I mentioned in my last blog post, “Patient, Forget Thyself,” that the last book I finished, Martin Seligman’s Authentic Happiness, had multiple take-aways. The one I described in that entry was the distinction Seligman makes regarding gratification vs. pleasure and the integral part self-absorption plays in depression.
The other huge take-away for me was an introduction to relationship attachment styles. » Read more
Kids today. Still getting used to them.
Yesterday I was reading a book waiting for class to start when the girl that sits in front of me asked me, “Whacha reading?”
It’s not every day that someone asks you what you’re reading and then proceeds to make fun of it.
But it happened. » Read more
I was reading an interesting text today by E. Tory Higgins, Beyond Pleasure and Pain: How Motivation Works, when I stumbled across one of the most cogent cases for the benefits of voluntary enslavement as a small part of a logical case Higgins builds of value, truth, and control being at the very least equally powerful motivators to human beings as pain and pleasure:
“Your sense of control is also sustained if you choose to have someone else make a choice for you. » Read more
I recently finished an excellent volume of essays entitled Extremism and the Psychology of Uncertainty edited by Michael A. Hogg and Danielle L. Blaylock. Each of the 16 writings builds upon and expands on the psychological underpinnings of extremist movements, fundamentalism, and terrorism.
In the very first writing, “The Need for Certainty,” » Read more
Lately, I’ve been rolling around the concepts of dishonesty vs. an incomplete (or even merely representational) model – or similarly, inaccuracy as distinguished from explicit deception.
These are the stones that my brain tumbles in a constant attempt to smooth them.
I addressed this earlier within the framework of the popular logical problem in my essay, » Read more
I had my final appointment with my counselor last week, subsequent to which she proudly announced, “You’ve graduated from therapy!” It was a great session. We talked about my plans for the future, getting a Ph.D. in psychology. She told me she could totally see me doing that and that I’d do great, advised me to consider teaching as at least part of my professional life, » Read more
The first surprise I’m discovering as I study psychology is how much energy, work, and just plain basic structure is devoted to the study of processes that are not in any way, shape, or form considered disease states – elements like the basic nature of cognition, the wealth of different systems used to describe, explain, » Read more
This will probably not read like a normal one of my writings because I am too excited to take the time to actually sort through and collect my thoughts and make sure they sound how I like them to, as I’m wont to. I’m a stickler for a style of prosody that I’ve grown to employ, » Read more