Psychology and Pop Culture: An Introduction

Welcome to Psychology and Pop Culture. In this series, I discuss psychology matters in relation to aspects in pop culture. To me, this is as a preparation for the Master’s I am going to follow next academic year, but I hope this can teach you something too. I have already studied a few core topics in psychology; those will be left out. What will be discussed is related to development, memory, emotions and perceptions. Today’s post is a general introduction in which the tv-series I Am Not Okay with This is discussed. Enjoy!

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Travel Nostalgia: Texel, the Netherlands, 2019

Hey readers! In the series “Travel Nostalgia” I look back on the travel adventures I’ve had with my friends (and parents) in the past. I’ve seen so many amazing things and sometimes I can give advice on where to go and what to skip. Or you’re just here for the pictures, that’s also totally fine! Today I talk about our time in the Texel, the Netherland in 2019. Please enjoy the last post of this series!

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Flooding in the south of the Netherlands

Short update: we are dealing with flooding right now. A few weeks ago we already experienced a lot of rain, but this week it has become even more. It started on Wednesday. I was working in the themepark, but due to power outage and too much rain, no one was even visiting so we could go home sooner than expected. I had to wait around 15 minutes for my mom to pick me up (thank you). I was completely soaked, even my rain jacket didn’t stop the water. The weather stayed the same; there were just soft small rain drops. It just kept going, that’s the problem.

During the night the small rivers in the area got bigger. The next day a supervisor called to tell me that the themepark would close for a few days, because the town became inaccessible. The rivers overflowed and took over the centre. It’s still not ideal, many bridges are unstable and one even collapsed.

The village I live in is dealing with the water too. We are fortunate enough to live a little higher than the rest. Yesterday we saw that the neighbourhoods close to the small river and the Maas were struggling. Last night I even got an official alert on my phone that the street across our house had to evacuate, and eventually a close friend of mine texted the same.

I do need to note that Belgium and Germany have it worse right now; people lost their homes and even loved ones. So even though some TikTok’s of the situation are really funny, it does need to be realized that this is a disaster. It couldn’t have been a worse timing. And it’s still raining. And the Maas still has to go through the rest of the Netherlands. So yeah, f*ck everyone that denies the existence of climate change. There are forest fires, there’s flooding. Open your eyes goddamnit.

Relationships change and it sucks

For a few weeks now, I’ve been struggling with the fact that relationships change. The first quarter of your life, you call your parents your home, and spend time with friends from school. When people grow and enter adulthood, that changes. I will move out soon completely and due to full-time jobs and other friends, there’s less time to meet with those from high school. It’s difficult to accept.

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Travel Nostalgia: West Canada, 2017

Hey readers! In the series “Travel Nostalgia” I look back on the travel adventures I’ve had with my parents (and friends) in the past. I’ve seen so many amazing things and sometimes I can give advice on where to go and what to skip. Or you’re just here for the pictures, that’s also totally fine! Today I talk about our time in West Canada in 2017. Enjoy!

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Travel Nostalgia: Rome, Italy, 2017

Hey readers! In the series “Travel Nostalgia” I look back on the travel adventures I’ve had with my friends (and parents) in the past. I’ve seen so many amazing things and sometimes I can give advice on where to go and what to skip. Or you’re just here for the pictures, that’s also totally fine! Today I talk about our time in Rome in 2017. Enjoy!

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Working at a theme park as a socially anxious introvert

I love working at a theme park. Every time my position is elsewhere; controlling the rides, welcoming visitors at the entrance, selling ice cream and drinks… There are various things to do, which makes it so much fun to work there. And when the kids are smiling and waving at me, my heart melts. There’s no other side job I’d rather do!

The only obstacle I have to face, however, is my social anxiety.  

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Travel Nostalgia: Athens, Greece, 2016

Hey readers! In the series “Travel Nostalgia” I look back on the travel adventures I’ve had with my friends (and parents) in the past. I’ve seen so many amazing things and sometimes I can give advice on where to go and what to skip. Or you’re just here for the pictures, that’s also totally fine! Today I talk about our time in Athens, Greece in 2016 (including teenage drama). Enjoy!

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