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Here's what happened in my life over the past week: My first book ended its ebook exclusivity period with Amazon, so I listed it on several other bookselling sites. It should have been a pretty easy process, but it didn't quite turn out that way. Apple Books gave it a wonky title; I thought I'd … Continue reading Weekend wrap-up
In this series, I dig a little deeper into the meaning of psychology-related terms. This week's term: attribution theory When something happens, we have a natural tendency to want to know why, so we seek out cause and effect relationships. Attribution theory considers how we attribute events to certain factors. An early influence in attribution … Continue reading What is… attribution theory
Mental illness makes it very easy to focus our attention on what we can't do rather than what we can do. I also tend to disqualify (at least in relative terms) what I can do and place greater importance on what I can't. Many of my cans revolve around blogging and writing. Blogging and other … Continue reading What I can and can’t do
Do you blog primarily about mental health? Are you looking to connect with more of the mental health blogging community? If so, would you like to be featured in my emerging blogger series? The emerging blogger series is aimed at community building through giving mental health bloggers who are early in their blogging evolution the opportunity … Continue reading Are you the next emerging blogger?
Writing to Heal the Pain: Stories & Poems by Mateja Klaric is a collection of mostly essays and some poems. It takes the reader along on the author's attempts to find healing after having her career stolen away from her in a way that left her with anxiety and PTSD. The author explains that writing … Continue reading Book Review: Writing to Heal the Pain
It's week 10 of the working on us mental health prompt series over at Beckie's Mental Mess. Please visit her post for details on how to participate. This week's topic is social media. Prompt #1 Questions: Does social media affect your overall mental health? If so, please describe how it does affect you? I don't think … Continue reading Working On Us – Week 10
If you were around in the 80's, you are probably very familiar with the message to "just say no" to drugs. In 1991, Saved By The Bell got on board with an episode that told viewers "there's no hope with dope." There was also the classic egg in a frying pan PSA: I was too … Continue reading The Failure of the War on Drugs
Agency is a sociological construct that refers to the capacity to freely make decisions and then independently enact those decisions. Agency can be limited by our own individual beliefs, and it can also be limited by social structures that impose rules and constraints. Structural constraints imposed on people living with mental illness can come from … Continue reading Finding Agency in Mental Illness
Normally I don't like talking about follower numbers, but 4000 is kind of a cool milestone, so I thought I'd mention some of the things I've learned along the way. One of the key things I've learned is just how skewed a metric follower numbers are. Sure, it's what we often end up focusing on … Continue reading Reflecting on a blogging milestone
Here's what happened in my life over the past week: The building recladding construction hasn't been too noisy this week, but one of my neighbours is doing renos and there's been a lot of sawing going on. I hope it's done soon. I worked one shift this week, and it was ok, but I was … Continue reading Weekend wrap-up
A number of people have raised concerns lately about Tygpress.com posting bloggers' copyright content without permission. Here's a bit of detail from Tygpress.com.cutestat.com: This site is based in India. They registered their domain name through GoDaddy, but the site itself isn't on GoDaddy's servers. DigitalOcean is the Domain Name Server (DNS), which means their directory … Continue reading Blogging and Copyright
In this series, I dig a little deeper into the meaning of psychology-related terms. This week's term: locus of control Locus of control refers to who/what he hold responsible for what happens in our lives. This concept was first identified by psychologist Julian B. Rotter in 1954. With an internal locus of control, we believe … Continue reading What is… locus of control
I first learned about the concept of cognitive deconstruction a while back when I reviewed Jesse Bering's book Suicidal: Why We Kill Ourselves. He wrote about it as a process of narrowed thinking that can occur leading up to a suicide attempt. The American Psychological Association defines cognitive deconstruction as: "a mental state characterized by … Continue reading Cognitive Deconstruction and the Lead Up to Suicide
It's week 9 of the Working On Us series over at Beckie's Mental Mess. You can visit her post for details on participating. This week's prompts: Prompt #1 Questions: Have you ever received music therapy as part of your treatment? If so, what kind of music was introduced to you? Do you listen to music … Continue reading Working on us week 9