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Third Culture Kids and Hybrid Cultures

World on the face

Where are you from? If you’re like most people, the question seems easy enough to answer. But if you hate getting asked that question in the first place, then you might be a third-culture kid. This is a phenomenon not well-known to most people. Knowing about it, however, can be very helpful in understanding culture in general, the world in its togetherness, and our own identity. So what exactly is a Third Culture Kid (TCK)?

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Will crying make you feel better? – Research of a thousand cries

In psychology research pertaining to crying, we generally see that people who are asked in retrospect how they felt after earlier instances of crying report positive changes in mood. This has led people to pass on the notion that crying is beneficial, and it is now conventional wisdom that crying is an important emotional release which is beneficial to our mental health. However, studies in the laboratory – such as having participants watch tear-jerkers and then report their mood – find that crying does not make them feel better. So what’s going on here? It turns out that these research methods were flawed to begin with, but recent research has shed light on this question.

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Lifestyles of the Rich & Famous – Korean Slave Edition

Two years ago to this day, at 15:30, Jang Ja-yeon complained in a phone call with her sister that she was overwhelmed by stress and wanted to end it all. The sisters (along with their brother) had been living together since a decade prior, after car accident claimed the lives of their parents. You can imagine the depression and stress of a massive celebrity in the public limelight, but this 26 year-old Korean beauty was not simply pressured by the media. What happened behind the scenes was what pushed her off the edge. Her sister could not get a hold of Jang for the rest of the afternoon, so she finally decided to go home to check on her. Four hours after their last phone call, Jang’s sister came home to find her body hanging from the stairway banister. It is suspected that she committed suicide only an hour after they spoke.

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