Tuesday, September 28, 2021

Never Give Up


Knowing is better than wondering, waking is better than sleeping, and even the biggest failure - even the worst - beats the hell out of not trying. (from Grey's Anatomy)

Keep going, and NEVER GIVE UP!

Dawn Pisturino, RN

September 28, 2021

Wednesday, September 22, 2021

Sociopath vs. Psychopath: What's the Difference?


This explanation of sociopath vs. psychopath comes from a class I took. "Psychopath" is a term used mostly in criminal justice. Many people have fallen prey to sociopaths and psychopaths, which is why it is important to recognize that these types of people exist in society.

Sociopath vs. Psychopath:

"The fifth edition of the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (DSM-5), released by the American Psychiatric Association in 2013, lists both sociopathy and psychopathy under the heading of Antisocial Personality Disorders (ASPD). These disorders share many common behavioral traits which lead to the confusion between them. Key traits that sociopaths and psychopaths share include: 

  • A disregard for laws and social mores
  • A disregard for the rights of others
  • A failure to feel remorse or guilt
  • A tendency to display violent behavior"


"Sociopaths tend to be nervous and easily agitated. They are volatile and prone to emotional outbursts, including fits of rage. They are likely to be uneducated and live on the fringes of society, unable to hold down a steady job or stay in one place for very long. It is difficult but not impossible for sociopaths to form attachments with others.  In the eyes of others, sociopaths will appear to be very disturbed. Any crimes committed by a sociopath, including murder, will tend to be haphazard, disorganized and spontaneous rather than planned."

Example: O. J. Simpson


"Psychopaths are unable to form emotional attachments or feel real empathy with others, although they often have disarming or even charming personalities. Psychopaths are very manipulative and can easily gain people’s trust. They learn to mimic emotions, despite their inability to actually feel them, and will appear normal to unsuspecting people. Psychopaths are often well educated and hold steady jobs. Some are so good at manipulation and mimicry that they have families and other long-term relationships without those around them ever suspecting their true nature."

Example: Ted Bundy, Charles Manson

NOTE: There is no cure for these disorders, and medication does not work.

Dawn Pisturino, RN

September 21, 2021

Wednesday, September 15, 2021

What Makes You Unique?

Pianist/composer Franz Liszt dedicated his life to his music. He developed a unique style of music that was recognizable to his fans as something special and great.

What is it that makes you the person you are? A special talent or skill? A treasured object? An unfulfilled dream? An idealistic belief? Your faith in a higher power? Your physical appearance? Your personal qualities? A special relationship? A life-changing experience? An achievement or award?

Everyone is unique in their own way.


Dawn Pisturino, BSNH, RN

September 14, 2021

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Wednesday, September 1, 2021

A Smile is a Random Act of Kindness


Have you ever gone shopping, locked eyes with a complete stranger, -- and smiled?

Smiling is a random act of kindness.

It doesn't cost you a penny. There's no commitment involved. There's no signing on the dotted line. But just the simple act of smiling can bring a little ray of sunshine into someone else's day. Receiving a smile from a complete stranger might be the thing that uplifts you out of a bad mood and reminds you that, yes! the world is a beautiful place.

A smile is a gift that keeps on giving. You smile at me, I smile at someone else, pay it forward. Pretty soon, the whole world is smiling!

Dawn Pisturino, RN

September 1, 2021

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