Here’s my most recent post on Psychology Today, The Skeptic’s Guide to Enlightenment: How to Wake Up Without Losing Your Mind. It explores the difference between skepticism and cynicism, and the value of doubt on the path to wisdom. Read it here.
Over the past few weeks, I’ve had the pleasure of interviewing three wonderfully inspiring men for my Psychology Today blog, Ethical Wisdom. Speaking Truth to Power was the subject of my conversation with Peter Buffett, son of the famous billionaire. We spoke about the antidote to greed and the enigma of Trump. Read the interview here. Roger Housden and I discussed his new book, Dropping the Struggle:Seven Ways to Love the Life You Have, which offers an antidote to compulsion toward self-improvement. Read the interview here. And finally, I spoke with the wonderful poet and philosopher Mark Nepo about his new book, The One Life We’re Given: Finding the Wisdom That Waits in Your Heart. It explores how our hard work and authenticity ready us for meaning and grace in our lives, and how our sincerity and effort help us survive and thrive. Read the interview here. I hope you enjoy the pearls of wisdom each of these men shared.
What a wonderful book this is! Elizabeth Lesser is among our wisest and most human teachers. This is the love story between Elizabeth and her sister, Maggie, filled with insight, humor, and heart. Here’s my latest blog for Psychology Today on our conversation about her book and insights on the art of loving. Marrow is a must read.
I talked to my friend Mark Wolynn about his eye-opening new book, It Didn’t Start With You, for Psychology Today. Mark’s book is a groundbreaking approach to transforming traumatic legacies passed down in families over generations. Mark is Director of The Family Constellations Institute and an expert in healing inherited trauma. I learned a lot from our conversation.
Alain de Botton is one of my favorite living writers. It was great to interview him for Psychology Today. Best known for brilliant, genre-rattling books that include How Proust Can Change Your Life, Essays in Love, Status Anxiety, and most recently How To Think More About Sex, de Botton is a prophet provocateur. He is also one of the founders of The School of Life which has a passionate belief in making learning relevant – and so runs courses in the important questions of everyday life. Continue reading