Category Archives: relationships (general comments re)

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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must it always be sexual?

  Something occurred to me this morning because of an exchange of emails I had with an acquaintance the other day. It concerned the issue of sexual impropriety in the workplace. Without going into the details of our email exchange … Continue reading

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Immersing Oneself Is To Be Desired

    If you trap the moment before it’s ripe, The tears of repentance you’ll certainly wipe; But if once you let the ripe moment go You can never wipe off the tears of woe.   — William Blake, “If … Continue reading

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“Friendships: Forming, Preserving, and (Sometimes) Knowing When to End Them”

oward a Psychology of Being Mar 7, 2014 by Abraham H. Maslow   “It has by now been sufficiently demonstrated that the human being has, as part of his intrinsic construction, not only physiological needs, but also truly psychological ones. … Continue reading

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“don’t misbehave”

    About two years ago, I went back to my hometown, Canton, Massachusetts, for a high school reunion and visited an old friend. It was great to see him. I had forgotten or perhaps not fully appreciated before how … Continue reading

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Harry Stack Sullivan on absolute love

  When the satisfaction or the security of another person becomes as significant to one as one’s own satisfaction or security, then the state of love exists. Under no other circumstances is a state of love present, regardless of the … Continue reading

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brief observations about the fact of being married

  I got a nice email this morning from an English professor who is very active in Dreiser scholarship. We have had frequent contact by email. He mentioned to me in his email, which was about my new web site, … Continue reading

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