Political Science Faculty, politics is about who gets what and where. It's ends related to economic issues as well, meaning that what is gained by the politicians. Not just only the prosperous, but the desire to implement his needs to authoritative.


photograph by Emile Seno Aji

Tempeh



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Some decades ago, tempeh is often referred to as low-grade food. Now, it can no longer be denied that the tempe become daily food in Indonesia. Generally, the Java community. Tempeh large protein content can replace protein from meat, eggs and fish.


Benefits tempeh is very diverse, ranging from anti-diarrheal to anti-cancer. Tempe's high antioxidants can inhibit the growth of tumors and prevent cancer. Such a glimpse of the nutrient content in tempeh.


Indonesian Native


No doubt that tempe is authentic Indonesian food. Some ancient Javanese literature mentions that tempe has been in Indonesia since the eighteenth century. The writings is found in the article written by Kraton Surakarta Hadiningrat's relatives Serat Centhini, while soybeans already in Java since the twelfth century.


World's Food


At this time can not be denied that the tempeh is already belongs to the world. Indeed, tempeh spread to the whole world knows it is not so expansive as beancurd. Know comes from mainland China. This is because the fungus required in tempeh fermentation process. How to make tempeh can be seen in this paper.




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Thursday, December 15, 2016

Missing Scholarship



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Schooling until the advanced stage is my desire since college degree. To that end, I study hard to get good performance. I want to get a scholarship for post-graduate school. When my achievements did not get better, then I hope to continue with saving for school.


My hope was that I can be hired in a big company. If possible, hope it on an oil and gas company. The salary received when working on large mining company is high indeed. From there, I hope to continue my education by saving my earn. I developed my hope when I'm attending undergraduate courses.


Apparently, I did not manage to get a job. Though I was a graduate of the flashy University of Gadjah Mada. Finally, I'm passing the time by becoming a blogger and writing novels. Though I graduated from the Faculty of Engineering. Precisely, graduated from the Mechanical Engineering Department.


In addition I suffered from bipolar disorder. Of course getting a disease like that will never be desired by everyone. The disease appeared when I was in the late period of study in Mechanical Engineering. The trigger is a conflict with the lecturer because the issue of an exam. I had written it down here.


I have finished writing my first novel. Surely in Indonesian. In addition, I also uploaded this novel in my another website. The latter is in English. My intention was to reach readers from foreign countries. I will continue to work so that I can upload it regularly.


In one occasion, a friend of mine gave an information to me. What kind of information other than scholarship information. Scholarships were awarded by the Ministry of Education and Culture. This scholarship is intended for social workers and artists. I was immediately shocked. I am reminded of a desire in the past to study further. The desire that has not faded to this day.


Novel I have written will being used as my portfolio to participate in the selection. It seems that everything seems perfect. However, I need consulting with psychiatrists to follow this selection. I am aware, I am a bipolar sufferer. I need to get the views of the psychiatrist who took care of me.


It turned out that psychiatrist did not give permission. My condition has not been possible to go to post graduate program. Even sad, but I understand that the psychiatrist did her best decision for me at this time. Hopefully on another occasion, when my condition was deemed able to lectures by doctors, there will be the next opportunity for me. Hopefully.




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Wednesday, December 14, 2016

Broken Home Community



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I have read in a Daniel Goleman's book that there was youths groups in USA who gather and discuss the conditions of those less fortunate. They come from broken home families. They discuss something about having a parent, but not have it, of course that sort of thing makes them vulnerable emotional state.


By talking about it to people who had similar experiences, so at least they do not feel alone. They also had a healthy catharsis media. Many psychiatric problems triggered by less harmonious family atmosphere. This effort was to avoid harmful effects of broken home conditions they experienced.


I estimate that it has been implemented in the United States around the eighties. Certainly needs re-examination of the effectiveness of the program for children affected by broken home at this time. However, I believe that the result will positive. Traumatized and alone was a very uncomfortable condition.


