AMARILLO, TX—Bemoaning the burdensome expectations regularly placed upon him by his family, friends, coworkers, and even strangers, local 38-year-old Howard Ridley expressed discomfort Tuesday with the number of situations in which he is asked to think, feel, or act—and sometimes do all three. “I swear, everywhere I go, people expect me to take some matter or another into consideration, display some sort of emotion in response, and perhaps even do something about it,” Ridley said in a press statement blasting what he described as the near-daily requests that he assess a situation before him and then react to it in a rational, or at least socially appropriate, manner. “I’m sick of it. Everyone needs to back off, give me some space, and let me respond to the outside world if and when I’m ready to do so.” Ridley added that if he were to cave in to the incessant demands on his behavior, the next thing you know, people would be pressuring him to actually talk and move.
- America’s Finest News Source

AMARILLO, TX—Bemoaning the burdensome expectations regularly placed upon him by his family, friends, coworkers, and even strangers, local 38-year-old Howard Ridley expressed discomfort Tuesday with the number of situations in which he is asked to think, feel, or act—and sometimes do all three. “I swear, everywhere I go, people expect me to take some matter or another into consideration, display some sort of emotion in response, and perhaps even do something about it,” Ridley said in a press statement blasting what he described as the near-daily requests that he assess a situation before him and then react to it in a rational, or at least socially appropriate, manner. “I’m sick of it. Everyone needs to back off, give me some space, and let me respond to the outside world if and when I’m ready to do so.” Ridley added that if he were to cave in to the incessant demands on his behavior, the next thing you know, people would be pressuring him to actually talk and move.

- America’s Finest News Source

Uhmmm hmmmm….. DOES THE BEARD MATCH THE CARPET?

Why are certain individuals born with a brain that is wired to help others? What daily habits or life experiences reinforce compassion but also selfishness, narcissism, and psychopathy? A better understanding of the neurobiological underpinnings for how the brain processes empathy could lead to more social cohesion and less antisocial harm in society. 
- Empathy and Emotional Contagion.

Why are certain individuals born with a brain that is wired to help others? What daily habits or life experiences reinforce compassion but also selfishness, narcissism, and psychopathy? A better understanding of the neurobiological underpinnings for how the brain processes empathy could lead to more social cohesion and less antisocial harm in society. 

Empathy and Emotional Contagion.

Gorilla Facts.
(…. because who doesn’t want to know about gorillas?)

Gorilla Facts.

(…. because who doesn’t want to know about gorillas?)

mmmskulljuice:

moviesludge:

you’d think a giant brain could figure out an easier way to get in

OW OW OW OW OW

….It is astonishing the lengths to which a person, or a people, will go in order to avoid a truthful mirror…..

mmmskulljuice:

moviesludge:

you’d think a giant brain could figure out an easier way to get in

OW OW OW OW OW

….It is astonishing the lengths to which a person, or a people, will go in order to avoid a truthful mirror…..

To Know Me (and to Value Me, Support Me and Understand Me) Is to Love Me


Relationship researchers, like all good scientists, love jargon, and they’ve come up with a great term when it comes to psychological intimacy: “perceived partner responsiveness” or PPR.  

PPR refers to the idea that you think your partner gets what you have to say, understands how you feel, knows your needs and is available to respond to you when you need support.

In other words, do you perceive that your partner is there for you?

There are many components that contribute to PPR, including taking time to truly listen to each other and to understand the other person’s point of view or feelings.

Good relationships hinge on a high degree of PPR.

My sense is that PPR is sort of like a bank account—if you take a lot of withdrawals without putting anything back into the account, you’ll be broke before long.

Couples need to find time together to invest in PPR.  Make sure you continue to know your partner, that you continue to value him or her, and most of all, make sure that he or she feels valued and understood.

David A. Sbarra

You think your pain and your heartbreak are unprecedented in the history of the world, but then you read.
- James Baldwin