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Srestha Mazumder

Srestha Mazumder
A coffee and cupcake enthusiast who dreams of being a published writer, but is currently stuck in her final year studying psychology. A little too obsessed with planning and colour coding every element of life and is waiting for the day I can send my manuscript to Penguin publishers.

Psyched: When Pop Culture Dictates Your Life

Thanks to globalisation, the world as we know it has manifested into a huge consumer hub. Products starting from cheap plastics to big brand labels are made all over the world. Just a few days ago Hugo Boss announced that their limited-edition sneakers would be produced in Bangladesh, home to …

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Psyched: Does Luck Exist?

Psyched: Does Luck Exist?

Before we embark on anything remotely auspicious, we ask everyone to “wish us luck!”. Sometimes we say it for the sake of saying it, and don’t believe it when they excitedly reply “good luck!”  Sometimes we internalise the luck they wish upon us. But does luck actually exist? Hollywood has romanticised luck into …

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Psyched: To Be or Not To Be Mad

Hamlet is, one of Shakespeare’s timeless plays. It is one of the most frequently quoted books in the world, and some historians argue that it is the second most quoted book in the world, right after the Bible. The exploration of mental disorders and how a mental disorder affected a person, as well as those around him, is precisely what made Hamlet so quotable. Written in the 1600's, the humanistic story delved into an array of mental disorders projected through the strong and relatable human characters. Consequently, leaving every reader wondering, “Was Hamlet actually mad?” Mad or crazy, whichever of these interchangeable words you choose to call him, there was no denying that something was not quite right about Hamlet. But did his actions render him mad? If Hamlet walked into a psychologist’s office today, would he be diagnosed with a disorder? Or was it all a façade for him to attain his personal goals? To be diagnosed with Bipolar I Disorder, formerly known as manic-depressive disorder, an individual must present a single episode of mania during the course of their life. Throughout the play Hamlet displays: irritability, elevated mood, unusual talkativeness, flights of ideas, and excessive involvement in activities that are likely to have undesirable consequences. All of these things qualify Hamlet for Bipolar I. It can also be argued that Hamlet also had Schizophrenia, as he kept on seeing and talking to his father’s ghost. However, as this was the only Schizophrenic symptom, we cannot diagnose him with the disorder. Moreover, we can not be certain if Hamlet actually hallucinated and saw the ghost, or if he only pretended to act insane in front of the King to escape liability for his string of questionable actions. Either way, Hamlet, the prince of Denmark was a very troubled soul with contentious actions and the answer to the time old question of whether or not he was actually mad is still inconclusive.

Hamlet is one of Shakespeare’s timeless plays. It is one of the most frequently quoted books in the world. Some historians argue that it is the second most quoted book in the world, right after the Bible. The exploration of mental disorders and how a mental disorder affected a person, as …

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Psyched: The Pursuit of Happiness

There comes a time in our life when we ask ourselves, “what is the meaning of life?” For hundreds of years, this very question has been recycled, and with it, various answers. The answer to this question can be broad and also narrow. Some may claim the meaning of life …

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Debunking The Paranormal

You wake up in the middle of the night. You look at the clock and its 3am in the morning.  But next to the clock you think you saw something, or someone. You tell yourself it is all in your mind and hide under the covers, praying you will fall …

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It’s All in Your Mind

When I was in high school, I was plagued with serious Acne on my face and body just like any other teenager. After going through countless medications and climbing up the ladder of seriousness I was left with the final option, Roacutane. Roacutane is a very serious acne medication that …

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B+ (Be Positive)

In Australia 1 in 6 people are suffering from depression and 1 in 4 live with anxiety. These statistics are shocking and yell to the public that action must be taken, something needs to change. Statistically, adults aged 25-44 and above are the most likely to suffer from depression and …

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6 Tips to Increase Motivation and Decrease Procrastination

It is that time of the semester again where our motivation is depleting as fast as the stock market during the Global Financial Crisis in 2007. During these times of low motivation and high procrastination we may often find ourselves googling how to become motivated or stop procrastinating. With exams, …

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Your Fortune for Today

“I don’t believe in astrology; I’m a Sagittarius and we’re sceptical.” – Arthur C. Clarke Have you ever wanted to know the future? Know if getting out of your warm cosy bed in the morning and heading off to uni or work, wearing your favourite outfit is a good idea? …

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So You’re a Dog/Cat Person?

How many times have you been asked, “Are you a cat or dog person?”, and how often do you respond to this question by enthusiastically identifying with one of these two categories. Well, various studies have suggested that individuals who identify themselves in either category have intrinsic traits specific to …

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