A Burned-Out Occupational Therapist Thinks About Quitting

My exchange with a caller to my radio program about becoming a college counselor.

In Search of Cracks

The first step in expanding hope is to recognize cracks of opportunity.

Nine Professions' Downsides

A counterbalance to the positive bias of most reviews of careers

Finding Good Work

Two very different callers to my radio program today went from "stalled to jazzed."

To Be Awakened

Some of my clients', colleagues', friends', and my changed opinions.

Staying Grounded in a Negotiation

On being psychologically ready to negotiate fairly

Good Public Speaking Without Fear

A fear that often can be overcome.

In Praise of Nuance

Toward our being less black-and-white in discussing difficult issues.

The Halloween Costume as a Tool for Personal Growth

Trying on personas can be instructive and fun.

Job Simulations

How to implement this key to hiring wisely.

On Being a Rabid Sports Fan

What's behind one super-fan's enthusiasm?

On Being Unattractive

Upsides, downsides, and what you might do.

Stoicism Doesn’t Mean Emotionless

An under-considered approach to life

A Potpourri of Career Questions

How high to aim? Should I change careers? Am I wrong to hate teamwork? And more.


A The Eminents interview with Nobel Prize winner, Robert Shiller

Are You All Talk?

Coming up with ideas is easy. Seeing them through isn't. Should you just be an idea generator anyway? Train yourself to be a good implementer? This article should help.

A Tough Guy

A real-life story offering contraintuitive lessons about resilience.

On Money

My history with money. What's yours?

How I've Come Up With an Article Topic for 932 Days in a Row

We all must come up with things to talk or write about. You might try these tactics.

How Beneficial Are You?

A self-assessment: How positive or negative are your impacts?

I Have a Mouse Problem...Maybe a Rat Problem

Musings on the practicalities and the ethics of killing rodents.

On the Envelope

Musing on the mundane

Marriage's Purpose

Is she right that marriage's core purpose is to nurture each other?

The Burdens of Intelligence

We admire intelligence but it imposes hidden burdens. Fortunately, there are ways to address them.

The Pursuit of Happiness, Bah, Humbug?

Many people focus on the pursuit of happiness, but there are other options. It's up to you.

An Ode to Readers of How-To Articles

To those who appreciate the how-to article.

On Autumn and Fall, Life's Last Smile

Coping with nearing the end of life's conveyer belt.

A Better Idea for Mark Zuckerberg: A Super-Intelligence Pill

Instead of his likely unrealistic goal of trying to cure all disease, he should fund research to create a super-intelligence pill.

Changing Someone's Mind

Tips I'm only moderately confident in...but they're the best I can come up with.

The Gig Economy

Is that trend good psychologically? Economically? For society? A debate.