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―Alexander McCall Smith

 

How Can I Be Content When I’m Unsatisfied?

On the Myers-Briggs Type Indicator personality inventory, my type is INFJ. Among other things, this means I struggle with idealistic perfectionism. Here’s a quote from 16 Personalities, describing INFJs like me: “INFJs are all but defined by their pursuit of ideals. While this is a wonderful quality in many ways, an ideal situation is not […]

When It Comes to Mental Illness, Watch Your Language

As a writer, an editor, and an advocate for people affected by mental illness, a few years back, I was deeply encouraged to learn of a new entry in the Associated Press Stylebook, offering guidelines on how to describe and characterize mental illness. As the definitive guide to using language in American journalism, the AP […]

How to Change Your Perspective

Whether or not you realize it, you have experienced the power of a change in perspective. Maybe it was as simple as climbing a mountain or climbing a tree, looking at the landscape below and seeing a broader view of where you have been. Maybe it was looking out an airplane window or watching the […]

A Vision for the Church: A Stigma-Free Zone

I recently talked with my friend Julie Baier, and I wanted you to be able to listen in on our conversation. Julie is devoted to helping people with mental illness and their loved ones receive good support, particularly in and through churches. Julie is the co-founder of a church-based support group, a board member for […]

Why Isn’t Happiness Enough?

Pleasure takes many forms—physical, mental, spiritual, emotional. We have many words for emotional pleasure, including elation, euphoria, delight, bliss, and good cheer. But perhaps the best overarching word for this category of emotion is happiness. And boy, do we place heavy expectations on the shoulders of happiness—far more than it can ever meet. After all, […]

Unsatisfied? Don’t Confuse the Symptom with its Source

I don’t think any of us enjoys being sick. I certainly don’t. But not all forms of sick are created equal. Some are far easier to put up with than others. If I had to rank, by misery level, the symptoms that come along with the everyday bugs that tend to infect relatively healthy humans, […]

We Can All Choose this Antidote to Loneliness

It turns out we hyper-connected people are very lonely. And the youngest adults–arguably the most connected through social media–are the loneliest among us. This may sound counter-intuitive, but it actually makes sense. Check out the video to hear a few thoughts on this–and on one thing we can do about it.

Your Expectations Can Hurt or Heal You

For years, as Denmark has consistently ranked among the happiest countries in the world, people have been speculating on the reasons behind this relatively high level of self-reported happiness. After all, this Scandinavian country doesn’t fit the image most people would form when asked to dream of the place where they might be happiest. Explanations […]

It’s Mental Health Awareness Month, and We’re All in This Together

For a brief period in my life, I worked as an office temp. This was early in my career, when my husband and I moved from Chicago to Denver so he could finish his graduate degrees. Moving had meant quitting my job in publishing, and I was looking for another position in this, my chosen […]

No More Shame on Mother’s Day

When I was 15 years old, a simple trip to the dentist turned into a traumatic and public family crisis. I didn’t know my mom had schizophrenia. I just knew something had stolen the best of her a year before, and she hadn’t been the same since. When she picked me up at school, I […]

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