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Monthly Archive: December 2011

Dec 31 2011

Storytelling

(Or: Massive Annual New Year’s Eve Note, Vol. 5) [TMI Warning] Many psychologists believe that it’s not what happens to us that matters, it’s the stories we tell ourselves about what happens. Some people unfortunately interpret this to mean that we ought to “look on the bright side of life” and “find the silver lining” …

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Dec 28 2011

My Facial Expression is None of Your Business

I am not a cheerful person. I don’t wear my happiness on my face, and I do not consider it my moral duty to brighten the day for perfect strangers. I am an introvert despite the fact that I’m usually pretty friendly and sociable when spoken to. Most of the time, I inhabit a world …

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Dec 21 2011

Death to Debbie Downer

I propose a moratorium on the term “Debbie Downer.” “But whyyyy?” you might argue. “Those negative people are so annoyinggg!” Perhaps. But I think we need to stop using that phrase, for several reasons. The first thing I think of when I hear the phrase “Debbie Downer” in one of the contexts it’s most commonly …

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Dec 19 2011

Yes, We Need Psychiatric Labels

Recently I stumbled upon a Huffington Post article by one Dr. Peter Breggin, who lists himself on HuffPo as a “reformed psychiatrist.” This should’ve told me everything I needed to know, but I read on. The article is titled “Our Psychiatric Civilization” and tries to make the tired point that in this day and age, …

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Dec 17 2011

I Love My Body

[TMI Warning] I’m going to say something women aren’t supposed to say–I love my body. My favorite part of my body are my shoulders. I’m not entirely sure why; it’s an irrational feeling. During the summer I like to show them off as much as possible with halter-top shirts and dresses. I also love my …

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Dec 11 2011

Obama the Patriarch

I usually stay away from commenting on Obama’s presidency because, to be honest, I was just a kid during all the previous presidencies I’ve lived through and really have no comparison to make. However, a recent statement by Obama has caused me to come out of my apolitical cave and rage. After the FDA made …

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Dec 11 2011

How to "Be There" for a Depressed Person

So. I’ve talked about things not to say to a depressed person before. People have often asked me how, then, one should go about it instead. One of the nicest things that ever happen to depressed people is when one of our close friends or family members tells us emphatically that they want to “be there” for …

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Dec 10 2011

Insecurity

[TMI Warning] About five years ago, we read Nathaniel Hawthorne’s The Scarlet Letter in my 10th grade English class. In order to facilitate our understanding of what it must’ve been like for Hester Prynne to walk around with a letter “A” pinned to her clothing, our teacher had us come up with our own biggest flaws …

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Dec 06 2011

The Myth of Everyone

It’s right up there with Santa Claus, the Tooth Fairy, and true love–the Myth of Everyone. The Myth of Everyone is invoked whenever someone attempts to justify their own or someone else’s shitty actions by saying, “Oh, come on, everyone does that.” For instance, my recent article against the Greek system generated arguments that all …

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Dec 03 2011

Why I Oppose the Greek System

This is a post I’ve wanted to write for years now but never have. I thought that writing it would result in my ostracism from society at Northwestern. I no longer think that that’s the case, though even if it were, I don’t really care. So here it finally goes. First, here are some premises …

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