On Being Fruitful

"Every city, every… monument; man's greatest achievements have all been chased by... that impossible line where the waves conspire.”

Dr Robert Ford, The Bicameral Minrs.

This collection is about trying, failing, and trying again.

In this collection:

Why being sad isn't always a bad thing cover image

Why being sad isn't always a bad thing

April 7, 2020 by Dorian Minors

A great deal is made about depression these days. Depression is on the rise. Suicide is on the rise. Anxiety is on the rise. It's alarming, and it often dominates the headlines. Most egregious is the claim that 'perhaps young people these days are too fragile'. It's not just a deflection of responsibility. What this new media narrative misses is that it's OK to be sad sometimes. In fact, some would say that being sad can actually be a good thing.

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On attraction and love

March 13, 2020 by Dorian Minors

Much is written on the subject of attractiveness. It has become synonymous with beauty. Attractive celebrities, attractive influencers, attractive art. And through this myopic lens, attraction becomes something ugly. Something that people have or do not have. Something to be jealous of. Something to be torn down. But it doesn't have to be. It can actually be something very beautiful indeed.

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Is modern life really the problem? A return to nature probably won’t solve it. cover image

Is modern life really the problem? A return to nature probably won’t solve it.

February 22, 2020 by Dorian Minors

The movie Captain Fantastic portrays a sort of scenario I think many of us have entertained at one time or another. Pack a knife, some food, and a bag full of books and gap it into the wilderness. Live off the land, and indulge our atavistic tendencies – a simpler, more fulfilling life. Probably too simple…

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Alert - IQ scores are meaningless

January 11, 2019 by Dorian Minors

The Intelligence Quotient, or IQ, is commonly considered a representation of your raw intelligence. At least, that’s the folk wisdom. But the folk wisdom is wrong.

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Why your unconscious isn't the bad guy

January 24, 2018 by Dorian Minors

The idea that humans are on autopilot a lot of the time is not new psychological research, and it's probably not new to you. So many of the self-improvement soundbites that are written and rewritten in our feeds and on our Pinterest boards revolve around the idea that freedom comes from unchaining ourselves from the routines of the everyday. But, something very valuable gets lost in these pithy reminders.

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How being clumsy makes you better looking (according to psychologists) cover image

How being clumsy makes you better looking (according to psychologists)

October 6, 2017 by Dorian Minors

If you're anything like me (and here's hoping you aren't), then you might be delighted to hear that your inability to walk through life unaccompanied by the sounds of various clatters and clangings could actually make you look a little better looking in the eyes of others.

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Four ways to be attractive (and one you've probably overlooked) cover image

Four ways to be attractive (and one you've probably overlooked)

January 22, 2017 by Dorian Minors

What is attraction? Usually, we just think of it as what turns us on. But interpersonal attraction is so much bigger than this. At its core, attraction is the inclination to chase the good feeling you get from someone else. It's the word we use to describe what draws people together. And, it has aspects that are often overlooked.

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The Difference Between Anger, Hurt and Hate—it's about power cover image

The Difference Between Anger, Hurt and Hate—it's about power

February 3, 2015 by Dorian Minors

Emotions motivate us to act. They perform a regulatory function, in guiding us how to respond to something. In this article, we talk about three key negative emotions, why they are so different and just what they're motivating us to do.

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Why some people are 'cold', others are 'clingy', and some just can't let go. cover image

Why some people are 'cold', others are 'clingy', and some just can't let go.

April 4, 2014 by Dorian Minors

Why are some people 'cold' and distant in relationships while others are too 'clingy'? Why do some people never let go of people, or move on when they should? Attachment theory, one of the cruxes of social psychology, has many answers for us.

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