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Re-envisioning Self-Care Jun 16th, 2020

Self-care is a topic that can readily provoke cognitive dissonance (an internal conflict occurring when new knowledge contradicts an existing belief). On one hand, self-care is known to be important (Skovholt & Trotter-Mathison, 2014). Though it may be particularly essential for health care providers, self-care practices contribute to well-being for...

The Power or Language (part 2) Jun 3rd, 2020

At a fundamental level, speaking and language have an immense impact on how we relate to others. In a previous article, I discussed the power of words, highlighting in particular the materiality and structuring power of language. Within these constructs, I presented words as both substantial (i.e., able to make...

The Power of Language (part 1) May 26th, 2020

Words are powerful. While this is not breaking news, there is often little consideration given to the effects of language and how it is used. Further, beyond one’s intentions in using certain words to communicate in a positive or negative manner, those words can be interpreted in radically different ways....

Understanding Fear and Anxiety May 12th, 2020

Have you ever had an experience that left you feeling frozen in fear? Perhaps there was an important decision to make, but the idea of choosing either path felt dizzying. To understand these types of experiences and what to do with them, it is essential to understand what makes a...

Emotional Trauma and Haunted Houses Feb 29th, 2020

"One need not be a chamber to be haunted, one need not be a house; the brain has corridors surpassing material place" - Emily Dickinson In numerous cultures since antiquity, ghosts have captivated our attention. At present, from scaring children and adults on Halloween to televised paranormal investigations, the concept...