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Sensitivity is a superpower. Cultivate it.

Sensitivity is a superpower. Cultivate it.

Luba Kassova | August 28, 2023

I grew up believing that being sensitive is a weakness, something I had to learn to cope with. When I was young my friends teased me for being “overly sensitive” or “touchy”; for “overthinking things” or...


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What is Love But…

What is Love But…

Luba Kassova | August 15, 2023

I have come to the realisation that, counterintuitive as it may sound, our society doesn’t focus enough on love. Not love as a romantic sensation, a chemical reaction, an irresistible attraction, but love as the most fundamental fabric of humanity....


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Can we ever know the legacy we leave behind?

Can we ever know the legacy we leave behind?

Luba Kassova | July 25, 2023

What is the positive legacy we leave behind? This is a question that was posed to someone I love by a guru at a summer retreat high up in the mountains of Europe. The question was not open or exploratory however; it was followed by a closed definitive...


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Certainty, doubt and inclusive journalism

Certainty, doubt and inclusive journalism

Luba Kassova | June 30, 2023

We often oversimplify the world and introduce false binary oppositions to feel more certain, safer and thus more empowered in our lives. Feeling certain is one of our medicines against anxiety. By contrast, uncertainty is one of the hardest states of being...


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The ruthless ageist in my head

The ruthless ageist in my head

Luba Kassova | June 14, 2023

Recently I had a zoom session with presenters and editors of a radio station in Bulgaria which kicked off with a round of introductions. “I feel conscious of being the oldest amongst us”, a very eloquent and warm woman presenter opened her...


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The emerging divide around AI and what it tells us about human nature

The emerging divide around AI and what it tells us about human nature

Luba Kassova | June 06, 2023

As I am driven in the back of yet another seatbeltless taxi in Sofia, I ponder risk, uncertainty, the impermanence of existence and the latest emerging line of polarisation: whether AI could overwhelm and destroy humanity or whether hypothesising to that...


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Dreamful in Seattle and the superpower of connecting with your younger self

Dreamful in Seattle and the superpower of connecting with your younger self

Luba Kassova | May 16, 2023

Is there a city you have always wanted to visit but somehow felt was just a tad too far out of reach? For me this has always been Seattle.    Rewinding back to the spring of my life. I am in Sofia, Bulgaria. It is 1991, the year after...


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Why gender-focused reporters burn out at alarming rate and what to do about it

Why gender-focused reporters burn out at alarming rate and what to do about it

Luba Kassova | May 03, 2023

Last month at the International Journalism Festival, two editors – Megan Clement of Impact newsletter and Ankita Anand of Unbias the News – revealed the preliminary results of a survey among journalists and editors who cover gender news....


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Have you ever been gaslighted. Here is how to recognise it and protect your reality

Have you ever been gaslighted. Here is how to recognise it and protect your reality

Luba Kassova | April 19, 2023

The first time I heard the term gaslighting (psychological manipulation to undermine someone’s perception of reality) was in June 2021, during the pandemic. I was interviewing Kalani*, a wellbeing consultant, a woman of colour, who had had cancer and...


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The many facets of womanhood

The many facets of womanhood

Luba Kassova | March 08, 2023

On International Women’s Day I find myself pondering over what defines womanhood. What does being a woman mean for me? One image emerges before my eyes - assured, confident and powerful. The image of my mother. It is she who laid the foundation of my...


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