Wintertime Psychology
Jan10

Wintertime Psychology

Brrrrrrrrrrrr! – Jake’s first words every morning in Ohio If you’re like approximately 90% of the population, winter is not your favorite season. The cold, the ice, the lack of festive holidays after December (no, Groundhog Day, you don’t count). In fact, for many people, the wintertime can bring on the blues–and I’m not just talking about the color of your toes. Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD) is...

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An Explanation of Happiness
Oct18

An Explanation of Happiness

Happiness is not something ready made. It comes from your own actions. — Dalai Lama There are few things in life we pursue as consistently and determinedly as happiness. Heck, “the pursuit of happiness” is inscribed in the US Constitution (i.e., so you know it’s legit). But for as important as we all agree happiness is, the field of psychology hasn’t treated it so. For example, in 1981, there were close to 130 publications on...

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Warm Parent, Cold Parent
Sep20

Warm Parent, Cold Parent

Don’t worry that children never listen to you; worry that they are always watching you. — Robert Fulghum Parenting is hard—or at least I assume it must be. I mean I’ve never been a parent, but thinking of myself as a child takes little effort to recall moments that must have caused my parents to debate the age restriction on fire station drop-offs. And I was the good child 😉 Now, for nearly all forms of life, an animal’s...

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300 Short Conversations
Sep13

300 Short Conversations

The world will know that free men stood against a tyrant, that few stood against many, and before this battle was over, even a god-king can bleed. — King Leonidas, 300 On March 19th, 2012, I wrote my very first post for this site, First Foray (though, I’m not linking it here because it’s terrible).  Now, over five years later, I have written my 300th post. Nearly every Wednesday (or hungover Thursday) I wrote...

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Dreaming of Whom?
Sep06

Dreaming of Whom?

I dream my painting and I paint my dream. — Vincent van Gogh Dreams are mysterious; even science isn’t totally sure what they are. Well, we know what they are (electrical impulses in the brain that mirror the pulses we emit when we’re awake). It’s just unclear why our brains have dreams at all. Now, just as unsure as we are about the purpose behind dreaming, so, too, are we unsure about the cause behind the content of our...

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