Year: December 29, 2018

Gratitude for the Holidays

The holidays are upon us. And each year, many of us are bombarded with messages of consumerism and get tied up with worry about buying gifts for our families and loved ones. Although these concerns may be legitimate, they may also distract us from what we regard as important. The holidays mean a lot of […]

Pathways to Artificial Intelligence: What Does Our Future Hold?

In recent years, talk of artificial intelligence (A.I.), its development, and how it will shape our future has intensified. Already, simple forms of A.I.—or, Artificial Narrow Intelligence (A.N.I.)—has already become a part of the average persons life via “smart” devices such as Siri, driverless car technology, and other similar devices. As impressive as these technologies […]

International Day of Persons with Disabilities

December 3rd is designated as the “International Day of Persons with Disabilities.” Having a day designated to recognize individuals with disabilities remains important for several reasons. To begin, although much progress has been made, persons with disabilities still face societal challenges. To continually raise awareness of these challenges is a step in the right direction, […]

World Kindness Day

November 13th is “World Kindness Day”—a day dedicated to kindness, understanding, and tolerance. Since 1998, when the first World Kindness Day took place, advocates have encouraged individuals to become more aware of kindness in general—how each of us treats one another and to perhaps improve kindness among individuals and nations. Apart from being an abstraction, […]

Does Being More Conscientious Impact Your Income, Employment?

Decades ago, research psychologists began to settle the question of personality. For a long time, different personality models competed for attention: Can you really narrow down human personality? If so, how many different personalities are there? And in around the 1980s, the “five-factor” model of personality emerged, or the “Big 5” personality traits, and that […]

Domestic Violence Awareness Month Just Happened . . . Now What?

Domestic violence against women is, regrettably, a worldwide phenomenon which has not been abated in recent years . . . despite good faith policy-level attempts to eliminate the problem. Even in post-industrial Western countries like the United States and France, domestic violence continues to be a problem. In a recent article in the journal Psychoanalytic […]

Celebrate ‘Red Ribbon Week’: Drug-Free America

October 23 – 31 has been designated “Drug-Free America,” or, “Red Ribbon Week.” In recent years, this has taken on a special significance, since the United States has been in the midst of an opioid epidemic, which has been gaining attention nationally in the past two years. In his book, “Dream Land,” author Sam Quinones […]