How do you feel about your own company? - woman walking alone on a beach
Mental Health

How Do You Feel About Your Own Company?

I find it fascinating the range of comfort levels people have with being alone.  It's pretty much guaranteed that we will all need to spend at least some time in our own company, yet there are many, many ways in which people experience this.  And while I know that for some people alone time is… Continue reading How Do You Feel About Your Own Company?

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Mental Health, What is... psychology series

What Is… Social Isolation

In this series, I dig a little deeper into the meaning of psychology-related terms.  This week's term is social isolation. Social isolation involves an objective removal from social contact and relationships, which may occur voluntarily or involuntarily.  The term perceived social isolation is used to include a subjective sense of loneliness.  While loneliness and social… Continue reading What Is… Social Isolation

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Emerging blogger series, Mental Health, Psychosocial

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)

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Mental Health

Working On Us – Week 15 – Isolation & Introversion

It's week 15 of Beckie's mental health matters prompt series over at Beckie's Mental Mess.  Please visit her post for details on how to participate. This week's topic is isolation and introversion. Prompt #1 Questions: Are you more Isolated or Introverted?  I've always been introverted; it's part of who I am.  Depression makes me isolate, and… Continue reading Working On Us – Week 15 – Isolation & Introversion

woman walking alone on a beach
Psychosocial

Alone, But Rarely Lonely

Can you be alone without being lonely?  Or lonely without being alone?  I would say yes on both counts. Google gives this as the primary definition of lonely: "sad because one has no friends or company."  A secondary definition is "without companions; solitary."  For both definitions "alone" is listed as a synonym.  Google's definition of… Continue reading Alone, But Rarely Lonely

Book cover: How to be miserable: 40 Strategies You Already Use by Randy J Paterson
Book reviews

Book review: How To Be Miserable

How To Be Miserable: 40 Strategies You Already Use by psychologist Randy J. Paterson challenges us to make our lives more miserable than the already are.  The sneaky bit?  He'll make us realize that we're already doing a lot of those things inadvertently. The book is broken down into 40 lessons, which are divided into… Continue reading Book review: How To Be Miserable

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Depression

The Cave My Depression Built

Glavo on Pixabay I live in a figurative cave that is of my own making (although I suppose of my depression's making would be more accurate).  I have pushed nearly everyone out of my life, and while that is occasionally lonely, it feels much easier. My oldest friend keeps trying to remain in my life,… Continue reading The Cave My Depression Built

woman standing alone in a crowd
Mental Health, Psychosocial

Feeling Like a Stranger in My Own Family

I never would have thought that I would feel like a stranger in my own family. Depression changed everything, though. I spent Christmas with my family this year.  It was a small gathering - just my parents, my brother, his fiancee, and me.  Except it didn't feel small; it seemed like there were far too… Continue reading Feeling Like a Stranger in My Own Family