The Allure Of Other People’s Lives: Why We Can’t Mind Our Own Business

You never know what goes on behind closed doors. My mother said this often when I was growing up, usually after learning something unexpected about an acquaintance, co-worker, celebrity–whomever. The thought always frightened me and I often studied friends and strangers with suspicion, wondering: “what do you do that no one knows about?” Perhaps they did … Continue reading The Allure Of Other People’s Lives: Why We Can’t Mind Our Own Business

Beware the Quiet Ones: A Look Inside the Mysterious World of Shy People

I have always hated the saying, “it’s always the quiet ones.” After a mass shooting or a despicable murder, this is a common refrain. Reporters interview neighbors who knew the suspect and they usually mention how unassuming the killer was. He was quiet and kept to himself. I can’t recall any specific events or words … Continue reading Beware the Quiet Ones: A Look Inside the Mysterious World of Shy People

Why You Have More In Common With Drug Addicts Than You Think

Certain people are very easy to judge. Bad reputations remain unchallenged. Opinion becomes truth. It’s easy to judge a drug addict, for example. We’ve all heard and perhaps repeated common beliefs about such people: they’re weak, selfish, self-destructive, they’ll do anything for a hit, they don’t care about the people who love them. I disagree … Continue reading Why You Have More In Common With Drug Addicts Than You Think