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Prescriptions for sanity in an insane world
Liz Stillwaggon Swan PhD
Why are many Americans obsessed with medication but resistant to taking a safe vaccine?
If you've identified the toxic person in your life as a possible narcissist, what do you do now? Talking to friends and extended family members can be therapeutic for moving on.
Is there someone in life who is difficult, toxic, mean, and tries to make it all your fault? This person could be a narcissist. Here are some clues to help figure it out.
Narcissists are often toxic, deeply insecure people who can be a drag on human energy. But is there a silver lining to being entangled with one? A discussion on resilience.
Many people — from parents, to teachers, to corporate thought leaders — praise the elusive trait of resilience. But what is it? And how can we foster more of it?
Mr. Trump hogged media attention for the past four years. But now that all major networks have called the election for Biden and Harris, can we please stop talking about him?
Donald Trump often claims he's the best at everything: women, business, politics, and beating COVID-19. But it turns out he may be the best at one thing only: self-sabotage.
Literally, who are "suburban women"?
A philosopher's take on how questioning and re-questioning our assumptions is useful in identifying real instances of racism and sexism.
What do white people think about Black Lives Matter? Probably lots of stuff. But here's one white woman's perspective on her progress so far and why we have so much further to go.
Have you noticed the ubiquitous usage of this phrase in TV and radio news reports and wondered what that's all about? Here's one take on it.
In these dark times, the words and music of Rush offer lots of light.
Let's explore how to stay calm, get through this together and come out stronger on the other side.
“Never let the fox guard the henhouse, for eventually it will grow hungry.” Are LGBT+ allies the fox, or will they break past their “hungry” disposition?
Neil Peart—drummer, lyricist, philosopher, poet, man of integrity—has passed away.
The GOP claims that Dems have wanted impeachment all along. But does that matter? Does wishing something make it so? A better explanation for impeachment is the Donald himself.
The Democrats want a less bombastic and more diplomatic president in office. Joe Biden's performance at yesterday's town hall demonstrated that he might not be that person.
Ancient philosophers were fond of napping to rejuvenate the mind. If they were still around now, they'd probably opt for intermittent fasting, which allows the body to "nap" too.
It seems disingenuous to call abortion a women's issue when it's an ethical and legal question about life and death that involves women, men, and fetuses.
Easter celebrates the resurrection of Jesus. Our relationship with migrants coming across the U.S. southern border is broken. Here's a take on a parallel between the two...
Science teaches us we're just accidental flickers on a dust ball in the universe. But scientists also tell us we must Do Something to correct climate change.
Early computer scientists promised technology would make our lives easier—but they may not have anticipated the infinite variety of maniacal rules governing passwords.
Does something you did decades ago while you were blacked out drunk matter today? Philosophical lessons from the not-so-honorable Brett Kavanaugh case.
The trauma being experienced at the U.S./Mexico border seems hopeless, a lost cause. But what if that trauma spurs the next generation of civil rights leaders and activists?
A hypnotist shares four simple things you can do today to stay in school, even if you vehemently loathe public speaking.
Ever wanted your own personal philosopher? Well, now you have one. Let's explore the light, the dark, and the various shades of grey of human nature together...
Liz Swan, Ph.D., is a writer and philosopher who teaches writing at the University of Colorado Boulder. She enjoys writing about all the facets of human nature—the light, the dark, and the shades of grey in between.