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A double standard is “a rule or principle which is unfairly applied in different ways to different people or groups.” Oftentimes, double standards are applied subconsciously and most people aren’t aware that they are doing this. Cognitive biase
Reframing is a way for us to broaden our perspectives, consider an alternative, and extend compassion to others and ourselves. It can be challenging to do at the moment but with practice, it gets easier - even if it's in hindsight. In this epis
"I don't wanna do anything" comes up from time to time. I don't want to go to the gym, eat healthily, read my book, do my work...I don't want to do anything. I had a break from releasing an episode because I was going through this. I was feelin
I have completed my graduate degree!!! After two years of writing papers, having awkward mock therapy sessions, and then transitioning into actually providing therapy for the past eight months, I'm so excited to be done with school (for now). I
It's fair to be skeptical about something you haven't tried before or something that you don't see results or changes right away. In this episode, Elaine and I share our different perspectives about therapy and we hope to help you decide if it'
Being a new dad (or parent) is already hard enough but when you mix in a pandemic, looking for work, generational gaps, and countless other challenges, it makes it so much harder. Kenald shares about what it's been like to be a new dad and how
One of my goals with Fundamentally Human is to break down barriers to receive support as well as provide more context for mental health challenges to reduce the negative stigma as much as possible. Jason Hsieh of Lakikid shares his personal exp
Have you ever had a fantasy about someone you don't know? Maybe you felt connected to a vlogger, streamer, or celebrity. Repeated exposure to media and online figures can develop into a parasocial relationship, where one can develop illusions o
If you told me that I would be driving again (and owning a car) nine years ago, I would be laughing in disbelief. But...here we are! This episode documents some of the thoughts and feelings after driving again and how I've been doing my own ver
Many of us have probably heard the term "new normal" being used in the last couple of years to describe how the pandemic has shifted our lives. It has changed our expectations and understanding of the world as well as our routines and structure
Growing up first-generation Chinese-Canadian was quite confusing for my younger self. Between the strict traditions my parents upheld and navigating the Western world, I was constantly conflicted with my identity. As I got older, I became more
My first four months as a psychotherapist intern are almost over and this episode explores the common themes I've heard from clients and a reflection of my work.  Check out the blog here: https://shirvin.ca/blog/reflections_first_months_psychot
Have you noticed how the fall and wintertime have impacted your mood? Perhaps you've felt dread waking up to darkness to go to work or school and knowing that you'll be leaving for home in the dark, too. In this episode, I explain the psycholog
When we think about staying balanced, we might picture a balance beam and trying to stand on our tiptoes but always live in the constant fear of falling or toppling over. In this episode, I share about what I've been up to and how I've been try
Trauma affects everyone in a different way and often has long-lasting effects that can be visible and invisible. Ovey extends her bravery in this episode by sharing her experience after a car accident and what it means to recover. Ovey's TEDTal
Perfectionism is defined as the need to be or appear to be perfect or even to believe that it’s possible to achieve perfection. It’s usually considered or viewed as a positive trait instead of a flaw. Endlessly and tirelessly striving for perfe
For many Asian communities and households, mental health was on the bottom of the priority list and is usually surrounded by negative stigma and a sign of weakness. Mari lends his knowledge as a Master of Public Health candidate and we explore
How many times have you asked yourself, "Why am I doing this?" KoDoRiN, one of the world's top Marth Melee players, explores his why, how he measures and evaluates his growth, and how he overcomes challenges that comes with performing at high l
Trigger warning: This topic may be difficult, intense, and triggering for some individuals. If you find yourself feeling overwhelmed, I encourage you to reach out to your support system or call a crisis line. Please do what is comfortable and s
Mood spectrums, mania, clinical episodes, and depression...these are some of the symptoms of bipolar disorder that Julia explores with us during this episode. She shares an experience of a friend with bipolar disorder and combines her own exper
Schizophrenia is a complex mental disorder that impacts how individuals feel, think, and behave. They might even feel like they are losing touch with reality. Newvick Lee provides insight from his experiences as a pharmacist working with schizo
ADHD, or Attention-Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder, is a lifelong neurological disorder that impacts how individuals focus and control their behaviours. Megan Fass and David Kuang speak about their journey with ADHD, treatment options, and how y
Anxiety and depression have become more prevalent through the past decade with the increase of social media use and the constant pressure to compare ourselves with others. Ashley Greensmyth, RCC and I dive deep into the different types of anxie
Mike Pond, RPN, MSW, and I discuss his lived experience and battle with alcohol use disorder and how it uprooted his life. His story is inspiring, empowering, and provides new perspectives and insights on how we can break the negative stigma su
Resilience is about coping with situations, becoming tougher, and being self-aware to bounce back. It's an elastic band that sometimes gets stretched thin and might be in danger of snapping. It's also something that can get stronger as you acti
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