January 7, 2021

­­Fulfillment Three authors with well-earned popularity come from different perspectives to make a point about fulfillment in your life. David Keirsey says that fulfillment and satisfaction look different for people of different temperaments.  People look for experiences that suit their own values. (Please Understand Me II) Zalman Schacter-Shalomi says that as we age, it isContinue reading “January 7, 2021”

December 31, 2020

Skills for Emotional Well-Being In a recently published paper in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, researchers at the University of Wisconsin-Madison introduced a new framework for emotional well-being. It focuses on specific skills that can be learned. The framework is based on scientific evidence that suggests well-being can be cultivated through practiceContinue reading “December 31, 2020”

December 10, 2020

STILLNESS Newspaper columnist Charles Blow wrote about the experience of attending his older brother’s funeral in Louisiana.  He was moved by the sensitivity of friends who came to comfort his mother.  One relative came to drop off food, but didn’t want to stay long and crowd the immediate family. As she put it, “We’ll beContinue reading “December 10, 2020”

December 3, 2020

Emotional Inflammation Ideas from the book Emotional Inflammation: Discover Your Triggers and Reclaim Your Equilibrium During Anxious Times (2020), by Lise Van Susteren and Stacey Colino. These days it’s common to feel anxious, outraged, stressed out, fearful about the future, hyper-reactive, agitated, or otherwise on edge. It’s a state that Dr. Lise Van Susteren, a psychiatrist inContinue reading “December 3, 2020”

November 19, 2020

INTUITIVE VALUES The 2020 election confirms that there are profound differences of opinion about multiple issues.  The book by Jonathan Haidt, The Righteous Mind: Why Good People Are Divided by Politics and Religion is a serious attempt by a social psychologist to identify the values that are expressed in political and religious affiliation. He identifiesContinue reading “November 19, 2020”

November 5, 2020

Ideology and Loneliness Ideology is described as a coherent system of ideas that relies on a few basic assumptions about reality that may or may not have any factual basis. Through this system, ideas become coherent repeated patterns through the subjective ongoing choices that people make. These ideas serve as the seed from which further thought grows. Believers in ideologyContinue reading “November 5, 2020”