Do you ever entertain dark and evil thoughts? Here’s the situation: Below me lives an old woman with an outdoor cat. I know the cat’s name, but not its owner’s. I work from home, so I am treated to daily choruses of “Here, Mufasa! Fassi, Fassi! Where are you?” Don’t get me wrong. I adore cats, and Fassi is a... Read more
This post is about cognitive control, which is part of an involved series that investigates what is going on in our brains when we think and react and behave. There are no definitive answers, but the questions are intriguing.
We kicked off the series in early May with a piece that reported on a provocative blog by Thomas Insel, head of... Read more
Have you bought something recently? I did and I’m exhausted. The other week, I invested in an iPad 3. If you go to an Apple store, you will see the iPad 2 and the iPad 4 on display, but not an iPad 3. Apple doesn’t sell them. But they may be selling refurbished models on their website at a considerable discount to a near-equivalent... Read more
This is the second (and final) of our look at the DSM-5, the latest version of psychiatry’s diagnostic bible, which has superseded the DSM-IV, dating from 1994. In case you’re wondering, the stylistic change from the Roman numeral IV to the modernistic 5 represents the DSM’s major innovation. Just about everything else is... Read more
Pruning is a very essential element in cultivating life. Our personal lives are no exception, especially if we expect to keep growing. Typically, the choices are painful, ones that take us well outside our comfort zones, leaving a lot that is precious to us behind. Then we adjust and new things open up.
I experienced one of these... Read more