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September 23, 2022

Weekend reads: How to make friends with your inner critic

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    Why you're still having nightmares about waking up late for a final exam, what they aren't telling you about hypoallergenic dogs, and more.

    Lex Ashcroft’s reads

    How to make friends with your inner critic. We all have an inner critic, built from experiences over the course of our lives. While this voice may seem harsh, it is meant to help us survive social rejection, making us shame ourselves before others do. Writing for the Washington Post, Lakeasha Sullivan says instead of trying to suppress our inner critic, we should instead befriend it by doing the following: giving it a backstory and name (connecting to your history), countering negative self-talk, being open to painful thoughts, and practicing mindfulness based cognitive therapies and techniques.

    What they aren’t telling you about hypoallergenic dogs. Dog loving allergy sufferers have long bought into the hype of hypoallergenic dogs, mainly short-haired and low shedding breeds. Surprisingly, scientists have found no difference in the levels of dog allergen levels when comparing homes with hypo-allergenic and non-hypoallergenic dogs. Writing for The Atlantic, Sarah Zhang explains why factors such as saliva, the size of a particular breed, and presence of different allergy-inducing proteins are the most important for allergy sufferers when selecting a furry friend.

    Allie Rudin's reads

    Why you're still having nightmares about waking up late for a final exam. Ever had a dream about showing up to school in your underwear? According to dream researchers and analysts, this school theme is very common, no matter how old the dreamer. As Kelly Conaboy writes for The Atlantic, these dreams are often an expression of anxiety in our waking life, especially stress related to evaluation by an authority figure. In addition, our school years are a formative time and setting in social and psychological development. No matter why you may be waking up in a panic over a forgotten essay, Conaboy provides advice to escape the classroom in your dreams.

    Lots of good food gets tossed, and these apps let you buy it for cheap. From Texas to Singapore, innovative platforms are connecting restaurants and stores with unsold product to hungry customers in an effort to divert edible food out of landfills. Taking a cut of each leftover pizza or box of produce purchased through their apps, these companies are growing and spreading to new markets like hotel buffets and major chain businesses. Writing for the New York Times, Clare Toeniskoetter breaks down different players using this model and the benefits they promise for consumers, businesses, and the environment.


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