Category Archives: Psychology

Book review of Essbaum’s Hausfrau: NOT a modern Anna Karenina story

A couple of weeks ago I found two books at my local library using one of my common techniques for choosing books—browsing randomly. These books were in a corner of the library set aside for a summer reading club. This … Continue reading

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I’ll always be a runner: the quest for self-identity

  Throughout childhood and adolescence we try to figure out “Who am I?” and we answer that question partly by attaching labels to ourselves. Before I became a runner, I identified myself as a bookworm, a writer, an actress, a … Continue reading

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Spiritual peace: December 2015

Why am I posting this article now? There was a week in early December when I experienced a rare inner peace. I was bursting to write about it, but the season’s general busyness prevented it. There was no big change in … Continue reading

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Personality types of elite (or fanatical) runners: Do you recognize yourself?

From my years of competing at a national and international level, I’ve concluded that elite runners usually possess one of a few distinct personality types. In addition, they have different motivations for training hard and making it to the top … Continue reading

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Accomplishments and regrets: a note to myself from 2004

An accidental discovery of a note to myself from 2004 A few days ago I was searching for an important piece of paper in a basket I keep in my study for all kinds of wordy scraps that I don’t … Continue reading

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Remembering George Gluppe: Thoughts on lifelong friendship

At this time of year I always think about my lifelong friend and coach, George Gluppe, who passed away on April 21, 2012. This year I am feeling the loss of him from my life more keenly than ever before: … Continue reading

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Focus on the finish line

To be a champion runner, you need two things: talent and focus. Talent is a matter of genetics. Focus is a three-pronged process: The long-term effort of focusing one’s life on the yearly training plan and the day-to-day workouts; The … Continue reading

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Have you found your heart’s desire?

What does this even mean? I remembered the expression “your heart’s desire” from my childhood reading, a book from C.S. Lewis’s beloved Narnia series. In the fifth book of the series, The Voyage of the Dawn Treader, the valiant talking mouse Reepicheep … Continue reading

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Bodily integrity, spiritual integrity

I’ve been thinking of what I wrote in a recent post about “my body’s integrity.” I defined this as “the basic confidence that everything is working, that all the parts and systems are functioning together as they should.” I also went … Continue reading

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Sleeping pills and personality change

I had some hesitation about writing a post about my use of sleeping pills; our society continues to stigmatize mental illness and psychological problems. Yet the ways drugs (both recreational and prescription) affect thinking, moods, and behaviour have always fascinated … Continue reading

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