I had originally planned to use the feature image within this post, but just this morning I came across the photo above and LOVED it. Introversion and extroversion are personality traits lying at opposite ends of a spectrum. Some people fit with one extreme or another, but many people fall somewhere in the middle. Introversion … Continue reading How Common is Introversion?
The ways to connect with other people have changed a great deal since I was a kid in the 80s. Technology is light years ahead of where it used to be, which makes connecting easier in some ways, but mental illness likes to get in the way and put up roadblocks. Back in the 80s, … Continue reading How do we connect with others?
In this series, I dig a little deeper into the meaning of psychological terms. This week's term: Codependency We hear about codependency often, particularly in relation to addiction. What does it actually mean, though? GoodTherapy's website says: "Codependency involves sacrificing one’s personal needs to try to meet the needs of others. Someone who is codependent has … Continue reading What is… Codependency
Yes, that's right, I'm guilty of ghosting. Ghosting is not a nice thing to do to someone, but are some forms of ghosting worse than others? I would like to propose two different types of ghosting: offensive ghosting, which serves to actively reject another person, and defensive ghosting, which is done for the purpose of … Continue reading I admit it – I’m a ghoster
We live in a society in which coupledom is not only the norm but the expectation. However, there are a lot of us that don't fit into the neat and tidy boxes that the world expects. Just because someone isn't your standard cis-gendered heterosexual monogamist vanilla-sex married with kids kind of person doesn't main they're … Continue reading The single girl life
A while back I wrote a post about unsuccessfully trying to find forgiveness for those who have harmed me and done so much damage to my mental health. Shortly thereafter, I first heard of the song Praying by Kesha in a post on Deanna's Dark Diary. I've had that song playing on heavy rotation since then, … Continue reading Forgiveness – a follow-up
A little while back I was reading a blog post that talked about Dr. Elaine Aron's book The Highly Sensitive Person. I thought huh, sounds like I'm probably one of those. So I picked up the book from the library and had a read, and it got me thinking about traits and illness and all … Continue reading Not-so-highly-sensitive person
I spent Christmas with my family this year. It was a small gathering - just my parents, my brother, his fiancee, and me. Except it didn't feel small; it seemed like there were far too many people around. I haven't had a lot of contact with my family for some time now because of my … Continue reading Feeling like a stranger in my own family
I've spent much of this month trying to decide whether or not to spend Christmas with my family. It's a subject that has caused a lot of torment and a lot of tears. I used to love Christmas. It was always a small, cozy, stress-free family affair. When I'm depressed, though, Christmas just doesn't matter. … Continue reading The mental illness teeter totter
I have always been an introvert, yet there is always an underlying awareness that being introverted is not necessarily socially acceptable.
This is what I learned about love and acceptance from a man with schizophrenia.
Depression is a profoundly isolating illness, as many mental illnesses can be, and as my illness progresses in many ways I find myself evolving into a hermit of sorts.