Mental Health & Well-Being

How trying to be perfect is making you depressed

by Queen D, July 28, 2017

Trying to be perfect is Sisyphus-like turmoil. Face it: No matter how hard you try, you’re going to mess up sometimes. You can certainly do something very well, even near perfect, like not breaking the yolk when you flip an egg or launching your dirty socks in the laundry basket on the first try, but […]

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Toxic People at Work: What kind of bad apples are in your bunch? (Part 2)

by Queen D, July 20, 2017

In a previous blog, we looked at four types of toxic people who put productivity and morale at risk. Here is another set to look out for – and I’ve saved the tougher ones for last. Take a deep breath…here we go: Rule-breakers Why they’re a problem: Employees who buck the system and disrespect rules […]

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Toxic People at Work: Bad apples in the bunch (Part 1)

by Queen D, July 13, 2017

Imagine that you have to deal with the following two people at work: The first person is a new on the team. She’s young, fresh out of school, inexperienced, and has to cope with a steep learning curve, but her academic record bears out the fact that she’s not afraid of hard work. She’s eager to […]

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Emotional Intelligence & Depression (Part 2)

by Queen D, June 30, 2017

In last week’s blog we discussed the protective role of emotional intelligence. Specifically, it’s ability to act as a buffer against depression. Here are the next list of factors where depressed individuals and non-depressed individuals in our study differed the most: Self-esteem Score for depressed group: 56 Score for non-depressed group: 73 Self-esteem is like […]

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Emotional Intelligence & Depression

by Queen D, June 23, 2017

When I was a teenager, I used to imagine what it would be like to have a switch in the back of my head that could shut off my emotions, never having to feel sadness, anger, and anxiety until I wanted to. Despite the fact that I am extremely analytical, striving always to find a […]

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10 protective traits against stress, unhappiness, and the "life sucks" syndrome (part 2)

by Queen D, May 25, 2017

In last week’s blog, I started a top ten list of traits that can act as a protective barrier against stress. Let’s continue:   Optimism Score for happy, non-therapy group: 63 Score for unhappy, in-therapy group: 43 I think when most people envision an optimist, they picture an airy, tree-hugging idealist with no common sense […]

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10 protective traits against stress, unhappiness, and the "life sucks" syndrome

by Queen D, May 19, 2017

I am not at my best when I am dealing with a stressful situation. I’m distracted, indecisive, and on edge. I can’t eat and I can’t sleep. I am barely functional. So when the time comes for the zombie apocalypse, let’s face it: I’m zombie lunch for sure. I just won’t have the psychological wherewithal […]

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The Rational Irrationality of PMS

by Queen D, May 5, 2017

  I happened to be at a friend’s house when she ripped into her mother for something that I admit I perceived as a minor issue.  After screaming in a dialect that I couldn’t understand, she visibly forced herself to calm down and turned back to me. “People really shouldn’t mess with me when I’m […]

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How fear plays a role in procrastination

by Queen D, April 28, 2017

  “Procrastination makes easy things hard, hard things harder.” Mason Cooley We often equate procrastination with laziness. It’s the “I’ll-do-it-tomorrow” syndrome, which often turns into next week, next month, next year, or never. It’s how I react to spring cleaning. I’ll look at the windows, knowing that they need to be washed, and then think, […]

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The Cerberus Effect: Three underlying factors of poor body image

by Queen D, March 10, 2017

  “Your body hears everything your mind says.” Naomi Judd I am not going to deny the networking factor and sheer pleasure of social media, but wow, it’s a horrible medium sometimes. Some people feel that they have absolute license to spew some of the ugliest, hateful stuff I’ve ever read, with body shaming being one […]

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5 everyday activities to boost psychological well-being

by Queen D, February 23, 2017

Here’s how my typical week-day starts: My alarm goes off at 6:30 a.m., but I snooze it until 7 a.m. – and by that I mean my alarm is set up so that it will ring every 10 minutes, pulling me out of a deep sleep and often a dream every single time. What’s interesting […]

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Hello, depression and anxiety? Meet Emotional IQ

by Queen D, January 6, 2017

Imagine visiting a therapist for depression, only to be told that the key to overcoming it is to develop better self-esteem. Or consulting a professional for anxiety issues, and then given tips on how to be more assertive. It sounds crackers, but research we conducted at Queendom indicates that self-esteem and assertiveness, along with six […]

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