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James Franco and Bradley Cooper Are More Perfect Than You

A wonderfully insightful article by Carina Chocano in The NY Times Magazine, “Our Imperfect Search for Perfection,” using, among other things, the two recent Hollywood releases “The Adjustment Bureau” and “Limitless” to discuss our profoundly troubled relationship with perfection. Certainly the first time I’ve ever seen Pelagius in the Times (and certainly in conjunction with […]

Maslow’s Hierarchy of Needs, Parenting and The Law

As you may recall from Psych 101, Abraham Maslow’s “Hierarchy of Needs” is one particularly popular way to explain human motivation, “a neat and tidy pyramid, with fulfillment of ‘physiological needs’ at its base, then things like ‘safety,’ ‘love,’ ‘belonging’ and ‘esteem’ stacked on top, all capped by ‘self-actualization.’”According to a recent article by Lisa […]

Emerging Adulthood and The Age 30 Deadline

An interesting look at the extended adolescence phenomenon in the NY Times Magazine. Much of the article is devoted to brain development and the current debate as to whether 20-somethings constitute a new stage in human development, etc. But the crux of the matter boils down to two questions: Why are people growing up later […]

The Pros and Cons of a Shrunken Life: Psychotherapy as Release Valve

The cover story of the NY Times Magazine, “My Life in Therapy” by Daphne Merkin, is jam-packed with insights, many of which are relevant to us here. I don’t know about you but I’ve always found the kneejerk suspicion of psychology in certain Christian ciricles pretty embarrassing (not to mention completely unnecessary). Indeed, we at […]

Billy Joel Loves You Just the Way You Were

Apart from his first couple records, I’ve never been much of a Billy Joel fan (with the notable exception of “The Downeaster ‘Alexa’”, naturally). Which is tough, since a number of his hits are downright unavoidable, none more so than “Just the Way You Are”. We’ve all heard it at umpteen weddings, and if you’re […]

Pandora as Judgment-Free Zone

There is a very interesting article in this week’s New York Times Magazine about Pandora, the free internet music service that creates custom playlists based on your personal music preferences. I am a huge Pandora fan. Most interesting, for Mockingbirds, is how the absence of judgment (i.e. law) in Pandora creates the space for love […]