Link Round-Up: “Coming Out”, Quitting, and Acceptance

We’ve collected some links for you from around the web. This week, we’re reading about radical self-acceptance, figuring out why so many of us quit, and what “coming out” with anxiety looks like.

A person with red nail polish holds a red book open as if they are reading at a table. Only the arms and shoulders of the person are visible in the frame.

Giving Yourself Permission; especially for invisible illnesses (Chronically Academic)

Sofia Frentz writes an important piece on the tireless and ultimately exhausting pursuit of “normalcy” and achievement, that high functioning individuals with chronic mental illness put themselves through in academia. She offers some thought provoking insights on what helped her break that cycle.

Why Do So Many Graduate Students Quit? (The Atlantic)

This article in The Atlantic questions popular opinion and research evidence regarding the links between mental illness (and psychological vulnerability) and grad school attrition, and focuses instead, on systemic or institutional factors that maybe exacerbating such attrition.

Coming Out of the Mental Health Closet About My Anxiety (Dr. Gleb Tsipursky)

In this blog Dr. Tsipursky discusses his personal journey of coming out to his relevant groups about his struggles with anxiety and depression, at a time when he was building his career in academia.

Are you a perfectionist? (Dr. Tanya Golash-Boza)

In this blog Dr. Golash-Boza discusses how perfectionism plays out in academia in particular, and the effects it has on the commitments of an academic.

Applying the Concept of Radical Acceptance to Self-Acceptance (PsychCentral)

In this blog Margarita Tartakovsky, discusses her initial thoughts on the concept of radical self-acceptance and what that might look like, especially in the context of mental health struggles that are chronic.


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