Hello Medium writers,
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. …
On the surface, I act like things don’t bother me and people are always amazed that I somehow seem relatively composed, even during the worst of times. This isn’t really the case.
I’ve probably climbed a lot of colossal and jagged mountains to get to my current state, all the while putting on the visage like those things never happened.
Forget the metaphorical scrapes and bruises, it’s hidden away by really great makeup and a funny sense of humour.
It’s gotten to the point that I momentarily forget about some of the mountains I’ve climbed, and people end up surprised when they catch me making a comment alluding to a specific mountain. …
I’ve been writing for Medium for only a handful of months, managing to create a steady but immersive writing portfolio. I originally made a reading account back in 2018, but I didn’t really use this site much because I had a full-time work commitment.
Then, 2020 happened. Work vanished, as did other prospective opportunities. I fell back onto graduate school studies, just as I had done when working, and spent more time volunteering. I ended up re-discovering this website again, writing stuff here and there.
I didn’t really expect much and I still don’t.
Recently, I’ve managed to get a few articles published in more notable Medium publications, such as Wholistique, Curious, and The Startup. I even scored some curations, which was pretty sweet. …
The way we communicate with others has significantly changed over the years. With the increased reliance on online conference calls, it’s easy to lose sight of regular human interaction.
While it’s easy to stay connected with others online, such as with friends, it sometimes feels like a very different story when you’re doing a conference call with strangers for the very first time.
For example, let’s say you’re starting a new job next year. Perhaps because of the circumstances in your area, an informal meeting is happening in the comfort of your own home.
However, it can feel pretty awkward and nerve-wracking when meeting other faces. Perhaps they have hundreds of accolades and honours. Perhaps they have patents and have produced infamous scholarly works that have been featured on the news. …
As we all know, it’s always good to help others in need. During times like these, it can be incredibly challenging, especially with the additional hurdles that 2020 has presented.
From a young age, we often have a lot of lessons that teach us about morality. We generally apply them to our everyday lives, and usually, we emulate parts of these skills well into adulthood.
It’s easy to lose such fundamental skills, especially when we’re surrounded by toxic people who almost always make us forget. …
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.
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. …