I was very surprised, and at the same time happy because apparently in Indonesia it also started. There is a group of UGM and UII students that come together to make something similar. Exactly as was done in the United States thirty years ago. They mostly come from a broken home as well. They intend to control the excesses worse about their conditions.


I did not come from divorced families. However, my condition as children in divorced families. I experienced Domestic Violence. It made my mental unstable. Apparently as a result of such conditions I had experienced bad influence on my live. In fact, until I was an adult. I wrote down the conditions in the novel that I wrote.


The community built by the students was named Inspiration Community HAMUR. Although I was not a student anymore, I joined the community. This community is a community-based training. It means that the activities will focus on training that will make the victim of a broken home can escape from the negative mental condition. It is also useful to improve their own potential.



The featured training is parenting training. In this training, it is expected that the community members can prepare to be a good parent for their children later. There was also a personality development training. We have over thirty years late compared to the United States in this purpose. Better late than never.




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Child Abuse



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Currently, child abuse remains a major problem in Indonesia. Some time ago, there was a killer who makes children as victims. This incident was supposed to be sprankly discussed ini Indonesia. The victim was put in the box. Some time ago, a friend sent an upload form of children of primary school age were rollicking beat up his friend. Of course, this should make us concerned.


Violence Game Addiction?


Currently circulating widely games that use violence and fights as the theme. Whether it is one of the triggers of that violence ?. Indeed, it still required a study to prove this prediction. However, it has already hit about game addicted for children in Indonesia. Even to the children of primary school. This violence have been happening, perhaps because they can not distinguish between the virtual world and the real world.


Report to School


When our children had violenced from their peers, it is very wise to report this to the school. It is for the good of our own children in the future. You do not need to hesitate to report to the school. If the school does not respond properly, consider to changing schools. It is also wise when we report to the local police.


Give Understanding


It is also important to give a sense to the child. Give her understanding that such violence was not supposed to happen. They should not being victim of child abuse. Such actions also did not deserve to be imitated. Give understanding to the child that he or she is a child who must be respected. Appreciated like all the other children in the world. It is very important for the confidence and self-esteem.


Suggest The Children To Practice Self Defense


Offer the child for self-defense training. Currently, many types of martial arts that can be followed in schools and elsewhere. In addition to strengthening the self-confidence, it is also important as exercise and a healthy hobby. Give understanding to the child that he or she did not follow the self-defense to attack or defeat others, but just from all the possibilities in the future. And life is not always as friendly as we imagine. For that he or she needs to be ready to defend themselves.




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Tuesday, December 13, 2016

Doktor Syariah

Dulu seorang doktor syariah lulusan Universitas Madinah, Dr. Hidayat Nur Wahid, MA berkomentar minor tentang prosedur penangkapan teroris yang melawan menggunakan peluru tajam. Seharusnya pasukan antiteror menghadapi teroris semacam ini dengan peluru bius atau peluru karet (saya lupa tepatnya) alih alih peluru tajam yang seimbang dengan yang digunakan teroris. Tidak jelas bagiku kenapa usaha itu harus dilakukan oleh pasukan anti teror di Indonesia ini.


Kemarin dulu itu, ada lagi doktor syariah lulusan Universitas Madinah, Dr. Reza Basalamah bilang, jika kalian dicela orang karena berjenggot maka itu belum sebanding dengan celaan yang diterima Rasulullah. Usaha mesti dilakukan untuk menegakkan sunnah, katanya. Orahng lain mestinya tidak mencela mereka yang melakukan usaha menghidupkan sunnah ini. Lah yang mencela sama dicela di jaman itu sama-sama berjenggot jeh. Kekel aku.


