Applied Psychology

Applied Psychology


Einstein Quotes: Words of Wisdom Indeed!

Einstein quotes are remarkable words of wisdom May 5th, 2017

Albert Einstein not only has one of the most recognizable mugs of any person alive or dead, he worked extremely hard and intelligently throughout his long life. A genius in physics, he also was a committed peace activist and socialist. Almost everyone remembers him fondly, and though that is perhaps a bit unwarranted, in general he was an affable, productive, dedicated, ingenious, creative, kind, magnanimous individual. He was also very quotable! Many of his quotes were about values.

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Inspirational Quotes Inspire Positive Actions

humans are made better by inspirational quotes April 29th, 2017

Canada geese are all over my neighborhood. They are social, and I think they mate in pairs such that the mate stays about and helps. Here is a story that is touching; you see, a goose laid eggs in a Whole Foods parking lot (the dirt), and workers cordoned off a little area for it. It just sits there on its eggs while cars and shoppers pass by! What does this mean – why is it about morality, kindness, love, compassion, or goodness? What does this have to do with inspirational quotes – the subject of this blog?

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Quotations on Values Inspire Personal Growth

woman on beach thinking about quotations on values April 24th, 2017

Some people don’t get much joy or fulfillment from reading quotes. I don’t really understand those individuals. Quotations on values, virtues, and phenomena such as strength, love, creativity, honor, passion, humor and fulfillment seem so, well, valuable to me. I think life would be sorely lacking in flavor if we lived in a black and white world of monotonous labor, the quest for survival, and being caught up in the consumerist desire to keep up and own more. I have smiled many times in my day, and felt temporarily lifted and a part of things when I read something someone wrote that reminds me of thoughts and feelings I have within, that moves me, that enlightens me. Such is the wisdom of reading quotations on values.

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Values & Ethics: From Living Room to Boardroom

Values & Ethics: From Living Room to Boardroom April 20th, 2017

It seems like daily we are inundated by superficial social media, “fake news,” political demagogues, intolerant youth, and oppressive societal institutions. How can one find concentrate on what is real, wholesome, and reliable? Can we reach back into the past and access classical wisdom, traditional values, and a greater sense of fulfillment, meaning, and optimism? Values & Ethics: From Living Room to Boardroom (2017; Palmetto Publishing Group; $17.95 softcover) aims to address big-picture topics such as values, virtues, ethics, and wisdom. The following is a pitch for the book, including endorsements, reviews, an excerpt, description, and author bio.

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“Symbols”

symbols April 15th, 2017

A poem about self-knowledge and personal growth:

My life is a map; proud ink on olde leather
Relief depicts the saga of my life:
Love is represented by the mountain
The river symbolizes pain…

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“Like a Palm on a Tropical Island”

self-doubt and loneliness April 9th, 2017

Circa 1999, this lamentation about self-doubt and loneliness, depression and anomie, begins with the following lines:

Reminiscent of a palm tree placed involuntarily on a faraway, tropical island,
I live a life saddled with melancholy and self-doubt and loneliness.

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Is Atlas Still “With Us?”

Dog March 17th, 2017

I was speaking with my wife yesterday about our dog, as it was the 1-year anniversary of his death. I noted that I was having trouble feeling acceptance, finding meaning, and being “okay” with his passing. It feels to me to be a loss — and very little consolation comes with that. It hurts. I feel like I used to have a great dog, but no more. She feels quite differently…

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Quotes About Struggle: Solidarity

quotes about struggle March 2nd, 2017

Struggle, protest, dissent, and organization is a big part of this country. Almost everything that the people have was worked hard for. We forget how much striking, sitting in, and agitating there was in times-past, in part because the powers that be want to tamp down on that kind of progressivism. That kind of lobbying for rights is not good for business, as it were. I want to extol the virtues of dedication, courage, and standing up for something. As Peter Marshall said, “Give to us clear vision that we may know where to stand and what to stand for — because unless we stand for something, we shall fall for anything.”

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Quotations on Optimism and Hope

quotes on optimism February 27th, 2017

Optimism is a way of viewing the world that is positive, hopeful, and open. There are many quotations on optimism that are inspirational and enlightening. Hope is a somewhat less-assertive and features less personal agency, if you will. For example, an optimistic person will be positively expectant about future events, the world in general, and the self; they basically see the “glass as half-full.” Hope is similar but somewhat more passive; for example, hope that one lives when battling a terminal illness, or hope that there is a God who looks down favorably upon oneself. These nuances are differentiated by the typical phrases we hear: “I’m optimistic I will finish the marathon because I have trained a lot and I feel good” vs. “I hope the plane that went down was not the one John was on!” In nonverbal terms, optimism is cracking one’s knuckles, and hope is putting one’s hands together to pray. This blog presents a bit of background and many interesting quotes about the subject.

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What Is “Living a Life of Value” About?

living a life of value January 10th, 2017

Do You Know What Your Values Are? Are You Enthusiastic About Them? How Can You Improve Yourself and Your World?  These questions get at the concept of ‘living a life of value.’ In this blog, I will explore the place where applied philosophy meets applied psychology, personal growth, and ethics. The goal is to share my thoughts and feelings about this wonderful idea that is bound to make a difference in everyone’s life who spends a little time and thought on the phenomenon. This is vintage Values of the Wise!

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