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Contribution from Gnomy EvergreenEven as a child, I had always felt that I was different, or not ordinary, and had thought that I was weird. In our society, people have always taught their next generation what is right or wrong, good or bad. Some ethical problems may be quite black and white, however, there are some words which may be neutral, although they are negative in the eyes of many people. For example, what is the definition of weird? To me, the definition is just something which the majority are not used to seeing, but it does not have to…

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Contribution from Gnomy EvergreenEverytime I spent my summer holidays in the US, my treatment, (mostly ERP – exposure and response prevention) made me very upset. The reason was not because the treatment was not so helpful for me but because when the therapists thought that the treatment was unsuccessful, they blamed me. To them, the problem was that I was not tough enough to follow the treatment, even when they all believed that I should have been able to do much better. They also thought that for my whole life I had been too fortunate, therefore, I was not willing…

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Contribution from Gnomy EvergreenI am a 29-year-old female in Hong Kong, who was diagnosed with severe OCD (obsessive compulsive disorder) at the age of 10. I started taking medications (mostly SSRI) since I was diagnosed, and am still taking medications today. My parents and I have travelled to different places in the US and Canada for my treatment. I have also been treated by different psychologists and psychiatrists in Hong Kong for many years, and am now still continuing with treatment in Hong Kong. More recently, I had found out by myself, after reading an article on the Internet, that…

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Contribution from Shobha NihalaniThe reality of our times is that not everything we see online is true. The fact about social media is that its very purpose is to share whatever grabs and holds our attention. At times those kinds of social interaction affect us internally. For example, when we scroll through posts of perfect images or newsfeeds, we feel there is a lack in ourselves. The feelings creep in and create diminished self- confidence, self-worth and self-respect. How we esteem ourselves is crucial to our mental health. It is the foundation of our inner strength, from where we can…

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Greenwashing is a term that’s becoming increasingly more familiar to many of us, but what does it actually mean? It’s important that we understand how and when businesses and brands are guilty of this, but just how to spot the difference between genuine focus on environmental impact and shallow marketing tactics can be difficult if you aren’t familiar with it. What is greenwashing? Plastic items with a ‘Compostable’ label often end up in the landfill because they can only be processed in certain facilities (© Brian Yurasits via Unsplash) Greenwashing is the action to mislead the public or media by…

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Fear took over when I boarded a flight for the first time in two years. My heart palpitated wildly, my thoughts raced, my mouth went dry. Why? The dread that at any single moment, an invisible bug could attack me. The thought of catching COVID led to a more vigorous use of the alcohol wipes and covering up with two masks. As wild thoughts whirred through my mind, the fear escalated to almost irrational levels.Annie, a marketing manager, says that fear of losing her job is a daily emotion: “If I don’t have a job, I won’t be able to…

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Contribution from Adele BrunnerFather’s Day is on the horizon (Sunday, 19 June to be precise) and much though we love them, dads are notoriously difficult to buy gifts for. Most of them seem to have everything, and certain things on their wish lists, such as a Maserati, Jessica Alba, and the Lego Millennium Falcon, might be out of most people’s reach. They still appreciate a thought though and while there’s nothing wrong with big-name brands, if you’re still lost on gifts for dad, we’ve gone the local route and come up with some novel ideas for Father’s Day presents that…

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Contribution from Sheryl BoldenHONG KONG resident, retail professional, and sustainable fashion advocate Sheryl Bolden has recently published her first book, Sustainably Stylish – A Guide to curating a guilt-free wardrobe, encouraging readers to take a more conscious approach towards clothes shopping whilst making the most of their own wardrobe stock. Sheryl said, “I’m a huge lover of fashion and shopping as a whole, but as someone who is employed by the sector and a consumer of it, I was becoming more and more disheartened by its slow progress towards a more sustainable and fairer approach. The ever-increasing mountain of textile…

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Contribution from Adele BrunnerMother’s Day falls on Sunday 8 May this year and like many gifting occasions that creep up on you, it can spark panic buying and a less-than-satisfactory present. Don’t get us wrong – flowers and chocolates are always appreciated, and we know that finding an extra-special gift to thank your mum or stepmum for everything they’ve done isn’t always easy. We’ve come up with novel ideas from independent Hong Kong businesses to help you out – and give the SMEs mentioned some much-needed support too. Be the favourite child and give your mother a gift to treasure.…

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Contribution from Shobha NihalaniAnita’s partner died in a fire three years ago. It was all so sudden. She was heartbroken and numb with grief. While she continued to function, work, and interact with friends and family, she still mourns, and feels empty and alone. “People say they know what I’m going through. No, they cannot understand. Others say, why don’t you move on? It’s not easy to just move on… I need more time.” Loss and loneliness often go hand in hand. In these times, more and more people have felt this sense of emptiness and sadness. The topic of…

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