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

Joe Biden’s Revenge

"Joe Biden's revenge" is a phrase I lifted from Hunter Thompson's 1985-88 collection of essays chronicled in the book Generation of Swine. It refers to Biden heading a committee to vet Judge Robert Bork for nomination to the US Supreme Court. Biden, at the time, had just been "disgraced" for "cribbing a few lines on some obscure … Continue reading Joe Biden’s Revenge

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

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

The Foke Woke, part II

This note's for for you Elizabeth Warren, and all the rest of you Foke Woke. Neil Young's  song This note's for you, on his 1988 album "Neil Young and the Blue Notes", mocks pretension. Which, I have to say, defines the Foke Woke population. The song takes dead aim at the advertising industry and corporations. Moreover, … Continue reading The Foke Woke, part II

Snowbound, screens, & self care

On the cusp of the New Hampshire primary, here in Colorado I've been snowbound. It has snowed six of the last eight days. Back-in-the-day (forty-nine years ago to the day), such a barrage of snow would not have fazed me. In fact it would have invigorated me. Then, I was living in a cabin in … Continue reading Snowbound, screens, & self care

Independent thinking

Independent thinking - if you ask people, most would probably say that that is something they mostly do; but that's likely not the case. How can I say that? Where's the evidence? Well that's the trouble with self reports, polling, even psychological testing. Independent thinking is something one can only surmise by observing and recording … Continue reading Independent thinking

The truth will set you free, or weaponized lying?

What is the truth? My Psych-girl (a third wave behaviorist, clinical Psychologist) is skeptical, not only of "the truth", but especially of my assertion that I've a handle on it. Who decides You sure can't trust the old standard bearers, if you ever could? And now, there's the new media (of which WordPress.com is part) … Continue reading The truth will set you free, or weaponized lying?