The Plagued Parent

posts about surviving our children, the Baby Boomers who raised us, and everyone else with an opinion...

Category: Media

Reasons Upon Reasons

One of the first questions my wife asked me was, “Do you think she did this on purpose?” I answered, “No.” At that point, my daughter had not been formally diagnosed with depression so when the dust settled we asked my daughter directly and bluntly about the incident. She was insistent. No way, she said. True, that […]

Anthropomorphism

Anthropomorphism is attirbuting human traits, emotions, and intentions onto non-human entities and this act of cognition is considered by some to be an innate tendency of human psychology. Psychologists consider the concept a form of cognitive bias. We use brain patterns (schemas) to layer human qualities upon the non-human based on what we’ve come believe about […]

The Walking Dead Like Me

The attraction to a television show like The Walking Dead reveals America’s zeitgeist: post-9/11 we fear the faceless terrorist, we fear the Muslim immigrant (thank The Donald for intensifying that one), we fear invading hordes infiltrating from beyond. We’ve gotten it wrong though, we’ve mistakenly identified the antagonists. The hordes we should fear, the herds […]

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