Kate Donovan

Author's details

Date registered: September 2, 2012


Kate is a psychology student at Northwestern University who runs on coffee and snark. At some point she'd like to make people sit on couches and tell her about their feelings, but right now she writes on the internet and makes silly faces when she doesn't know what to say. An incorrigible optimist, she likes to knit, juggle, and will devour any book in reach. Questions? You can reach her at donovanable[at]gmail[dot]com.

Latest posts

  1. A List of Arbitrary Length: True Brain Facts — July 5, 2013
  2. Monday Miscellany — June 24, 2013
  3. Proposed: That We’d Just Be Better Off If We Forgot About That Flying Spaghetti Monster Stuff — June 20, 2013
  4. Monday Miscellany: Chronic Pain, Brains, & Beauty — June 17, 2013
  5. How to Be the ‘Right’ Kind of Crazy — June 11, 2013

Most commented posts

  1. When You Tie Shootings to Mental Illness — 315 comments
  2. You are Not His Mother — 163 comments
  3. Proposed: That We’d Just Be Better Off If We Forgot About That Flying Spaghetti Monster Stuff — 124 comments
  4. A National Database of the Mentally Ill — 57 comments
  5. How to Be the ‘Right’ Kind of Crazy — 52 comments

Author's posts listings

May 05 2013

[Blogathon] Say Hi to Ally Fogg!

So this is a cheater post because I’m on a bus with spotty wifi at best, no place to put my laptop, and an overactive heater. BUT You should go check out Heteronormative Patriarchy for Men, written by the lovely brilliant Ally Fogg. He’s our latest arrival to FtB, and would probably like some shiny …

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May 05 2013

[Blogathon] Wildly Inappropriate Things to Say to People With Eating Disorders

1. But you’re not skinny! I swear to god, you’d think daring to have an eating disorder while not being rail skinny was the equivalent of wandering around yelling “I WAS MURDERED” while still breathing. No. Staaaahp. 2. But if you don’t think you’re thin enough, what does that make me?! Bad at understanding mental …

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May 05 2013

[Blogathon] 6 Reasons to Own a Rat


I’m posting every hour on the hour until 6pm for SSAWeek! Have something you want me to write about? Donate $20 or more to the Secular Student Alliance and tweet me! It’s virtually impossible to follow me on any social media and not know I own a rat named Boo. Been considering getting one yourself? You totally should. 1. …

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May 05 2013

[Blogathon] Your Jerkbrain is a Puppy & Coping With Anxiety

Look at this face. Would you yell at this face?

I’m posting every hour on the hour until 6pm for SSAWeek! This post was suggested by William Brinkman. Have something you want me to write about? Donate $20 or more to the Secular Student Alliance and tweet me! An Exercise in Imperfect Analogies Treat your jerkbrain like a puppy. Do you scream when your fuzzy pup pees a little on …

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May 05 2013

[Blogathon] Bimodal Personalities and the Myers-Briggs


[Part 1 of a topic suggested by @mmace134] The Myers-Briggs Personality Test is very, very popular. It’s used as a predictor of career paths, of relationship styles, of leadership ability. Basically, you take the test and answer a bunch of questions like “Do you enjoy having a wide circle of acquaintances?” (To which you can only …

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May 05 2013

[Pre-Blogathon] Of Dinosaurs and Saddles


Part of the reason I’ve been so inactive on the internet recently is that the indomitable Louise (@spa_yedimonster) and I spent part of this week in Kentucky at a certain museum (hint: it involves creationism) you may recognize… …for a women’s conference. A full write-up (with pictures!) will be appearing over at Friendly Atheist shortly. …

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May 02 2013

Blogathonning on Sunday!

This Sunday, I’m going to be blogathonning from 10am-6pm for SSA Week. Every hour, on the hour, I’ll be posting a new post! Also blogging will be Chana Messinger and Mike Mei. All posts will be written in the hour they publish, though I will be trying to clear out some topics from my Drafts …

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Apr 29 2013

Monday Miscellany

Bitchtopia has a story you’ve heard before, written beautifully. [Content note: suicide, self-harm, abuse] Just because a story is difficult to tell, does not mean it should not be heard. Unfortunately, this story is neither unique nor rare. The odds of you having heard it before are high, perhaps you’ve even heard this one. But …

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Apr 28 2013

For Best Results, Trust in God and Use Large Sample Sizes

Belief in treatment credibility and expectancy of success across levels of belief in God.

Earlier this week, Crommunist pointed me to this article in The Atlantic, People Who Believe in God are More Responsive to Treatment of Depression. And ohhh boy do I have feelings and crinkly skeptic eyebrows. [As a side note, I’d like to thank The Atlantic for putting a link to the original research in their footnotes. Nice touch, actually …

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Apr 22 2013

Your ED Friend: Six Years Later

A photographer friend took this for me--a lasting reminder that I can be happy in this body.

[Obvious TW is really glaringly obvious.] “I had an eating disorder.” “I guessed.” We were juniors, boyfriend and girlfriend, officially. Up late and texting, doing that flirting thing where you demand each others deepest secrets and pretend you’re giving yours away. Except I did give mine away. “I had an eating disorder.” I was lying, of …

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