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2X Top Writer | Canadian Writer & Researcher | Aspiring Therapist | Writing about mental health, psychology, etc. https://linktr.ee/SynthiaS

Narcissism is tied to intention, but not necessarily success.

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I’ve spent a few years working in the business landscape, primarily in the field of human resources. I was an unusual and warm-hearted employee because I harboured a lot of knowledge surrounding psychology, especially in my capacity as an aspiring therapist.

Human resources was a means to an end — it paid the bills, so I took these unexpected opportunities for as long as I could. During my time in the business landscape, I came across a few corporate types who embodied a great deal of power, and with it, a possible sense of narcissism.

For the uninitiated, the American…


It’s more socially acceptable these days.

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I’m an aspiring therapist, and I’m in the practicum portion of my graduate degree, where I get to work in a clinic where there are individuals, couples, and families in need of mental health support. I muse a lot about people and their unique behaviours surrounding relationships — including their parasocial relationships to their idols.

Parasocial relationships are not a new phenomenon. They embody one-sided relationships where a lot of time, energy, interest, and time are set aside for the other person.

Meanwhile, this other person has no idea that another person is looking at them in this regard. It’s…


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. …


It’s surprisingly common, even during the darkest of times.

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It can be immensely troubling when you feel insecure about yourself. Throw in a relationship into the mix, and suddenly the problem is a thousand-fold.

As an aspiring therapist, I’ve seen a lot already, but insecurity is a lot more common than we think.

For example, in relationships, our insecurities may be heightened, even if it is not immediately obvious to the outsider. Our behaviours don’t exist in a vacuum and may fluctuate depending on the mixture of forces within you and outside of you.

Just remember, in a relationship, it takes two people to make it work. If your…


Yes, there is a reason for those unwanted “earworms”.

Photo by Andrea Piacquadio from Pexels — Some songs are often tied to specific milestones and journeys, like commuting to a specific job.

We all have periods of time where songs get stuck in our heads. We have no idea why this is a thing — but sometimes it’s welcoming, and other times, it is downright annoying.

Some people call them earworms, but I dislike this term since it makes me think of literal creepy crawlies inside my ear.

Anyway, if a song you hate is playing on a perpetually endless loop, no matter the time of day, then perhaps there’s a function or reason behind it.

According to researchers at the University of California at Davis (or UC Davis for short), these…


It is found in every demographic and is a recognized medical condition.

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The research studies surrounding eating disorders (ED) often focus on communities that are socioeconomically affluent. In other words, most of these studies examined rich people, and have not always reflected the struggles of the working class person.

However, superseding socioeconomic privilege, eating disorders can still affect the rich and others across the spectrum. Instead, EDs involve paired associations between emotion and food. For example, perhaps people tie excessive joy to food and extreme sadness to ongoing stressors.

In turn, this leads to a turbulent relationship with food, especially when things come across as increasingly dire. …


Musings From the Tired Mind

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There’s often a sadness lurking in the corner of my eye.

I don’t really notice it — I just go through my days in relative and general peace. I am unassuming, with a big smile on my face.

I laugh when others laugh.

I keep myself busy. At first, I tell myself that I need to be absolutely preoccupied, but when I have nothing left to do, I always find something new to keep myself satiated.

Keep busying is never a full-time fix, it’s a gradual and time-consuming process.

Existential dread often surrounds me. It was at its worst as…


Foundational and robust brain connectivity networks are present in infants.

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As we all know, there are many unchartered mysteries surrounding the human brain and how it develops. A study published in the Frontiers in Psychiatry has been able to shed further light surrounding some of the neurobiological origins of our individual traits.

Functional connectivity is a coordinated activity, kind of like a series of telephone wires. Throughout our time and growth, these functional connections will re-adjust and get pruned through the activation and deactivation of certain pathways.

It’s a necessary activity to ensure that our brain has the right amount of information housed inside them. …


There have been many emotional trials and tribulations during this journey.

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I’m an aspiring therapist, and it’s been many years in the making. Where I live, to become a therapist, you have to pursue multiple degrees, overcome the competitive hurdles associated with each degree, pursue additional field training, and many more.

Essentially, to become a therapist you need to have that love for life-long learning, and there are many holes where people can easily fall and not even make it to the next round.

For example, when I was in undergraduate school, it wasn’t good enough to have that great grade, you needed a specific type of voluntary or paid work…


This electric nose was able to teach itself to detect cancer.

Photo by Gustavo Fring from Pexels — Scientists are truly intelligent people.

It’s amazing to think how far science can go, especially when AI is introduced.

According to researchers at the University of Pennsylvania and Penn’s Perelman School of Medicine, they’ve created an AI that can sniff out vapours that emanate from blood samples.

That’s right, it can smell cancer — and it does so with a 90-95% accuracy.

The Penn-developed tool, which uses machine learning and artificial intelligence, deciphers a mixture of volatile organic compounds (VOCs) that emit from the cells found in blood plasma samples.

In turn, it could be seen as a non-invasive way to identify obscure or hard-to-detect…

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