How I Learned to Trust in Therapy—Even Without Homework
It was the form of therapy I feared that changed me for the better.
This is DATA, a monthly column by Angela Chen on numbers, nerdery, and what it means to live an evidence-based life.
How to Make Yourself Happy and Remarkably Less DisturbableIt could be worseSeveral of my other loved ones could be dead.
I feel so left behind
Angela Chen is a science journalist and the author of Ace: What Asexuality Reveals About Desire, Society, and the Meaning of Sex, which was named one of the best books of 2020 by NPR, Electric Literature, and Them. Her reporting and essays have also appeared in The New York Times, Wall Street Journal, The Atlantic, MIT Technology Review, The Guardian, National Geographic, Paris Review, Lapham's Quarterly, and more.
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