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Why Do We Love to be Scared?

On October 29, 2014, Posted by , In Uncategorized, With No Comments

As Halloween approaches and we are surrounded by haunted houses, zombie corn mazes, Wasco clown sightings, and horror movie marathons, it all begs the question: why do we seek out things that make us feel downright terrified? Why do we root for the “bad guy”? What pleasure exists in fear?…

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 months than during any other season of the year. If…

“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 in regular conversations. Of course, an extremely well-known pop psychology…

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 have schizophrenia and auditory hallucinations, but that is as far…

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 out that a few more of these phenomena exist… Ever…

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 throughout the ages, from curvy to thin, back and forth;…

“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 for some reason we don’t fully understand, we do. Yet,…

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 stylings. I am a firm believer in bringing awareness to…