I don’t know who I am, or what my life is going to look like tomorrow.

Hey you!

Thanks for being here. I hope you’ll enjoy this short summary of…well, myself.

Cutting to the chase

  • I am Stefania Simon, 25, still living in my Romanian home city, Iasi
  • I usually avoid more specific titles because it’s never one single thing that can define us
  • I like to think that I still wander, even though I am not lost — as the famous quote used to say

When I thought college actually matters

  • Bachelor's Degree in Computer Science & Master’s Degree in Project Management


Teachers, parents, and children adapting to a new education era

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Adapting to a new ambiguous reality is not easy, especially for children, students, parents, and teachers, who witnessed a complete transformation of the education system: everything is happening online. Despite all the changes they had to face during the pandemic, they all have to continue their mission, not without plenty of new challenges: keeping their focus and maintaining a good balance between work and personal life.

Neuroscience can help us address some common impediments families and teachers have in adapting to the new lifestyle.

Keeping high energy and focus on what’s important as students

A frequent concern among students these…


The challenges frontline workers have to face

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Staying at home is not an easy task for most of us, but the frontline workers who are risking their own lives are the real heroes during these difficult times. However, like everyone else, they experience insecurity, uncertainty, ambiguity and confusion, which must be left aside while doing their jobs.

Even though we might feel like everything is falling apart, we must learn how to cope with the situation and quickly adapt to the new temporary lifestyle. …


Getting through a pandemic

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The pandemic has impacted the whole world, and over the past year we’ve all experienced significant changes in both our professional and personal life. It’s important to understand how these events impacted our mental health, how our brains perceived the situation and what reactions occurred in times of crisis.

Let’s take a look at some common concepts and phenomenons that lie at the core of such events, explained by neuroscience.

How does our mind translate the signals?

The permanent exposure to negative, even exaggerated information we keep seeing in every communication channel makes us lose the ability to think clearly and weakens our…


Why we all could benefit from seeing a therapist

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For many of us, therapy is still a taboo subject, mostly because of the public opinion, the way it is perceived by previous generations. There are several underlying reasons for that, whether people are ashamed of their problems and avoid dealing with them, or they think that seeking external help makes them seem weak or even wrong.

This article’s main purpose is to answer some of the frequently asked questions regarding therapy, and hopefully encourage readers to take care of their mental health, as it is one of the most important…


The Process Communication Model (PCM) Structure

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We’ve all experienced the odd feeling of being heard, but not understood by those around us. The way we express what we’re trying to say plays an essential role in the process, depending on the various communication styles each individual has.

The concept of communication can be simplified to two main layers: what we say, named content filters, and how we say it, named process filters. PCMProcess Communication Model — refers to the process filters we operate with, and provides a reliable and validated method of identifying and understanding personality structures. This…


How should parents react when kids start smoking?

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We’ve all heard — or been there, either as parents or children, being caught smoking or finding out about our kids doing that. What most of us don’t know is how to react properly in these situations, in order to avoid a conflict and possibly prevent it from happening again.

Let’s begin with a familiar story.

It starts with a child who’s around 10–11 years old — when his neocortex (Rider) is only semi-developed, as opposed to the age of 25 when it’s completely mature. …


How our childhood influences our relationships

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Attachment is a special emotional relationship that involves an exchange of comfort, care, and pleasure. Our early attachment styles, characterized by different ways of interacting and behaving in relationships, are established in childhood through the infant/caregiver relationship. In the context of the Triune Brain, the Elephantlimbic system — biologically enables us to create connections, thus the first attachment bond we build is the mother-infant bond, which can be seen in all mammals, regardless of the species.

The pioneers of the attachment theory, John Bowlby and Mary Ainsworth researched the concept of attachment…


David Rock’s SCARF Model

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The well-known expression “to push (all) the right buttons, meaning to cause a reaction or emotion in someone, especially when this makes them do what we want, is not just a figure of speech. These buttons do exist, in fact, and they represent sensibilities, emotional springs that all mammals have, i.e. all creatures that have a limbic system. Factors like age, culture, hierarchical level, sex, etc, do not matter when talking about these buttons, the limbic system makes us all reactive to them.

An important thing to keep in mind about these buttons is that they…


How do our mental models shape reality?

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Nowadays there are plenty of theories and discussions about the way we perceive reality, stating the fact that everyone experiences it differently, according to their own filters. Even though reality appears to be a certainty that all of us are aware of, it usually reveals itself as a human construct, because it’s not made of physical objects, but it exists in our own awareness.

Modeling

In order to further explain how our mental patterns work, we need to refer to NLP (neuro-linguistic programming), a pseudoscientific approach to communication, personal development, and psychotherapy created by…

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