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What Is... Psychology Series

What Is… Double Depression

In this series, I dig a little deeper into the meaning of psychology-related terms.  This week's term is double depression, which comes at the suggestion of Meg of Where Good Advice Happens. This post uses a lot of abbreviations, which are summarized down at the bottom of this post. The term double depression is sometimes… Continue reading What Is… Double Depression

Mental Health

Postcards from “The ‘Stan Tour”

In 2014, I did a trip to Central Asia, hitting up Uzbekistan, Kazakhstan, and Kyrgyzstan. That area is definitely off the beaten North American traveller path, so when I told people about my trip, the most common reaction was "huh?" A coworker dubbed it "the 'Stan tour" (-stan is a Persian suffix meaning land/place). Kyrgyzstan… Continue reading Postcards from “The ‘Stan Tour”

Book cover: In the Realm of Hungry Ghosts by Gabor Maté
Book Reviews

Book Review: In the Realm of Hungry Ghosts

In the Realm of Hungry Ghosts by Dr. Gabor Maté offers powerful insights into the vulnerable, human side of addiction. It draws on his encounters with patients while working as a staff physician at the Portland Hotel, an ultra-low barrier supported housing building in Vancouver's downtown eastside, Canada's poorest postal code. Ultra-low barrier housing like… Continue reading Book Review: In the Realm of Hungry Ghosts

How my journalling style has evolved - graphic of a journal
Mental Health

How My Bullet Journalling Style Has Evolved

Skinnyhobbit was recently asking about my bullet journalling setup, and now I'm finally getting around to writing about it. I've journalled off and on since I was a kid. I didn't journal every day, just when I felt like I had something to say, and it was basic narrative style. I kept my old journals… Continue reading How My Bullet Journalling Style Has Evolved

"The opposite of poverty isn't wealth, the opposite of poverty is justice" – Bryan Stevenson
Social Justice

Poverty Can Be Very Expensive

A recent post by Shira of ShiraDest about debt forgiveness got me thinking about some of the barriers that people living in poverty face when it comes to managing their finances. So, let's consider what it might look like to be living in poverty here in British Columbia, Canada, where I live. Provincial income assistance… Continue reading Poverty Can Be Very Expensive

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Blogging

Do You Feel Impressed by Other Bloggers’ Abilities?

It's human nature to compare ourselves to others, and the world of blogging is no exception. It can be easy to compare what someone else is doing to what we're doing, and frame it all within our own context. But it doesn't work that way; we all have different skills and things we struggle with.… Continue reading Do You Feel Impressed by Other Bloggers’ Abilities?

Oreo sitting with the MIMRA magic moments box
Miscellaneous

Guess What’s In the Mail… It’s MIMRA Time!

For the second year in a row, I was awarded the My Inner Mishmash Readership Award (MIMRA) by the lovely Emilia and her majestic cat Misha over at My Inner Mishmash. It arrived in the mail today, and Oreo wanted to model the goodies during the unboxing! This is Oreo with a solid stone (I'm… Continue reading Guess What’s In the Mail… It’s MIMRA Time!

What Is Series... Insights Into Psychology on Mental Health @ Home
What Is... Psychology Series

What Is… Self-Verification Theory

In this series, I dig a little deeper into the meaning of psychology-related terms.  This week's term is self-verification theory. Self-verification theory comes from social psychology, and it says that we want other people to see us the way we see ourselves. That might seem self-obvious, but what's interesting is that this applies even when… Continue reading What Is… Self-Verification Theory

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Miscellaneous

My Hometown via Google Maps

Google Maps Street View is handy for all kinds of things, including a partner's infidelity (as unearthed by Claudette). This post will take a meander through the small town where I grew up, Nowhereville, British Columbia, Canada. My parents built this house before I was born and lived there until I was around 30. My… Continue reading My Hometown via Google Maps