Review: Never Split the Difference: Negotiating As If Your Life Depended On It by Chris Voss

Nev­er Split the Dif­fer­ence: Nego­ti­at­ing As If Your Life Depend­ed On It by Chris Voss My rat­ing: 3 of 5 stars I found the nar­ra­tor’s voice grat­ing, frankly, and his man­ner of deliv­ery was arro­gant. That might reflect the author’s lev­el of con­fi­dence in the mate­r­i­al, but it was some­what dif­fi­cult for me to get past it. […]

Review: Polysecure: Attachment, Trauma and Consensual Nonmonogamy by Jessica Fern

Pol­y­se­cure: Attach­ment, Trau­ma and Con­sen­su­al Non­monogamy by Jes­si­ca Fern My rat­ing: 5 of 5 stars This is a won­der­ful book, and it will take an hon­ored place on my short shelf of books rec­om­mend­ed for any­one inter­est­ed in an eth­i­cal­ly non-monog­a­­mous lifestyle.  That said, I’m glad I pur­chased the ebook as well as the Audi­ble ver­sion, as […]

Review: Sapiens: A Brief History of Humankind by Yuval Noah Harari

Sapi­ens: A Brief His­to­ry of Humankind by Yuval Noah Harari My rat­ing: 3 of 5 stars This book is an impres­sive tome, but it’s also clear­ly biased in favor of a par­tic­u­lar polit­i­cal view. I sup­pose it isn’t pos­si­ble for a human to write whol­ly with­out bias, but I found it dis­tract­ing. The nar­ra­tor sound­ed disgusted […]

Babbel Offers Free Language Courses for Ukrainian Speakers

I’ve been using Babbel to study French every day for the last few months, hav­ing tak­en advan­tage of one of their Yule­tide spe­cials to get a Life­time mem­ber­ship. Tues­day morn­ing, I received notice of a new press release from them. Babbel Launch­es Free Lan­guage Cours­es For Ukraini­ans On Its Plat­form Babbel to launch lan­guage cours­es for […]

Mental Health Awareness Month

May is Men­tal Health Aware­ness Month. The month is about real­iz­ing how com­mon men­tal health issues are, sup­port­ing each oth­er through them, and remov­ing the stig­ma about them. A few sta­tis­tics: 21% of U.S. adults expe­ri­enced men­tal ill­ness in 2020 (52.9 mil­lion peo­ple). This rep­re­sents 1 in 5 adults. 5.6% of U.S. adults expe­ri­enced seri­ous mental […]

Resource for Chronic Pain Sufferers

The Amer­i­can Chron­ic Pain Asso­ci­a­tion site says the group has been around since 1980, but I had­n’t run across them until yes­ter­day. I spent some time on their site and they have some real­ly good resources as well as a long list of sup­port groups. There aren’t any groups near me, but I think I’ll […]

Chronic Pain and Memory

This is a fas­ci­nat­ing arti­cle with excel­lent sources. Chron­ic pain is ter­ri­ble. A new way of under­stand­ing it may help. The past two cen­turies have pro­duced a cas­cade of life-alter­ing advances in med­i­cine, yet we have been unable to deal with one seem­ing­ly straight­for­ward con­di­tion: chron­ic pain. It affects 1 in 5 peo­ple around the world, […]

How Chronic Pain Leads to Anxiety and Depression

Neu­ronal plas­tic­i­ty in chron­ic pain-induced anx­i­ety revealed Hokkai­do Uni­ver­si­ty researchers have shown how chron­ic pain leads to mal­adap­tive anx­i­ety in mice, with impli­ca­tions for treat­ment of chron­ic pain-relat­ed psy­chi­atric dis­or­ders in humans. Chron­ic pain is per­sis­tent and inescapable, and can lead to mal­adap­tive emo­tion­al states. It is often comor­bid with psy­chi­atric dis­or­ders, such as depression […]

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