When Art Imitates Life

I read an article today hypothesizing a dark and morbid sense of humor was a sign of higher intelligence citing an experiment led by Ulrike Willinger at the Medical University of Vienna. Participants were shown twelve cartoons depicting dark humor relating to suicide, violence, and other topics considered morbid. Participants reporting they appreciated the humor…

Stoicism

What does it mean to hold yourself accountable? I know I’m late to the party, but I’ve been reading up on Marcus Aurelius.  It never ceases to amaze me how little people have changed over time in terms of our demons and innermost desires.   I find myself sometimes reading a bit of history or something,…

The People Pleaser

Givers have to set limits, because takers don’t have any.  I’m going to be the bad guy and say it.  Being a ‘”Yes man” can get you in all kinds of trouble and wreak havoc in your life.  All relationships do require a certain level of agreeableness to exist, but where do you draw the…

The War of the Wills

As far back as I can remember, my mother has attempted to control the course of my life by reprimanding every attempt at individuality. My mother wanted me to learn piano whereas I wanted to learn to play the violin, and I was not allowed to learn any instrument if I did not learn piano.…

Not a Bologna Sandwich

The most uncomfortable truth about Heroin and opiate addiction is that it affords the user one of two options-you get sober, or you die. That is the rule of the game you play when you invite that monster in your life. I did not make the rule. It just is. My area is not well-known…

Road Rage

An astronomical portion of my job is travel. I get an oil change every two to three weeks, if that puts it into perspective. As a result, I have made some observations so obvious to me yet oblivious to half of the population sharing those roads with me. Most people seem painfully unaware of this…

The Shadow

The story of Jonah always intrigued me due to its imagery. If you don't know, Jonah runs in the opposite direction after God instructs him to go to Nineveh to preach to the gentiles. This is comparable to asking a Jew in 1940 to deliver a testimony to the Nazis. Of course the prospect was…

A River in Egypt

Carl Rogers, humanistic psychologist, postulated it was impossible to help someone if they do not believe they need to improve. The desire to improve must be a precondition of progress, and many substance abuse programs base their mode of treatment on this belief. The first step is admitting you have a problem, and you can…