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Thursday, 21 May 2020

Hypnotherapy Eased my Arachnophobia

Content warning: to those who struggle with a fear of spiders, this post will be discussing them as well as referring to t and d spiders. No potentially frightening or harmful images will be shown, only safe cartoon images.

For most of my life, a fear of spiders has plagued me. I couldn't bare to think or talk about them without shuddering or shrieking. I viewed them as evil, deadly creatures that were out to get me or potentially eat me, and if I saw one had to kill it instantly.

Wednesday, 15 April 2020

Gone With the Wind is the Perfect Movie

Scarlet O'Hara may be one of the most vindictive, selfish, spoiled, narcissistic, irresistibly charming anti-heroines written in cinematic history. Perhaps without her, there'd be no Cersei Lannister, or Regina George, or Amy Dunne. She and her contemporaries are the perfect examples of 'toxic femininity'. But more than this; she is compelling, controversial, and absolutely stunning to watch, the embodiment of this incredible movie.

Friday, 3 April 2020

Understanding Mental Illness

Depression is more than sadness.
Anxiety is more than worrying.
Bipolar is more than mood swings.
OCD is more than 'tidiness.'
ADHD is not 'being hyperactive.'
Addiction is not 'enjoying something'.

And most psychopaths are not serial killers - in fact, many are relatively harmless if you don't piss them off.

Saturday, 21 March 2020

It's Perfectly Okay Not to Be a Feminist

...and equally okay to self-identify as a feminist. However, many feminists (similarly to political activists and religious fundamentalists) insist upon those around them also becoming feminists. This is because whenever a person is part of a group that holds strong, core principals, part of those principals is to inevitably bring other people into the fold. I can describe it as similar to whenever I insist those around me watch Game of Thrones (which is my personal 'religion'). When we care passionately about something, and believe it to be a force for good in the world, it is only natural to want others to join in.

Friday, 24 January 2020

So, here we are.

My name is Zarina. It's a Persian name, originally, meaning 'golden.' It also means 'queen' in various translations. Common in the Arabic, Indian, Russian and Middle-Eastern parts of the world. Not so much in the UK.

I've self-published five books. I remember 2015; sitting in my room, crying and drinking alcohol, feeling like I was going insane. Perhaps we're all insane at seventeen.