The illusion of control and choice (#nofreewill)…

Following on from my last entry – I wanted to explore more on the topic of unconscious versus conscious choice, and our ability to make conscious choices versus our perception of that ability. Let’s see what we can come up with. For the majority of our Read More …

Why are we so angry?

Are you angry? Maybe you’ve noticed that more people seem to be angry, intolerant, frustrated, or stressed – on the road, at work, in the supermarket? Angry politicians, angry protesters, angry Facebook feeds? What’s going on? Let’s start with the first question: are people getting Read More …

Why dogs are happier than you: Understanding primary and secondary emotions…

Dogs experience an internal world that is substantially different from the one you and I inhabit. For dogs, the world is comprised of primary experiences, largely undiluted by the cognitions (including worry) and secondary emotions that we humans constantly bathe ourselves in. Let me elaborate. There’s a great Read More …

Emotions as data: A different way of understanding your feelings…

Emotions are a large part of what it is to be human – nearly all of us live in a soup of subjective feelings that often determine how we act. Not only do we let our emotions govern our actions, they also provide our motivation for, Read More …

An alternate take on Mindfulness…

I’ve written a lot about mindfulness, and up until now, it’s pretty much all been about mindfulness as a way of either feeling or functioning better – sort of a ‘mindfulness for a better you’ stance. This is also the direction taken in a lot of Read More …

What you should know (Part 2)…

Last week, I wrote about some basic things that we are all supposed to know about (but not that many of us do anything about) regarding our health. This week, I’d like to continue the theme with some stuff that’s equally important to your physical Read More …

Why striving for happiness is fucking you up…

So Christmas and New Year’s are over again – little orgies of excess that they are. Did they make you happy? In fact, how much of what we think will make us happy ends up being either stressful or disappointing (or both)? Our quest for Read More …

The ‘Blankie’ as Metaphor: Lessons from a Spaniel

I’d like to introduce you to Moose. Moose is a four year-old Springer Spaniel who is fixated on his blankie. He also has a stuffed sheep which, along with his blankie, he uses to regulate his emotions. This fascinates me. So this week I’d like Read More …