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  • My Experience as an International Student

    My Experience as an International Student

    Embarking on my journey as an international student studying abroad in the USA has been a whirlwind of excitement and growth. Each morning brings the thrill of immersing myself in a new culture and connecting with a diverse array of people. However, there are days when I yearn for the familiar comfort of home and…

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  • Addressing and Reflecting Common Challenges in Asian Family Settings: Starting from My Own Journey

    Addressing and Reflecting Common Challenges in Asian Family Settings: Starting from My Own Journey

    This scene should be too familiar to every Chinese youth: late at night, at the desk, opening homework, a not-that-satisfying grade report, scolding or sighing parents, and the crying child. Behind the phenomenon, is the anxiety of getting higher education and gaining enough competitiveness against peers that was passed on from generation to generation in…

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  • The good but breaking on the inside

    The good but breaking on the inside

    My parents are wonderful, and our family is harmonious — this is how most people view our family. “You are an independent child who needs no worrying over”, my parents would say about me. My mother would often recall the days after I was born after she commented on this feature; unlike other babies, I…

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  • Stand Up Against Smothering Anxiety

    Stand Up Against Smothering Anxiety

    I’ve had some anxiety growing up—the stress of exams and ever-growing workload—but never to a point where it prevented me from sleeping or other physical ailments. Actually, that’s me in denial. I have TMJ and acid reflux periodically, but stress and anxiety have become so prevalent in our society that we accept them as the…

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  • Unveiling the Hidden Struggles: Navigating Mental Health Challenges in India

    Unveiling the Hidden Struggles: Navigating Mental Health Challenges in India

    In a world that’s gradually waking up to the importance of mental health, India’s situation serves as a reminder of the struggles many face with their mental well-being. While conversations around mental well-being have gained momentum, the reality in India is marked by financial constraints, societal stigma, and limited access to healthcare. The Harsh Reality:…

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  • The Role of Expectation Management in Success

    The Role of Expectation Management in Success

    At its core, expectation management is about aligning hopes with reality.  We’re taught to manage customers’ or employees’ expectations so they don’t become unwieldy, but the goal isn’t to settle for mediocrity; instead, it’s about being mutually transparent about what is realistically achievable.   Managing expectations is a vital skill that can make the difference between…

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  • “Hikikomori and Beyond”: Navigating Social Withdrawal in a Digital Age

    “Hikikomori and Beyond”: Navigating Social Withdrawal in a Digital Age

    Navigating the Maze: Understanding Self-Social Isolation Many of us have experienced it – that pang of loneliness after a long day alone or the awkwardness of entering a crowded room. However, for some young people, social withdrawal becomes a more persistent pattern, a maze they struggle to navigate. This self-imposed isolation, distinct from introversion or…

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  • What makes a friendship?

    What makes a friendship?

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  • Are you biased and making assumptions? 

    Are you biased and making assumptions? 

    These are trick questions. Of course, you are. We all make assumptions, mostly subconsciously and automatically. They are mental shortcuts for our brains to help us learn and navigate the endless complexities of social interaction and decision-making in life. Assumptions are based on our past experiences or cultural influences, and Because they are different, we…

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  • People Danger is Real

    People Danger is Real

    The rat race starts young now! And it’s easy to get caught up in it.  As a parent of college-bound teens, I live the frenzy that often results from students (and parents) thinking that the rest of their lives are dictated by their college acceptance letters. High-achieving teens aim, at the very minimum, to maintain…

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  • How can AI help  you?

    How can AI help you?

    Please give us your input on how AI can help individual’s social and emotional wellness. The survey can be completed anonymously, so you can be as honest as you’d like!

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  • Advancing Behavioral Healthcare through VR & Machine Learning: A Conversation with Dr. Marc Lanovaz

    In this riveting interview, we have Dr. Marc Lanovaz, a University of Montreal professor at the forefront of integrating data science and machine learning in behavioral healthcare. We discuss the impact of cultural relevancy in behavior analysis, how machine learning can improve clinical decision-making in mental health, and a groundbreaking virtual reality application simulating the…

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