Celebrating genitalia never felt so superficial.

There’s definitely a difference between judging an event that you’re not a part of, versus actually being present at that event.

I feel that’s important to say, because I have attended my fair share of gender reveal parties, and while I was there, I…


It was a long road to recovery—here’s my story.

Picture this.

A precocious, keen, sensitive child. She loves to ask questions, talk, dream, and imagine. Spending most of her time outdoors, this child can be found conversing with “fairies” in the garden, making mud pies, and climbing trees. Deeply thoughtful…


Here are four signs that a focus on health has become unhealthy.

Nobody begins an obsession with the knowledge that they’re going to become obsessed. In fact, obsessions often sneak up on us—and contrary to popular belief, it doesn’t require having a “Type A personality” or an “obsessive personality” to become unhealthfully attached to something.

An obsession is characterized by any interest…


Here’s how to tell where you land—and what to do next.

When I first discovered Narcissistic Personality Disorder, my world shifted.

I knew so many people who fit the clinical criteria almost perfectly—most of them in my own family—and many who didn’t fit “perfectly,” yet exhibited narcissistic qualities in their…


A spirited rant about parenthood, parental approval, and my personal observations.

Gosh.

When I was a kid, I knew exactly what living the dream meant—I could feel it in my bones.

It’s not something I could have written down on paper, mind you, but it was a state of being…


They cause pain with nearly every word they speak, but have you ever wondered what they’re thinking?

It’s tricky to get inside the mind of a narcissist

Narcissists are catastrophically self-unaware—hard to believe, I know.

Anyone who has ever lived with a narcissist knows all-too-well the amount of violence and hostility they seem to effortlessly sow in their immediate environment…


Here are five ways to end the addiction now and save your self-esteem.

Imaginary Wrinkles

One time—high on magic mushrooms—I found that by turning my foot in the light at different angles, my skin would shift from appearing baby-smooth to looking like the leathery, wrinkled skin of a person 70 years my…


They can be your five reasons, too.

1. I don’t censor.

Censorship means judgment, and judgment implies that you are analyzing your work to ensure that it is suitable for readership/publication. While you may intend to have your work read or published, censorship during the process of writing will prevent you from writing anything.


Here’s my experience after three years of regular consumption.

I’m wary of “panacea culture,” a phenomenon in which one product, one practice, or one “secret” is promised to be the answer to everyone’s woes.

I remember the ketone craze in the early 2000's, in which alternative supplement companies began bottling and selling what they claimed were ketones, but after…


That depends on you.

The rudimentary human mind often strives for absolutes.

In order to feel safe—in order to feel as if it has a grip on the reality of any given situation—the human mind is wont to categorizing situations in an all-or-nothing, black-or-white fashion (examples include sweeping generalizations or…

Amanda Dollinger

The highest purpose of words is that they be used to connect one another.

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