I will not worry about what sounds emanate from me in the ladies' room. Everyone knows what I am doing in there. I will not wait until the person in the next stall leaves. I have business to do, and I'm DOING it. I may make a little noise.
I happened to go to Kochi because I allowed myself to devote some time to idle travel. Not everyone is privileged enough to do this -- I am aware of that -- but for this blog, it is worth going a bit deeper.
My son is becoming more of a person everyday, and the butt-scratching freedom of toddlerhood is disappearing. I mourn for it a bit because I know he'll never be that unselfconscious again. And that means he is growing up.
I wish I could say that I no longer have the urge to check myself as I walk by a mirror. I wish I could say that "perfection" is no longer defined as clear skin and small pores and being blemish-free. I wish I could say that I no longer worry about how I look in public.
What I'm seeing in my youngest son is both sad and predictable: His growing consciousness of social rules is turning into a growing self-consciousness, and I wish I could stop it. I know I can't, but at least maybe I can give them some tools to help.
Let's reach an agreement, more universally embraced and with a deeper commitment than before, with clear consequences if breached, of how we want to live together with the existence of chemical weapons and other weapons of mass destruction.
Self-consciousness can prevent people from being who they are, expressing what they are feeling, doing what they want to do, and all because they are afraid of what other people will think or say about them.
In the past month I was inseminated for the first time, masturbated in a circle with 10 naked women and watched myself onscreen in an interactive documentary. None of these things is particularly strange for me. However, I do feel like I've been in a blender on the high setting.
Tetsuro Matsuzawa, a researcher at Kyoto University, showed that a chimpanzee named Ayumu clearly out-performed humans on some working memory tests, a category of short-term recall. What is surprising is that anybody finds this surprising.
Dr. Taylor tries to tell us, in the most precise language possible, what it was like to watch her thoughts fall away as she fell into timeless bliss. Truth be told, though, your own subjective experience is just as unique as hers -- and, ultimately, just as immune to exact translation.
When we asked readers to join Allison's crusade, and send us photos of themselves "in the picture," you responded. Actually, you did more than just respond. You embraced, inhabited and claimed the cause as your own.
This research suggests that reading about different groups can be helpful for aspiring leaders. One of the greatest problems in business leadership is a failure to understand how the work environment can influence different people in different ways.
Faith in a balanced form could be a positive, and in some ways essential, trait for humanity. However, it could also have the potential for becoming counterproductive if it is used as blind faith or ignorance.