Category Archives: Psychology

Returning to Boredom

All man’s troubles come from not knowing how to sit still in one room. Pascal said that back in 1670, but Pascal is boring. The whole of the seventeenth century is boring. And Kierkegaard said this a few hundred years … Continue reading

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Our Age of Unease

Eventually everyone leads a strange life, probably because life isn’t a sit-com. And out here in Hollywood America’s situation comedies are in constant production – there are hundreds of soundstages in the Thirty Mile Zone (yes, like in the tabloid … Continue reading

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Regarding Self-Esteem and Self-Respect and Glamour, and Hollywood

If you think psychiatrists are a difficult lot, try dating one. No, skip that. That’s a story for another time, and she was a psychotherapist anyway, with a clientele that included the stars and the executives at the major motion … Continue reading

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Regarding Cognitive Fluency

First, a nod to that inexplicably influential 1959 book The Presentation of Self in Everyday Life – Erving Goffman on the fundamental importance of having an agreed upon definition of the situation in any given social interaction, in order to … Continue reading

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The Persistence of Cruelty

With the world going quite mad over the death of Michael Jackson – especially out here – one bit of news on that Friday didn’t get much attention. Or maybe it wasn’t news, just more of the same: A senior … Continue reading

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Quite Normal Bitterness

Over the years you do tend to collect reference material. You might have a dictionary somewhere in the house – and in a drawer the user manual for the DVD thing, and in the glove box the car’s owner’s manual, … Continue reading

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The Last Gentleman

In this new century – well, almost new, as almost eight years of it have come and gone – it’s hard to figure out what to make of that concept that seems so early Victorian now, the gentleman.     Emerson … Continue reading

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