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Kate Donovan

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Date registered: September 2, 2012

Biography

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. Home is Where The Redirect Link Leads — June 23, 2014
  2. Teen Attends University, Can Now Tell You Her Experience Fits Erikson’s Developmental Model for Early Adulthood — June 2, 2014
  3. Monday Miscellany: New Data, Negative Results, Innate Differences — June 2, 2014
  4. Optimism, Priming — May 29, 2014
  5. Can Can Can — May 27, 2014

Most commented posts

  1. In Which Our Narrator Strikes Out On Her Own — 35 comments
  2. In Which Scary Things Happened, Decisions Were Made, And I Didn’t Blog — 24 comments
  3. Falling in Love With People — 21 comments
  4. Some Thoughts for The Therapist I’ll Be (Part 1) — 18 comments
  5. The Social Psychology of Sportsball — 17 comments

Author's posts listings

May 18 2014

Bayesian Bigots, Bad Charts, Bias: Adventures in Scientific Journals

Bones

As I finish up my quarter (three papers, one debate, one exam, and a very long packing list left!) I’m flipping through old papers. Here a few of the oddities: Bayesian Bigot? Statistical Discrimination, Stereotypes, and Employer Decision Making A serious paper, despite the odd title. In short, curious researchers decide to do a series of …

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May 17 2014

128 Days

Sometimes I remember that I counted down 128 days until I moved to Chicago. That day 96 was so bad I remember thinking 96, 96, 96. 95 and a half. That I showed up with almost no social skills, no idea how to hold a conversation, no idea how to make friends, and I learned …

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May 14 2014

Falling In Love With People

[One of my most popular posts from early in the creation of this blog.] I think one of my favorite things about people is how they light up when you find exactly the right thing that they love to talk about. Sometimes it’s people–the friends who accomplished something, the family that’s visiting in a few …

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May 13 2014

Help-Seeking and Status

Image credit: Rhoda Baer, National Cancer Institute

[Related to How to Be a Good Depressive Citizen, this tumblr post and also this one] I want to talk about something that plays out in the communities I love. But first, I want to talk about schizophrenia.* —- There’s this feature of the onset schizophrenia that makes it extraordinarily hard to treat. We call …

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May 12 2014

The [....]‘s Guide to Getting a Therapist Masterpost

I ran a series last week about the finnicky steps of getting a therapist. This is the masterpost, with links to every part of the series. It will end up as a new tab on the top of every G&H page as well. The [....]‘s Guide to Getting a Therapist: Getting Started The [....]‘s Guide …

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May 12 2014

Monday Miscellany: Wendy Darling, Developmental Psych, Depp

1. “Give me princesses who ride around, slaying dragons, or mounting them and claiming the sky.” Imagine this: Wendy Darling becomes a pilot as soon as she comes of age, because she was always going to find a way to fly, and night after night sitting by the windowsill never got her anywhere other than the …

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May 11 2014

The [......]’s Guide to Getting a Therapist: Miscellaneous

<< Previous Post: Your First Session Part IV: In which forgotten things are unforgotten. I am not a therapist! However, lots of people ask me a lot of the time about getting therapy, and are often willing to keep me updated on what worked and what didn’t. This four-part guide, which is essentially the sum total …

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May 10 2014

The [......]’s Guide to Getting a Therapist: Your First Session

<< Previous Post: Reaching Out Part III: In which couches are sat upon, forms are filled out, and intake is had. I am not a therapist! However, lots of people ask me a lot of the time about getting therapy, and are often willing to keep me updated on what worked and what didn’t. This four-part …

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May 09 2014

The [......]’s Guide to Getting a Therapist: Reaching Out

<< Previous Post: Getting Started Part II: In which emails are sent, scripts are given, and therapists are contacted. I am not a therapist! However, lots of people ask me a lot of the time about getting therapy, and are often willing to keep me updated on what worked and what didn’t. This four-part guide, which …

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May 08 2014

The [....]’s Guide to Getting a Therapist: Getting Started

Fun fact: searching around for creative commons licensed couches results in lots of couches on fire. Is this a Thing?

Part One: In which potential therapists are found, modalities are defined, adjectives are adverb-ed, nouns are verbed, and info is dumped. I am not a therapist! However, lots of people ask me a lot of the time about getting therapy, and are often willing to keep me updated on what worked and what didn’t. This four-part …

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