Knowledge Lowers Confidence

Self-confidence (confidence in what you are and are not) requires hard-won wisdom. Not knowledge. Knowledge is great, but only certain parts of us hold parts of our knowledge, e.g. the parts of you that were able to sit up in class and pay attention know alcohol makes humans stupid. Other parts, like the ones that Knowledge Lowers Confidence

Odd Odds for the Odd Man Out

If your IQ sets you apart by making you waaaaay less interested in mundane topics than most folks, that can be tremendously isolating. Or if the intensity with which you engage outshines/outpaces/outdoes that of others, that can be isolating, too… But probably the most isolating side-effect of big brainz is your potential. Living with more Odd Odds for the Odd Man Out

Being a Man is Demanding

As a boy, you had your work cut out for you. You knew what to aspire to in becoming a man. Then suddenly you’re in a relationship with a woman, and she wants something completely different! Grade Expectations What society expects you to be as a man (the go-getter, the competent, the problem-solver… all this Being a Man is Demanding

Shall I Stay or Shall I Go?

Just because you CAN go out, doesn’t mean you WANT to. Things are “opening up” — so what? If you, like me, have actually ENJOYED the sensory deprivation of isolation, now is a time of potential overwhelm. Allow me to commiserate by shining a loving light on the procrastination and inhibition that others accuse of Shall I Stay or Shall I Go?

Socks Suck the Life Out of You

Factorial puzzle? Jim’s open drawer contains 24 red and 24 black socks. They’re indistinguishable in the dark, but he doesn’t want to wake his girlfriend before dawn. How many socks must Jim take with him to be sure to have at least one pair among them when he gets to a lit room? Studying odds Socks Suck the Life Out of You