Case Study: Howl (Howls moving Castle)

If you haven’t seen any of the Studio Ghibli films Hayao Miyazaki stop reading this and go watch them now. I don’t care if Anime isn’t your thing, these films are masterpieces of storytelling and visuals that will send your spirit soaring. Start with Howls Moving Castle (because not only is it the one we’re…

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Distress Tolerance 12: Morty and the Multi-verse

If you havn’t seen Rick and Morty, I highly recommend it. It has a perfect balance of entertainment, humour, sci-fi adventure, and nihilism. It features the most brilliant scientist in the universe, Rick Sanchez, and his pubescent whiny grandson, Morty, as they go on adventures through the multi-verse. The multi-verse, or Multiple Universe Theory, is…

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Distress Tolerance 11: The Path to the Dark Side

As we explored in my case study of Anakin Skywalker, young Anakin is denied entrance into Jedi training because he is too old, and because he has too much fear in his heart. He is confronted with the fear of losing his mother, and when he complains “what’s that got to do with anything?” Yoda…

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Distress Tolerance 10: The Ring of Power

There is a moment in The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Rings, when Frodo, Gandalf, and the fellowship are at a standstill in the middle of the Mines of Moria, and are not sure which turn to take next. Frodo and Gandalf discuss the events that led them to this point and…

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Distress Tolerance 9: The Kobayashi Maru

For those who don’t speak nerd, the Kobayashi Maru is a Star Trek reference. Its a test cadets in Starfleet academy have to pass if they ever want to captain a Starship, but it’s designed to put them into a no-win situation to see how they react to failure. The test is a simulation in…

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Distress Tolerance 7: Radical Acceptance

Here comes the serious stuff; something many people struggle with but in my opinion, one of the most important lessons to take to heart when you are really serious about recovery. Radical Acceptance. To radically accept something in your life, (for our purposes, mental and emotional pain) first you have to accept it. You have…

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Mindfullness 3: Attitude Adjustment

When embarking on a therapy like Mindfullness for the first time it’s important to be prepared for the work its going to take and how to face those feelings of apprehension going in. So here are 7 tips for attitude adjustment when practicing mindfullness. Reduce Judgments of self and others Judgments are assumptions and are…

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Mindfullness 2: “What” and “How”

My favourite literary character (at the moment) is Tiffany Aching from Terry Pratchetts Discworld series. She is a young girl preparing learning the basics of how to be a witch by studying under older more experienced witches. She proves to have witch abilities like first sight (seeing what’s really there) and second thoughts (thinking about…

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Case Study 1: Anakin Skywalker

Back in 2007, an article in wired (https://www.livescience.com/10679-psychology-darth-vader-revealed.html) described our favourite star wars angsty tragic hero as having BPD. Since then medical students have been using him as an example of how to identify and diagnose the disorder. Here’s what I found in my own investigation: Remember, you only need to show at least 5…

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