Archive | January, 2017


29 Jan

Novelist Javier Marias: It’s impossible to know anything for certain, not even what we’ve lived.


26 Jan

Intuition can be better than reason for solving some kinds of problems. (In brief. Monitor on Psychology, 2016, 47(5), p. 18)


22 Jan

Novelist Yaa Gyasi: Weakness is treating someone as though they belong to you. Strength is knowing that everyone belongs to themselves.


19 Jan

It has been generally accepted that members of couples become more alike over time. However, recent research suggests that intimate relationships are formed by people who are already similar to each other. (In brief. Monitor on Psychology, 2016, 47(5), p. 17)


16 Jan

About 25% of Americans older than 65 live alone. About 61% of older adults would prefer to age at home with a caregiver. (Monitor on Psychology, 2016, 47(5))


15 Jan

Critic Rebecca Solnit: The worst criticism seeks to have the last word and leave the rest of us in silence; the best opens up an exchange that never need end.

13 Jan

Intelligence is 50% inherited and 50% environmentally influenced. (Kong, R. Is intelligence hereditary? Scientific American Mind, 2016, 27(3), p. 73)


8 Jan

“The capacity for solitude is a cornerstone for the capacity for relationship”(p. 32). (Turkle, S.The empathy gap. Psychotherapy Networker, 2016,40(6), 28-33 & 54-55)

Digital Communication

6 Jan

In 2010, an analysis of 72 studies done over 30 years found a 40% decline in the empathy of college students. Most of the reduction took place after 2000, which led the researchers to blame the ever more wide-spread use of digital communication. (Turkle, S. The empathy gap. Psychotherapy Networker, 2016, 40(6), 28-33 & 54-55)

Happy New Year!

1 Jan