The Placebo Effect

I sometimes wish I could speak myself out of an unpleasant situation. I don't mean a negotiation with someone else, I mean literally talk my mind out of noticing reality for what it is. So I often marvel at those that hold on to mantras and affirmations and repeat that to themselves in times of [...]

Heroes and Hero Worship

I once heard someone say that each time we create a hero, we diminish our own capacity for greatness. It's a truth I can easily subscribe to because I cannot relate to the reality of having heroes to begin with. I've never looked at someone and thought to myself, "I want to grow up to [...]

The Heroes We Want To Be

What if I told you I had cancer? Would I suddenly appear bolder and braver than those without it? Or perhaps I lost a loved one, or suffered a traumatic event? Would that suddenly make me easier to understand or relate to? Why is it that we find ourselves compassionate only to those whose troubles [...]