Interviews With BeccPlays and Grant Ellis

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This week we had two guests with two sets incredible information as a result.

First. I am sure you’ve heard of Dungeon’s and Dragons, but can you fathom that someone could make a living out of creating incredible table top experiences? Moreover, he makes them with mental health awareness in mind, as a survivor of assault himself? Grant Ellis does just that. He shared his journey, and his resolution to make others smile in the world. He then responded to numerous questions about tabletop gaming, inclusivity and promoting a positive atmosphere for all players everywhere. He described his life mottoes and was an all around incredible guest.

You can learn more about him here:

Then on Thursday we saw Beccplays again! You may remember her from our episode on impostor syndrome. Well, she’s back and bravely chose to share about how she experienced experienced gaslighting with someone she believed to be a friend. It’s been over a year and she's finally ready to tell her story to help prepare others, explaining the signs, the warnings and how you can heal once the contact is ceased.

Go listen and then check out Becc on Twitter and Twitch

Thank you for stopping by to check out these sources and don’t forget to #bethelight


References For Grant Ellis Episode:
Blackmon, WD. Dungeons and Dragons: The Use of a Fantasy Game in the Psychotherapeutic Treatment of a Young Adult. Online: Apr 2018.

Raghuraman, R. S. (2000). Dungeons and Dragons: Dealing with emotional and behavioral issues of an adolescent with diabetes. The Arts in Psychotherapy, 27(1), 27-39.

References For Beccplays Episode:

Abramson, K. (2014), TURNING UP THE LIGHTS ON GASLIGHTING. Philosophical Perspectives, 28: 1-30. doi:10.1111/phpe.12046

Reviewed by: David NS, Psy.D. Wiki How: How to Recover from Gaslighting. Wiki. Accessed Sept 18, 2018

Dashnaw D. Gaslighting and Marital Conflict. Couples Therapy Inc. Accessed Sept 18, 2018.

Greenberg, E Ph.D. Are You Being "Gaslighted" By the Narcissist in Your Life? 7 signs that your partner is feeding your self-doubt on purpose. Psychology Today. Sep 03, 2017.

Robin Stern R, Ph.D. Are You Being Gaslighted? Are you in a gaslighting relationship? Here is how to tell. 200. Accessed Sept 18, 2018.

Yami Kawaii - Sick Cute - What Is It and Does It Glamorize Suicide?

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We're back to making short video edits! These will be quick summary videos in case you don't have time to watch a whole episode but want to learn more on a topic! Check out the first video below, and if you have more time, then check out the whole episode.

We discussed many aspects of suicide glamorization on July 24th: from "13 Reasons Why" to general media representation and coverage of celebrity suicides. But the thing we wanted to discuss the most was Yami Kawaii - the Japanese counter-culture roughly translating to Death Cute.  I think the discussion was fascinating. Enjoy, let me know what you thought below, and don't forget to #bethelight



References/Notable Points:

  • BMJ : British Medical Journal. 1999;319(7206):337. 

More than 100000 sites about suicide now appear on the world wide web. Many of these seem to condone suicide and forbid entry to anyone offering to dissuade users from taking their own lives, said the report’s author, Dr Susan Thompson, senior house officer in child psychiatry at the Ealing, Hammersmith, and Fulham NHS Trust.