Is it Both-AND, or Either-OR: How Does Your Tarp Hang?

Thinking about how to think, Father's Day, and many great camping memories, I compare two fundamental logical operations by a contrast of plausible surfaces.

The Logical Genealogy of Mr. Spock

A method of logically synthesizing parent values as a key to children's identity choices

Same Team!

SAME TEAM! This phrase is used when players on a team inadvertently fight each other for possession of the scoring object. The logic described in this blog entry describes various aspects to consider with regard to working at cross-purposes with peers, and recognizing when efforts are counter-productive.

The Initiative of Tamar

As part of a series of psychological portraits of Biblical figures, the unusual and difficult situation of Tamar, matriarch in the line of David, is briefly examined.


Beautiful Nebraska - a big red wagon at the top of a hill.

Professionals Psychology – A Reflection

After many years of study, hard work, and entrepreneurship, many professionals find that it is the interpersonal skills and personal growth they may have missed out on in training that are sorely needed in their practices for dealing with the public, their staff, and taking care of themselves.

The Bible and Psychology – Jesus' Mercy

This eighth portrait of men in the Bible is of Jesus. His attribute of mercy is the focus, and the writer of the series shares his own impetus and faith perspective. Thanks for reading!

The Bible and Psychology -- Joseph's Workshop

The story of Joseph the Carpenter tells of a man deeply committed to God's plan -- and capable and willing to carry it out. The most important job in history? Raising a child to say his prayers, do good work, be kind to his mother, and take responsibility.

The Bible and Psychology -- David's Oil

This psychological portrait of the Biblical figure of David focuses on his intensity and passion: zeal in all that he did.

The Bible and Psychology – Jacob’s Lentils

This psychological portrait looks at Jacob or Israel in the Bible: the man who wouldn't quit.

The Bible and Psychology – Isaac's Obedience

The fourth of an eight-part series on the psychology of important men in the Bible. The focus is on Isaac, whose greatest moment came in obedience to his father, Abraham. How many of us have been at our best in moments of obedience?

The Bible and Psychology – Abraham’s Sacrifice

Part Three of an eight-part series on the psychology of certain Biblical men. The focus is on Abraham, his courage and faith. Have you stepped out of your comfort zone for a 'greater good' recently? Be sure to give welcome if you meet someone else doing just that.

The Bible and Psychology – Noah’s Pitch

In the Biblical story of the Flood, Noah was found to be the one man on Earth who was "truly just." As such, he was given a big job -- and he finished it. Lucky for us ... and the birds, and the bees, and the elephants, and ...

The Bible and Psychology – Adam’s Sweat

The punishment assigned to Adam was that he would earn his living "by the sweat of his brow". This valuable lesson applies to the descendants of Adam, too (us). Have you been to the gym yet today?

Making It Count — Learn to Contribute

The cure for the disaffected: get involved!

Our Capacity to Value

Choosing how we value helps determine how we live.

Hurtin'—APPIC Match Is a Disappointment to Many This Year

Recently, the matching process for pre-doctoral psychology internships ended. With this, so too did the hopes of many for an internship experience next year. As one who is in this boat, I share some reflections about getting through this difficult personal and professional experience.

Valentine's Day for the True Romantic

How hard is it to buy a box of chocolates these days? Try something 'outside the box'. Lovers: let her know she makes you so much more than you are, let him know he makes you feel so alive.

Out of My Shell: Glimpses of the Unselfish

Often, people will say to one another: "You're being selfish." What do they mean by this? I propose a personal reflection herein, as one who has tried, and usually failed, not to think of himself first. The secret to the conundrum is this ... you can't be unselfish on your own.

The Impossibility Zone

Do you get placed under demands greater than your resources can meet? Or do you, conversely, place others in an 'impossibility zone'?

All-Nighter? No Way, I Decided to Do an All-Day-er

All-nighters are done in the dark; All-day-ers are done in the light ...

Give Today a Chance: Have Breakfast

Have breakfast—fill up on your day's self-regulatory "staying power."

A Measure of Joy: An Index of Hope Part 2

Using disaster prediction techniques, could we also predict chances of something good happening? For next week's charity fundraiser, I forecast a 60% probability of participation ...

A Measure of Joy: An Index of Hope Part 1

Using the developed mathematics of disaster prediction, I suggest a conceptual change to approach the measurement of hope and the likelihood of joy

Life among the fragments

The French writer, Charles Baudelaire, observed through his writings that modernity is the experience of life lived in fragments. This experience, the human experience, is even more fragmented today than it was when Baudelaire wrote in the mid-1800's.

Do what you are doing: The value of non-symbolic experience

Do you have a favourite thing you do to unwind? Exercise? Knitting? A favourite instrument? We are so swallowed up by symbol-based experience today, that it's time we remembered what we are: timeless awareness in a physical body.

Repairing the Rifts

I have observed that in the daily transactions of a married couple, what is even more important than "never making them angry", or "doing what she wants", or "leave him alone when he gets like this" is the ability to repair the relationship. Oh, this is so important!

Between the Impossible and the Inevitable -- Maturity Means Managing Unpredictability

We provide a mathematical explanation for the phenomena of all-or-none thinking. People often gravitate to end points of probability, either impossibility or inevitability, in order to reduce the worrying they do over a potentially more accurate, but unpredictable, likelihood "somewhere in the middle". It may be prudent seldom to say "never", and rarely to say "always".