On Being Wrong

“We all know you’re smart.” Those five words, spoken by a group therapist four years ago to a younger version of myself, cut more than any of the hundreds of times I’d been called stupid in my youth or called out on various social media platforms by people who disagreed with my ideas. It was … More On Being Wrong

Nihilism and Love

One of the most important and difficult questions for a human being to consider was posed by the great Trinidadian-German philosopher Haddaway in the year 1993 with a hit dance single that swept the nation: “What is Love?” The question was the third most searched query on Google in 2014, and it is a question … More Nihilism and Love

On Jealousy and Anger

I still remember the day Pat McKee uttered the words that would change my life. I was slouched in my chair, half asleep for a lecture describing the early metaphysical views of primary and secondary characteristics of objects. I found the discussion rather tedious; in my mind there was little benefit in learning antiquated metaphysics … More On Jealousy and Anger

How To Show Gratitude

As we celebrate the Thanksgiving weekend, I feel it is only fitting to discuss how we can use gratitude in our everyday lives to strengthen our relationships with others. Gratitude is an oft overlooked emotional expression, especially in a consumer culture where we have a special Friday dedicated to trampling old ladies and small children … More How To Show Gratitude

Why You Need To Start Practicing Shame-Attacking Exercises

One of the most effective practices for treating social anxiety, shyness, and other forms of social phobia is shame-attacking. It’s an idea with roots in Albert Ellis’ Rational Emotive Therapy (now known as Rational Emotive Behavior Therapy, or REBT), a highly effective treatment method for many classes of psychopathology. Shame-attacking exercises are part of a … More Why You Need To Start Practicing Shame-Attacking Exercises