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My name is Synthia Satkuna and I’m a female in her mid-twenties who is born and raised in Canada. My cultural ancestry is Sri Lankan. Currently, I’m doing my second rodeo of graduate school in Counselling Psychology. I have plans to potentially become a therapist in the future.
For a bit of context, I did my Bachelor’s degree in Biopsychology and did my first master’s degree in Developmental Psychology. …
As an aspiring therapist in Canada and as a female undergoing her second rodeo of graduate school, I’ve had many opportunities to work closely with people who had undergone a variety of distressing situations, including power differentials, miscommunication, gaslighting, and many more.
While I have written about gaslighting in the past, I wanted to explore the topic from other angles, especially if you’re unable to escape such situations right away.
Gaslighting can be a slow-burner type of situation, where the gaslighter doubts the veracity of another’s person claims, even if those claims are logically sound.
After a while, gaslighting can cause even the greatest and smartest of people to doubt their sanity and question their sense of identity, normalcy, and self-worth. …
I’m spending a lot of time thinking about my own emotions and the emotions of others, especially as I work towards becoming a therapist in my area. While I’m in the second rodeo of graduate school, I have worked and volunteered closely with vulnerable individuals in the past.
A lot of times, we have friends who are battling a myriad of problems of their own. Whether it is the aftermath of them losing a loved one, or just simply a dark cloud that has seemingly appeared out of nowhere, it worries us when our friends are in a bad place.
We are their friends after all, and we care for them in ways that no one else is going to understand. …
I’ve been thinking a lot lately about the hypercritical focus you need when you’re expressing views online. You’re facing a global audience, one that embodies many cultures, ideologies, and landscapes.
As such, the views we often express to the physical outside world are usually grounded by our immediate surroundings, such as our local laws and cultural norms.
Once we question our lines of thinking, we start to peruse the internet and other equally savvy resources to make sense of the wider, and global picture.
More often than not, minor bouts of anxiety are present when anyone posts anything remotely viral. Someone could send a Tweet with a rather simple smiley face with 10,000 likes — and somehow it will devolve into a debate where a bunch of people are arguing about the bourgeoisie. …
As the days rage onward, most of us are spending our time indoors. With it, comes the responsibility or urge to re-organize almost everything in our house.
Even if you’re not really the type to re-organize or clean up that often, the temptation is still there. After all, you’re spending more time within increasingly closed quarters, and you might have more time than usual to scrutinize your own organization system.
Re-organizing our spaces improves overall efficiency and productivity in our individual or collectivistic pursuits, especially if items are strategically placed in the places where we need them the most.
Here are some suggestions for specifically repurposing your drawer. …
Music is a big part of many of our lives. When we go through the trials and tribulations of a particularly traumatic circumstance, we might find ourselves hunkered down, listening to a song that encapsulates how we feel.
We might be feeling exceptionally well at times also, riding on a temporary high and appreciating that positive bubble while it lasts.
We might listen to a whimsical tune or two, amplifying or maintaining those feelings of momentary euphoria, and you’re able to carry on with your day, motivated to keep going.
Either way, music is noted to be an incredibly creative way for our brains to process and understand information, especially when such information is emotionally charged and imprinted in our minds in the years that follow. …
From childhood, I’ve often annoyed and amused my parents by asking many questions about the state of the world. This was slightly before the “Let’s-Google-That” era, so my parents couldn’t exactly pull up a snazzy and slim smartphone and show me detailed answers, complete with receipts and interactive diagrams.
Instead, they had to make up stuff based on their well-educated guesses about the state of the world. I mean, they both studied hard across many disciplines, and it was best that they could do given the circumstance.
“Mommy, why do people do this thing but not that other thing?”
“Oh honey, it might because a long ways back, society did this other separate thing which led to this current thing. They got rid of the alternate thing so that’s universally accepted…
When we’re continuously stressed, we often have a greater tendency to remember the contents of our dreams. In a sense, this means that our dreams can closely resemble the things that are the most applicable to our realities, such as our jobs and our duties.
I could also argue that the dream is an evolutionary adaptation by presenting itself as a virtual simulation centre, where one overcomes the banalities and excitements of life. It’s essentially a training centre for when the times get tough.
Dreams are often argued to be the reason why we’re able to make decisions rather quickly — because we just went through a similar theoretical permutation in our brain as practice. …
Across the lifespan, we continuously cultivate a myriad of skills and pieces of knowledge. A lot of this knowledge stems from our social interactions across individuals, peers, family, and teams, even in virtual contexts.
From these experiences, we internalize new items, integrate them into our own reserves, and then grow onwards towards new engagements.
While the term “empathy” might be casually used by the masses, not a lot of people understand what this term truly encompasses.
You might see business leaders telling others to be empathetic towards others. The business leader wants to make sure that you have successfully secured a business deal with partners from another culture with no major snafus. …
I’m a counselling student in Canada pursuing her second rodeo of graduate school. The views being expressed here are just a mere soundboard as I try to make sense of the wider world.
It can be pretty overwhelming finding a source of therapy and care that is specific to your needs. Sometimes, we know what we want but we are unable to physically attain a specific service, whether it is through substantial financial loss or not being in close proximity to a specific professional.
Perhaps your desired therapist is miles away. You find yourself researching for credible online therapies instead and a website presents itself as a texting-based therapeutic service. …