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 (@chengela) is a science journalist and writer. Her reporting and essays have also been published in The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, The Guardian, The Atlantic, Paris Review, Aeon Magazine, Pacific Standard, Smithsonian, Hazlitt, Electric Literature, and more. She is the author of Ace, on asexuality, from Beacon Press.
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