It’s high time we put the most enduring myths about human behavior to bed, and see the mind—and the world—as it is.
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Saul Levine M.D.
We humans have achieved greatly in the arts, sciences, medicine, and architecture, and in acts of communality and benevolence. We have also, however, been hateful and brutal.
My brother's diagnosis years ago was "early infantile autism," a sudden upheaval to my parents. His life was complicated and challenging, but provided salutary lessons to us all.
Elected political leaders must be held to higher standards of behavior than other citizens, because public office has inherent responsibilities to be trustworthy role models.
Old, close friends contribute immensely to our lives. As we age, losing these worthy souls leaves a painfully palpable void. Time heals, but there are other helpful remedies, too.
Major increases in acts of hateful Anti-Semitism in many countries are a harbinger of groupthink extremism, destructive to everyone's personal freedoms, laws, and democracy.
People of all ages and backgrounds evaluate their worthiness through senses of Being, Belonging, Believing, and Benevolence.
I disdained or feared dogs and cats as a child, but when I had my own family, I learned to appreciate the roles they play, in loving and sadly leaving us, in enhancing our lives.
Many people have experienced puzzling, moving, and meaningful coincidences in their lives, which have felt jarring—and may have led them to wonder about fate, karma and mysticism.
People who hate others because of skin color, nationality, religion, etc, are zealous true believers, ill-informed about their reasons and close-minded. We can do so much better...
Myriad online dating sites are avidly utilized by millions of people around the world who are seeking connections with others, in part as a remedy for their poignant loneliness.
I have been wrestling with my own relationship with religious beliefs, the existence of God and the meaning of spirituality. Have these same issues ever been on your own mind?
In our rancorous social climate, people on opposite psychological or political sides are more inclined to ignore or detest each other than pursue meaningful, constructive dialogue.
Incivility, dislike and anger are growing. Harmonious living is thereby threatened, which can enable fascistic tendencies.
Widely different men, from extremely diverse backgrounds, captivate millions of followers and at the same time provoke extreme dislike in many others. How do you respond to each?
Loneliness saps strength, sinew and spirits. Belonging improves health and uplifts the soul. A long-standing men's group has provided Belonging: Camaraderie, community and caring.
Eighteen years ago my wife and I adopted an infant girl from China, a momentous decision considering I already had three biological sons. I learned about nature, nurture and love.
A reunion of immigrant children 67 years after graduating from elementary school is salutary. These octogenarians have more than "given back" to their "host country." We can hope.
Machu Picchu, the wondrous Incan town in the Andes, was built by human inspiration and creativity, and ravaged by human avarice and hate...The Enigma of the "Human Condition".
The flu is caused by a seasonal virus, but it has major physical, psychological, social and economic roots and consequences.
Feeling that we belong is crucial to our quality of life, but when our group is revered and others are disdained, there is danger of prejudice and extremism.
President Trump criticizes liberal elites for being disinterested and out-of-touch with those who comprise his base of supporters. I disagree, but then I look at "real facts."
Our role models (action heroes, movie stars, great minds, artists or world leaders), have been attributed wonderful qualities, but they're ordinary people, both worthy and flawed.
The repeated domestic and mass shootings in this country are astoundingly frequent. We do know how to stem this tragic tide, but our "thoughts and prayers" are simply not enough.
We criticize athletes who use PEDs, but many people everywhere "self-medicate" to help them study, perform, sleep, have sex, stay awake, and lose weight, among other pursuits.
During major cataclysms, differences and conflicts between us seem to dissipate, and we tend to reach out to each other with increased caring, empathy, and sense of community.
A "mensch" is usually respectful, generous and responsible, as are most people. Those who are often unpleasant, abrasive and untrustworthy are not worthy of that appellation.
As wonderful (or painful) as our lives can sometimes be, we will all experience unexpected dramatic changes. How we handle successes and setbacks is what is of most importance.
America's progressive values, long a beacon of light the world over, are in danger of deteriorating as selfishness and incivility are prominent in public discourse and behavior.
We need more silence in our lives, as noisy machinery, constant media, a troubled world, life's pressures and internal distress bombard us: We sorely need relief from cacophony...
Long term, close friendships enhance the substance and quality of our lives, and are important in times of celebration and sorrow: Appreciate them, nurture them, cherish them.
Saul Levine M.D., is a professor emeritus at the University of California at San Diego.