Jadi inget jaman tidak enak ketika kuliah dulu di Teknik Mesin UGM. Aku naksir seorang kembang kampus dari Isipol. Kampus kami dipisahkan oleh Jalan Kaliurang. Golongan eksakta di sebelah Barat, sedangkan blok ilmu-ilmu sosial terdapat di sebelah Timur. Banyak juga mahasiswa lain dari berbagai fakultas yang ingin memenangkan hatinya. Tidak kurang usaha yang sudah kulakukan untuk menarik hatinya. Namun akhirnya hati gadis manis itu tertambat pada seorang lulusan Universitas Madinah, sarjana strata satu tapi. Usahanya untuk mendapatkan si cantik memang tidak main-main. Si sainganku itu mengusahakan untuk bertemu sang cewek di tempat kosnya ketika liburan tiba. Mungkin usaha yang kulakukan memang kurang sih. Mereka akhirnya menikah, aku mengenal dengan baik sang suami. Dia adalah lelaki yang baik


photograph by Fermy Nurhidayat

Basuki Tjahaya Purnama Get Into Trouble

Sore tadi aku mendatangi sebuah warung kuningan. Warung kuningan adalah warung yang menyediakan makanan dan minuman yang mudah dibuat dan dihidangkan. Biasanya pedagangnya berasal dari Kuningan, sebuah kabupaten di Jwa Barat. Ada memang yang berasal dari tempat yang lain, juga biasanya di Jawa Barat, namun memang kebanyakan berasal dari kabupaten itu. Dahulu mereka hanya menjual burjo atau bubur kacang hijau. Namun, seiring perkembangan waktu mereka menyediakan masakan yang sering kita jumpai di rumah. Burjo tidak lagi dijual disini, mungkin karena bubur bersantan itu mudah menjadi rusak, selain itu pelanggannya juga tidak banyak.

Seperti biasanya terdapat dalam warung-warung seperti itu, di warung yang kusamperin tadi juga terdapat sebuah pesawat televisi. Si pemilik warung memperhatikan siarannya dengan seksama dan penuh perhatian. Beberapa kali kulihat dia bangkit berdiri untuk memperbesar volume pesawatnya. Stasiun televisi itu rupanya sedang menyiarkan sebuah acara langsung dari Jakarta. Tepatnya di Pengadilan Negeri Jakarta. Kasus itu memang menjadi perhatian di seluruh negeri akhir-akhir ini. Kasus penistaan agama yang dipersangkakan terhadap Basuki Tjahaya Purnama alias Ahok. Gubernur petahana yang menjabat Gubernur/Kepala Daerah Tingkat Satu DKI Jakarta.

Aku tidak ingin membicarkan itu dari sisi politis. Aku memang sampir sama sekali tidak mengerti politik, karena itu percuma saja aku berkomentar. Aku ingin mengomentari yang ringan-ringan saja. Sesuatu yang mudah dijangkau oleh akalku yang sederhana ini. Aku tidak dapat menyembunyikan keberpihakanku pada Ahok, sekalipun aku sendiri seorang muslim. Aku tidak melihat penistaan seperti yang dituduhkan dilakukan oleh Ahok oleh banyak pihak. Memang sih, ini soal sudut pandang juga.

Aku yakin bahwa apabila Ahok alias Basuki Tjahaya Purnama ini dinyatakan bersalah telah melakukan penistaan agama oleh Pengadilan Negeri Jakarta Pusat, maka sesungguhnya muatan politisnya sangatlah kental. Ahok hanya menjadi sasaran bidikan para politisi yang ingin mewujudkan keinginannya berkuasa. Kata temanku yang sekolah di Fisipol, politik itu tentang siapa mendapatkan apa dan dimana. Ujung-ujungnya terkait masalah ekonomi juga, artinya apa yang didapat oleh sang politisi secara materi. Bukan hanya materi sebenarnya, namun mengimplementasikan keinginan berkuasa.

Sunday, December 11, 2016

Virtual Relationships



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Human relationships is something interesting discussion. The relationship involves not only physical but also emotional. Currently, where informatics era is ongoing, human relationships become less physical intensity. People prefer have relationships with others through social media. Indeed, there is a big difference if we interact in the virtual world by real interaction.


