The Therapeutic Power of Listening and Speaking

By Troy Headrick I’d like to do something a bit different in this blog.  It’ll start with me posting a fascinating TED Talk by Leon Berg.  The title of his presentation is “The Power of Listening:  An Ancient Practice for Our Future.” By the way, before I tell you the true aim of this post,... Continue Reading →

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Be The Guest We Need

   I want to thank all of you for being here and for sharing your valuable insights with this community and with myself. I’m more than honored and grateful for this chance of reading and responding to your comments daily. It’s one of the best parts each of my day has.    I believe you... Continue Reading →

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Brain-Storming 3

Situation: Mary is going to marry her boyfriend of three years. But there are some things that bother her. Her boyfriend is from a different culture and had a different upbringing. They are both open-minded people but they are different in food choices and family interaction. Her boyfriend tends to get a bit too jealous... Continue Reading →

A Meditation on Something I Heard the Other Day

By Troy Headrick On Friday, October 11th, I attended a professional development workshop at the college where I’m employed.  The title of the session was “Communication Skills for Collaboration.”  Looking back, I don’t think the title gave an apt preview of what the talk would cover.  Plus, the title was boring; whereas, the actually workshop... Continue Reading →

Brain-Storming 2

Again, a situation and questions: Situation: You have a stable, well-paying job and in fact you will be promoted soon. However, the last few years have been hard for you because you realized that you are not happy in your job and you want to do art, your passion since childhood. This means you will... Continue Reading →

Love

Hi everyone, I have been thinking about emotions lately. Their depth, their intricacies, their flow. How they are much more powerful than logic, whether we admit to this or not. Then, I started thinking about the emotions that are especially more powerful than others, at least for me. Love is one of them. Love is... Continue Reading →

The Failing Master and Success

You may have noticed a certain internet meme featuring Yoda and this pithy saying: The difference between a master and a beginner is that the master has failed more times than the beginner has even tried. I think there’s a lot to this, and it’s had me thinking about failure and success. Of course there’s... Continue Reading →

This Thing Called “Freedom”

By Troy Headrick As some of you might know, I am the director of a writing center at Palo Alto College in San Antonio, Texas.  Just yesterday, a bright, young woman came into our facility and one of our best tutors helped her with a piece of writing she’d been working on. The tutoring session... Continue Reading →

Brain-Storming

Hi all, Let's try a new kind of post. I will give you a situation and posit a few questions about it. I am interested in what you would do and why. DISCLAIMER: I am not a psychologist nor a sociologist. So, I don't claim to know the answer. Indeed, I actually do not know... Continue Reading →

The Importance of Noise

Hi everyone, Let’s imagine a world where language does not exist. No one speaks. Our thoughts are not in words. There is absolute silence. Can we bear with it? I know I can’t. We humans need some noise (not the bad city kind of noise). Maybe this gives us a feeling that we are not... Continue Reading →

SnapDragon Speaks: On Self-Love

Written by SnapDragon X. All rights reserved. Copyright 2019. Home as Print, 2019. Original Painting & Design by SnapDragon X. All rights reserved. Greetings, friends! As you may know, I took a short break from the blogosphere for much of September. Shit happened (as it does) and I needed to turn off and unplug as... Continue Reading →

Where Does Creativity Come From?

By Troy Headrick I’m going to share a secret with you.  Several years ago, back when I was living overseas, I used to create artwork and show it internationally.  I even sold quite a few pieces.  Then, for reasons I won’t get into right now, I stopped making art.  (By the way, my header image... Continue Reading →

Philosophy: an art of living

Provided by Cleveland Philosophic Advisor As this is my first guest post for Pointless Overthinking, it seemed appropriate to talk about philosophy as a way of living. It’s such an interesting idea, and although it differs from how one (usually) hears philosophy discussed today, I’ve noticed the idea (1) in the ancient period of Western... Continue Reading →

We Need Sleep

Hi everyone, The picture above is proof that I love cats and I also love sleeping. So this week I want to talk about sleep (I can talk about cats anytime). We all need sleep and we need it every day. I take sleep to be just as important as food in terms of its... Continue Reading →

Competition, Anger, and Mental Health

By Troy Headrick After I’d posted “Practicing Patience,” Betul Erbasi and I had a really interesting exchange.  (By the way, Betul is one of Pointless Overthinking’s regular contributors and a Turk who is working on her PhD at the University of Southern California.)  The topic of this conversation was anger and American culture.  I pointed... Continue Reading →

Re-connecting with My Time

As you may have noticed, it’s been a while since I posted something. It seems that time works against me and instead of helping me achieve things, it keeps me away from doing what I love. Because of this, I decided to re-connect with my time so we both are again on the same page.... Continue Reading →

Motivation

Hi everyone, This week was a very busy week for me. I was able to do much more work than usual thanks to a deadline. That got me thinking: what other than deadlines motivate me? So, let’s talk about it. Motivation is the push that gets us to do things. It can be internal or... Continue Reading →

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