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Feeling Sad this Time of Year? It Might be SAD (Seasonal Affective Disorder)

As the days get shorter and the nights get longer, you might be starting to feel a bit different than your usual self. Maybe you can’t pinpoint it specifically, but you know you tend to feel worse in the winter…

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“Battle of the Sexes”? Men are from Earth, Women are from… Earth

On October 18, 2014, Posted by , In Counseling,Discrimination,Feminism,Miniroty,Therapy, By , , With No Comments

When it comes to sex and gender, it’s easy to think that we live in a divided world (or separate worlds!). “What do women want?” “What are men really thinking?” It’s a trope commonly employed in movies, television shows, and…

A New Eye- (and Ear-) Opening Perspective on Schizophrenia

As someone who hasn’t ever had schizophrenia, I honestly don’t know what it is like to hear voices. (Just to clarify, not every person who has schizophrenia hears voices, but it is a common symptom.) I’ve worked with clients who…

Lavender Ceilings and Glass Escalators: Not Just Stylish Design Terms

The glass ceiling is a phenomenon that most people have some general idea about: the effects of systematic gender discrimination in male-dominated workplaces that limit women’s abilities to be promoted or rise in rank throughout the company. Well, it turns…

Body-Shaming and Fat-Shaming: The Cultural Climate

Beauty standards are getting increasingly higher and higher (or should I say, thinner and thinner?). Attractiveness, by societal standards, has always relied on aesthetically pleasing features such as facial symmetry. However, what is deemed an attractive body type has changed…

“Guilty Pleasure”: A Lesson in Mindfulness in Language Usage

On May 15, 2014, Posted by , In Uncategorized, With No Comments

You’ve heard the phrase, most likely concerning watching a vapid reality TV show or listening to an infectious pop singer: “That’s my guilty pleasure.” We all know what it means – we know we shouldn’t like this particular thing, but…

The Power of Language in Popular Music

On May 15, 2014, Posted by , In Uncategorized, With No Comments

Chances are, you’ve probably heard Robin Thicke’s inexplicably famous song “Blurred Lines”. There’s probably a slimmer chance that you’ve listened attentively to the lyrics. Sometimes popular songs can hide malicious, detrimental, or flat-out inexcusable lyrics between catchy melodies and voice…