"The Play" has gone down in history as the most amazing, sensational, dramatic, heart-rending, exciting, thrilling finish in the history of college football. For those who need a recap:
Earlier this year, the Leland Stanford Junior Marching Band, or LSJUMB, learned that they would not be allowed to travel 45 minutes to U.C. Berkeley to play in Big Game. Later, they learned that they could not travel to a science museum in San Francisco, just 30 minutes up the road -- even though the band has been trying to plan more social events that aren't centered around alcohol. "Stay on campus and binge drink!" the administration seemed to be saying.
And today, they announced that, although the football team will be playing in the Sun Bowl this year... the Stanford Band will not.
Stanford has a drinking problem.
Last year, according to an op-ed by Vice Provost Greg Boardman, Stanford had over 60 emergency transports, 95% of which involved hard alcohol. Stanford president Marc Tessier-Lavigne recently told me that Stanford has developed a strong culture of peer pressure when it comes to drinking and hooking up.
A good thinker is someone who thinks flexibly. Not only do they back up their opinions with information and data – but they are also willing to adjust and reexamine their opinion when new information becomes available.
That’s why I had an open mind when Ruth Whippman, author of America the Anxious: How Our Pursuit of Happiness is Creating a Nation of Nervous Wrecks, published Actually, Let’s Not Be Mindful in the New York Times this week.
But after reading her article carefully, I’m still pretty convinced that mindfulness is the best thing ever.
Don’t you hate it when you ask someone how old they are, and they think it’s coy or cute or something to give you a non-answer? Or when you ask, “Where did you go to college?” and they say something weird and indirect that doesn't answer the question, like, “Northern California” or “in Boston." You know. Instead of the truth: “Stanford,” or “Harvard?”
People do this because they think they’re being “modest.” But actually, they’re being condescending little pricks.
This is a blog about playfulness, social skills and self-expression. I've mocked the idea of "expressing yourself" by wearing certain clothes, instead of creating or doing. Meanwhile, I'd been writing songs for over a year, without ever really sharing them with anyone...
It's not even Black Friday yet, and the trump Make America Great Again Red Cap Collectible Ornament is selling out, quick. It's about as classy as anything else donald trump has put his name on.
But what's even more impressive than the tackiness and price of this product... is the reviews people are leaving.
Let me start by saying: I lied. Kind of. Psychology research shows that Unless You're a Psychopath, You Are OBSESSED With What Others Think of You. Because the ability to cooperate and form large societies is one of the biggest evolutionary advantages ever, we are hardwired to care tremendously when people think bad things about us.
BUT! We can absolutely decrease how sensitive to and aware of others' opinions we feel. Here are three scientifically proven ways to liberate yourself, and just be you.
I see this meme on Facebook sometimes. Part of me loves it, because I love talking about ideas. Even if I have no intention of actually designing my own board game or launching an American Mail Order Brides website to help women escape a trump presidency... it's still fun to talk about execution and logistics.
Still, part of me hates this meme. As a psychologist, I understand that gossip is a powerful evolutionary tool that basically enabled our entire existence.
One common misconception about feminism is that it's not about "equality," it's about giving women more rights than men. Guys (which I obviously mean in a totally gender-inclusive way). This couldn't be further from the truth.
Real feminism seeks both to eliminate inequality and to empower women to live their lives the way they want to. Meaning that some change has to come from men. But some change has to come from women.
I mean, we're equal, right? That means that men and women need to improve.
And one of the ways in which women need to improve is in their use of hedging language.
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