Hi there. My name is Alisha Vabba and I am quite generally a life enthusiast and curious mind. I have many interests and passions and I change my mind more often than my phone – and I lose my phone a lot. I graduated from Lancaster University with a BA Hons. in Philosophy, Politics and Economics and am currently doing an MSc. in Experimental Psychology at the University of Sussex. My objective is to pursue research in Global Mental Health, and its importance as a sustainable goal on the agenda for International Development. Particularly I’m interested in exploring wether intrinsic motivation, self-awareness and introspection enhance creativity and well-being, as opposed to working and living for extrinsic and materialistic goals, such as monetary gains, social status and peer acceptance.
In the past year I lived in Rome, teaching English at Inlingua International and volunteering for Idea Onlus, Institute for Research and Prevention of Mood and Anxiety Disorders, and for the Italian Red Cross. I also spent the past summer volunteering for Saude e Alegria, an onlus organisation based in Santarém, Brazil, assisting in well-being programs for indigenous amazonian communities.
In my spare time I enjoy live music, belgian beer, people watching, sea food (all food), writing poetry and playing the piano/guitar. I get cabin fever if I’m in the same place for too long and my friends say I walk like Bambi on ice (aka I am very clumsy and uncoordinated). Nothing terrifies me more than boredom and that feeling of emptiness and apathy that sometimes creeps over me.
I am also diagnosed with Bipolar Disorder Type I, with psychotic and dissociative features.
I built this website to offer a chaotic and subjective lens on what matters to me in the world and why. More importantly, I wish to record my own intellectual, creative and personal growth and hopefully provide inspiration for others who are emotionally “all over the place” and struggle in organising their thoughts, feelings and life.
My writing explores the importance of creativity and mental health within society, examining questions in the fields of science, psychology, philosophy, economics, the arts, etc. My aim is to help people become more self-aware and creatively active, and not be completely enslaved, in thought and action, by the competitiveness and pressure of a society that places productivity over humanity. It is my belief that the dynamics we are subject to in our daily lives are counter-productive for society and progress, in that they underestimate emotional individuality and creativity.
Note: all posts reflect my personal inquiries and perspectives on positively and productively riding the roller coaster of manic depression, and the ups and downs of life in general. None of the information is intended as medically accredited treatment for bipolar disorder and/or other psychiatric conditions.