LeviJeans411
27 Philadelphia, United States
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My self-summary
This is harder to do than it sounds, which is probably why it's always in flux. I am a lot of things; better at some than others, but I love it all the same. A newly minted researcher, a singer, snowboarder, pho enthusiast. I'm a runner, frisbee lover and former soccer player / longboarder. Journeyman settler of Catan. I play a mean game of chess, and I'm getting pretty good at pool too. I'm pretty terrible at basketball and multi-tasking; always willing to try, but don't expect great results. I like art that gives me existential feels.

I give people the benefit of the doubt when they are seemingly asshole-ish in the off-chance that they're having a truly shitty day. This isn't some righteous altruistic thing so much as a way for me to limit the impact of the world's negativity on my life.

I'd like to think that I am a persistently happy person. Sadness makes me pensive and reflective, but it rarely lingers. It takes a hell of a lot to make me angry, but then there are certain things like traffic and commercials and systemic poverty and corruption that make me rage momentarily. Nothing cures anxiety quite like getting shit done, although I do love me some procrastinating.

Oh and someone once told me that I have great awkward game, which made me feel pretty good and a little uncomfortable at the same time. Makes sense.
What I’m doing with my life
Drexel psych grad, recently graduated from PCOM with an MS in counseling and clinical health psych. I work as a research coordinator for Penn State on a study of parenting in low SES families. I also work per diem for an inpatient psychiatric hospital where I run individual and group therapy.

As far as hobbies, I arrange music for and sing in an A Cappella group (feel free to creep anonymously at ATBphilly.com). I love to travel whenever I can carve out a chunk of time; I've hosted a bunch of couchsurfers so far, but I have yet to surf on somebody else's!
I’m really good at
Cutting through the BS, getting distracted, spelling, reading first impressions of people, finding the right word for the right situation, cooking on the fly, sleeping in, being present.
The first things people usually notice about me
When people first hear that my name is Levi and that I have a psych degree, they usually assume two things:
1) I am Jewish.
2) I am analyzing all their thoughts and judging them hardcore.
Neither of these statements is true, but I do love the intricacies of human thought and a good potato latke.
Favorite books, movies, shows, music, and food
Books: The God Part of the Brain, This is Your Brain on Music, Hallucinations, Musicophilia, The Schopenhauer Cure, Phantoms in the Brain, DMT: The Spirit Molecule... just a little bit of a psych junky, nbd.

Movies: The Avengers & Marvel Cinema movies in general, A Beautiful Mind, The Departed, The Lego Movie and Birdman are a bunch off the top of my head.

Shows: Archer, Game of Thrones, Walking Dead, The Wire, Breaking Bad, True Detective S1, Jessica Jones, Daredevil. Rick & Morty might just be a perfect explanation of how I interact with my universe. It's so good.

Music: The Faint, Lady Danville, Post Modern Jukebox, Arctic Monkeys, Ben Folds, Daft Punk, RX Bandits, Two Door Cinema Club, Animal Collective, Caravan Palace, Fitz and The Tantrums, Mae, most things acoustic or A Cappella.

Food: Pretty much anything other than grapefruit... and I keep trying it like magically one day I'll find the right one and it won't taste like pennies. Actually, I consider myself a Freegan. I only purchase and choose to cook vegan foods, but if I'm hungry and there's non-vegan food made available to me for free, then 95% of the time I will eat it. There are conflicting principles at work here.. I'm slowly working through the dissonance.
The six things I could never do without
In no particular order:

Music
Tasty beer
Education
Close friends
Internet
Radiolab
I spend a lot of time thinking about
How to make the world a better place.

How to convince a society based on individualism and absolute personal responsibility that we are all part of systems and institutions that have far more control over us than we would like to admit. Not in a dystopian or nihilistic sense, but in a sense that our environment and social circumstances actually matter. Like, a lot.

Also, the nature of consciousness and the human condition. I'd rather hang out in existential rabbit holes for a while than endure small talk. Life is a strange, amazing, statistically improbable event and I love thinking about the absurdity of it all. It's pretty great.
On a typical Friday night I am
Maybe out at a relaxed bar with a good beer selection, maybe playing pool. But probably at home chilling with my housemate, playing cards or board games, doing absolutely nothing productive. Some days I just need to do nothing and be okay with it.
The most private thing I’m willing to admit
I have some definite ADD tendencies... I like to pretend I don't have it (diagnosed as kid, no longer on medication though), but some days it's just a struggle to focus on the stuff I want to. I can be a real space cadet sometimes, which is kinda funny in contrast to my normally analytical self. I am, without fail, always the first in a group to notice small woodland creatures or minutiae off in the distance.

SQUIRREL.

I've re-written this thing way too many times, but it's kind of therapeutic. Totally impossible to capture all of someone's dimensions online, but damnit I'm gonna try.

I've never seen Groundhog Day. There, I said it. Or Ghost Busters.. or Caddyshack. Nothing against Bill Murray (loved him in Zombieland), but people always yell at me when I admit these things. I'm trying help us both out, okay? If this is deal breaker type stuff, at least it's out there. I'll get around to watching them eventually... geez, get off my back.
You should message me if
You read some things on here that really resonated with you.

You wanna meet up at some point.

You're feeling the Bern!

You're an open-minded woman who likes to laugh at your own follies, and alternate between intellectual conversation and life stories just for fun.
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