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Top 10 Feelings Associated with Social Anxiety

February 22, 2014 10:24 am Published by Leave your thoughts

    I’ve informally tracked some of the feelings that accompany social anxiety, as shared with me by people who have experienced them.  It is so much more than apprehension and nervousness, which I did not put on the list because they are so obvious. For many people, social anxiety is the fear AND the regret of imperfections AND the... View Article

Unintended Consequences

April 28, 2013 3:31 pm Published by

  Sometimes solutions can create new problems. I recently read that, after the Titanic sank in 1912 and cost the lives of over 1500 people, steps were taken to increase the safety of ships. The number of lifeboats required was increased dramatically. But sadly, as Edward Tenner suggests, the increase in lifeboats on the S.S.Eastland in 1915 made that ship... View Article

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Going Unnoticed

April 8, 2013 10:15 am Published by

  When I was in seventh grade I thoroughly enjoyed Sherlock Holmes stories.  I remember how impressed I was with the brilliance of Sherlock Holmes in Silver Blaze. In that short story, a race horse disappears and some sheep are found injured. Only Sherlock Holmes notices that the dog, which would ordinarily bark if a stranger approached the sheep pen,... View Article

It’s OK to want to be alone sometimes, isn’t it?

March 25, 2013 9:58 pm Published by

  Some people I’ve worked with have been sheepish while telling me that they get their “batteries recharged” by being alone. Most often I have thought of such comments as a useful tidbit of information that might help me to better understand the people I’m trying to help. People need to take the occasional breather, in whatever form that takes.... View Article

Celebrating Courage

March 4, 2013 8:40 pm Published by

  If she were still alive today Rosa Parks would be celebrating her 100th birthday. She was, of course, the African-American woman who mustered the courage to say no to an Alabama bus driver who told her to move to the back of the bus and had her arrested. In doing so, she served as a spark for the civil... View Article