Autopilot, by Andrew Smart (Chapter 7)

Have you ever heard the phrase, “too much of a good thing”? You probably have and Smart probably has too, but that doesn’t mean he kept it in mind all of the time. The tidbits about neuroscience when they matched up with the benefits of slacking were interesting and well said. Likewise, Smart’s interest in…

Silence Speaks Volumes for our Mental Health

Right now I’m listening to a band called System of a Down. They’re a very loud, chaotic and overall disorienting band, especially if you’ve never heard them or anything like them before. A friend of mine described them as something akin to “avant nu metal” but generally it’s difficult to label SOAD as any one genre. While doing…

Workaholism and Mental Health

The topic of mental health and work is no stranger to this site as I’ve discussed it a few times either personally or more generally. A particular phenomenon within work itself however, workaholism, hasn’t really been discussed (surprisingly) and certainly not in any detail when it comes to its correspondence to various mental health issues.…

Is There Shame in Not Working?

Reading, “The Right Not to Work: Power and Disability” I was struck in particular by the notion of shame and not working. Although I may be impaired in some sense because I have aspergers and am thus unable to cope with certain things  better, I’m unsure I’d consider myself “disabled” in the sense that this…