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“Like a mermaid, I fear shallow living, not death.”

Fancy seeing you here! I am 24 years old and currently completing a MSc. in Psychology.

I developed my interest in psychology and self-improvement by trying to figure my own problems out and find direction in life.

I know what it’s like to see no way out of despair but I also know what it’s like to pull yourself out of it.

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Experiencing a difficult upbringing created my relentless desire to understand where inner peace and the ability to thrive comes from. …


Current conditions match prerequisites for lasting trauma

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Disclosure: I am not a trauma specialist, but I’ve studied the concept through my MSc. in Psychology and available research.

We are living under a traumatic cloud whose arrival was unexpected and departure is unknown. Despite the analogy when I say traumatic, it isn’t clickbait.

The way our lives have been turned upside down mirrors what can cause permanent psychological trauma.

Only we are experiencing it collectively.

Like you, I’ve been forced into rapid change that affects every part of my life.

When so much is out of my control, how can I maximize my chances of emerging healed and…


Using only pen and paper

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Disclosure: I am not a licensed therapist, but I have experience of the concept through my MSc. in Psychology and lived experience.

Without awareness of our shadow and how it can unconsciously run our lives, we confuse our behaviors for who we are. — Carl Jung, 1930

I could be competent, kind, caring, and compassionate, but when lost in my triggers and reactions, the only thing visible is how I’m struggling.

I had to dig deep inside myself and acknowledge my shadow in order to move past my struggles. …


Doing Carl Jung’s shadow work gives life-altering insight

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Disclosure: I am not a licensed therapist, but I have experience of the concept through my MSc. in Psychology and lived experience.

Negative feelings rarely go away because you want them to. They often don’t vanish because you’re not getting to the root of what’s causing them.

You can however break destructive cycles of thoughts and behaviors through shadow work.

This post covers how to do it and part two details my experience.

What is shadow work?

“Sometimes we need to go into our darkness to shine our greatest light.”

Famed psychiatrist, Carl Jung, is credited…


How I am keeping my standards high whilst dropping my perfectionism

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The best thing to happen to me recently was when my computer died, and I lost 12,000 words.

The document was only supposed to be 2,000 words, and I had been at it for over a week. Each word I added prolonged its editing but I felt like I could not stop.

Until I was forced to stop when it was deleted.

For the first time, I could see what perfectionism was doing to me. An immense pressure lifted as I was forced to rethink my approach. …

Katie Boland

Even an upward spiral has a rock bottom. MSc. Psychology student passionate about mental wealth.

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