The secret to solving our problems is the last thing we want to do.
On occasion, I worked on a record where the folks making it were nice and somewhat sane. Sometimes, these records were beautiful, and the people who made it were excellent at what they did. One such album was Tiger in the Rain by Michael Franks, produced and arranged by John Simon.Read More
How are dating apps affecting us? We know they are fun, and attracting millions of users. But they aren’t about relationship or connection at all – rather, they are a way to get high. And if you’re getting high, you’re getting hooked. Your smart phone is really a hand-held, easy-to-use, dopamine delivery system. With everyone holding a drug delivery system in their hand, who knows what the down sides might be?
If you’ve encountered the thing that prevents us from writing that novel, inventing that app, working to end sexual abuse, or losing that fifty pounds, you know that this is an uncanny force of indomitable strength, that by all appearances has a life of its own. What is it? Successful author, Steven Pressfield provides the answer is his pithy, accessible book, The War of Art. Read more about it here.
I see many people in my psychotherapy practice who have the trappings of success but hate themselves and their lives, have no clue as to what makes them tick, and could care less about anything. I’ve railed against what I believe to be the cause of this syndrome, but have felt like a voice in the wilderness until I found William Deresiewicz’s brilliant indictment of our culture, as exemplified by our elite educational system, in his book, Excellent Sheep.