Tuesday, June 30, 2015

Finding Contentment in a So-Called Improving Economy

If you're a computer geek, a brilliant entrepreneur, or have a cush government job, you may be doing fine. 

But not withstanding the rosy government reports on how the economy is recovering, I'm seeing lots of people just trying to keep their heads above water.

If you or someone you know is like that, you might want to read my PsychologyToday.com article today.

Monday, June 29, 2015

My Thoughts on Turning 65

In one hour, I'll turn 65. My PsychologyToday.com article today shares my thoughts on the subject.

Sunday, June 28, 2015

Workover: Should You Follow Your Passion?

A caller to my radio program today asked whether he should follow his passion. The edited transcript of our exchange is my PsychologyToday.com article today.

A Workover: A Retired Analyst Wants a Job

On PsychologyToday.com, I've been posting edited transcripts of calls-for-help to my radio show that focuses on career issues. Today's offering tells of a retired analyst who wants and needs to work and doesn't much care what the job is.

Friday, June 26, 2015

Workovers: She's Tired Of Abusively Low Pay by Non-Profits


Today's installment in my series of transcripts of callers to my career-centric radio show tells of a woman who is sick and tired of non-profits proclaiming to care about workers but paying them little or nothing.

Thursday, June 25, 2015

Stories of Seclusion: Hiding After a Face Lift

Today's installment in my PsychologyToday.com series, Stories of Seclusion, chronicles the composite story of a woman in the year after she had a facelift.

Wednesday, June 24, 2015

Stories of Seclusion: A brilliant dropout throws his money away...literally

Today's installment in my PsychologyToday.com series, Stories of Seclusion, tells the composite story of a brilliant high school dropout who made a lot of money and then tossed it away--literally.

Stories of Seclusion: A Man With Low Sex Drive

Today's installment in my series, Stories of Seclusion, tells the composite story of a man with low sex drive.

Monday, June 22, 2015

Stories of Seclusion: An Obese Person Decides to Lose the Weight in Isolation

Today's installment in my series, Stories of Seclusion, tells of an obese person who after many failed attempts to lose weight and keep it off, tried something dramatic.

Sunday, June 21, 2015

Stories of Seclusion: A Practical Man Gets a Jolt

Today's installment in my PsychologyToday.com series, Stories of Seclusion, tells of what happened to a loner who lost his dog, whom he spent more time with than with any human.

Saturday, June 20, 2015

Stories of Seclusion: Diary of a Laid-Off Man

Today's installment in my PsychologyToday.com series, Stories of Seclusion, tells the composite story of how a middle-aged man reacted to being "laid off."

Stories of Seclusion: A New Widow Treks Beyond Her Comfort Zone

Today's installment in my series, Stories of Seclusion tells the composite story of a new widow who escapes from her guilt literally.

Thursday, June 18, 2015

Stories of Seclusion: A Teen Escapes the Pressure Cooker

Today's installment in my PsychologyToday.com series on people who spend much time alone tells the composite story of a teen who escaped from the pressure to get into a "good college."

Why I've Grown to Devalue a Liberal Arts Education

A reader, John Taylor, asked me what I thought about liberal arts education today. I sent him a quick response, to which he said, "Great answer," so I'm posting it here.
 
I am concerned about four things regarding a liberal art education as dispensed today:
 
1. The absolute censorship of right-of-center thinking
 
2. How bad a job that university professors do of teaching. By talent, predilection, and reward,  most faculty are about research, scholarship, graduate students, and undergraduates, in that order.
 
3. The focus on theoretical models and creating liberal activists rather than on what should be the true purposes of a liberal arts education: actual critical thinking (not all wisdom resides left of center) and an exploration of life's universals: love, materialism, fear, work, beauty, the meaning of life, etc.
 
4. The near-open admission policy at the vast majority of colleges and universities that forces professors to dumb-down instruction. A college degree is now, in most institutions, evidence of very little.
 

Wednesday, June 17, 2015

Stories of Seclusion: Freddie the Falafel Fella

Today's installment in my PsychologyToday.com series, Stories of Seclusion, tells of Freddie the Falafel Fella. His story presents one of the myriad ways people can find contentment with a minimal social life.

Tuesday, June 16, 2015

Stories of Seclusion: Losing Wife and Child Drives Him to Isolation

Today's installment in my PsychologyToday.com series of seclusion tells the composite story of a man who goes into seclusion after his wife and baby die in childbirth. That seclusion resulted in his making a risky career decision.

