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book cover: Porn and the Pandemic by Joshua Shea
Book reviews

Book Review: Porn and the Pandemic

Porn and the Pandemic is written by Joshua Shea, a pornography addiction educator and advocate and an addict in recovery. It's part of a series of a collection of short books by publisher MSI Press covering the effects of the COVID-19 pandemic. This book was written in less than 3 weeks in May 2020 to… Continue reading Book Review: Porn and the Pandemic

Does your body need detoxing/cleansing? Or is your liver already on top of it?
Science & research

Do You Need to Detox/Cleanse?

Detox diets and cleanses are quite popular these days, especially if you're of the Goop-y persuasion. And while they might seem to make sense on an intuitive level, from a science perspective, is there anything to actually back that up? The "toxins" Commercial detox products tend to refer vaguely to "toxins" without actually specifying what… Continue reading Do You Need to Detox/Cleanse?

Am I a bad person? Or is that just my mental illness talking? Graphic of cartoon head with flames for hair
Mental health

“Am I a Bad Person?”

"Am I a bad person?" It seems to be a fairly common question. Searching for that question on Google yields 263 million hits. I've also seen it raised in the blogosphere. Regardless of what the answer may or may not seem to be, though, is it a valid and/or useful question? What exactly is a… Continue reading “Am I a Bad Person?”

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Blogging and writing

Maintaining Your Blog Garden

It can be rather satisfying to have a blog that's neat and tidy.  Sometimes they stay that way on their own, but if you've been blogging for a while or if you're posting frequently, the garden can start to get a little wild.  With a little routine gardening work, though, maintaining your blog can be… Continue reading Maintaining Your Blog Garden

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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

Irritability can definitely be an issue 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.  This can have a major impact on my behaviour, and sometimes I have let fly with yelling, screaming,… Continue reading “You Can Be a Real Bitch” – Depression and Irritability

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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