Rescuing Shyness | Resist the hostility of the social world

Nothing about shyness bothers non-shy people more than the reluctance of shy people to talk. "What's the matter with you? Speak up! Be assertive! Stop hiding from us!" - that's their common refrain in workplaces, at school, etc. Why are social people like that? I think it starts with their instinctual need for communication. Never … Continue reading Rescuing Shyness | Resist the hostility of the social world

Rescuing Reality | the Debate | The boy in the sandbox trying to save the world

Since the whole world seems to be talking about the so-called debate last night between Donald Trump and Joe Biden, I've got to say something too. It is a bit of a relief to see that even the American media are calling it a disaster. One 'man in the street' said it was like watching … Continue reading Rescuing Reality | the Debate | The boy in the sandbox trying to save the world

Rescuing Reality | Covid 19 vs Humanity vs Everything Else

This week I saw a new statistic from the World Wildlife Fund – on average, species across the world have declined 68% in the past 40 years.Meanwhile, in the same time, that is since Ronald Reagan was elected in the USA in 1980, ushering in the great new age of Money First, we have gone … Continue reading Rescuing Reality | Covid 19 vs Humanity vs Everything Else

Paranormal World | Children who speak of past lives | Birthmarks

Had I heard about this anywhere else I would have quickly passed it by. It sounds too improbable. Even impossible. But psychiatrist Ian Stevenson was such a careful investigator that coming from him this stopped me in my tracks. Among the people who pay attention to the children who talk of past lives, are the … Continue reading Paranormal World | Children who speak of past lives | Birthmarks

Paranormal World | Is there an After-life?

The psychologist J. B. Rhine, famous for his decades of ESP research, once called the 'after-life' the Mount Everest of paranormal phenomena, a hill he would not attempt to climb. Probably for the same reason, I've avoided writing about it here. But now I'm going to face up to it. One problem is that the … Continue reading Paranormal World | Is there an After-life?

Rescuing the Future | Tony Judt | J. M. Keynes | Ill Fares the Land

Change "nineteenth century" to "twenty-first century" and the following quote might have been written yesterday: Instead of using their vastly increased material and technical resources to build a wonder city, the men of the nineteenth century built slums ..... [which] on the test of private enterprise, 'paid', whereas the wonder city would, they thought, have … Continue reading Rescuing the Future | Tony Judt | J. M. Keynes | Ill Fares the Land

Rescuing Psychology |the Introvert/Extrovert misunderstanding

Let's look at this again. The way introvert/extrovert is understood today is very different from what psychologist C.G.Jung intended when he introduced those terms into psychology a century ago. He saw introversion and extroversion as just two possible aspects of everyone's character. In his book Psychological Types, he wrote this: There is a further fact … Continue reading Rescuing Psychology |the Introvert/Extrovert misunderstanding