When Video Gaming May or May Not Be Problematic
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by Robert T Muller Ph.D.
1w ago
Kelly Sikkema/Unsplash, Creative Commons This post was co-authored by Elizabeth Liu and Robert T. Muller, Ph.D. As termed by the World Health Organization, gaming disorder is defined as gaming that is difficult to control, prioritized over other activities, and escalating despite negatively affecting functioning. Parents of children with a video game problem can often feel hopeless and at a loss to help their kids. As gaming has become a ubiquitous activity among youth, it’s important for parents to distinguish gaming as a normal leisure activity from problematic behaviour. Rune K. Nielsen, pr ..read more
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Trauma From Back Home Has Long-lasting Effects on Migrants
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by Robert T Muller Ph.D.
2w ago
Source: Min An/Unsplash This post was co-authored by Daniel Sanchez Morales and Robert T. Muller, Ph.D. Domine Rutayisire, a clinical social worker at the Canadian Centre for Victims of Torture (CCVT), recounts a heart-wrenching story about a client’s migration process: “After witnessing his father and his uncle being murdered by the military, he fled his country at the age of 19 and went through nine countries, often on foot. He knew he was going to be next.” Rutayisire works as a mental health counselor at the CCVT, offering support to survivors of war, torture, genocide, crimes against huma ..read more
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Abuse in the World of Fine Dining
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by Robert T Muller Ph.D.
2w ago
Source: Louise Hansel/Unsplash, Creative Commons Co-authored by Samantha Mason and Robert T. Muller, Ph.D. Restaurant managers and owners may turn a blind eye to inappropriate behavior, fearing that they may lose guests’ patronage. Suzie (name changed for anonymity), a former Toronto restaurant employee of many years, explains that employees are expected to allow guests to sexually harass them, almost to the point of assault. When the managers are informed, they tend to shrug it off, insisting that the guest deserves to be able to do so since they are spending upwards of $1,000 each night they ..read more
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Police Continue to Face Traumatic Mental Health Challenges
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by Robert T Muller Ph.D.
1M ago
Source: Jose A. Thompson/Pexels, Creative Commons Co-authored by Jenna Zorik and Robert T. Muller, Ph.D. My husband is a police officer. His profession invites conversation from others in a way that few jobs do, from friends and family asking him to share stories to calling him out of the blue to see what can be done about a speeding ticket. The stress on spouses is real, including the perpetual worry every police officer’s partner or family feels. Having personally known other spouses who received “the call” – a summoning to your injured mate’s side, or worse, to their body – I am always cogn ..read more
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Engaging Men to Prevent Sexual Violence on College Campuses
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by Robert T Muller Ph.D.
2M ago
Source: Samantha Sophia/Unsplash, Creative Commons Co-authored by Fatmah Jahim and Robert T. Muller, Ph.D. On September 24th, 2021, around 9000 students at Western University, Canada, walked out on campus to protest “cultural misogyny” after a series of sexual assault allegations. Students called out for the reexamination of campus culture, increased safety policies, and administration accountability. Frosh Week is often an exciting time for students on campus. However, it represents a heightened risk for gender-based violence (GBV). Many students say that the campus climate surrounding consen ..read more
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“Strong Women” Characters Can Be Both a Blessing and a Burden
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by Robert T Muller Ph.D.
2M ago
Source: bladeco70/Pixabay, Creative Commons by Hannah Mugford and Robert T. Muller, Ph.D. Today, some of the most powerful heroes within the superhero genre are, in fact, women: Captain Marvel and The Scarlet Witch in the Marvel cinematic universe, Jean Grey of The X-Men, and Wonder Woman in the DC Universe. While many applaud these depictions as inspirational, particularly for young girls, skepticism has also been raised at the deeper message these “strong” women characters potentially carry. Specifically, do these heroines truly empower, or are they simply embodying a stereotypical masculine ..read more
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When Disordered Eating Permeates College Culture
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by Robert T Muller Ph.D.
4M ago
Source: Jennifer Burk/Unsplash, Creative Commons Co-authored by Llewellyn Boggs and Robert T. Muller, Ph.D. About 40 percent of college and university freshmen struggle with disordered eating, with 80 percent being women. Its culture permeates college life, it is both subtle and increasingly normalized, and is prevalent in environments where being skinny is idealized, praised, and strived for. Tamar Spilberg, a therapist and social worker in Toronto, differentiates between eating disorders and disordered eating. Spilberg explains that an eating disorder is a mental health concern, whereas diso ..read more
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Can the Diagnosis of ADHD Be Helpful to Parents?
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by Robert T Muller Ph.D.
5M ago
Source: ddimitrova/Pixabay Co-authored by Azin Dastpak and Robert T. Muller, Ph.D. Some children march to the beat of their own drum. This is especially true for those with attention deficit and hyperactivity disorder (ADHD), who have difficulty with impulse control and become easily distracted. These behaviors may be misinterpreted as indifference, laziness, or even willful defiance, leaving parents confused and frustrated. But there’s reason to think that receiving the diagnosis of child ADHD may, at times, be helpful to parents. Recalling her experience with her son before his ADHD diagnosi ..read more
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The Potential to Heal Through Breathwork
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by Robert T Muller Ph.D.
6M ago
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How Harassment Excludes Women From Trade Labor
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by Robert T Muller Ph.D.
7M ago
Source: Chevanon Photography/Pexels Co-authored by Alyssa T. Reddi and Robert T. Muller, Ph.D. Joanne* is a woman and an apprentice in a male-dominated trade union. She has already experienced many instances of unwanted sexual advances and has been the subject of several crude rumours despite only being in the second year of her apprenticeship. Many women have experienced sexual harassment, whether through sexually explicit rumours, catcalling, or assault. So many are wary of interactions that feel unsafe, and women’s experiences working in the trades are no exception. Joanne shares her experi ..read more
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