In her 2019 international bestseller, “Evil: The Science Behind Humanities Dark Side,” author Julia Shaw explores some of the most duplicitous human acts and behaviors imaginable. Among these topics are “Murder by Design,” “Your Inner Sadist,” and other related subjects. Generally speaking, true crime books and books about the psychology of evil have generally landed […]

Crisis Leadership

What characteristics make for a good leader? This is a question that is studied in the classrooms of M.B.A. and organizational leadership programs all over the world. And although there are elaborate theories and constructs out there to help us understand what traits make a good leader, one often overlooked aspect is: What role does […]

Wintering: How to Retreat when Times Get Tough

In her recent book, “Wintering: The Power of Rest and Retreat in Difficult Times,” author Katrine May explores the concept of “wintering” – or, “a fallow period in life when you’re cut off from the world, feeling rejected, sidelined, blocked from progress, or cast into the role of an outsider.” Let’s face it: We’ve all […]

Grit: Personal Perseverance in the Long Run

In her 2016 book, “Grit: The Power of Passion and Perseverance,” author and researcher Angela Duckworth brought the concept of grit into the mainstream. Before Duckworth’s book, few individuals talked about – or were let alone aware of – the concept of “the power of passion and perseverance.” As a researcher, Duckworth was interested in, […]

Personality Types

Attempting to understand personality types has a subject of psychology since its inception. Over the decades, different personality theories have emerged and reemerged, but in recent years, the Five Factor (Or “Big Five”) framework of personality has been worked and reworked, where it has become the dominant approach to personality types. That said, however, there […]

Spring Officially Kicks of This Week

There’s an old saying that March is like a season unto itself. And every year this old adage seems true, as there can be warmer days and sunshine followed immediately by a late winter snow storm. And I’m willing to bet that after this year’s “Covid winter” that I am not the one yearning for […]

Verbally Abusive Relationships

How can you tell if you are in a verbally abusive relationship? That’s in part the goal of author Patricia Evans’ book, “The Verbally Abusive Relationship,” originally published in the 1990s but updated more recently. According to the author, “Verbal abuse is the kind of battering which doesn’t leave evidence comparable to the bruises of […]

12-Step Isn’t Always the Right Step: An Opinion

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevent (CDC), moderate alcohol use includes 1 drink or less in a day for a woman, and 2 drinks or less in a day for a man. Moreover, Alcohol Use Disorders (AUD) impact millions of Americans each year. Those who abuse alcohol regularly can likely expect adverse […]

Styles of Distorted Thinking

It may come as a surprise to some people that thinking – yes, thinking – can arrive in our consciousness in a distorted way. In other words, thoughts are not always neutral. It seems to be embedded in our psychology that thoughts can come wrapped in biases: biases that trend toward too negative or too […]