Freedom alarm: Freedom is in peril, so defend it with all your might
Humanity & social relationships

I Am Not Free to…

PublicDomainVectors The other day I saw an excellent article by Andy of Eden in Babylon on Entitlement and Patriotism. He contrasted the entitlement of people complaining that the pandemic lockdown violated their freedom as patriotic Americans with the self-sacrifice of people in uniform that serve their country and defend its values. In Canada, we may… Continue reading I Am Not Free to…

Humanity & social relationships, Psychology

Ring Theory – How to Support Grieving People

Skinny Hobbit of Growing Into Myself recently did a post on ring theory, which I hadn't heard of before.  I was curious to learn more, and one of the sources she mentioned was an article on ring theory in the LA Times. Ring theory was developed by clinical psychologist Susan Silk.  After having breast cancer… Continue reading Ring Theory – How to Support Grieving People

Humanity & social relationships, Mental health

Why It’s Hard For Me To Be Around People

Social phobia, also known as social anxiety disorder, can be a crippling condition that makes it extremely difficult to be around people.  It affects around 13% of the population at some point during their lifetime.  A key element of the condition is a fear of doing something that will result in humiliation. That's not me. … Continue reading Why It’s Hard For Me To Be Around People

Humanity & social relationships, Mental health

Does Mental Illness Make You Hard to Love?

I recently commented on another blogger's post and mentioned that depression makes me hard to love.  From their response, it seemed like they misinterpreted where I was going with that, so I thought it was worth doing a post about. I've written before about how I used to conceptualize separate well and ill selves.  My… Continue reading Does Mental Illness Make You Hard to Love?

Book cover: Year of the Introvert by Michaela Chung
Book reviews, Humanity & social relationships

Book Review: The Year of the Introvert

The Year of the Introvert by Michaela Chung is a book that is wholeheartedly pro-introvert. The book defines introverts as "people who gain energy in solitude and lose energy in stimulating environments."  The author's stance is that introversion is not a limitation.  The tone has a motivational, coaching style as the author encourages you to… Continue reading Book Review: The Year of the Introvert

The Emerging blogger series on Mental Health @ Home; background of cherry blossoms
Emerging blogger, Humanity & social relationships, Mental health

Emerging Blogger Series: Kacha (Food.for.Thoughts)

The emerging blogger series is aimed at community building through giving mental health bloggers who are early in their blogging evolution the opportunity to have their work seen by a wider audience.  It's also a way to introduce you as a reader to some newer members of our community.This post is by Kacha of Food.for.Thoughts,… Continue reading Emerging Blogger Series: Kacha (Food.for.Thoughts)

woman sitting atop a mountain
Humanity & social relationships

How Common is Introversion?

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 & extroversion – what's the difference? Much of the difference between the two comes down to energy – where someone tends to focus it, and… Continue reading How Common is Introversion?