Archive | January, 2018


28 Jan

A recent meta-analysis of 78 studies with 19,453 subjects found that men who saw themselves as playboys and as holding power over women were more likely to have poorer mental health than other men.( In Brief. Monitor on Psychology, 2017, February, pp. 11-12.)


25 Jan

Over the past decade, the depression rate for teenage girls has risen 37%. The reasons are unclear. (In brief. Monitor on Psychology, 2017, February, p. 10)


21 Jan

Eric Hoffer: The search for happiness is one of the chief sources of unhappiness.


15 Jan

More years of education are associated with a lower dementia risk. (In brief, Aging. Monitor on Psychology, 2017, February, p. 10.)

Work Relationships

11 Jan

Incivility at work can be a slippery slope with rudeness inviting more of the same. (In brief. Rudeness at work. Monitor on Psychology, 2017, January, 13-14.)


7 Jan

George Burns: Happiness is having a large, loving, caring, close-knit family in another city.

Novel Comments

4 Jan

This fourth of Elena Ferrante’s Neapolitan novels, The Story of the Lost Child (2015), continues and ends the tale of the long friendship between the brilliant Elena and the volatile Lila, against the background of the sociological influences of city of their births, Naples. The intense ambivalence of a close female relationship has perhaps never been more thoroughly explored in literature. Ferrante shies away from no aspect of these two women’s long-standing attachment. She includes their cooperation and competition, their dependence on each other for self-definition and struggles to be independent of the other, their intimate familiarity and their blindness to aspects of themselves and each other. Ferrante is a writer worthy of her fame. However, sometimes it would have been a relief if she had conveyed less intensity and more humor.