What good therapy is, and how psychedelics might help

ⓘ Psychedelics are illegal in most jurisdictions. Legal medical exemptions exist in Canada. This post is not medical advice. Read about safe usage, and don't break the law. The aim of Daoism, Buddhism, meditation, CBT, and every mindfulness program is to see truth. This process usually involves realizing that much of…

Why does depression even exist?

I find that depression tends to occur when you feel a need, but also feel that you have no way to satisfy it. (Sidenote: anxiety tends to occur when there may be a way to satisfy it, but uncertainty is involved and constant diligence is required to reduce the probability…

Talk therapy is an opaque good, and most providers are bad at it

I have seen a handful of therapists in my life. Most (~75%) were ineffective and added to confusion, shame, and financial stress by virtue of being expensive. A few were neutral and forgettable. The most helpful one was deeply empathetic - the kind of friend that you'd love to have…

Why I no longer use exhibitionary social media

I used to be an avid Instagram user. For a while it generated positive interactions that often bled into real life. A story about a run would be rewarded by a cascade of clap emojis, and maybe a new running buddy. Sourdough tips were exchanged. People love being told that…

Trolling is small violence, and violence requires agency

A hurt human being will exert violence because it is the last act of agency available to them. Or rather, because they believe it is the last act of agency available to them. If you think these two statements are distinct, don't. They blur into each other. Do not underestimate…