A Brief History of Stigma: I am mentally ill and I am also... - circle of puzzle pieces
Identity & Self, Stop the Stigma

I Am Mentally Ill, and I Am Also… So Many Other Things

I am mentally ill, and I am also a lot of different things. But do people see all of those things, or mostly just the illness? We all have many different identities associated with all the social roles that we play; not identities as in personalities, but bundles of knowledge, expectations, patterns of behaviour that… Continue reading I Am Mentally Ill, and I Am Also… So Many Other Things

crafted hearts and flowers
Identity & Self

The Anti-Self-Deprecation Challenge: 5 Things I’m Good At

Yesterday, Jewish Young Professional posted this anti-self-deprecation challenge. It's easy to focus on flaws, even if it's in a light-hearted self-deprecating way rather than a self-critical way, and most of us don't talk enough about the good stuff. I decided to join in, and I encourage you to as well! Organizing Organization has always been… Continue reading The Anti-Self-Deprecation Challenge: 5 Things I’m Good At

Do you love yourself? - graphic of a woman hugging herself
Identity & Self

Do You Love Yourself? A Look at Self-Love

Em of From Famine to Feast wrote recently about why self-love is a good call, whereas my friends at WeDIDit wrote about relief that self-love wasn't required to move forward. Around the same time, Andy of Eden in Babylon was talking the clusterfuck entailed in the word love and the many different things we use… Continue reading Do You Love Yourself? A Look at Self-Love

Loneliness, social anxiety, and introversion-extroversion - drawing of a blue elephant
Identity & Self

Loneliness, Social Anxiety, and Introversion–Extroversion

I started the draft for this post quite a while back when I wrote about the COVID pandemic being better suited to introverts than extroverts. I thought I'd treat to tease apart the constructs of loneliness, social anxiety, and introversion/extroversion, similar to a post I did quite some time ago about introversion, shyness, and social… Continue reading Loneliness, Social Anxiety, and Introversion–Extroversion

How does the inner critic get started? - cartoon of person burdened by negativity
Identity & Self

How Does the Inner Critic Get Started?

I've noticed that a lot of people in the blogging world have quite a strong inner critic. I don't, and II find it fascinating when it seems like people believe that they should self-criticize in order to do things properly, or in order to avoid being a bad person. So let's chat about it. To… Continue reading How Does the Inner Critic Get Started?

Self-improvement: Shouldn't you be good enough just as you are?
Identity & Self

Self-Improvement — Or How About Good Enough?

I've thought about this before, but the idea for this post came from a quote Suzette Benjamin shared on her blog: We already have everything we need. There is no need for self-improvement…all the time our warmth and brilliance are right here. This is who we really are.Pema Chödrön I'm all in on this quote.… Continue reading Self-Improvement — Or How About Good Enough?

An identity milestone: the end of my career as a nurse - cartoon graphic of a nurse
Identity & Self

An Identity Milestone: No Longer a Nurse

I mentioned in a recent weekend wrap-up that this was coming, and now it's here. As of today, I’m officially no longer a nurse, which is a pretty massive identity milestone for me. This isn't an abrupt transition by any means. I've known this was coming for a while now, and I’ve already been through… Continue reading An Identity Milestone: No Longer a Nurse

the poem Not by Erin Hanson
Identity & Self

You’re Not Defined By What You’re Not

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2s9myr7obVA Ginnie Sophia did this lovely video based on the poem. You can find Erin Hanson on her Instagram and Facebook. Here's the text rather than graphic version of Not by Erin Hanson. You are not your age, Nor the size of clothes you wear, You are not a weight, Or the colour of your… Continue reading You’re Not Defined By What You’re Not

Self-esteem building blocks - cartoon of alphabet blocks
Identity & Self

My Self-Esteem Building Blocks

Recently I was commenting on a post about self-esteem by Caz of Mental Health 360º and decided it was worth expanding on in a post of my own. I've always has good self-esteem, and this is what I've identified as the basic building blocks that support it. Inherent worth of humanity This is probably more… Continue reading My Self-Esteem Building Blocks