There are negative impacts on virtual relationship. However, the positive excesses are also prominent. We can communicate with some friends who lived across the ocean there without face to face interaction. We can even shed our complaints to someone who is not physically we've never met. Of course, there are negative effects that can occur as I meant above. Often we find fraud in this manner.


Be Realistic


In the virtual world interacting, we should realistic. That is, we aware that our friends are virtual in cyberspace. He or she was not our real friends, even if they are exist. It is also worth noting that many of the perpetrators of the virtual world using a false name or pseudonym. So keep thinking that they were our friends, but only our friends in cyberspace. Obviously this will affect the relationship between you and your virtual friends pattern.


Be Careful


Very reasonable if we are careful to interact with virtual friends. Fraud in the virtual world have often heard. It would be very nice if you could do a physical meeting with your friend face to face. You can assess and compare his or her performance between the virtual and real world. Too careful also not recommended, we should indeed remain vigilant. Awareness that our friends were just friends in the virtual world are helpful enough.




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Saturday, December 10, 2016

Logotheraphy As Life Philosophy (II)



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For several days the train glides across the towns and rural areas that were protected from enemy attacks. When it ha,ppened the Second World War was outrageous raging. Finally, early in the morning the train was moving slowly and shunt on a rail circuit. The passengers look anxiously through the windows. They want to know where they were now. Then the station name appear. Some people shout, but most of them froze. On the nameplate clearly written "Auschwitz". That's when Victor E. Frankl began developing and testing in the laboratory of his own life a psychological and philosophical theory then he called himself "Logotheraphy".


In the preface of Frankl book, Man's Search for Meaning, Gordon W. Allport wrote "How he could- all of his values were destroyed, suffering from hunger, cold and brutality, extermination tuned every hour-how he could find life was still worth? A psychiatrist who personally had faced such extreme stress is a psychiatrist which worth listening to.


I have not been able to put forward, when since Logotherapy as a philosophical theory and a theory of personality and became known in Indonesia, but according to Hanna Djumhana Bastaman records, Logotheraphy becoming known around 1975 in the Faculty of Psychology, University of Indonesia. The subject began to be studied through personal studies and discussions among limited, writings for lecture purposes, as well as publications in the mass media.


Still according to Hanna Djumhana Bastaman, a seminar on "Logotherapy and the Meaning of Life" has been organized by the Psychology-Psychiatry Study Group (1983), Foundation for Development of Creativity (1986), and the University of Indonesia Anniversary Committee XXXIX (1988). While the discussion of the link between Islam and Logotheraphy for the first done in forums KKA Endowment Paramadina Foundation (1988). Similarly Logotheraphy Role in Developing a Meaningful Life in Modern Life presented by the same forum as the closing event of year 1994.


How is the fate of Logotherapy as a philosophical theory, or philosophy of life, and as a theory of personality today in Indonesia? It's hard for me (the writer) to answer certainty, because I'm no longer living on the college environment. Personally, I want this Logotheraphy still studied and developed in Indonesia.


Of course, now the audiences want to know, what exactly is the core teachings and purpose of Logotheraphy as a philosophical theory, or perhaps more appropriately called a philosophy of life and personality theories and their application in everyday life ?. Logotheraphy teaches that man should be viewed as a whole, or gestalt, of the bio-psycho-spiritual that are inseparable. We can not understand humans and humanity, if we ignore the spiritual dimension. Because it is a source of strength and human health. In addition Logotheraphy also focus on human qualities, such as the will of meaning, or the will to live meaningful, conscience, creativity and sense of humor, and take advantage of those qualities to the development of mental health as well.


