How Affectionate Are You? — Mental Health @ Home

Google offers this definition for affectionate: “readily feeling or showing fondness or tenderness.” Some people are more affectionate than others, and not everyone shows they care in the same ways. I thought it might be fun to chat about our own affectionateness tendencies. I’m an affectionate little bean, particularly in writing. In person, I’m a […]

How Affectionate Are You? — Mental Health @ Home

Why We don’t Talk about our Trauma — Survivors Blog Here Mental Health Collaborative

Originally posted on Don’t Lose Hope : “Own everything that has happened to you. Tell your stories. If people wanted you to write warmly about them, they should have behaved better.” – Anne Lamont There are so many reasons why we keep it to ourselves. Why we choose not to talk about the things that…

Why We don’t Talk about our Trauma — Survivors Blog Here Mental Health Collaborative

I Was Raped At Nine Years Old — — Survivors Blog Here Mental Health Collaborative

I was 9 years old when four boys I knew invited me in for a soda. This was nothing new for any of my friends so I didn’t think anything about it. Once in we had a coke and began to shoot the breeze. What happened next was not expected.    All four boys grabbed […] […]

I Was Raped At Nine Years Old — — Survivors Blog Here Mental Health Collaborative

Illusions of Normal: How Well Do We Know What Others Think? — Mental Health @ Home

This post explores some of the issues that came up in Todd Rose’s book Collective Illusions, which I reviewed a few months ago. Collective illusions are the social norms and expectations that we think everyone else agrees with, when in reality, most people don’t privately agree with those norms and expectations. Yet we’re hardwired to […]

Illusions of Normal: How Well Do We Know What Others Think? — Mental Health @ Home

Reacting to Hurt: A Decision Tool — Mental Health @ Home

If you’re anything like me, when someone close to you does something that feels hurtful, there’s a strong urge (sometimes a very strong urge) to react in a way that’s driven by that hurt. That reaction isn’t necessarily appropriate or useful, though, and sometimes it can involve some pretty dumb shit. I came up with […]

Reacting to Hurt: A Decision Tool — Mental Health @ Home