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Once, after dinner, a friend told me I was “personable” with the newcomers without telling them anything juicy about myself at all. I’ve realised the same is true on Medium.

I’ve written a lot. I’ve written on Medium for well over 1.5 years, from The Startup to The Post-Grad Survival…


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Lucidity sounds so ridiculous, fantastical and outlandish that the scientific community doubted it actually existed until a 1978 study proved that yes, it’s real.

“Lucidity, noun: The ability to think clearly, especially in intervals between periods of confusion or insanity.”

Lucid dreaming is attaining clarity and awareness inside the confusion…


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ADHD is more common than ever, and nobody knows why.

In 1997–1998, 6.1% of under-18s were diagnosed with Attention-Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder. Now, 11% of Gen Z meet the same criteria. Some argue this is due to constant notifications and screen-time rotting our attention spans; others that nothing has changed beyond wider…


Thalamic reticular nucleus (TRN) up close. / Image courtesy of researchers.

Do you ever notice how overwhelming the world is?

Colour. Texture. Distances. Voices. Background noise. Bodily aches. Movement. Temperature. Smells. Hunger.

Yet this is barely any of what is actually there.

  • Most of the world is invisible to us. Not to the mantis shrimp.
  • Most sounds are inaudible to us…


Corsham Court, Wiltshire, England. A classic example of an aristocratic stately home. Image via Unsplash

At 18 years old, I left a northern mining town for one of the top 50 universities in the world. I left with a McDonald’s Happy Meal toy — a plastic golden ticket — still in my pocket. A tongue-in-cheek parting gift.

Needless to say, I experienced a little culture…


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Do you remember the War on Drugs?

“These substances are deeply dangerous and harmful to public health. Particularly, the minds of our youth.” Constant media exposure. Moral panic. Public outcry.

I don’t remember — the war I was born into was on Terror. We live in the legacy of both.


High self-esteem is healthy for us. Narcissism is not.

Narcissism is characterised by a level of self-obsession so extreme that it interferes with maintaining normal relationships. We can all love ourselves a healthy amount — narcissism isn’t self-compassion, but self-obsession.

Narcissism falls on a continuum. Only ~1% of the population…


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We can blame the Queen’s Gambit.

Or maybe my dad sitting me on the floor when I was 8, and patiently explaining that no, the little pawns can’t take the other pawns after they’ve just moved.

Whatever the reason, I’m into chess. Both physical and virtual.

I’ve racked up 100+…


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Over the course of my degree, one of my favourite lecture series was called “Personality & Individual Differences”.

Each week, we’d file into the lecture theatre to learn about the scientific study of personality. History, methods, theories, criticism, evidence, findings, breakthroughs.

Those lectures exposed a lot of myths. Unsurprisingly, most…


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There are two ways love can end. Slow decay, or sudden collapse.

I learned the first way via the death of my grandmother (2019), and the latter with the loss of my best friend (2020). A little like the Great Freeze or Big Crunch theories of the universe.

Does talking…

Hannah Davies

Brit Psychologist (MBPsS, BSc). Gen Z. Writer of words.

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