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Stigma

The Problem with Language Policing

Patrick Corrigan has been my research crush for a number of years now. And what is a research crush, you might ask? I like how his mind works. He's a psychologist and stigma researcher, with lived experience to boot. He's one of the most prolific publishers in academic journals that I've ever come across. His… Continue reading The Problem with Language Policing

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What Is... Psychology Series

What Is… the Euphemism Treadmill

In this series, I dig a little deeper into the meaning of psychology-related terms.  This week's term is the euphemism treadmill. The term euphemism treadmill was coined by psychologist and linguist Stephen Pinker in a 1994 article in the New York Times. It refers to a process by which words that are used as a… Continue reading What Is… the Euphemism Treadmill

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Social Justice

Another Way of Looking at Social Privilege

Lately white privilege has been a hot topic. The people I've come across who take a stance against the idea of white privilege seem to have in common the line of thinking that they haven't been handed anything, so how can they have social privilege? I thought it might be worth reframing social privilege in… Continue reading Another Way of Looking at Social Privilege

Mental Health

Ableism: The Assumptions People Make About Ability (and Disability)

I've seen ableism being mentioned on Twitter a number of times lately, and aside from the obvious meaning, it wasn't a concept I was all that familiar with in a mental health context.  This post will explore what ableism means for psychiatric disabilities. Defining ableism An article on the Center for Disability Rights website describes… Continue reading Ableism: The Assumptions People Make About Ability (and Disability)

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Social Justice, Stigma

NIMBYism and Mental Health Housing

Image by Niek Verlaan from Pixabay NIMBYism is a fascinating phenomenon.  NIMBYs, or people think that something is okay just as long as it's Not In My BackYard, cover discrimination with a thin veneer of civility and acceptability.  Among the many manifestations of this is with regards to social housing, including supported housing for people with mental illness.… Continue reading NIMBYism and Mental Health Housing

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Book Reviews, Stigma

How Can We Fight Stigma Most Effectively?

I was inspired to write this post after reading the book The Stigma Effect: Unintended Consequences of Mental Health Campaigns.  It's written by psychologist Patrick Corrigan, whose research on stigma I first encountered when I was working on my Master's thesis. In it, he challenges a lot of commonly held ideas about how we should… Continue reading How Can We Fight Stigma Most Effectively?

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What Is... Psychology Series

What Is… Conversion “Therapy”

In this series, I dig a little deeper into the meaning of psychological terms.  This week's term is conversion "therapy". I've forgotten the details, but recently I heard/read something that mentioned conversion therapy, so I decided to look a little closer at this pseudo-therapy that aims to force people's sexuality to fit with heteronormative expectations.… Continue reading What Is… Conversion “Therapy”

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What Is... Psychology Series

What Is… Judgementality?

In this series, I dig a little deeper into the meaning of psychological terms.  This week's term is judgementality. Shortly after I scheduled this post in my queue, I saw a post on the same topic on Scarlett's BPD Corner.  I figure a topic must be a pretty good one if it's on multiple people's… Continue reading What Is… Judgementality?