Sunday, July 27, 2014

Validation of One's Value - Its Importance and the Consequences of Its Absence or Inadequacy

A friend of mine and I were talking the other day.  In the course of our conversation, we came upon the idea that early-life validation (e.g., by one's parents or primary care-givers) is extremely important.  Conversely, people who are not sufficiently validated early on in life often later find themselves profoundly affected.  Interesting compensatory strategies are often pursued.  One phenomenon often encountered is "Repetition Compulsion", Wikipedia article or trying again and again (often quite unconsciously) to play out the early-childhood psychodrama, and to have it turn out differently, this time.

Thursday, January 3, 2013

Books on Dating - Factual, and Hysterically Funny!

Tales from the Front
by two women who co-write a column on 30-something dating life:

The Game - Penetrating the Secret Society of Pickup Artists (Neil Strauss)
NY Times writer - smart, wacky, geeky guy - decides to get a "make-over" and learn how to get women!

Wednesday, December 26, 2012

The Ideal Woman -- Candidates and Thoughts

A theme song about finding a soulmate:
Hearts Don't Lie - Stuart McNair

Bear in mind, these women are in committed relationships; but still:

Backpacker/ecotourism TV host:
Megan McCormick

Political Journalist (her mother is an archaeologist!):
Kirsten Powers

Skydiver/Professional kayaker:
Samantha Brunner Ruppelt

UVa Econ major/CPA/varsity college swimmer:
[OK, yes, her name *sounds* like a stripper stage-name, but her dad is a PhD in physics...who named her after his research focus - crystals]
Krystal Ball

Dancer/Political Journalist/Hunter:
S.E. Cupp