Category Archives: personal psychology (Roger W. Smith observations re)

on happiness vis-à-vis sadness (and the other way around)

      “We are more apt to feel depressed by the perpetually smiling individual than the one who is honestly sad. If we admit our depression openly and freely, those around us get from it an experience of freedom … Continue reading

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hatred that feeds a psychological need

      It has a life of its own. Feeds on itself. I have seen it, depressingly, in my own life. Where the hatred is or was directed at me. It is a fire which smolders and then rages, … Continue reading

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meddlers

    “In confederations that hold but by one end, we are only to provide against the imperfections that particularly concern that end. It can be of no importance to me of what religion my physician or my lawyer is; … Continue reading

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when in doubt, assume a greater, rather than lesser, degree of intelligence

    Roger’s theorem (or perhaps a corollary). When in doubt, assume a greater, rather than lesser, degree of intelligence. Talk UP to people; not DOWN. And, besides the admonition don’t talk down to people, if in doubt, assume a … Continue reading

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a valuable lesson

    I have had occasion because of an unpleasant experience with someone close to me to think of something I learned once. In the interests of confidentiality, let’s just say that the situation from my past. The “lesson” (with … Continue reading

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Preadolescence

              “Even where the affections are not strongly moved by any superior excellence, the companions of our childhood always possess a certain power over our minds which hardly any later friend can obtain.” — … Continue reading

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left vs. right brainedness; and, CREATIVITY

    An animated discussion with an acquaintance the other day got me to thinking about the concept of left vs. right brainedness (known by scientists as lateralization of brain function) and how it affects people. Clearly, it is a … Continue reading

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