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Fear and supersition

Royce Shook · Fear is the main source of superstition, and one of the main sources of cruelty. To conquer fear is the beginning of wisdom.– Bertrand Russell · Fear can certainly be a powerful emotion that can drive people to act in irrational or superstitious ways. It can also lead people to e ...

4 months ago

Face your fears

Royce Shook · When I was about 7, I was terrified of horses. I did not know why, but I did not like to be around them. I was raised in the country until I was about 5 and was always around horses. When we moved to town when I was 5 or 6, I forgot I was always around horses. By 7, I realized I ...

1 year ago


Jim Murray · This bears repeating as the task of figuring out what to believe about the world on many levels is becoming more and more difficult.

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1 year ago


Jim Murray · When news of the spread of the Omnicron Covid variant hit, a lot of people who had been going on about their business carefully and were fully vaccinated started to fear the worst again. But from everything I have seen, just carrying on with all the social distancing and masking ...

2 years ago

Fear & Loathing In Our Own Heads

Jim Murray · The world is going to hell in a hand basket or so it would seem. · Terrorism. Unstable economies. Climate change. Political divisiveness. Racism.  Sexism. Corporate & media manipulation.Take your pick. · Our perception of all of this has a lot to do with the fact that the 24 hour ...

2 years ago

Doing Nothing

Royce Shook · We were golfing and my friend said I needed to learn to do nothing. I laughed and agreed with him. I find it hard to do nothing, but there are times when it is best to do nothing. · Here’s a checklist I use for when to do nothing: · Do nothing when you’re angry. Some people think ...

2 years ago

Know Fear as a Leader

Jim Taggart · To say that the workplace has changed a lot in the past decade, with more changes imminent, should not come as a surprise to anyone. It’s almost become a trite statement to talk about the rapid changes that organizations have undergone. People — managers and staff — know this. Th ...

3 years ago

Food for thought...

Randall Burns ·    Yes, we are in crazy times. ·    "Perspective" is a topic I'm always discussing... ·    There are those of you out there that are "rolling with the punches", (and yes you know who you are). Just another "adjustment" on the road of life. But, "what is life?". ·  I've had far to ...

3 years ago

The Pandemic Pendulum: From Fear-Based Shutdown to Fearless Idiocy

Jim Taggart · Leaders of nations have perpetual challenges—small and large, short-term and long-term. Sometimes these challenges come with ample warning, perhaps months in advance as a crisis builds. Other times, they arrive with relatively short notice. And then occasionally—more likely rarel ...

4 years ago

On The Other Side Of Your Fear

Jim Murray · I am weary. · I am worn down by my own human desire to be aware of what’s going on. · I have had my brain fractured by stainless steel paradoxes, lie after lie after lie playing out on a 50 million watt lit stage until nobody, including me, knows what to believe anymore. · Everyw ...

4 years ago

Its not the path but the destination

Royce Shook · What holds us back, sometimes inertia stops us from doing what we want to do. Sometimes it is fear that stops forward progress. As we get older, fear and inertia become bigger enemies. I have a friend who has been diagnosed with vascular dementia and he has been told that he has ...

4 years ago

The New Leadership: Fear, Control, Manipulation

Jim Taggart · One of the more insightful leadership practitioners and authors is. She’s been around a long time in her field: some 52 years consulting and travelling globally. While she’s written several excellent books, her Leadership and the New Science is viewed as a landmark book. · In a 2 ...

4 years ago

Writer's Block

Royce Shook · Have you ever had writer's block? I have and it is a terrible affliction. · I don't know how or why it comes upon me, but when it does I feel as if a part of my mind has closed and I am floundering in a sea of despair. It may take days for the mood to end, and the desire or the n ...

4 years ago

Some thoughts on fear

Royce Shook · In retirement, it is important that you examine and rekindle your old passions, or create new passions. One thing will hold you back from doing this is fear. Ask yourself what you are afraid of? After you know what you are afraid of, then you need to ask what are the results of t ...

4 years ago

Anxiety, fear and relief

Royce Shook · Anxiety or fear can be called up when you are asked to a gathering by a total stranger honouring the life of someone you've never met while you had other plans · Sometimes it is worth trying to overcome our fear and anxiety. So, accept the invitation, however irrational it may se ...

4 years ago

Meet Dr. Edward Shorter and Dr. Max Fink Authors of The Madness of Fear: A History of Catatonia

Norm Goldman · Authors: Dr. Edward Shorter and Dr. Max FinkPublisher:Oxford University Press · ISBN: 978-0-19-088119-1 · Bookpleasures.com welcomes as our guests, Dr. Edward Shorter and Dr. Max Fink authors of The Madness of Fear: A History of Catatonia. · Dr. Shorter has held the Hannah Profes ...

4 years ago

Review: The Madness of Fear: A History of Catatonia

Norm Goldman · Authors: Dr. Edward Shorter and Dr. Max Fink · Publisher: Oxford University Press · ISBN: 978-0-19-088119-1 · What is catatonia? Is it a symptom of schizophrenia? Can it be treatable and reversible? · These are the questions I asked myself when I picked up Dr. Edward Shorter and ...

4 years ago

Finding the Source of Your Fear

Royce Shook · I used to have an irrational fear of horses. Growing up I delivered papers along a river in the country and there was a number of horses that used the trail along the river. Every time the horses came through I became paralyzed and would not move for sometimes hours. I never unde ...

5 years ago

Fear...How You Use It Can Make All The Difference

Jim Murray · Fear. · It doesn’t matter if you work for yourself or some big multinational corporation, fear is with us every day. We fear screwing up and getting fired. We fear losing clients. We fear accidents. We fear other people. If you’re a writer, or want to be one, you sometimes fear t ...

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