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Kinstler: Introducing the “Ask a Psych Major” submission portal

Ethan Kinstler, Staff Columnist February 19, 2021

Hi there! My name is Ethan, I’m a third-year psychology major here at Case Western Reserve University, and I want to help you. For the past five months, I've used my “Mental Health Minute” opinion...

Astrology can offer a positive psychological outlet, despite not being rooted in hard science.

Kinstler: The psychology of astrology

Ethan Kinstler, Staff Columnist February 5, 2021

What’s your star sign? I’m a Taurus sun, a Leo moon and a Leo rising. Have you ever had a tarot reading? Do you believe in astrology, numerology or tarot? It’s OK if you don’t. Now, I don’t subscribe...

Kinstler: When the going gets tough

Ethan Kinstler, Staff Columnist November 20, 2020

When the going gets tough, the unfortunate truth is that the tough rarely get going. In times of isolation, people tend to retract inwards rather than project outwards. Even though our phones are probably...

Kinstler: Hey self, it’s me

Ethan Kinstler, Staff Columnist November 6, 2020

“Hey, it’s me, just making sure we're doing alright. I know last week was kinda tough for us, and we have that exam coming up. Just making sure we have a plan of attack and that we aren’t procrastinating...

Kinstler: A healthy amount of panic at the disco

Ethan Kinstler, Staff Columnist October 23, 2020

On our campus, we have a tendency to wear our stress as a badge of honor. “I had three midterms on the same day,” “I didn’t get ANY sleep last night” and “I’m having a mental breakdown”...

Kinstler: Your roadmap to treatment

Ethan Kinstler, Staff Columnist October 2, 2020

What comes to mind when someone says “therapy?” Perhaps you think about lying on a couch with a therapist asking you questions about your childhood. While this is indeed one form of therapy, it is...

Kinstler: Examining mental health stigmas in racially diverse communities

A discussion with Professor Sarah Hope Lincoln
Ethan Kinstler, Staff Columnist September 18, 2020

In the United States, there is a profound stigma against seeking mental help, which precludes people from pursuing therapy, increasing the burden these disorders can have. Furthermore, this stigma is even...

Kinstler: Am I stressed or am I depressed?

Ethan Kinstler, Staff Columnist September 11, 2020

Trigger Warning: The following article discusses topics of depression and briefly mentions suicide. In the past two weeks, have you been feeling off? Disinterested? Tired? Has it been harder for you...

Kinstler: A space to breathe

Kinstler: A space to breathe

Introducing a new mental health advice column
Ethan Kinstler, Staff Columnist September 3, 2020

Hey, you. Yeah, you! How are you? How much water have you had to drink today? Actually, hold on, I think I’m getting ahead of myself. My name is Ethan, and I just want to talk to you for a minute. I...

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