Illusions of Normal: How Well Do We Know What Others Think?

This post explores some of the issues that came up in Todd Rose’s book Collective Illusions, which I reviewed a few months ago. Collective illusions are the social norms and expectations that we think everyone else agrees with, when in reality, most people don’t privately agree with those norms and expectations. Yet we’re hardwired to …

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You Don’t Need External Recognition to Be a Good Blogger

I think it’s part of the blogging package deal that sometimes insecurities will creep up. With stats being so in your face, it’s hard not to get caught up in them sometimes. It can also be intimidating to come across bloggers who’ve won awards, have high follower counts, or get loads of likes/comments, and you …

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Weekend Wrap-Up

Here’s what happened in my life over the past week: I think the lady woodpecker who roosts on my balcony has a suitor. He sometimes pecks at the chimney around 6am. I guess the crows managed to get the robins’ eggs or babies the other week, because the robins have disappeared. I had a rather …

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Mental Health @ Home book review: Secret Keeper by Marcia Kostoff

Book Review: Secret Keeper

Secret Keeper: The Joys and Struggles of Being a Therapist by Marcia Kostoff gives readers an inside look at what it’s like to be a therapist. The author is a Licensed Professional Clinical Counselor, Certified Rehabilitation Counselor, and Certified Clinical Trauma Professional, and she specializes in CBT and DBT. The book includes stories about the …

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List of some delusional themes in psychosis, e.g. persecutory, religious, grandiose, delusions of reference

Common Themes of Delusions in Psychosis

Delusions are a type of abnormal thought content that involve false beliefs that are firmly held despite evidence to the contrary. They are idiosyncratic and can’t be accounted for by a person’s culture, religion, or level of education. They’re considered a type of psychotic symptom, which can occur in the context of various illnesses, including …

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Are You Prone to Boredom?

Boredom—it’s something we probably all experience at some time or another, but some people are more prone to it than others. Let’s start off our boredom discussion with a definition. While there is no single agreed-upon definition, I like this one: Boredom represents a negative experience commonly arising in situations deemed deficient in meaning, interest, …

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Weekend Wrap-Up

Here’s what happened in my life over the past week: Mentally, this week has generally been calm, which has been nice. This week has been Mental Health Week in Canada, and it’s Mental Health Awareness Month in the US. I remain skeptical of the whole awareness thing. Maybe I’m just cynical, but I’m fairly sure …

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