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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

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Book review: Good Reasons for Bad Feelings

Good Reasons for Bad Feelings: Insights from the Frontier of Evolutionary Psychiatry by Dr. Randolph M. Nesse digs into the science of evolution to understand why mental illness persists.  He explains that while the illnesses themselves are not evolutionary adaptations, our vulnerabilities to these illnesses may actually have evolutionary purposes. He takes the rather refreshing approach of … Continue reading Book review: Good Reasons for Bad Feelings

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book cover: Escaping the Emotional Roller Coaster by Patricia Zurita Ona

Book review: Escaping the Emotional Roller Coaster

Escaping the Emotional Roller Coaster: ACT for the Emotionally Sensitive by Dr. Patricia Zurita Ona draws upon acceptance and commitment therapy (ACT) techniques to help "super-feelers" work with their emotions more effectively. What is a super-feeler?  It's a term the author uses to describe people who struggle with emotional regulation, meaning they experience intense emotions … Continue reading Book review: Escaping the Emotional Roller Coaster

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Stigma and Pathologizing Normal Human Experience

Mental illness stigma comes from many places and in many forms.  Stigma often invalidates the experience of those of us with mental illness, and one of the ways this can happen is by pathologizing normal experience.  By this I mean inflating the significance of "normal" emotions and minimizing the significance of mental illness to make … Continue reading Stigma and Pathologizing Normal Human Experience

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