The Notion of Authenticity

When searching for your “real self,” it’s important to keep in mind that we all have multiple selves. Which one is real? Scientific American looks at the research that is calling authenticity into question as a concept: “Perhaps the thorniest issue of them all though…

The Importance of Being Mentalized

The psychoanalyst Peter Fonagy speaks about the importance of mentalization–being thought of by another, so that we might think of ourselves. He says, “If we do not have someone around us who is able to think about us accurately, as we are, we will have…

The People We Used to Be

“I think we are well-advised to keep on nodding terms with the people we used to be, whether we find them attractive company or not. Otherwise they turn up unannounced and surprise us, come hammering on the mind’s door at 4 a.m. of a bad…

The Non-Binary Nature of Sex

Dr. Anne Fausto-Sterling, professor of biology and gender studies, has been writing about the non-binary nature of sex for a long time. Now is a good time to revisit her work. She writes about it this week in the New York Times: “Two sexes have…

On the Value of Discomfort

“Discomfort is the price of admission to a meaningful life.” Psychologist Susan David on the value of so-called “negative” emotions.