Friday, January 27, 2012

Sunday, January 22, 2012

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Neuroticism is a fundamental personality trait in the study of psychology. It is an enduring tendency to experience negative emotional states. Individuals who score high on neuroticism are more likely than the average to experience such feelings as anxiety, anger, guilt, and depressed mood.[1] They respond more poorly to environmental stress, and are more likely to interpret ordinary situations as threatening, and minor frustrations as hopelessly difficult. They are often self-conscious and shy, and they may have trouble controlling urges and delaying gratification. Neuroticism is a risk factor for "internalizing" mental disorders such as phobia, depression, panic disorder, and other anxiety disorders (traditionally called neuroses).[2][3][4]


 Emotional stability

On the opposite end of the spectrum, individuals who score low in neuroticism are more emotionally stable and less reactive to stress. They tend to be calm, even-tempered, and less likely to feel tense or rattled. Although they are low in negative emotion, they are not necessarily high on positive emotion. Being high on positive emotion is an element of the independent trait of extraversion. Neurotic extraverts, for example, would experience high levels of both positive and negative emotional states, a kind of "emotional roller coaster". Individuals who score low on neuroticism (particularly those who are also high on extraversion) generally report more happiness and satisfaction with their lives.[5]

Friday, January 20, 2012

Courtesy of Architectural Digest

Wednesday, January 18, 2012

Two years later in the summer of 2010 we returned to France for my niece's wedding. By then I had lost the tooth.

In the spring of 2008 we went to France for my nephew's wedding. That's me before the tooth was removed, which made me look like a pirate for a while. The cemetery is, of course, Pere Lachaise, which we visited on the way back from the wedding, which had been in the mountains of Haute Savoi. It was in the mountains that my brothers gave me this laptop, which is still functioning well, although the Y needs a little bit of extra pressure on the keyboard. Then, there was no question, but that I would go on working for some time. It was only when I was 65, that I realised I could not recover from operations as easily as when I was younger and I retired a few days after my 66th birthday.  The best part of being retired is being able to get up when I feel like it and being able to have a nap during the day if I get up early. Today I had two naps. I sleep much better without the old anxiety that I might not be getting enough sleep. Also, not having to get up in the dark and go out to a streetcar stop in the snow or rain is very relaxing. I'm loving the winter again as I used to when I was a teenager.

Tuesday, January 3, 2012

When that I was a little tiny boy
     With a heigh-ho, the wind and the rain
A foolish thing was but a toy
     For the rain it raineth ev'ry day
But when I came to man's estate
     With a heigh-ho, the wind and the rain
'Gainst thieves and knaves men shut their gate,
     For the rain it raineth ev'ry day.
But when I came, alas!, to wive
     With a heigh-ho, the wind and the rain
By swaggering never could I thrive,
     For the rain it raineth ev'ry day.
A great while ago the world begun
     With a heigh-ho, the wind and the rain
But that's all one, our play is done
     And we'll strive to please you every day.