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Me vs. We

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Me vs. We

As a perpetually single person, everyone around me (and my spookily curated feed) has constantly told me one thing: I need to love myself first. In fact, they sometimes push it to a more brazen ‘Don't care about what others are saying, be your own person.’ (but that’s also supplemented with a quick ‘love will find you when you least expect it’. Yeah, I know it’s a paradox.) While a part of me always thought this was at least 60% BS, an instance from Bojack Horseman hit the mark dead centre. In the scene, Mr Peanutbutter is talking to his...

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Swindler Science: A Therapist's Thoughts about Tinder Swindler

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Swindler Science: A Therapist's Thoughts about Tinder Swindler

  This is not (primarily) a Netflix review, this is a psychologist spiralling into a series of “why’s” and “what if’s” about the world of manipulation through online dating.  Ever since I joined Facebook in 2007 (yes, I’m that old), the term Catfishing has been doing the rounds with various research studies conducted to understand this phenomenon. In fact, this widespread discussion on catfishing has made us conscious of online users. Now, we don’t just Google search but extensively deepdive to ensure the details of the person are legit before we set up our first meeting (or fall hopelessly in...

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Why I Think New Year Resolutions Are Stupid

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Why I Think New Year Resolutions Are Stupid

Here’s the thing. Resolutions are ‘usually’ sincere — people don't say to themselves ‘I want to take a half-baked stab at being better.’ People DO want to quit smoking. They DO want to get that revenge bod. They DO want to have a house, and get a better paying job, and save for retirement. But you need to know that choosing a single day to start a major life change isn't logical. 

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Are Serial Killers Born Or Made?

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Are Serial Killers Born Or Made?

(TW: Mention of abuse and violence.) (This blog is in no way justifying the acts of criminals but simply trying to understand the various reasons that can lead to them.) In 1963, psychiatrist J.M. Macdonald published the triad of sociopathy. It indicates that behaviours of animal cruelty, arson and bed-wetting in childhood can apparently determine whether the child will grow up to be a criminal or a serial killer. Macdonald believed that all three of these signs were a result of physical and/or emotional neglect. Children who were cruel to animals (or set fire) were venting their feelings of aggression...

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There's An Answer To Your Social Dilemma

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There's An Answer To Your Social Dilemma

Our blog on the Social Dilemma speaks about how social media is a tool which reflects the user’s choices and projections. There is no denying that this all-pervasive medium has an impact on our well being and taking control of it can therefore help us avoid the loneliness, rejection and compassion fatigue it might bring into our lives. What can taking control look like? The Enlightenment Realise that sounds, words and visuals can have a massive impact on our perception. In order to create stories that sell, news sources play on their audiences’ emotions. If the news makes you anxious but you...

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