Science, Pseudoscience, & Media Literacy

The Use and Misuse of Jargon

Many fields have their own jargon, which Wikipedia describes as "specialized terminology associated with a particular field or area of activity" that often isn't well understand by people outside of that particular field. While jargon can help people within a field communicate precisely, that doesn't necessarily translate well outside of the field. It can be… Continue reading The Use and Misuse of Jargon

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Emerging Blogger Series, Mental Health

Emerging Blogger Series: Divinely Bipolar (Tanya)

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 Tanya of… Continue reading Emerging Blogger Series: Divinely Bipolar (Tanya)

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Science, Pseudoscience, & Media Literacy

Are Chakras Real or Pseudoscience?

Have you aligned your chakras today?  Or perhaps you've wondered if the whole chakra craze is a bit over the top.  And maybe you can guess what my take on the matter is. Traditional concept of chakras The concept of chakras first emerged in India in the first century BCE, in Hindu and then later… Continue reading Are Chakras Real or Pseudoscience?

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Book Reviews

Book Review: Dealing with Depression

Dealing with Depression: Simple Ways to Get Your Life Back is written by clinical psychologist Jan Marsh.  It offers strategies that readers can use either alone in milder forms of depression or in conjunction with medication or psychotherapy.  The book incorporates concepts from several therapeutic approaches, including cognitive behavioural therapy, acceptance and commitment therapy, and compassion-focused… Continue reading Book Review: Dealing with Depression

Book cover: The handbook for highly sensitive people by Mel Collins
Book Reviews

Book Review: The Handbook for Highly Sensitive People

The Handbook for Highly Sensitive People is written by Mel Collins, who describes herself as a counsellor, spiritual healer, and reiki master, as well as a highly sensitive person (HSP). The book begins with a description of the characteristics of HSPs.  The author explains that they process emotions on a deeper level than others, and tend… Continue reading Book Review: The Handbook for Highly Sensitive People

Psychosocial

What’s God Got to Do With It?

This post is only loosely associated with mental health, but it's a topic I wanted to explore anyway.  I hope that this isn't offensive to anyone, and my intent is not to criticize anyone's belief system. I was raised in an atheist family, and never set foot in a church as a child.  As I… Continue reading What’s God Got to Do With It?

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Wellbeing, What Is... Psychology Series

What Is… Compassion – And Is Too Much Paternalistic?

In this series, I dig a little deeper into the meaning of psychological terms.  This week's term is compassion. I was inspired to write about this after my manager expressed her view that "too much compassion is paternalistic".  She's useless, but I thought I'd take a look at why that statement is so messed up.… Continue reading What Is… Compassion – And Is Too Much Paternalistic?