What choice gives you

I used to make myself finish a book before I started a new one. Somewhere during the last year or two, I picked up a second book and before a hot minute, it quickly spiraled. My currently-reading shelf is almost competing with my to-be-read shelf and I feel like I need to rein it in. It might have something to do with getting into books above my pay grade. I’m still picking through The God Shaped Brain by Timothy R. Jennings, M.D. He says in that video (link above/video below) they used to believe a placebo effect meant that pain was in your head, but modern brain science has shown that what you believe can create physiological responses. It’s not click to continue reading…

Did I just say that out loud to myself?

Years ago I had a misadventure with a crown on my tooth. You never want to hear a dentist say, “Oops,” when he has the knuckles of both hands inside your mouth. I originally attributed my respect for the dentist who finally fixed my tooth to his professional courtesy. (He’s still my dentist.) I often wondered if competent or secure people just aren’t threatened and don’t need to point out lack in others. I wouldn’t know. Heather Thomson Day writes in It’s Not Your Turn, about a communication concept where maligning another person transfers those traits back on to you in your listener’s mind. She says the stress hormones created during negative talk increases anxiety and irritability (in both you click to continue reading…