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

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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

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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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Psychology

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… Continue reading Alone, But Rarely Lonely

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What is... psychology series

What Is… Antisocial vs. Asocial

In this series, I dig a little deeper into the meaning of psychological terms.  This week's terms are antisocial and asocial. For some reason, I have a very clear memory of a moment shortly after my nursing career began.  I was at work and was saying something about being antisocial.  One of the psychiatrists looked… Continue reading What Is… Antisocial vs. Asocial

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Mental health

What’s the Difference Between Introversion, Shyness, and Social Anxiety?

Introversion, shyness, and social anxiety can sometimes get mixed up, but they're quite different. In this post, we'll look at some of the similarities and differences. Introversion is a personality trait, and it appears in the Myers-Briggs personality typology.  The opposite is extroversion, and individuals may fall at different points along the continuum between the… Continue reading What’s the Difference Between Introversion, Shyness, and Social Anxiety?

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Identity and relationships, Mental health

I Admit It – I’m a Ghoster

Yes, that's right, I'm guilty – I'm a ghoster.  Ghosting is not a nice thing to do to someone, but are some forms of ghosting worse than others? I would like to propose two different types of ghosting: offensive ghosting, which serves to actively reject another person, and defensive ghosting, which is done for the… Continue reading I Admit It – I’m a Ghoster

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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?