Are you an unsafe person, or is that just an unhelpful label? - skull and crossbones diagram
MH@H Mental Health

Are You an Unsafe Person?

This post was inspired by something i saw on Pinterest about safe vs. unsafe people, but it's along the same lines as what I've written before about the toxic person label. Is that kind of whole-person labelling actually useful? https://www.pinterest.ca/pin/618541330074396290/sent/?invite_code=f51df0af6c36491ba932da4de7aeeb6d&sender=846958411080851028&sfo=1 When I came across the image above on Pinterest, my first reaction was that there… Continue reading Are You an Unsafe Person?

honesty word cloud
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Is There Such a Thing as Too Much Honesty?

Honesty is the best policy, right? I say no, no, no, no. And let’s add on one more no, just for good measure. I would also like to propose two kinds of “honesty”, only one of which I think actually involves honesty. First, you’ve got things that can be answered or described objectively. Let's say… Continue reading Is There Such a Thing as Too Much Honesty?

Book cover: Nonviolent Communication by Marshall Rosenberg
MH@H Book Reviews

Book Review: Nonviolent Communication

Nonviolent Communication: A Language of Life by Marshall B. Rosenberg describes a form of compassionate communication. The foreword is by Deepak Chopra, which wasn't a great start for me, as New Age really isn't my thing. Rosenberg and I seem to look at the world very differently, so this is less book review and more… Continue reading Book Review: Nonviolent Communication

What Is... Series (Insights into Psychology)
Insights into Psychology

What Is… Personal Boundaries

In this series, I dig a little deeper into the meaning of psychology-related terms. This week's term is personal boundaries. Kind of like our skin acts as a boundary to separate the insides of our bodies from the world, personal boundaries allow us to maintain separation in our interactions with other people. Types of boundaries… Continue reading What Is… Personal Boundaries

Normalizing mental illness symptoms: the validating and invalidating ways
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Normalizing Mental Illness Symptoms: The Good & Bad Ways

: The I got thinking about this recently because my best friend is a normalizer, and it really doesn't feel very good sometimes. But there are other times when normalizing aspects of mental illness can be helpful. So what's the difference? The invalidating way A little while back, I told my best friend that I… Continue reading Normalizing Mental Illness Symptoms: The Good & Bad Ways

Ring theory: comfort in, dump out
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Ring Theory: Comfort In, Dump Out

Fellow blogger Skinny Hobbit recently did a post on ring theory, which I hadn't heard of before. She had gotten her information from an article on by Susan Silk and Barry Goldman in the LA Times on ring theory and the notion of comfort in, dump out.. The development of ring theory Ring theory was… Continue reading Ring Theory: Comfort In, Dump Out

Book cover: F*ck no! by Sarah Knight
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Book Review: F*ck No: How to Stop Saying Yes

F*ck No is written by Sarah Knight, who is also the author of The Life-Changing Magic of Not Giving a F*ck. This book covers a variety of situations, including social, work, partner, and family, and helps you to get more comfortable saying no to others' demands. The book includes a variety of fun diagrams in… Continue reading Book Review: F*ck No: How to Stop Saying Yes

Validation - what it is and what it isn't
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The Power of Validation to Support Others

Skinny Hobbit from Growing Into Myself recently did a post that contained this Youtube video. The video is about supporting someone who is grieving, but it's a powerful message about validation in general, which is what inspired this post. Many of us have chosen to blog because there are difficult experiences that we're dealing with.… Continue reading The Power of Validation to Support Others

Book cover: The Jackass Whisperer by Scott & Alison Stratten
MH@H Book Reviews

Book Review: The Jackass Whisperer

The Jackass Whisperer by Scott and Alison Stratten is a lighthearted look at how to deal with the many forms of jackass you'll encounter – including yourself.  And these encounters are inevitable; "When you put a lot of humans into one space, Jackasses happen.  It's just science." The book caught my eye because Brené Brown… Continue reading Book Review: The Jackass Whisperer

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Is It Appropriate to Give Unsolicited Advice?

I think we've probably all felt the urge at one point or another to give advice. We see the situation someone is in, and can't help but think if they only did X then things would be so much better for them. Chances are most of us have also been on the receiving end of… Continue reading Is It Appropriate to Give Unsolicited Advice?