No-Nonsense, Not-Obvious Advice on Finding Good Work

This Saturday from 10 AM to noon, I'll be offering a free workshop at the Koret Auditorium in the main branch of the San Francisco Public Library.  It's called: No-Nonsense, Not-Obvious Advice on Finding Good Work in the Bay Area. HERE's info.

Monday, June 15, 2015

Stories of Seclusion: An 18-Year Old Pot Dealer

Today's installment in my PsychologyToday.com series on people who spend much time alone is a composite story of a reclusive pot dealer---18 years old.

Stories of Solitude: A Person With Major Depression

Today's installment of my PsychologyToday.com series on people who spend a lot of time alone profiles a person with major depression.

Saturday, June 13, 2015

Stories of Solitude: A Woman Who Entered a Cloistered Order of Nuns

In today's installment in my PsychologyToday.com series on people who spend a lot of time alone, I offer a composite profile of a woman who entered a cloistered order of nuns.

Friday, June 12, 2015

Stories of Solitude: A Married Couple That Live Apart

Today's installment of my PsychologyToday.com series on people who like to spend a lot of time alone profiles a married couple that chooses to live separately.

Thursday, June 11, 2015

An Episodic Recluse: An unhappy engineer

In today's installment of my PsychologyToday.com series on people who like to spend a lot of time alone, I offer a composite story of an episodic recluse: someone who intersperses her life with extended periods of isolation.

A Father and Son Are Reclusive So They Can Work 70+ Hours a Week

In today's installment of my PsychologyToday.com series on people who like to spend a lot of time alone, I describe the composite story of a father and son who have minimized their relationships so they can spend 70+ hours a week at work.

Wednesday, June 10, 2015

Come See My Show, "RETARD!" This Saturday

The word "amazing" is tossed around much too easily but I will stake whatever reputation I have in saying that the story of Jeffrie Givens and me is amazing. No Hollywood filmmaker would make the movie because it's so improbable. Yet it's absolutely true.

I'm so moved by her story, our story, that I created a play starring her (with me in a secondary role) to tell the tale. We do so with story and song.



Every performance of "Retard!" has received a standing ovation . 

We perform the show every few months. The next performance is THIS Saturday, June 13, 2015 at the Berkeley Arts Festival. 2133 University Ave. Berkeley, CA.

Doors open at 7:30 and the show begins at 8:00 and is over at around 9:45. 

Admission to this performance is free. 

If you'd like to come, please RSVP me at mnemko@comcast.net.

Tuesday, June 9, 2015

A Perfectly Happy Recluse

Today's installment in my PsychologyToday.com series is about a person for whom a reclusive lifestyle is simply a choice, and one she loves.


Monday, June 8, 2015

A Conservative Who Feels Dismissed by the Mainstream

Today's installment in my PsychologyToday.com series of reclusiveness is a composite story of a conservative who feels dismissed by the mainstream, which made him reclusive.

Sunday, June 7, 2015

She Prefers Books to People

In this 9th installment of my PsychologyToday.com series on reclusiveness, I tell a composite story of a woman who has long preferred books to people.

Frustrated by Collaboration, A Man Decides to Work Alone

Today's workplace has heavily replaced individual initiative with collaboration. 

In the eighth installment in my series on reclusiveness in PsychologyToday.com, I offer a composite story of a man who could no longer stand it.

Saturday, June 6, 2015

A Social Person Becomes Reclusive as She Ages

On my PsychologyToday.com blog, I've been posting composite stories of people who are reclusive. Today's is about a social woman who became ever more reclusive as she aged.

Thursday, June 4, 2015

A Man Is Pushed into Reclusiveness Because He's Unattractive

On my PsychologyToday.com blog, I've been posting composite stories of reclusive people. Today's is about a man moved to a reclusive life because of his appearance.

Wednesday, June 3, 2015

Too Often Burned, She Becomes Reclusive

In my continuing series in PsychologyToday.com on reclusiveness, today, I present a composite story of a woman, how she became reclusive, and what her life is like.

Tuesday, June 2, 2015

Flavors of Reclusiveness

Some people feel pressured to be more social than they'd actually like to be. My PsychologyToday.com article today describes a half dozen part- and full-time flavors of reclusiveness. Perhaps one might tempt you.

Monday, June 1, 2015

A Workover: A Communications Specialist Wants Even More Creativity

A caller to my show wants a career more creative than being in communications for a nonprofit but, at 35, is reluctant to go back to school. 

The transcript of our exchange is my PsychologyToday.com article today.