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Of Anxiety and Conversations

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Fernando Pessoa

When all by myself, I can think of all kinds of clever remarks, quick comebacks to what no one said, and flashes of witty sociability with nobody. But all of this vanishes when I face someone in the flesh: I lose my intelligence, I can no longer speak, and after half an hour I just feel tired. Talking to people makes me feel like sleeping. Only my ghostly and imaginary friends, only the conversations I have in my dreams, are genuinely real and substantial. – Fernando Pessoa

Posted in Of Psyche

Of Talking About Depression

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Black Books

Recently, an old friend rang me up. I have had certain medical issues from the beginning of this year, and so, when this friend asked me how I was doing I said, “I’ve not been well. I…” Before I could finish, my friend emphatically replied, “Why? Have you got Depression?” Bam. Not a whimper, not a subtle skirting around the edges of something tricky, even taboo, Continue reading “Of Talking About Depression”

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Of Binge Watching

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Homer Simpson: Binge watcher

I didn’t quite know the meaning of binge-watching until I watched ten episodes of House M.D. in one day. It wasn’t the first time I had watched stuff on a screen all day long, or marathoned something. But, 40 minute episodes in ten instalments with food and other breaks throughout the day meant that I had done nothing else, Continue reading “Of Binge Watching”