Day 80

Today I learned that stigma toward mental illnesses is higher when they are explained in terms of biological mechanisms (i.e. like a disease) than in terms of behavioral symptoms. The reason may be that people view biological problems as more fixed and permanent and therefore as part of the person, whereas behaviors seem controllable and more easily changeable.

Today I meditated for 15 minutes on slowly breathing in, and breathing out, and breathing in, and…

Today I acted compassionately by observing that one of my peers seemed distressed/distracted and therefore striking up conversation and subtly expressing concern.



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