Feel like confessing?

I have been reading “Confessions” by Jean-Jacques Rousseau, one of the great thinkers ever to walk the earth. He also wrote “The Social Contract,” which laid a foundation for government by the people. In “Confessions,” Rousseau spilled his guts about various misdeeds. As a teen, he traveled about and stole small things, much like the […]

May 31, 2012.     Category: Uncategorized.   No Comments.

I have goals — do you?

Yesterday at a staff meeting I pitched the idea of our setting goals for our psychology education programs. My argument, in a nutshell: Goals lead to plans, which lead to focused behavior, which leads to achievement. I mentioned that I set goals with my psychotherapy clients and I set goals for the courses I teach. […]

May 19, 2012.     Category: Uncategorized.   No Comments.

Why do pysychologists oppose spanking?

I just watched an Australian 60 Minutes TV episode about parents spanking (“smacking”) their children. I watched a mother hit her children as hard as she could on the rear. The mother seemed to spank the kids every day, for every misbehavior. The show host indicated that some countries ban spanking, as recommended by psychologists […]

May 13, 2012.     Category: Uncategorized.   3 Comments.

Do humans have better personalities than “animals”?

Humans have long thought that they are smarter than other animals, although that could depend on one’s perspective. A New Scientist article on this topic quoted Douglas Adams: ‘Man had always assumed that he was more intelligent than dolphins because he had achieved so much — the wheel, New York, wars and so on — […]

May 6, 2012.     Category: Uncategorized.   No Comments.