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What Is... 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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Emerging Blogger Series, Mental Health

Emerging Blogger Series: Matthew (Matt’s Mishaps)

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 Matthew of… Continue reading Emerging Blogger Series: Matthew (Matt’s Mishaps)

How much of your life is spent online, and how does that affect your mental health?
Mental Health

How Much of Your Life Happens Online?

Up until a few years ago, my life was mostly lived "in the real world." The internet was a useful tool, but it wasn't so much a means of with others. My human contacts happened mostly in person, and I wasn't very good about maintaining connections with people I no longer saw in person for… Continue reading How Much of Your Life Happens Online?

Sometimes "okay" means "not okay"
Mental Health

When “Okay” Is Not Okay

I suspect that many of us living with mental illness, or other chronic illness, for that matter, have a standard set of responses that we sometimes draw on when answering questions about how we are and what we do. "Not okay" just isn't something most people want to hear. For me, these standard responses may… Continue reading When “Okay” Is Not Okay

What Is Series... Insights Into Psychology on Mental Health @ Home
What Is... Psychology Series

What is… Deindividuation

In this series, I dig a little deeper into the meaning of psychology-related terms.  This week's term is deindividuation. Every human is a unique individual with self-awareness. Deindividuation is a process by which people start to lose that self-awareness when part of a group. Oxford Reference defines deindividuation as: "A psychological state characterized by loss… Continue reading What is… Deindividuation

Book cover: Nonviolent Communication by Marshall Rosenberg
Book Reviews

Book Review: Nonviolent Communication

Nonviolent Communication: A Language of Life by Marshall B. Rosenberg describes a form of compassionate communication. The foreword is by Deepak Chopra, which wasn't a great start for me, as New Age really isn't my thing. Rosenberg and I seem to look at the world very differently, so this is less book review and more… Continue reading Book Review: Nonviolent Communication

Book cover: F*ck no! by Sarah Knight
Book Reviews

Book Review: F*ck No: How to Stop Saying Yes

F*ck No is written by Sarah Knight, who is also the author of The Life-Changing Magic of Not Giving a F*ck.  This book covers a variety of situations, including social, work, partner, and family, and helps you to get more comfortable saying no to others' demands. The book includes a variety of fun diagrams in… Continue reading Book Review: F*ck No: How to Stop Saying Yes

Book cover: The Jackass Whisperer by Scott & Alison Stratten
Book Reviews

Book Review: The Jackass Whisperer

The Jackass Whisperer by Scott and Alison Stratten is a lighthearted look at how to deal with the many forms of jackass you'll encounter – including yourself.  And these encounters are inevitable; "When you put a lot of humans into one space, Jackasses happen.  It's just science." The book caught my eye because Brené Brown… Continue reading Book Review: The Jackass Whisperer

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Emerging Blogger Series, Mental Health

Emerging Blogger Series: Sarah (Inside My Manic Mind)

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 Sarah from Inside… Continue reading Emerging Blogger Series: Sarah (Inside My Manic Mind)

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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