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

On People Watching

I recently finished my third viewing of Inception, a movie now so ingrained in our collective subconscious that the only people who haven’t seen it are those living under a rock. A literal rock. Cavemen. Cavemen are the only people who haven’t seen this movie. The film features projections, which are people, objects, landscapes, and … More On People Watching

The Death of Lying: How Technology Continues to Make Us More Honest

In 2012, Associate Professor of Cognitive Science and Communications at Cornell University, Jeff Hancock, gave a fascinating and prescient talk entitled The Future of Lying. He discussed how we interact and deceive each other through social media, pointing to 3 new types of lying that have surfaced in the digital era. One of the most … More The Death of Lying: How Technology Continues to Make Us More Honest

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

Touch Aversion and Its Roots in Western Dualism

Western philosophy, onward from Plato through Descartes and Locke, could be called the philosophy of mind-body dualism. For those not acquainted with the term, the theory posits that mind and body are separate and distinct substances; the body coming from matter or physical nature, and the mind arising from “soul” or “spirit” and existing distinct … More Touch Aversion and Its Roots in Western Dualism

Social Anxiety Is Too Much of a Good Thing

Social anxiety has its benefits. As social creatures, it is perfectly rational for humans to desire being liked and fear being shamed. Indeed, ensuring one was well-liked by one’s tribe was once critical to one’s survival. It is unsurprising, then, that many (in fact, most) people still have a healthy level of fear when interacting … More Social Anxiety Is Too Much of a Good Thing