Why Did I Do That?

Do you experience an automatic response to a sight, smell, or sound? Does the name Ivan Pavlov ring a bell? Well here's some fun Psych 101... Ivan Pavlov first discovered what was eventually called "classical conditioning". It’s a learning process that occurs through associations between an environmental stimulus and a naturally occurring stimulus. The most famous example ...

Building Mental Toughness

From a scale of 1 to 10 (with 10 being the highest), what would you say your mental toughness level is? Mental toughness gives you the courage to grow from the stress you experience in life; it's in the spirit and the soul, not only in the muscles. Building mental toughness will not only pay off when ...

Today We Celebrate Our Independence Day

Listening to The Star Spangled Banner done a cappella by the KAJ Brothers (also on Facebook ) gave me goosebumps... Feel good goosebumps because it's such a beautiful song and means so much. The other kind of goosebumps (freaked out, nervous, "beware" feeling) because of the state of our country because, I believe, it's teetering on losing ...

GPS-less in Ghent Helped Me Arrive at My Destination

Have you ever been in one of those situations when you think, “What the hell am I going to do now?” Or as the very first sentence in the book, “The Martian” by Andy Weir says… “I’m pretty much f*#%ed.” (I know my Uncle Pete gets this one!) Ghent, Belgium I spent some time in Ghent, ...

Jung Psych 101: “The privilege of a lifetime is to become who you truly are.”

“We cannot change anything unless we accept it. Condemnation does not liberate; it oppresses.” ~Carl Jung When I come across something that I at first might not accept, reading this quote by Carl Jung helps (The J in Jung is pronounced like a Y, so it should sound like "Yoong"). The object of my "un-acceptance" could be something ...