Minding Spirituality by Randall Lehmann Sorenson

I had a double-edged reaction to Minding Spirituality by Randall Lehmann Sorenson when I read it the other day. On the one hand, I am very interested in the interplay between spirituality, meaning, psychology and mental health.

On the other, it sometimes felt like this book tried too hard to be an impressive feat of intellectual prowess, rather than simply commenting on the (very interesting) themes it contained. Read more

Helplessness by Martin Seligman

Helplessness by Martin Seligman is a book I read back when I was a teenager, and all I could remember about it was that it had made me angry for a couple of reasons: (1) the animal experiments it described; (2) the way it seemed to be saying “Just stop being depressed! Simple!”

Re-reading it, I enjoyed it more. Partly because I have a better appreciation for reading things I don’t entirely agree with; and partly because (probably for the same reason) I don’t think Teenage Scar gave it enough of a chance. Read more

2020 Resolutions

I have had an up-and-down relationship with new year’s resolutions for a while now. All my life I set them, and all my life I succeeded at all of them, until a few years ago when I suddenly understood how everyone else felt when they said things like “New year’s resolutions last until about the 10th of January,” because I felt the same way. Read more