It’s been difficult finding my way lately. More knowledge has made it more difficult, rather than less — as it delineates the myriad possibilities that exist. Even within the more “learned” communities, there are a number of competing philosophies/approaches. For example: My social psych prof lectured to the class the other day how he feels he must know a text inside and out in order to teach it and that he never arrives to class with notes because if he requires notes to lecture, » Read more
A few weeks have passed since my last update, but the time feels infinitely longer. Strangely, time seems to drag when I’m busy – but not in a painful way. It’s just that I’m so deeply engaged that by the end of each day I feel like 2 or 3 have passed. Weekdays anyway. It seems more and more that weekends are spent doing essentially nothing, » Read more
In the year leading up to this past fall, I was frustrated and beaten down by my job, by the way the transcription industry was requiring more work for less pay with each passing year, and how powerless I seemed to do anything about it. Changes in compensation, for example, had placed extreme stress on the last few years of my first marriage – » Read more
“Find a (Good) Study Partner. And not just anyone, either. Find someone that cares about their performance even more than you do. The old adage, ‘If you want to be a good student, hang out with good students,’ is not only true, but imperative.”
It’s widely acknowledged that most second marriages end in divorce – and while statistics predict that the majority of first marriages fail, the failure rate for first marriages is barely a majority with the percentage being just over half and the failure rate for second marriages being closer to two-thirds.
Though I ended up marrying Skyspook anyway, » Read more
The semester ends next week, but I finished my last paper today, and all that remains are 3 tests, for which I am very well prepared.
Looking back on the last few months, I am overjoyed by the sheer amount of progress I’ve made, both intellectually and emotionally. In addition to having a successful transition back to school, » Read more
Woo! As I posted earlier, I finished the first draft of my polyamory memoir last month. I’ve been waiting to work on the second draft of that book until the semester is over next week – in an effort to give myself time and distance away from the project so that I can edit it more objectively. » Read more
So a major question I’m encountering trying to prepare for my ever more imminent entry into grad school is what form my research should take – laboratory experimental, extra-laboratory experimental, observation, survey, interview, etc.
Laboratory experiments are the toughest to design properly – and often difficult to derive based on the research question, » Read more
“Keep your eye on the intuitions, and don’t take people’s moral arguments at face value. They’re mostly post hoc constructions made up on the fly, crafted to advance one or more strategic objectives.”
-Jonathan Haidt, The Righteous Mind: Why Good People are Divided by Politics and Religion
A month or so ago, » Read more
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