The heart of Logotherapy which is always loaded in the front page of the journal, published by The Institute of Logotheraphy are that; first, life is meaningful in every situation, even though in sadness. Secondly, we truly have the "will to live meaningful" that becomes our primary motivation in life. This contrasts with the view of Freudian psychoanalysis which states that our main motivation is "the will of pleasure" or the will to enjoy the pleasures that put emphasis on sexual pleasure.


The next one is, we are free to discover the meaning of life in what we do, we are experiencing, or at least the on our attitude in the face of suffering situations that can not be changed. Thus the core teachings of Logotheraphy as a philosophy of life or a philosophical theory.


As my closing paragraph, it should also be stated here that as a theory of human philosophy, Logotheraphy revealed that the reality of life is not to provide a balance without tension, but instead offer a special tension. Special tension in the form of tension between reality themselves at the present with the meanings that must be discovered. Present and future. And between the two polars the personality development process is underway.




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Friday, December 9, 2016

Logotheraphy As Life Philosophy (I)



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When I was a student at the University of Gadjah Mada, Yogyakarta, I became interested in Psychology. It seems to me at my past, while I was still a student at the Faculty of Engineering, to attend some course at the Faculty of Psychology. I opened the curriculum in Study Program of Psychology and found that in the first year, the students there got a General Philosophy courses. Seemed to me that Psychology students of the were necessary to obtain some idea about general philosophical theory, especially human philosophy.


Philosophy as a theory, or the theory of philosophy, indeed have various forms of classification. Which is a trend nowadays in the Western world is Eastern philosophy. Westerners seems feel bored and dissatisfied with materialistic life, they thirsty with spiritualistic life, a life filled with meaning, so they flocked to move their ideas to the East.


Most often as a reference of course is Buddhism, both in Nepal and India. India is a place where the roots of Buddhism originated. Contemporary figures who are interested and conduct in-depth study of Buddhism in Nepal is Danah Zohar, a physicist and philosopher who graduated of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology who now lives in Oxford, England.


In addition they are also much interested in Taoism in China. Just to mention one of them is Fritjof Capra, who wrote a book called The Tao of Phisics. Rarely or even may not have ever heard them interested in the occult Kejawen which existing in our Javanese Tradition. I do not know why.


My actual interest is centered on logotherapy, a relatively new science, because it have been becoming known after the Second World War. This science is then developed into a stream in Psychological Science, especially Growth Psychology, and also became a philosophical theory. Philosophical theory which is meant here is not a theory of social philosophy such as Marxism, but rather a theory of human philosophy or humanistics philosophy.


If the theory of social philosophy as Marxism talked about social class, social class conflict, economics at werhanschauung level, and how to seize power from the bourgeoisie, the theory of human philosophy, or humanistics philosophy is more likely to talk about human beings and humanity itself in general. Human philosophy explained part or branch of philosophical theory that explores what it means to be fully human. It tried to express as best as possible, whether in fact be called human beings.


Included in the scope of human philosophy as a philosophical theory is an attempt to answer the great questions of human existentialism. As the question of whether the nature of the real life? What are the interests of activism for human beings?. Do humans have the freedom in life? What does love ot to be loved mean?. That are some questions to be answered by human philosophy as a philosophical theory.


Human philosophy has often throughout the history of culture developments named as "philosophical psychology" or "rational psychology". Often the two terms above blasted as opposed to "scientific psychology", "experimental psychology" or "empirical psychology". Here the uniqueness of Logotheraphy, it was not only been accepted as a "philosophical psychology" solely, but also had been tested experimentally by the inventor himself. Victor E. Frankl, originator of the first Logotheraphy, who has tested his theories himself for three years in four different Nazi concentration camps. His first book, Man's Search of Meaning, got preface and high praise from Gordon W. Allport, a professor of psychology at Harvard University. For additional information, Gordon W. Allport is often a reference to psychologists in the present, especially on growth psychology.


At the age of thirty-seven years, Viktor E. Frankl begin a three-year odyssey into the world of terrible experiences because of cruelty, starvation, torture and human misery were completely naked. In such a condition, as if death was the only way out.


