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Reality Checks: Leopard Spots, Oceans of Mars, Caffeine Eating Microbes, and Fossilized Sperm

In order to not neglect Mars during all the Pluto love, Curiosity discovers a what may be a continental crust. (via The Register) Scientists discover One Weird Trick(tm)for seeing black leopard spots (turning on an infrared camera flash).  (via Gulf News)  Oldest fossilized sperm discovered in Antarctica!  (via BBC) Coffee destroying beetles …

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Reality Checks: Goldfish Continue to Ruin Everything, Obama is Going to say Something About Conversion Therapy, Grilled Cheese vs Frequency of Sexual Encounters, and the Day’s Dinosaur News

Obama is going to have conversations with lawmakers about ‘Conversion’ therapy for LGBT youth.  It’s a start.  (via NYT) Terrifyingly large goldfish are destroying ecosystems in Australia.  Don’t abandon pets.  Not only is it kind of terrible anyway, it’s bad for the environment.  (via Time) A Dating Site Reports a Positive …

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Tracts in the Mail

As Olivia taught us recently in her DBT series, sometimes there are simply no pros to outweigh the cons of saying certain things to one’s relatives.  One such situation is the way that my very Christian grandparents keep sending me tracts and handwritten notes attempting to convert me.  Fortunately, they …

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DBT Skills: Use Some Logic

Hello friends and welcome to our final DBT skills distress tolerance post before the holidays. I hope I have given you some tools to pull out if your family starts getting stressful, but if not here is one that I think the skeptics among us (hopefully all of us) will …

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DBT: Take a Sad Song and Make It Better

As we come up on the holiday season, distress tolerance skills will probably be very helpful. When you don’t have the opportunity to self-soothe, as we talked about last week, you might try improving the moment, which is this week’s skill. Improving the moment is for the times when you …

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The Inevitable Judgment Against Phones

It is my completely anecdotal experience that it is impossible to not be judged for one’s smartphone choices.  Bashing people for looking at their phones instead of the world around them seems to be a thing that memes are made of. There’s also a fun phenomenon of OMG WOMEN WITH …

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DBT Skills: Chillaxin

Last time on DBT skills we got to think about all the ways that we deal with it when things suck. Today we’re going to focus a little more on how to make those things feel slightly less sucky in the moment. Yes, this is possible to do without ignoring …

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DBT Skills: This Feels Awful

Holy moly guys, we have finished emotion regulation made it to the last DBT module, distress tolerance! Props for keeping up. Distress tolerance is a wonderful set of skills to have when your brainparts are still forming and your hormones are a little wonky, because it’s what keeps you from …

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