Last weekend I was sitting around with some parents and telling funny stories about our kids. One mother dramatically acted out what her 7-year-old son has recently started saying about his 5-year-old little brother anytime he perceives there to be a partial truth on the air, “Liar! He’s a liar!” We were all chuckling about … More Conditions of Truth
Agreeableness breaks down into Compassion and Politeness. Compassionate people are the caring, loving types. They are sympathetic towards other people’s feelings and take an active interest in their friends and families lives. Polite people are very careful with their words. They have a deep respect for authority and hate to seem pushy or impose their … More Agreeableness: The Sacrifice of Self
A few months ago, my daughter and her best friend were doing an art project at my dining room table. My 6-year-old daughter announced that she didn’t like the color brown. And her best friend took offense at that because she is brown. I identify as heterosexual, white female. I am so unambiguous about that … More The Gift of Empathy
“Your perception of me, is a reflection of you. My reaction to you is an awareness of me.” – Unknown. What do you do when you look at yourself in the mirror? Maybe you comb your hair or have a shave. Maybe you brush and floss your teeth. Maybe you correct your posture. Maybe you examine … More The People Mirror Effect
“You are damaged and broken and unhinged. But so are shooting stars and comets.” ― Nikita Gill If you have read some of my previous posts you are aware that I did not have an easy childhood…but then who among us has? You work with what you have, not what you wish for. I knew I … More We Are All A Little Broken
What is with us humans? Why do we have a tendency to trivialize other people’s problems, but when they happen to us, it’s the end of the effing world? We compartmentalize for our friends: Hey, at least you don’t have to worry about: the political nature of Academia; gas prices; sibling rivalry; no buffer zone; … More SnapDragon Speaks: On The Unwritten Page.
Why do we get jealous? It’s inevitable, really. Because for a time, in one way or another, we all feel it. She’s so much skinnier than me. *pout* He has a summer house he never even uses. *scowl* They pop out a kid every other year. *eye roll* Why, Dear Reader, can’t we simply be … More SnapDragon Speaks: On Jealousy.