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Your boundaries are important.

Photo by Steven Su on Unsplash — They’re not always bad, but be careful around them.

Sometimes we operate at a high, where things flow seamlessly. Then, someone comes along and attacks our character for no real reason. Strengthening our boundaries will help us further when we are confronted by these kinds of people.

This is not to say that you don’t have boundaries. On the contrary, we all have boundaries, with some of us operating at varying levels of permeability. Some of us need that little push to maintain that strong momentum, especially across long periods of time.

For someone like myself, a person who is working to become a therapist, I’d like to think…

Canadian Researcher & Writer | MA Candidate in Counselling Psychology | Aspiring Therapist | Crisis Responder

Photo of the writer Synthia when she graduated from her H. BSc. in Biopsychology at a Canadian university.

Hello Medium writers,

My name is Synthia 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. …


Revitalizing old Soviet technology for environmental reasons.

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As more and more companies search for environmentally friendly ways to manufacture products, the tire industry in Germany is looking to create sustainable rubber tires that come from dandelions.

Yes, you heard that correctly.

You see, old methods of rubber cultivation involved this pesky little weed. Specifically, it was called taraxacum kok-saghyz, or TKS for short. It’s a brand of dandelion native to places like Uzbekistan, Kazakhstan, and Kyrgyzstan.

In the 1930s, the Soviet Union discovered and cultivated TKS from Kyrgyzstan. By 1941, TKS supplied at least 30% of all of the USSR’s rubber, and during the Second World War…


It could help out farmers, the supply chain, and the greater world.

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In Rochester, New York, there’s a food-tech startup that has recently developed the technology to preserve food without refrigeration for many months, preventing them from spoiling for a long time. Plus, there no use of artificial preservatives.

This startup is called Farther Farms. The aim of the startup is to ensure that food does not get spoiled, is commercially available, is shelf-stable, does not require freezing, and many more.

Farther Farms developed its technology at Cornell University, a leading food science institution located in Ithaca, New York. …

You can do it.

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There’s a high possibility that I may have narrowly dodged a procrastination loop. You see, I like to do things ahead of time but sometimes things happen. With a short burst of energy last night, I managed to create a tentative outline surrounding an overwhelming task and I’m feeling a lot better today since I covered so much ground between last night and today.

Procrastination can easily sneak up on us, especially when we least expect it. Perhaps we had a full week to work on something, and suddenly, you only have a few hours until something is due.


It’s an exercise in judgement.

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At some point or another, you’ve probably told a lie in your life. Whether it was an unsafe situation where you were forced to lie to a stranger or maybe it was one of those inconsequential white lies, most people do it once in a while.

Even so, that doesn’t mean lies are necessarily right.

It’s one thing if you told a lie because a creepy stranger was being super nosy. Maybe you didn’t want to explain your whole life story to them, which is perfectly fine. …

It’s okay to take breaks sometimes.

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While we’re often wired to have social connections and relationships, we’re a bit limited given the current state of the world. That being said, the threshold for social communication varies from person to person and even virtual correspondence online may be enough to trigger a great deal of fatigue.

Some of us feel incredibly exhausted when we socialize with others. While this is not true for most people, for some of us, we require a little extra self-care to keep ourselves going.

For someone like myself, I often pride myself as being someone who is able to hold the fort…

Exploring 3 Potential Red Flags Behind The Deception

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I’ve always wondered why some people take great lengths to pretend to be someone that they are not — especially when lives are on the line.

The impersonation of physicians is fascinating and strange to me. You see, the path to becoming a proper physician requires a lot of years of dedication and study. Pretending you studied to be one doesn’t make a whole lot of sense. The field is regulated, where records are increasingly digitized, and the likelihood of being ousted is much larger than ever before.

Plus, there’s the whole danger of potentially harming others.

I did a…


You Don’t Know the Full Context

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One of my biggest fears is feeling misunderstood. I think it’s a reasonable and common fear to have since we are multi-faceted beings that cannot be confined to a simple box.

Being sequestered into a box where you do not belong does not sound pleasant and with the right mood, sound, and ambiance, I could present a tragic narrative that might make you cry.

However, I’m not in the emotional space for that, so you’ll have to settle for a passionate ramble tonight.

Time and time again, there are people in my life who feel that I am not doing…

Learning differently is normal.

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I’m an aspiring therapist and I’m working closely with people who have different abilities and talents. As we learn more and more about our brains, you might realize that there are people out there who learn differently.

It’s not that unusual really — we all have our own strengths and weaknesses in the grand scheme of things, so it shouldn’t be much of a shock for most people.

Neurodiversity could continue to be a new norm (or may already be) depending on where you are, whether it is your home, workplace, and/or school. …

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