I have a very social job. My entire workday is listening and talking to people. It’s fulfilling and stimulating, but I may go through an entire day without any time alone. Sometimes, eating a sandwich at my desk, with the door closed, finishing my charting for the morning, I listen to opera. Even just for a few moments, I am transported to another realm before I begin my next meeting. Kate Murphy (“No time to think”, New York Times, Sunday July 27, 2014) notes how “crazy busy” everyone is these days.... Read More
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While I never thought of myself as an extrovert, I have become pretty socially comfortable over the years. I wasn’t always that way. I used to think of myself as shy—not painfully so, but just naturally so. At gatherings where I didn’t know many people, I would hang around with familiar folks.
I always admired my wife, who without skipping a beat, could strike up a conversation with anyone, anywhere. I don’t think she has a shy bone in her body!
But many people are more introverted than shy. They are just naturally quiet and reserved. They’re good listeners. They... Read More
Relationships, even in the best of worlds, can come and go for a whole host of reasons. They can reach the end of their natural life through mutual agreement, or by one partner deciding to end it. This can be painful, even when both individuals agree that it is time for a change.
But there are other reasons for a relationship coming to an end too. David and Jennifer have been together for two years and feel a growing connection to each other. Jennifer has an opportunity to go to graduate school in another state and David lands his dream job at Boeing. They both decide, sadly, to go... Read More