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My Life Journey

My Hometown via Google Maps

Google Maps Street View is handy for all kinds of things, including a partner's infidelity (as unearthed by Claudette). This post will take a meander through the small town where I grew up, Nowhereville, British Columbia, Canada. My parents built this house before I was born and lived there until I was around 30. My… Continue reading My Hometown via Google Maps

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My Life Journey

Christmas Tree Ornaments from Childhood

I used to really like Christmas, but the last Christmas I cared about was the last Christmas I was well, which was in 2015. Since then, I haven't cared enough to do anything for Christmas, including putting up a tree, but I thought I'd rummage through some of the ornaments from my childhood that were… Continue reading Christmas Tree Ornaments from Childhood

Life lessons: how I learned it's okay to mess up (cartoon graphic of a tree)
Mental Health

How I Learned It’s Okay To Mess Up

It's fairly common, at least in the mental health blogging world, for people to self-criticize, especially if they they think they've made a mistake or failed to do something. I don't tend to do that, and recently had a bit of an aha moment about how it came to be that I believe that it's… Continue reading How I Learned It’s Okay To Mess Up

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Insights into Psychology

What Is… Containment in Therapy

In this series, I dig a little deeper into the meaning of psychology-related terms.  This week's term is containment. Containment was first proposed by British psychoanalyst Wilfred Bion to describe a pattern of communicating mental experiences. Another researcher later suggested that Bion's theory was influenced by his own traumatic experience fighting in World War I.… Continue reading What Is… Containment in Therapy

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Emerging Blogger Series, Mental Health

Emerging Blogger Series: Dhruv (Melan-jolly)

This post is by Dhruv of Melan-jolly. How My Journey With Depression Began As A 12 Year Old What three words would you use to describe yourself? Rude,weird, and selfish. © Dhruv Tyagi Those are the thoughts 12-year old Dhruv had. As children, we’re raised to believe that there are only two kinds of people in… Continue reading Emerging Blogger Series: Dhruv (Melan-jolly)

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My Life Journey

This Was Me: The Childhood Years

Image by congerdesign from Pixabay For a little something different, I thought I'd take a bit of a stroll down memory lane to the earlier years of my life. Here's me as a baby.  My parents had built this house (okay they weren't physically doing the building) two years before I came along as firstborn.  They stayed in… Continue reading This Was Me: The Childhood Years

What is... insights into psychology series
Insights into Psychology

What Is… Freudian Psychoanalytic Theory

In this series, I dig a little deeper into the meaning of psychology-related terms.  This week's term is not so much a single term as a group of terms that fall within the umbrella of Freudian psychoanalytic theory. Love him or hate him, Sigmund Freud was quite remarkable in terms of his impact on the… Continue reading What Is… Freudian Psychoanalytic Theory

How childhood affected my relationship with anger - cartoon of angry man
Insights into Psychology

How Childhood Affected My Relationship with Anger

I got thinking about this because I've seen a number of people write about anger recently, and it's not an emotion I've ever been comfortable with. Anger is a basic human emotion.  We all experience it sometimes, and it has an associated facial expression that is universally recognized across cultures.  Yet anger is far from… Continue reading How Childhood Affected My Relationship with Anger