We Americans are growing increasingly disenchanted with the institutions on which we depend. In our new book, Practical Wisdom: The Right Way to Do the Right Thing, we argue that what philosopher Aristotle called practical wisdom is what's needed to make our instutions run better.
"How people go about getting their needs met are influenced by a combination diverse variables, from social-economic status, culture, health, parents and guardians, friends, education and the list could go on."
“Happiness does not consist in things themselves but in the relish we have of them; and a man has attained it when he enjoys what he loves and desires himself, and not what other people think lovely and desirable.” -- La Rochefoucauld
What does your experience of the world teach you? Not the news, twittered or blogged; not movies, magazines, or music - - - what about your own, everyday, very personal experience of humanity? I hereby take a stand for the abundance of human goodness.
As a psychologist who writes about women's issues, I had a hard enough time watching bodies transformed on "Extreme Makeovers" and faces taken apart and put back together on "I Want a Famous Face." But I figured there was something sacred about weddings that made them off limits to beauty competitions—that is, until I saw "Bridalplasty!"
In psychodynamically oriented therapy the work revolves around understanding the forces, such as those in the family of origin and other intimate relationships, as a way of determining how to approach the need for change.
I recently wanted to prescribe a medication called Prevacid for a patient. It's a proton pump inhibitor that shuts off acid production in the stomach. It's used to treat a wide variety of gastrointestinal complaints,
If I lock the refrigerator to block my late-night snacking, I might have made a useful predecision to protect myself against my seemingly uncontrollable urges, but there's another route. I could try harder and exert my will. The "will" is an old notion that has resurfaced in an important way in recent writing about how we can resist procrastination.
Can we say that someone's moral judgments are wrong or mistaken—like an incorrect solution to a math problem—without involving a moral judgment of our own? In a new paper in the journal Philosophical Investigations, philosopher Zed Adams of the New School of Social Research asks that very question.
If arts are valued and seen to be so important, than why are they not given their rightful level of integration within the educational system? There seems to be a disconnect between how we feel about the arts and how much we see arts instruction being utilized in schools.
In most circumstances, it is unpleasant to be considered second best; in romantic relationship it is even more devastating. Given that we all know that it is often so hard to attain the ideal, why is it so difficult to be considered second best? Why are we so frustrated by a partner that we consider to be a second best choice?
National Hamburger Day is a celebration that shouldn't happen. Eating cows causes unnecessary suffering and death and is risky because of the serious diseases they carry from their lives on factory farms. Benefits of making humane choices are supported by solid scientific research.