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Mental health

“Am I a Bad Person?”

"Am I a bad person?" It seems to be a fairly common question. Searching for that question on Google yields 263 million hits. I've also seen it raised in the blogosphere. Regardless of what the answer may or may not seem to be, though, is it a valid and/or useful question? What exactly is a… Continue reading “Am I a Bad Person?”

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Mental health

The self-esteem treehouse

Self-esteem is not a static concept, nor is it all-or-nothing, although it may sometimes feel like it.  To use perhaps not the greatest analogy, it's like a treehouse that you build. Sometimes external events can knock out rungs to the ladder up to the treehouse, or sometimes they cause more significant structural damage.  External factors… Continue reading The self-esteem treehouse

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Mental health

How Do I Compare Thee… Comparison & Mental Health

“Don’t compare yourself to others. You have no idea what their journey is all about.” -  Regina Brett The internet makes it very difficult not to compare ourselves to other people.  There they are, in their Instagram-perfect photos and their seemingly amazing lives.  Perhaps the "nice" thing to do would be to feel good for… Continue reading How Do I Compare Thee… Comparison & Mental Health

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Humanity & social relationships, What is... psychology series

What is… Codependency

In this series, I dig a little deeper into the meaning of psychological terms.  This week's term is codependency. We hear about codependency often, particularly in relation to addiction.  What does it actually mean, though?  GoodTherapy's website says: "Codependency involves sacrificing one’s personal needs to try to meet the needs of others. Someone who is… Continue reading What is… Codependency

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What is... psychology series

What is… Self-esteem

In this series, I dig a little deeper into the meaning of psychological terms.  This week's term is self-esteem. Wikipedia defines self-esteem as "reflects an individual's overall subjective emotional evaluation of his or her own worth".  It reflects a person's beliefs about the self and emotional states.  Self-esteem is predictive of outcomes such as academic… Continue reading What is… Self-esteem