Psychology of “13 Reasons Why” Episode 1

The new Netflix series, “13 Reasons Why,” based on a popular young adult novel by Jay Asher with the same title, has created a lot of controversy. Some critics have deemed the show inappropriate for teens. While it is true that the show can be triggering for some viewers, I believe that it provides a powerful insight into a possible scenario of what might cause a teenager to die by suicide and can serve to help facilitate important conversation topics.

Warning: Spoilers ahead

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The effects of self fat-shaming

“You are so fat!” “You’re disgusting!” Who is going to love you if you look like that?” “How can he stand looking at you with your disgusting stomach and your double chin?”

These were just a few of the many things I used to say to myself. The irony was that the more depressed I felt, the more I shamed myself. Read More



Harry Potter Therapy

Hello, you wonderful people. I hope your New Year is off to a wonderful start.

I am honored and humbled by your outpouring of support of “Superhero Therapy“. I am thrilled an excited to be working on a few more geeky psychology projects, one of them being a self-help ‘Harry Potter Therapy’ book, which I am planning to make available for free.

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Publishing my first book

Writing a book was a dream of mine ever since I learned how to read. I was 3 when I was devouring children’s books. My health destroyed by the Chernobyl radiation, I was not allowed to watch television due to migraines and seizures. Often too sick to go to school, books were both my entertainment and my friends. And I swore that one day I would write one.  Read More



Finding courage after bullying

Bullying affects many people every single day. People around the world are being emotionally and physically tortured, many of them taking their own lives. Some research studies suggest that a history of bullying can make the individual more likely to develop depression, anxiety, or posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD), eating disorders, substance abuse, chronic pain, or other disorders.

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When “Weird” Means Wonderful in the Accountant

Guest post: Harpreet Malla, M.A.

When my two greatest passions, movies and mental health, intersect, I become very excited. Especially when it is done well. I was invited to a pre-screening of director Gavin O’Connor’s The Accountant, written by Bill Dubuque, and while I expected a good thriller, I did not expect a genre-fluid, well-rounded portrayal of someone with tendencies of Asperger’s Syndrome. Note that the portrayal is sensationalized for entertainment purposes, but still retains value in its complex look at its characters and their unique struggles. The following review will explore themes of mental health in The Accountant, and as always with my writing, do so with minimal spoilers so you can save the treat of watching it for yourself and draw your own conclusions. The following will contain details that will not spoil any plot points moreso than viewing the trailer (see link below) or first fifteen minutes of the movie would.

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Dream Loot Crate

What if you could design your very own dream Loot Crate? What would it contain?

Given my profession and my work with Superhero Therapy, I wanted to put together an idea for a potential Loot Crate, one which could help people in managing their Dementors of depression and their boggarts of anxiety while helping them connect with their superhero potential. Here’s what I came up with.

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Star Wars Challenge: Use the Force

Connecting with the Force includes a certain kind of practice – the practice of mindfulness. This means noticing how you are feeling and what is going on around you in real time. Most of the time we are in a rush, overwhelmed, and stuck inside our own minds. So then, how can we practice using the Force? Read More