Category: Psychology and The Good Life

93) How to Not Murder People, Stay Addicted, or Commit Suicide: Part 2 – The Representativeness Heuristic is Sus

The Representativeness Heuristic is at the heart of much of the shitty things we suffer from.  Yep, to the extent that you, and those you care about, have struggled with relationship problems, addictions, emotional issues, and other crappy things, this BOOOOOORING sounding nerd-speak Representativeness Heuristic thingy probably has played a key role in that suffering.…

90) Gratitude Day 8: Loneliness

I am grateful for loneliness. It also sucks.  Being lonely isn’t exactly the kind of thing one yearns for generally.  Imagine the kid in grade 2, and the teacher, all gung ho to connect with the kids this year and REALLY give them a good educational, inspirational experience.   “So what do you want to…

75) Dances with Wolves, Part 1: Gas-lighters, Narcissists, and Spiritual Predators

In the previous post, I talked about the Law of Attraction, and argued that it was easily weaponized, often wielded to terrible effects in relationships, and in particular, a weapon-of-choice for certain types of unhealthy, difficult kinds of personalities, the kinds of people who cause a disproportionate amount of the struggles and conflict that happen…

27) Gratitude Day 7: Breaking Your Vows

I am grateful for a Rumi poem. It’s the opening poem to the beautiful book, The Illuminated Rumi. “Come, come, whoever you are! Wanderer, worshiper, lover of leaving. It doesn’t matter. Ours is not a caravan of despair. Come, even if you have broken your vows a thousand times. Come, yet again , come ,…

26) Gratitude Day 6: Dad

I am grateful for my dad. There are a lifetime of reasons why, but let me share just a few. He taught me a fair  amount of what I know about living in this world. These lessons weren’t always easy to learn. But so many of the important ones aren’t. My dad is tough as…

25) Gratitude Day 5: Aging

I’m grateful for aging. Once you become an adult, you spend a few years thinking you’re pretty much still the same as you were before your 19th birthday (yes, 19 where I live…..how can you be an adult if you can’t buy yourself a beer?). Just cooler. Cuz not only can you buy that aforementioned…

23) Gratitude Day 4: Gary Gygax

I’m grateful for Gary Gygax. For creating a system of collaborative story-telling. A vehicle for journeying in your imagination. A world for creating worlds. A spelunking kit for exploring the depths of your own character. A game, for trying on different masks and seeing how they make you feel. A test, for your courage, greed,…

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