The Liebster Award

Thank you, Sophie @ Sophie’s Corner for nominating me for this award.  Do check out her blog when you can!  She writes many reflective and interesting book reviews, as well as other fun and engaging posts on reading, writing, and life in general. The Rules: Thank the blogger who nominated you, provide a link to […]

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Thoughts on Deliberate Practice and Outstanding Achievement

Anders Ericsson, a psychology researcher, studied many internationally acclaimed musicians, chess players, athletes, and experts in other domains; he postulates that innate talent doesn’t exist, and that we need at least 10,000 hours of deliberate practice to become a world-class expert in a field.  This is called the 10,000-hour rule, a.k.a. the 10-year rule, assuming […]

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Fear of Emotional Closeness Part Two: Being Influenced, Being Disappointed, and Being Exposed and Vulnerable

In this part of the Fear of Emotional Closeness series, I will address the fears of being influenced by someone, being disappointed by or disappointing them, and being exposed and vulnerable to this someone.   Being Influenced   You might be afraid of growing emotionally close to somebody, because you worry that they will influence […]

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Satisfying Friendships, Emotional or Intellectual Connection, and Emotional Closeness

You may have heard of the much praised and desirable ideal, a “satisfying relationship,” or a “great relationship.”  But what does this mean exactly?  Here are some of my thoughts.  Firstly, there should be happiness in the relationship, where there are many more positive moments than negative ones.  The friends should show mutual respect and […]

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For and Against Fame

Friends have asked me why I don’t want to be famous.  Leila (all names are pseudonyms here) thought it would be awesome if I could be a bestselling writer like J.K. Rowling.  Leila didn’t understand that stardom wasn’t what I was aiming for.   Another friend, Fanny, believed that everyone wanted to be famous, so she […]

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