Oct 31, 2010
Interesting view on the role of modern feminism, gender related traits and more.
Quoting from the article:
"Hard-driving lawyers, neurosurgeons and investment bankers—indeed, all historically male high-status jobs—also require some version of assertiveness and single-mindedness. In other words, such jobs are designed around masculinity and men."
Let’s Rethink Masculinity -- In These Times
Where do you stand on this?
Oct 30, 2010
Oct 29, 2010
And now is the prime time to see fall colors in the park from Met rooftop. It's absolutely mesmerizing and you can't get this anywhere else, even if you have a Park view apartment... When you are on the roof you are high enough to see the big picture and close enough to savour all the little details and leaves and dogs walking their masters ....- everything that makes this "Fall in Central Park"....
Oct 27, 2010
Акция "Возвращение имен" на Лубянке
Oct 26, 2010
Oct 25, 2010
Oct 24, 2010
Well, just last week I got my hands one a weekly report from one of the leading HFs – and they were talking about the same topic.
According to the report, Belgium “has a profound political crisis that could see an end of the unified state.”…”It tends to be forgotten, but Belgium has one of the highest levels of debt to GDP in the EU”.
So what is going on? What is going to happen to the land where food and art has been inspiring each other for centuries? Is Bruges going to disappear as well ? I am against the whole idea! :)
Oct 21, 2010
Oct 20, 2010
Oct 19, 2010
-Trainers, physical therapists, yoga/Pilates etc teachers who have VERY VAGUE IDEA about human anatomy!
-Therapists/coaches/”spiritual leaders” who have VERY VAGUE IDEA about human psyche and their own biases!
-Personal shoppers/image consultants/ designers with VERY VAGUE IDEA about the notions of colors, composition et al!
Due to the nature of my practice, I might be biased about the number of victims of the aforementioned plague. Or am I? : )
Oct 18, 2010
The Smart Set: Happy 200th, Snow White! - October 1, 2010
I took a Yoga class last week. Mind you, it was in the gym, so I was hoping that the bunter would be kept to a minimum. Little did I know that the teacher was not in a body mode, but in a spirit mode that day… And of course she was rumbling about positive attitude, almost advocating it as a cure for cancer.
Quoting Woody Allen ( “Annie Hall”) : “Everything our parents said was good is bad. Sun, milk, red meat... college.”
I think he did not mention my pet peeve -“positive thinking” only because at the time it was not so wide spread and the long term effects of it were not becoming that obvious. I think there are two ingredients that make positive thinking such a great sale (and could get quite damaging, when consumed excessively : ) : fake certainty and bright future. It smells so much like communism to me … :).
You see, I am not advocating seeing the glass half empty, when the liquid takes up 50% of the volume. What I do feel very uneasy about is when I see all too many, high on positive thinking, stare at an empty glass and seeing it half full…. This dangerous habit is scientifically proven to be correlated with death from dehydration! :)
Oct 14, 2010
I’ve read and heard many explanations of this phenomenon (alcohol, poor health care, low birth rate due to economic uncertainty). None of those reasons however adequately explains why those plagues affect Russia much more that they do other countries with similar problems.
So here is what I am thinking – and bear with me for a little history tour: for centuries all over the world religion was one of the main means to take care of an individual and society emotional/psychological needs. Pondering existential questions, providing space to share dark secrets, granting forgiveness and helping to mourn the losses – all that in some shape or form is covered by any religion. In the 19th century, (remember when “God was dead”?), psychoanalysis/therapy appeared and caught popularity in the Western world, where it pretty happily coexists with various religions (New Age included :) till today.
What happened in Russia, however, was that in 1917 religion was pretty much expelled from the society and nothing similar to Western use of therapy developed to take its place. So this huge void in taking care of the emotional well being was created and not acknowledged by several generations. Those generations, as we know went through WWII, losing over 20 million people and over 40 million in Stalin’s Gulag. These loses, that affected lives of almost every family in Soviet Russia, were never properly and openly mourned and grieved over – not on individual level and not on a societal level. Thus, it was and is still is passed along through generations.
It would be almost impossible to develop a healthy psyche and coping mechanisms in that environment. It is no wonder, that according to some statistics 90% of Russian population needs psychological help. But what percentage of them are actually getting it and is quality help available at all? Thus those traumas are surfacing in other forms: alcoholism, poor health, heightened aggression and crime rate, etc. I do not know of any other country that went through the similar madness for such a long period of time, so what we are seeing now might not be a result of SU collapse, but has much deeper and complex roots.
Doesn't this look disturbing ? :) and :(
Oct 13, 2010
What do you think? Would you plug in?
Oct 10, 2010
I did a little goosearch and here is what I’ve found (phrases I searched and number of results in thousands):
“Positive thinking”: 1,500
“Negative thinking”: 400
“Realistic thinking”: 40
As a way to balance the governments’ budget I can suggest taxing positive thinking, the same way other "reality get aways" (alcohol and tobacco) are taxed.
Would you support this new tax proposal? :)
Oct 7, 2010
I love Houellebecq and I love Belgium…Hence the conundrum. Is it really disappearing? J Thoughts, views, opinions, latest updates from the field?
Oct 1, 2010
Does anybody else out there have this little addiction? What’s your obsession? :)