The trip to hell started in a train that departed from his hometown, Vienna, Austria, towards the northeast. No one among the fifteen hundred passengers who knew where will they go. There were eighty people in carriage carrying Frankl. The carriage was packed so tight they had to sleep on top of luggage and personal belongings of their own that as well.


(to be continued)




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Using Solar Energy



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Nowadays people make up to realize the environment preservation. The use of environmentally friendly energy began to be noticed. The effects of global warming and the greenhouse that we feel now is adding the awareness of this problem. One of the environmentally friendly energy alternatives that can be used is the use of solar energy. Bulk power generation now usually using coal as fuel. This heightens the carbon emissions released on the air and increase the greenhouse effect and global warming.


This writing will not discuss the technical utilization of solar energy for household use in detail. You need a professional at it if you want to install solar panels for your needs. However, this writing invites to think about the use of environmentally friendly energy. Especially this solar energy. The use of environmentally friendly energy is sensible thought. The existence of a safe and healthy environment is necessary to ensure our future descendants living space.


Availability of Solar Energy


The first thing you need to think in the utilization of solar energy is the availability of sunlight. For tropical countries such as Indonesia, it is certainly not a problem. What matters is the willingness of people to take advantage of solar energy for their household needs.


Space Availability


The second thing to think about this is the sufficient space availability for the installation of solar energy equipment. This space is needed for solar regulator, battery, an inverter to convert the DC electricity into AC current and of course the solar panel itself. Solar panels require quite spacious room. If you're building a house, the solar panels can be integrated in development. Tile directly facing the sun is the best option for installing solar panels.


Battery Needs


To calculate how much battery is needed in the installation, first of all, we need to know our daily power needs. This requirement could be seen from the MCB installed on the house. Suppose we need a power of 2400 kWh per day. Multiply by 120% for energy reserves so we get 2880 kWh. An additional 20% of this is to add power to the inverter which serves to convert the DC current into AC current. Most household appliances use AC current to work.


If we use a battery with 65Ah 12V capacity, it means we need four battery. This value is derived from a count of 2880 kWh = 65 Ah X 12V X 4battery.


Solar Panels Needed


There is a wide selection of solar panels available on the market. If we use a panel with a capacity of 100 kWp (watt peak) then the power generated by a panel, every day is about 500 kWh. This result is obtained by multiplying the value of 100kWp with an average time of solar panels exposed to enough sunlight which is about five hours.


The number of solar panels needed can be obtained by dividing the power requirement of 2880 kWh to the amount of power generated by a solar panel of 500 kWh. Retrieved number of panels required is 6 panel pieces.


Such an overview of the utilization of solar energy. The order of installation is a solar panel connected to the controller to prevent excess currents entering the battery. And from the battery current is passed through the inverter before use. Once again, inverter is required to convert the DC current produced by the solar panels into AC current used by most household appliances.




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Thursday, December 8, 2016

Informatics Computer Era (II)



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Usually lay people mention that Computer Science at the Faculty of Science, studied mainly on the software or computer software while Engineering or Information Technology is devoted to learning about the hardware or computer hardware. What is meant by software is a computer device that contains a set of instructions, programs, procedures, support, and command processing activities on the computer system. While that is a hardware or computer hardware is a tool or component of a computer that is physically tangible and can be seen or held using our human senses. Without software, hardware is just the form of electronic junk. Computer hardware will be "live" and have a function if used in conjunction with the software.


Some twenty years ago, perhaps sharing understanding between Computer Science and Information Engineering it is sufficient, but with the development of both disciplines and technologies that the understanding between Computer Science and Information Engineering also experienced significant growth. This thing we need to realize when we learn the computer in this information age.


Currently Information Engineering can be viewed as a technology that uses computers as the primary device to process data into useful information. Data processing by a computer is also known as Electronic Data Processing, which processes the data manipulation into a more useful form. Form more useful with the data processing that is referred to as information. Data is the raw material or the "raw material" that has not been processed and will be further processed using a computer. More specifically, the information is processed and its data into the data more useful.


