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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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Cancelling Cancel Culture

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Cancelling Cancel Culture

In today’s world, online activism has become a big part of our social media feeds and activity.. A part of online activism also means being responsible for the opinions and thoughts that we voice.. Social media platforms like Twitter, Reddit and Instagram are known for their open debates and conversations about different socio-political issues – from the left vs right wing to Beyonce – we discuss it all! Fortunately, unlike newspapers that only put out some opinions, an online platform gives all users the space, capability and autonomy to speak up. The #MeToo movement highlighted the effective outcomes of the...

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Binge Watching?

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Binge Watching?

“It was so bad that I couldn’t stop watching it”, Anita exclaimed as we chatted over our Netflix binge, The Fabulous Lives of Bollywood Wives. I’m guilty of watching shows that I dislike, it feels almost like I’m stuck to it like a toxic relationship, I want to walk away but cannot. It’s like when Bhavna went for an energy facelift, I found it ridiculous, but couldn’t help but sit through the entire episode. Despite the limitless options available on Netflix, Amazon and other streaming services I still find myself sucked in the rabbit hole of bad shows. What makes...

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Fleabag: Loss, Grief & Mental Health

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Fleabag: Loss, Grief & Mental Health

(There are no major spoilers in this article – I promise!)Many of us have recently grasped the concept of a wavy line representing mental health and its progress – understanding that progress is never straightforward, it has constant ups and downs. But in the media we consume today, the depiction of mental health, and concepts like loss, trauma and grief are always shown as ‘a period of time’ of sadness, before the character is back to their ‘normal’ selves usually by having a revelation to ‘learn and do better’. Media gives us an overview of pain or sadness as feelings...

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