The Territorial Imperative

The Territorial Imperative was a book I read back in the late 60's, as a freshman at Colorado State University. It has informed and influenced me ever since. Its "big ideas" predated Evolutionary Psychology, by some ten/twenty years. Sociobiology was a word coined by The Naturalist, E.O. Wilson, around 1975. Sociobiology, as defined by Wilson … Continue reading The Territorial Imperative

The Pursuit Of Happiness

At a recent session with my psych-girl, she closed with three "suggestions": Lower your expectations Reduce your drinking Censor yourself Is there a better prescription for unhappiness? Or is it one for happiness? Christopher Hitchens once said: It's not true that you shouldn't drink alone; these can be the happiest glasses you ever drain. I … Continue reading The Pursuit Of Happiness

Talk Therapy

How do you know what it is? Do you know if you're getting it? Is it effective? Those questions illustrate the value of the Health & Well-being Inventory (HWBI). If you can accurately assess your score? Then maybe you can decide if you can/are benefiting from therapy? However, what kind? Because once you've determined you … Continue reading Talk Therapy

Fear, Anger, Riots, & Death

Go deeper. In other words - more reductionism, not less. Back to the beginning. Anger. "We" (humans) don't learn because what we are taught (at the highest levels) is simple rhetorical bullshit. It's a power play. "We" have not "evolved". Not consciously, and especially, unconsciously - in some 40,000 years. Anger is still a secondary … Continue reading Fear, Anger, Riots, & Death

The Perfect Storm

The Perfect Storm was a phrase made popular by journalist Sebastian Junger, with his 1997 novel and subsequent major motion picture. The subtitle is: A True Story Of Men Against The Sea. I think the phrase applies now as then. You can read my review of the book here. The perfect storm describes a confluence of circumstance … Continue reading The Perfect Storm

What’s Wrong With Millennials?

"What's wrong with Millennials?" was a recent YouTube video from Teal Swan, one of a constellation of contemporary creatives that I pay attention to, to inform me of current happenings. The three women, pictured above, happen to be Millennials on the backside of thirty. They are part of a small group of very smart people … Continue reading What’s Wrong With Millennials?

Sexual Assault Then and Now

Sexual assault is different now than it was before. Joe Biden, the Democrat's presumptive nominee to challenge Donald Trump for president of the United States, has been accused by Tara Reade, a former staffer, of sexually assaulting her in 1993. My argument is that, that was then and this is now. Things have changed. I … Continue reading Sexual Assault Then and Now

Planet Of The Humans: a review

Monday I watched Planet Of The Humans, and today, Tuesday, the three principle drivers of the documentary were interviewed on Rising by one of my favorite personalities, Krystal Ball. The executive producer is Michael Moore and the director/creator is Jeff Gibbs. The two had been working on the film for fifteen years. It's about the dire … Continue reading Planet Of The Humans: a review

Totem and Taboo, 2020

Totem and Taboo was a book written by Sigmund Freud and published in 1915, about human neurosis, health, behavior, and survival. This post is also about those interactions; but in regard to the current crisis concerning the COVID-19 global pandemic. I am suggesting that there is a three factor model that can explain who is at … Continue reading Totem and Taboo, 2020

The biopsycosocial effect

The biopsychosocial model/effect is more important/relevant than ever ... and yet is ignored. In essence, the BPSE attempts to explain why humans (as individuals and collectively) behave the way we do. The model says that there is an interaction between one's biology, psychology, and social environment that determines behavior. (Think Freud.) I agree. I am … Continue reading The biopsycosocial effect