Finding the Words: How naming personal strengths helps us grow into ourselves

For most of my life I have been fascinated with language. In college I am currently an English Education major with a Writing minor. I’ve spent dedicated time studying linguistics and reading books about the role of language in different relationships, cultures, and contexts. Yet for years I have been unable to find words I …

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Different Ways to Address Mental Health Challenges (as Non-professionals)

The entire mental health community of professionals and advocates will say that the top priority when providing aid to someone in crisis is to reassure them and provide hope. No matter what type of professional assistance or service that they might need, the basis of this kind of service is always comforting, strengthening, and bearing …

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The Different Causes of Mental Health Challenges

There are three major factors or influences attributed to causing or exacerbating mental illnesses that researchers have identified: psychological factors, social and environment factors, and biological factors.   First, psychological factors typically encompass early adverse experiences. These include but are not limited to abuse, neglect, abandonment, early loss, assault, or any major trauma that is …

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On just about every wall of the buildings at my university was a flyer for ACR (Acceptance, Communication, Respect) Homes. At the bottom were cuts with little slips of paper that you could rip off with information on how to apply. Like most students, I had walked by these flyers hundreds of times without stopping …

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The phrase “Empathy vs. Sympathy” is a phrase that may or not be familiar to you. Moreover, many people are confused by the slight differences between empathy and sympathy. I know I have spent a lot of time and effort trying to piece my way through them. Here is my understanding of the difference. Imagine …

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