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5 Must Read Fantasies Of The Century

5 Must Read Fantasies Of The Century

Growing up, the one thing that actually kept me alive was reading. Reading all the books from George R.R. Martin to Shakespeare was what kept me pushing on the trails of life. Over the years, I managed to keep a long list of books one should immerse themselves in.

These books helped me not only cope with my anxieties but also gave me a purpose to live. Every morning I wake up looking forward to devouring a few more pages of my favorite books. These experiences are something which I would like to share with as many people as possible, therefore here is my list of the must-read fantasies.

1. Lord of the Rings, J.R.R Tolkien

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    The Lord of The Rings was a book which came to me when I was around 8 years old. I remember smuggling it to school to read under my calculus book. It’s a book which reads like a symphony, you’re able to paint the picture and watch them move, you’re able to picture every detail of the Nazguls in your head. This book doesn’t only capture the world of medieval fantasy but allows you to picture yourself there.

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    J.R.R Tolkien’s soul, spirit, and his world have been clearly visualized in the trilogy of movies. These books most powerfully evoke the spirit of the beautiful writer.

    2. The Magician, Lev Grossman

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      Lev Grossman managed to put in his emotions as a human in this book, a book where the hero sits in the corner struggling with PTSD, a story where it doesn’t always end with Cinderella and the Prince and encompasses a range of true human emotions. For someone who’s used to a successful conclusion, this book was a breath of fresh air.

      For those who’re looking for a twist, this would be the best book to read.

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      3. Game of Thrones, George R.R Martin

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        This series was given to me as a gift, and what better gift to be presented to a bookworm? It’s unstoppable, sexual, vulgar and increasingly addictive. The story builds on you, increasing your curiosity. Sex is part of this book series allowing you to color your imagination, and the gore in the book becomes vivid as you accompany it with watching the series.

        For those who are watching the series, the true essence or emotion can’t be felt unless one reads the books.

        4. The Night Watch, Sergei Lukyanenko.

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          A tale told in a unique perspective, where most fantasies are usually painted from the minds of a Western, medieval perspective, the Night Watch depicts an urban, Russian fantasy. It brings upon the spirit of dark, gloomy, versatile Russia into play; portraying the presence of a bloodsucker in the midst of the night.

          In these twisted fairy tales you’ll witness a gritty twist where traditional fantasy meets horror. This series is for those who want a twist and a glimpse into non-conventional stories told by a culture which holds a unique entitlement to the literary world.

          5. Harry Potter, J.K Rowling

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            I have saved the best for last: Harry Potter; a mysterious magical world that kept many waiting for their letters from Hogwarts. The story that portrayed the importance of magic, friendship, bravery, and relationships together and if viewed in the perspective of real life, it teaches one to love.

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            It’s a book which brought tears to my eyes and allowed my imagination to fly high. Harry Potter is a book which allows you to feel the illusion the movies wish to portray.

            Some of these books will be familiar to many, however if you’ve not already read them then this definitely should be your priority this summer. These are what I would call books worth a thousand reads.

            Featured photo credit: Tumblr via domienova.com

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            Last Updated on June 24, 2019

            Why Social Media Might Be Causing Depression

            Why Social Media Might Be Causing Depression

            A study [1] published in Depression and Anxiety found that social media users are more likely to be depressed. This was just one of the huge number of studies linking social media and depression[2] . But why exactly do platforms like Facebook and Instagram make people so unhappy? Well, we don’t know yet for sure, but there are some explanations.

            Social Media Could Lead to Depression

            Depression is a serious medical condition that affects how you think, feel, and behave. Social media may lead to depression in predisposed individuals or make existing symptoms of depression[3] worse explains[4] the study above’s senior author Dr. Brian Primack. So, the problem may not be in social media per se, but how we use it.

            Signs You’re Suffering From “Social Media Depression”

            If you feel like social media is having a negative impact on your mood, then you may be suffering from “social media depression.” Look for symptoms like:

            • low self-esteem,

            • negative self-talk,

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            • a low mood,

            • irritability,

            • a lack of interest in activities once enjoyed,

            • and social withdrawal.

            If you’ve had these symptoms for more than two weeks and if this is how you feel most of the time, then you are likely depressed. Although “social media depression “is not a term recognized in the medical setting, social media depression seems to be a real phenomenon affecting around 50% of social media users. As explained in a review study[5] published in Cyberpsychology, Behavior, and Social Networking, if a person has a certain predisposition to depression and other mental disorders, social media use may only worsen their mental health.

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            Social Media Could Crush Self-Esteem

            We know that social media and depression are in some way linked, but why is this so? Well, according to Igor Pantic, MD, Ph.D.[6], social media use skews your perception about other people’s lives and traits. To explain this further, most people like to portray an idealized image of their lives, personal traits, and appearance on sites like Facebook and Instagram. If you confuse this idealized image with reality, you may be under the false impression that everyone is better than you which can crush your self-esteem and lead to depression. This is especially true for teens and young adults who are more likely to compare themselves to others. If you already suffer from low self-esteem, the illusion that everyone has it better off than you will just make you feel worse.

            Causing Social Isolation and Other Negative Emotions

            Another commonly cited reason for the negative impact of social media on mental health is its link with social isolation. Depressed people are more likely to isolate themselves socially and chose only to interact indirectly through social media platforms. But communication online tends to be superficial and is lacking when compared to real-life interaction explains Panic. What this means is not that social media leads to isolation but the other way around, possibly explaining why we find so many depressed persons on these sites.

            Lastly, social media use may generate negative emotions in you like envy, jealousy, dislike, loneliness, and many others and this may worsen your depressive symptoms.

            Why We Need to Take This Seriously

            Both depression and social media use are on the rise according to epidemiological studies. Since each one has an impact on the other, we have to start thinking of healthier ways to use social media. Teens and young adults are especially vulnerable to the negative impact of social media on mental health.

            Advice on Social Media Use

            Although these findings did not provide any cause-effect explanation regarding Facebook and depression[7], they still do prove that social media use may not be a good way to handle depression. For this reason, the leading authors of these studies gave some suggestions as to how clinicians and people can make use of such findings.

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            One suggestion is that clinicians should ask patients about their social media habits. Then they can advise them on how to change their outlook on social media use or even suggest limiting their time spent on social media.

            Some social media users may also exhibit addictive behavior; they may spend too much time due to compulsive urges. Any compulsive behavior is bound to lead to feelings of guilt which can worsen depressive symptoms.

            Having Unhealthy Relationship with Social Media

            If you feel like your relationship with social media is unhealthy, then consider the advice on healthy social media use provided by psychology experts from Links Psychology[8]:

            Avoid negative social comparison – always keep in mind that how people portray themselves and their lives on social media is not a realistic picture, but rather an idealized one. Also, avoid comparing yourself to others because this behavior can lead to negative self-talk.

            Remember that social media is not a replacement for real life – Social media is great for staying in touch and having fun, but it should never replace real-world interactions.

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            Avoid releasing personal information – For your safety and privacy, make sure to be careful with what you post online.

            Report users who bully and harass you – It’s easy to be a bully in the anonymous and distant world of social media. Don’t take such offense personally and report those who abuse social media to harass others.

            The bits of advice listed above can help you establish a healthy relationship with social media. Always keep these things in mind to avoid losing an objective perspective of what social media is and how it is different from real life. If you are currently suffering from depression, talk to your doctor about what is bothering you so that you can get the treatment you need to get better. Tell your doctor about your social media use and see if they could give you some advice on this topic.

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