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What is... psychology series

What is… Psychological Effects on Reading

In this series, I dig a little deeper into the meaning of psychology-related terms.  This week's term isn't so much a term as a category. We're going to look at psychological effects that impact the process of reading. Missing Letter Effect If someone is asked to identify each occurrence of a particular letter in a… Continue reading What is… Psychological Effects on Reading

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Mental health

“You Can Be a Real Bitch” – Depression and Irritability

I can get pretty irritable sometimes because of my depression.  I seem to lose access to all of my more mature self, and revert to what may have worked best when I was five years old.  One of my former community psychiatrists once told me "you can be a real bitch when you're not well".

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Mental health, Wounded healers

Wounded Healer Interview: Karoline (Not Broken – My Life with PTSD)

The wounded healer interview series features people who've dealt with significant mental health challenges, and who also work in a helping role to support the mental health of others. This interview is with Karoline of Not broken – My life with PTSD. 1) Tell us a bit about you, the helping field you’re in, and… Continue reading Wounded Healer Interview: Karoline (Not Broken – My Life with PTSD)

Book cover: The Vintage Bookshop of Memories by Elizabeth Holland
Book reviews

Book Review: The Vintage Bookshop of Memories

The Vintage Bookshop of Memories is a novel by Elizabeth Holland, who you may know from her blog Anxiety & Liz. The main character is 24-year-old Prue Clemonte. The book opens at her grandmother's funeral. With her death, Prue becomes Lady of the Manor and owner of the village. Class tensions between Prue and the… Continue reading Book Review: The Vintage Bookshop of Memories

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Social issues & social justice

Slavery Isn’t Over – The Horror of Human Trafficking

Lembagai KITA / CC BY-SA Just because slavery is no longer legal doesn't mean it isn't happening. Human trafficking isn't an issue that gets a lot of public attention, but if you look, what you can find is scary. What human trafficking is There are thee fundamentals elements of human trafficking: Actions: This includes recruiting,… Continue reading Slavery Isn’t Over – The Horror of Human Trafficking

Mental health

Is Depression Anger Turned Inward?

My last hospitalization for depression happened after a suicide attempt. My primary nurse kept asked me what I was angry about, saying that I must have been angry about something to have tried to kill myself. She seemed rather annoyed when I assured her that no, I wasn't angry, and anger had nothing to do… Continue reading Is Depression Anger Turned Inward?

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Blogging and writing

Making a Blog Unsearchable

Sometimes people don't want their blogs to be easy to find, and WordPress offers a way to do that. For a lot of bloggers, we're looking for exactly the opposite. While asking search engines not to search your blog isn't going to be directly relevant to everyone, it explains why sometimes you might be having… Continue reading Making a Blog Unsearchable