ReadNUS Issue 54

SEP 2022 | ISSUE 54
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Here’s Your Reading Summary

With mid-term examinations around the corner, students are bound to be experiencing rising stress levels. This week, we provide four texts related to Mental Health and Wellness to learn more about how to increase the quality of your mental health during difficult times.

This Week’s Reads:
Mental Health & Wellness

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This book includes the most comprehensive and updated research on the psychology of quality of life in the context of public policy. It calls for a broadening of the approach in happiness research to incorporate the quality of life at the group, community, and societal levels.

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The study presented examined a Stressful Life Events (SLE) index that strengthens associations between life events and health outcomes. Five different moderators were examined and it was identified that manageability or how well a person manages an event as the single most important moderator.

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This systematic review provides an analysis of the current nature-based interventions in counseling and identifies the quality of the interventions and their implementation. As an individual’s connection to nature increases, negative symptoms such as inattention, depression, stress, and anxiety tend to decrease.

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This book brings together the two symbiotic components of mattering. Feeling valued and adding value are not only complementary but highly interdependent. Mattering is psychological because it affects behaviours, emotions and thoughts, and political as it entails power dynamics capable of thwarting one’s sense of mattering.
Literary Journal
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Ancient Stories Retold

Conflict Resolution for Holy Beings – A review by Wendi

Long overlooked in the Anglophone world of poetry and literature, Native American poetry and spoken word is making a comeback in Poet Laureate Joy Harjo’s Conflict Resolution for Holy Beings.

With the exploration of conflict resolution within the oppressed individual in a largely white world, Harjo’s poetry works to undermine the White gaze and achieve indigenous empowerment through the ekphrastic form.

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Persuasion – Review by Darcel

When one thinks of Jane Austen, one would inevitably imagine all of the burlesque comedy, the brazen heroine, and the brilliance of the Regency Era that had been profoundly depicted in her novels. However, unlike its predecessors, Persuasion is relatively bland and dreary with lacklustre writing and mostly uninteresting characters.

The possibility of an old puppy love blossoming sets Persuasion up for a bang but everything else cascades in a despondent fashion instead of a dynamic one.

How is Persuasion different from other Jane Austen novels and is it still worth a read?

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The experience of loss a thousand years back – By Elijah

Izumi Shikibu is Japan’s, and the classical world’s most revered poetess. Her writing is forever immortalised in the anthologies handpicked by royals, scholars and poets alike. But what can we learn from her about loss? What experiences of loss can a courtly lady from the Heian era tell us about this universal suffrage?

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Ancient Stories Retold

Pssst…Fight Club is really all about daddy issues – An article by Sean

Fight Club is an infamous novel known for its anarchic ideologies, violence and critiques of consumer society. In this week’s article, however, Sean explains why Fight Club is really rooted in the narrator’s daddy issues.

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