And So On...

Lover of music, art, psychology, literature...among other things
breezygr:

RIP Robin Williams. I grew up watching your face light up the screen and put smiles on my face and it makes me so sad that even you fell because of depression. But it happens to so many people. You were an extremely special performer. You will be missed.
It’s extremely important we begin to take depression seriously. Like what the hell are we doing, guys? Why is mental health continuously brushed off? Let’s stop making depression jokes and let’s stop making people feel bad for being depressed or have anxiety for that matter. Let’s start taking it seriously and let’s stop avoiding a friend who has depression just because it makes you feel uncomfortable. The least you can do is encourage them, encourage their mind, encourage their strength. Do not ignore them.

breezygr:

RIP Robin Williams. I grew up watching your face light up the screen and put smiles on my face and it makes me so sad that even you fell because of depression. But it happens to so many people. You were an extremely special performer. You will be missed.

It’s extremely important we begin to take depression seriously. Like what the hell are we doing, guys? Why is mental health continuously brushed off? Let’s stop making depression jokes and let’s stop making people feel bad for being depressed or have anxiety for that matter. Let’s start taking it seriously and let’s stop avoiding a friend who has depression just because it makes you feel uncomfortable. The least you can do is encourage them, encourage their mind, encourage their strength. Do not ignore them.

(Source: anamorphosis-and-isolate)

Finding: Reading literature enhances empathy and understanding

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Here’s an easy fix to social awkwardness — reading! A recent study found that participants assigned short excerpts of literary fiction scored consistently high on tests measuring empathy or social intelligence. The theory is that literary fiction gets you to imagine the thoughts and emotions of complex characters — which exercises and strengthens your empathy muscles, boosting your ability to navigate real relationships in the real world. 

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Well I’m a counselor and I love to read. Thanks to all my favorite authors who may have shaped my life more than I realized.