A Brief History of Stigma: I am mentally ill and I am also... - circle of puzzle pieces
Identity & Self, Stop the Stigma

I Am Mentally Ill, and I Am Also… So Many Other Things

I am mentally ill, and I am also a lot of different things. But do people see all of those things, or mostly just the illness? We all have many different identities associated with all the social roles that we play; not identities as in personalities, but bundles of knowledge, expectations, patterns of behaviour that… Continue reading I Am Mentally Ill, and I Am Also… So Many Other Things

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

What Is… Internal Family Systems Therapy

In this series, I dig a little deeper into the meaning of psychology-related terms. This week's term is Internal Family Systems therapy. Internal Family Systems (IFS) therapy is a type of psychotherapeutic approach that's based on the idea that the mind is naturally multiple, and we all have a system of parts. It's often used… Continue reading What Is… Internal Family Systems Therapy

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

What Is… Self-Verification Theory

In this series, I dig a little deeper into the meaning of psychology-related terms. This week's term is self-verification theory. Self-verification theory comes from social psychology, and it says that we want other people to see us the way we see ourselves. That might seem self-obvious, but what's interesting is that this applies even when… Continue reading What Is… Self-Verification Theory

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Identity & Self

This Was Me: My Travelling 20s & 30s

I did my first big international trip (aside from a high school exchange trip to Japan) when I was 22, and that was when the travel bug firmly took root.  From then on, each year I would take all my vacation time together in one block and do an international trip, other than the years… Continue reading This Was Me: My Travelling 20s & 30s

A question of identity: What makes you, you?
Identity & Self

A Question of Identity: What Makes You, You?

We all have a variety of different characteristics and things floating around in our head. But when you dig down deep to the core, what is it that makes you, you? I think a major part of the foundation of who we are is the sum of our entire life experiences. No one else has had… Continue reading A Question of Identity: What Makes You, You?

When you fail, are you a failure at a task? Or as a person?
Identity & Self

When You Fail, Are You a Failure at a Task? Or as a Person?

Failure isn't fun. There's just no two ways about that. But what does that failure mean> I think that, particularly when mental illness is involved, it's easy to leap from "I failed at [X]" to "I'm a failure." But taking a step back, they're not really the same thing. Fear of failure Fear of failure… Continue reading When You Fail, Are You a Failure at a Task? Or as a Person?

Are you your illness? - graphic of woman with writing on her face
Identity & Self

Are You Your Mental Illness?

Sometimes, as part of anti-stigma campaigns, you'll hear that we shouldn't say people are bipolar, schizophrenic, etc. The thinking goes that phrasing it this way puts people in a little box in which they're primarily defined by their illness. Yet at the same time, you'll find many bloggers referring to themselves as "I am bipolar."… Continue reading Are You Your Mental Illness?