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Celebrities are not your friends: the danger of parasocial relationships

Zoe Schacter-Brodie, Columnist May 6, 2021

Recently, the term “comfort person” has gained traction online.* Open this thread if Harry Styles is your comfort person!, urges a Twitter user, followed by images of the singer and reminders...

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You deserve to rest

Victoria Helmer, Columnist November 5, 2020

I don’t know about you, but I’ve been going through a slump lately. I do not feel motivated to even write this piece, and I mostly want to go to bed. But I need to meet a deadline, so I’m typing...

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Neutrality in the age of the quantified self

Victoria Helmer, Columnist October 8, 2020

From test scores to fitness trackers, many of us are quantitatively evaluated on a daily basis, and these ratings can come with a host of spiritual side effects. A classic example of this is social media....

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The healing nature of digital minimalism

Victoria Helmer, Columnist September 17, 2020

With so much going on, we can easily feel as if we are trapped in a bottomless pit of apocalyptic news, and this sentiment rings especially true if we compulsively check our devices. Since many facets...

Discipline is a form of self care

Victoria Helmer, Columnist September 10, 2020

Bojack Horseman, the protagonist of the eponymous TV series, is a miserable horse. Despite his species, running feels entirely unnatural to him, and one of his most intense moments of anguish on the show...

Drawing parallels between self-care and retirement

Zuhra Amini, Columnist March 30, 2017

If you haven’t heard by now, social security is expected to fizzle out partially, if not entirely, by the year 2034. My solution: self-care. But what could I possibly mean by bringing in a practice...

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Self love comes first

Rina Cakrani, Columnist October 27, 2016

 Why is it so hard to love ourselves? One of the things that surprised and concerned me the most during the Gender & Sexuality Workshop was when more than half of people in Jewett (the biggest...

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