Glossary (of terms)

Apathy: lack of interest, enthusiasm, or concern e.g. a feeling of nothingness; not quite numb; but also not lively.

Autonomy: the right or condition of self-government

Boundaries: a line that marks the limits of an area; a dividing line; in relationships this means setting parameters for what you will and will not accept.

Clarity: the quality of being coherent and intelligible; the quality of transparency or purity.

Codependency: excessive emotional or psychological reliance on a partner, typically one who requires support on account of an illness or addiction.

Cognitive dissonance: the state of having inconsistent thoughts, beliefs, or attitudes, especially as relating to behavioral decisions and attitude change.

Confirmation Bias: the tendency to interpret new evidence as confirmation of one’s existing beliefs or theories.

Counter Factual Thinking:  imagining ways in which events in one’s life might have turned out differently. This often involves feelings of regret or disappointment ( 

Egocentrism: thinking only of oneself, without regard for the feelings or desires of others; self-centered.

Empathy: the ability to understand and share the feelings of another.

Escapism: the tendency to seek distraction and relief from unpleasant realities, especially by seeking entertainment or engaging in fantasy.

Gaze (white, male, religious, etc.): gaze

Groupthink: the practice of thinking or making decisions as a group in a way that discourages creativity or individual responsibility.

Metacognition: awareness and understanding of one’s own thought processes.

Perception: a way of regarding, understanding, or interpreting something; a mental impression.

Perspective: a particular attitude toward or way of regarding something; a point of view.

Psyche: the human soul, mind, [and] or spirit

Self-awareness: conscious knowledge of one’s own character, feelings, motives, and desires.

Self-serving bias: a self-serving bias is a tendency to attribute positive effects to ourselves and negative effects to external factors (see shadow work)

Semantics: the meaning of a word, phrase, sentence, or text.

Shadow Work: working with your unconscious mind to uncover the parts of yourself that you repress and hide from yourself (the dark and emotional aspect of your psyche.  (

Unlearning: : discard (something learned, especially a bad habit or false or outdated information) from one’s memory.

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