Rota now we are trying to better understand what is meant as a Computer Science. According to the Computing Sciences Accreditation Board, Computer Science or Computer Science is the science that deals with computers and computing. Inside there are theorizing, experimentation, and designing components. Included in Computer Science that is matters relating to, first, theories to understand computers, programs and systems. Secondly, experiments for the development and testing of concepts. The third is a design methodology, algorithms, and tools to make it happen. While the latter, the fourth, is a method of analysis to prove that the realization is in compliance with the requirements demanded. Thus the scope and understanding of Computer Science. Is apparent that the scope and definition of Computer Science is very broad. It includes "basic science" of Mathematics and "applied science", ie the use of especially Mathematics and Physics are applied in the realm of real life.


Discussing the computer feels not complete if we do not discuss about the internet. Internet applications are increasingly global. More and more people are "Internet literacy" today. In the introductory article above also already alluded to the practical application of the Internet today. We are already so familiar with the Internet, so that sometimes we forget about a question that may be very basic, which is actually the internet?


Internet is a collection of computer network or Local Area Network into a global computer network or the World Area Network. These networks are interconnected and communicate with each other, so that each user or users can access the services provided by each network. Different computer network architecture will be able to recognize each other and can communicate using protocols. To understand this protocol, we need to study more closely the computer. And it was not in place when we discuss here.


Internet users, or Internet users, can utilize a wide range of information facilities at low cost. And it can be done without having to come in person to the physical service provider. Accessible information can be text, images, animations, video, sound, or a combination of several kinds of data. The benefits of the Internet is we are currently facing. As when, maybe people do not need to buy a newspaper in paper form to obtain hot news from home and abroad.


Indeed, in this information age, computer learning, minimal as the user for some practical applications, is absolutely necessary.




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Informatics Computer Era (I)



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In everyday life, we are now practically almost always use a computer. For example, for doing the coursework and work. Even high school students and elementary though, now widely asked by his teacher to do some tasks using computers. Not only for the purposes of writing as well, even tasks that have involved the use of the internet. Because the computer learning in theis information age has become absolutely necessary. Computers are part of our daily lives.


Not only that, in the daily office administration, computers are very helpful in many fields. With the help of a computer, a secretary can always make a neat letters quickly and without the slightest making spelling mistakes, because the computer is able to check for spelling errors automatically. For this was a secretary now need to first learn the computer to support their work.


Another example is in the office of the state electricity company which was led by Dahlan Iskan, a powerful manager owner of Jawa Pos Group. In the State-Owned Enterprises, every month they have to prepare the electricity bills of customers by the millions, but they had no trouble with it all because of computer services. By learning our computer will know that the computer can work fast and are willing to work a full twenty-four hours a day.


Similarly, in the world of banking economy, the use of computer services has not inevitable. Traffic activity money in the banking world that is so crowded, with the volume of money that reaches the order of millions, billions and even trillions of dollars or other currencies, now this can be dealt with quickly and accurately. Even major banks in Indonesia and other countries are now able to provide services disbursement of money automatically to its customers for twenty-four hours a day. It can be done because of computer and network services that is connected to the Automated Teller machine or a more familiar in everyday conversation as an ATM machine.


Similarly, in the world of Travel Agents, booking a place on an airplane to some destinations can be booked in town at the same starting point and safely. Even if the customer or airline flight plans change suddenly though, Travel Agent can serve it with calm because communication information technology services used in the computer system. Communication technology systems can be awakened by their computers scattered around the world and connect and communicate with each other. Thus sophisticated computer technology in this information age.


If we look carefully, the real presence of computer technology has given birth to an era or a new era of the so-called information age. It is characterized by the exchange of information that is very massive and rapid use of computer technology.


