Are You Better Looking than Most People?

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MysteryShrink Short:  Who has the smallest rear, the youngest face, the finest clothes, the clearest skin? Who has the right skin color? Who are the losers? The winners? In the documentary, Come Back, Africa (1960) Zacharia, a man from ‘the villages’, comes to Johannesburg where his new employer, the wealthy …

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When it Comes to Distant Mothers—This Lady Wins

When it Comes to Distant Mothers—This Lady Wins The movie, The Darjeeling Limited, is the story of one man’s attempt to save his own life and maybe those of his brothers who are equally crippled by their strange and emotionally distant childhood. **To make sense of the current story, first …

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“I’m Okay if You’re Okay and My Family, Your Family, and Friends are Okay”

“I’m Okay if You’re Okay and My Family, Your Family, and Friends are Okay”‘ The Pact by Jodi Picoult, Part Three **This article is not a standard review but a discussion of how the story weaves in lessons in psychology and behavior. To make sense of the following, you will need to …

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Medication, MysteryShrink in Real Life

MysteryShrink in Real Life Every year I do at least one tribute to people who are willing to take medication to deal with all sorts of disorders, particularly depression. No one wants to take medication. Certainly no one wants the side effects. Those who are willing are heroes and heroines …

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Update on About MysteryShrink

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ABOUT MYSTERYSHRINK MysteryShrink is dedicated to the study of human behavior and misbehavior along with championing the ability to laugh at ourselves. Because we’re funny. The idea for MysteryShrink came from the thought that there ought to be some way for others to benefit from the study, research, training, and …

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Robin, How We Loved You, We Haven’t Forgotten

Robin, How We Loved You, We Haven’t Forgotten One year ago, Robin Williams killed himself. It was a ‘marker day’ for those of us who knew only what he gave us and not the despair in his heart. “A marker day is a day when something unexpected and irreversible happens …

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Suzi. She Brought Out the Best in Me, Emotions and Stress

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Suzi. She Brought Out the Best in Me Emotions and Stress Suzi went travelling this morning. She’s the tan and white one. She was almost 24 years old. I’ve always believed pets are on this earth to remind us that we were created to live in joy. In joy now. …

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