Trauma, personality, and responsibility
20-something miseries, megan sorts through her own emotional nonsense, mental health

I Have a “Shame-Based Personality.” Here’s What That Means.

Having a shame-based personality means that, at my core, I truly believe that I am a bad, unlovable person.

Who am I
20-something miseries, highly sensitive person, megan sorts through her own emotional nonsense, mental health

Mental Health Monday: How Am I Supposed to Be Myself?

Now I'm trying to embrace my dramatic and weird, trying to be myself, but I've spent so long hiding myself and shape-shifting for other people that I have no idea who that is.

What is dissociation
mental health

Mental Health Monday: What Is Dissociation?

Dissociation is a form of protection. We dissociate when our minds need to protect us from some aspect of our reality.

Overactive fight, flight, or freeze response
megan sorts through her own emotional nonsense, mental health

Life With an Overactive Fight, Flight, or Freeze Response

I'm a freezer. My brain has learned that fighting almost always makes the situation worse, and running betrays the panic I feel inside which could also make things worse, so I just freeze up.

Emotional hypervigilance and sensitivity
highly sensitive person, megan sorts through her own emotional nonsense, mental health

High Sensitivity, Emotional Hypervigilance, and My Eroded Sense of Self

I have always been a very sensitive person, and after years of hearing how my emotions were excessive or dramatic or “wrong,” I developed a coping mechanism: always be aware of how others are feeling.