The discovery of industrial machines in its most primitive in the western world has given birth to a new era. Era or the era referred to as the industrial era. The discovery of the first printing press by Johann Guttenberg in Germany actually change human culture almost completely. It happened as a result of the industrial revolution that occurred in the seventeenth century England or eighteen AD. Industrial era is an era where human labor is replaced by the engine power is capable of work many times of manpower. In the centuries it has been known in Indonesia kanuragan science, the occult and witchcraft. It is unclear discovery occultism and witchcraft in Indonesia that spawned the era of what in our world.


If we learn the computer, of course arise in our minds, what is really meant by the computer. Etymologically the term computer was actually derived from the Latin "computare" which means "count" (to compute). Today the term implies computer as an electronic device that can receive input (input), and then perform processing (processing), to produce output (output) in the form of information. Thus the main device to perform these actions also consists of input devices (input devices), the process (process devices), as well as the output device (output devices), which is coupled with the data or information storage devices (storage devices).


In college, when we learn the computer, then we usually will be faced with two choices. It is usually a choice whether we will learn computers in Study Program or the Department of Computer Science at the Faculty of Mathematics and Natural Sciences or are we going to learn computer at the Department of Informatics Engineering Program or which are usually incorporated in the Faculty of Engineering.




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How To Make Tempeh



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Tempeh is authentic Indonesian food. Created by yeast fermentation rhizopus in soybean. Unfortunately, Indonesia's own shortcomings that still import soybeans from the United States. Tempe can be directly processed by frying or making it processed tempeh, such as chips or others. I hope this writing will give you an imagine how to make tempe.


It is said that tempeh has been long known in Indonesia, especially Java, in Serat Centhini made in the sixteenth century already mentioned the word tempeh. Serat Centhini is a classic literature in Indonesia. Tempe has a high protein content. Besides, tempeh also able to be antioxidant that can capture free radicals in the body.


Indeed, tempeh is a healthy food. The author himself like tempeh and various processed. The following are how to make tempeh. The explanation here is not made systematically because the author just wanted to give an overview to the English-speaking readers about how making this healthy food. But if we can make tempeh in this way? The answer is yes. The key lies in the treatment of materials and ambient temperature as a tropical climate.


Making Tempeh Yeast


The material we need to make tempeh is rice 300 gr. Tempeh flour as much as 30 grams and 500 gr of rice that has been roasted . Tempeh flour is tempeh that has been dried in the sun till completely dried and then pulverized to powder form. Do not dry the tempeh powder with frying or oven because it will make the yeast rhizomes die.


Cook 300 grams of rice to be cooked rice and dry. After that, finely crushed this dried rice to powder and mix thoroughly with tempeh flour, strain it through a sieve to powder form. Repeat with grinding material that has not been smooth yet and sift back. Mix well and evenly until evenly distributed. After that mix with rice that have been roasted. Tempeh yeast we've had already completed.


Making Tempeh


First of all we need to do is choose a good quality soy. Clean soybeans until completely clean. Then soak soybeans in water for twelve hours. Immersion is done to facilitate soybeans cooking.


Then cook it until soybeans being well done. You can use the rice cooker for this purpose. Once it be cooked then clean the soybean 's skin using water. It would be very nice if you use running water as well. Clean soy skin so soy completely free of skin. After it, cooled soybeans until completely cool at room temperature.


Once the cooked soybeans have really cooled at room temperature, mix it with tempeh yeast. One kilogram of cooked soybeans takes around two to three tablespoons of tempeh yeast that we have already made previously. After the mixture of cooked soybeans and tempeh yeast have mixtured evenly, then enter this mixture into plastics and wrap it tightly for anaerobic fermentation process.


Soybeans will turn into tempeh after two days of storage. Keep storage temperature approaching the temperature on the tropics. In addition, note the cleanliness when make tempeh. Most failures making tempeh is due to this hygiene problem. I hope you now can imagine how to make tempeh. Good luck.




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