In a systematic assessment I carried out of available pertinent biographical and autobiographical material regarding American alcoholic writers, reports indicated that very few did their actual writing, or even their thinking about writing, while under the influence of alcohol. Moreover, their writing was seldom successful when it was done under the influence of alcohol and, at various points in their lives, drinking absolutely interfered with their capacity to do any creative work. F. Scott Fitzgerald, denying the newspaper reports about his drinking said, "As a matter of fact I have never written a line of any kind while I was under the glow of so much as a single cocktail" (1). Ring Lardner, in the more pithy style for which he was famous, said, "No one, ever, wrote anything as well after even one drink as he would have done without it" (2). In a serious reflective way, the poet Robert Lowell said, "Nothing was written drunk, at least nothing was perfected and finished," and added, … [Read more...] about Creativity and Alcoholism
Source: Miguel Angel/Flickr The friends in the 90s sitcom Friends were often anything but. I lost track of how many times Ross and Rachel got together and broke up, only to hop back into the sack by the time the season finale rolled around. Then Chandler and Monica got in on the act, and didn’t Joey and Rachel knock boots for a while too? I forget. But it’s safe to say that when Phoebe finally married Ant-Man, we were all surprised. “But you’ve not been friends with him for ten years…” Three new scientific papers reveal why even those of us who eschew sweater vests and don’t live in massive rent-controlled Manhattan apartments are sometimes prone to fall for our friends, and explain why so many of us try to remain friends with an ex. Is it a Man Thing? Let’s try out a little thought experiment. Think of a specific friend who identifies as a gender you find attractive. Do you have someone in mind? OK. Now rate how attracted you are to … [Read more...] about Why Are We Attracted to Our Friends?
I was observing a Speech Therapist work with an autistic child (I consult with a school system in New York). The teacher was sweetly and diligently trying to help him pronounce the word ‘Green.' The boy, we'll call him Alan, threw the apple he was holding at the teacher. It bounced lightly off her. The Speech teacher laughed, and then, realizing that she might have been sending the wrong message, got a stern look on her face. "Alan , look at me," she said. "I am not happy." Alan then went on to do many more minor defiant acts, including sitting in her chair, knocking objects over, leaving his desk and walking around the room, and ignoring her directions. This kind of thing plays out countless times in classrooms and homes everyday. Adults often get caught up in trying to show misbehaving special needs children that what they've done is wrong. However, this usually is ineffective. Why? Mainly it's because children are often not doing these behaviors for their own sake, they … [Read more...] about I’ll Pay You Ten Dollars to Throw That Apple