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A Dreamscape of podcasting and psychology

DreamScape

noun
~a dreamlike, often surrealistic scene.
~a painting depicting such a scene.

Please introduce yourself to cosmicTaryn readers

~Hello dear ones! My name is Luna and I am transgender. I have a bachelors in psychology and do hope to go onto my masters in Research Psychology. My goal in life is to help spread positive mental health in a sort of relatable way. I believe that everything in this world is relative and subjective in nature and we should view others as such.

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Mama Winter Wolf

How did you come up with the name for your podcast?

~The name came from the place I go within my own mind for inspiration of my creative writing. It’s my own personal safe space where I can express myself how I see fit. Luna’s Dreamscape is most certainly not the same as yours but you certainly have one.

Take me through the format of your show.

~Well first I feel it prudent to mention that the podcast is best listened to right before you sleep. That being said, the podcast intro starts where youre floating in space and you happen upon a sort of twilight zone-esque happening. You see a floating office with many grand books. One such book is labeled Dreamscape which contains journal entries or thoughts from a writer known as “The Traveler.” This section of the podcast is to set the tone and topic in a poetic way for things to come. After that, we dive into that weeks topic from a personal and educational point of view.

How do you strike a balance between the creative elements and the more academic aspects of your podcast?

~For myself personally I take great reverence and connect deeply with the academic things that I have learned and researched. My aim IS to strike that balance in other people. People learn and connect on different levels and my idea is having creative ideas and academic ideas, others would understand more of the topics I present on a deeper and poetic level as well as an academic and intelligence level.

In one of your episodes, you speak about “Memory Self-Efficacy”. Can you tell readers what that is in a bite-size nugget?

~Memory Self-Efficacy is a topic I would love to dedicate my future cognitive research career to. I was presented with this idea by my mentor Dr Terry Rawlinson of Walter’s State Community College in Tennessee. In  an unpublished research proposal I mention that Memory Self-Efficacy (MSE) is “beliefs about one’s capability to use memory effectively in various situations (McDougall & Kang, 2003).” I know you said bite sized nugget but in short its watching your own mind and actively watching your own thoughts.

Cat sitting on a crescent moon in the style of cube surrealism.
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I want to understand how and why you ended up here – working in the field of psychology. What led you to this job? 

~At first, I didn’t really know what my interests were as they are so many. But I took one class by Dr Terry Rawlinson at Walter’s State Community College and the passion and interest he showed in the field gave me inspiration and tugged at my poetic and scientific side. Psychology is equal parts relative and subjective to each individual person and that is why I have such interest.

Picture this: You feel uninspired, and you’ve sat at the computer for hours without conquering any words. How do you get your creativity flowing?

~ I have this creative space I go into that’s partially meditation. I turn on space ambient music, turn on blue led lights that surround my tapestries and explore my own mind no matter how long it takes. Creativity and inspiration should not be rushed. It’s a journey into yourself and to find yourself.

What seemingly innocent question makes you think “It’s a trap!”?

~Quite funny and a very niche topic but as a therapist and friend Ive often run into relationship issues where people come to me seeking advice. Ive had the question of “What do you think his/her problem is?”. Normally the issue is much deeper than seeking the issue in the other person alone.

What is the strangest dream you have ever had?

~The strangest dream I’ve ever had would take YEARS for me to figure out and realize the meaning. As a child I had a dream I literally pealed my ear off and inside was a rainbow of colors.

What is your guilty pleasure?

~My guilty pleasure most certainly is Celine Dion, Katy Perry and basically the Diva music artists.

Off the top of your head, who would you give a shout out to on Twitter?

~Right off Id like to give a shoutout to @jordan_malina who is a wonderful author and has supported me through my creative writing and podcasting adventures

Is there a way for your fans to connect with you?

~Twitter is normally the best way to contact me @MamaWinterWolf or by the podcast email LunasDreamscape@outlook.com

Care to share what you will be working on next?

~If I can ever sit down and focus, I have a book on my idea of “Dreamscape” and explaining what exactly it means for me and others. It’s a very broad idea and will take quite a bit of work but, Id like to start writing more!

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