Getting Past Your Past: Why your adverse childhood experiences didn’t actually ruin your life

Getting Past Your Past: Why your adverse childhood experiences didn’t actually ruin your life

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This is an excerpt from what will eventually be my (next) book after Dr. Lisle and I finish ours. The neo-Freudian argument that individuals are essentially “blank slates,” and that we learn who we are from our parents and childhood environments, is flat-out archaic and incorrect. That is not my opinion. That is the well-evidenced conclusion of six decades of longitudinal identical twin studies — and not a handful of twin pairs, or even a few thousand of them, but fifteen million pairs of twins. Monozygotic (identical) twin studies are by far the most powerful evidence we have against the “blank slate”…

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When Bad News is Good News (Newsletter)

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Quick announcement: I’ll be doing a live Q&A with Dillon Holmes over at Well Your World this coming Thursday (March 26) at 4pm Pacific. Email me any questions you have or join us live—anything goes. We’ll talk pandemics, personalities, how to make healthy and cheap apocalypse food, and whatever else people want to discuss! You can tune in here.  As more and higher quality data comes in on the actual mortality rate of Covid-19, it is beginning to look a lot less dire than it did at first. Very nasty, to be sure. But terrifying and indiscriminate it is not. It is…

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Of Personalities and pandemics (Newsletter)

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“Disaster is like everyday life, only more so.” —Rebecca Solnit A brief set of thoughts and observations about the (rather stunning) social dynamics of this entire COVID-19 fiasco—as always through the lens of evolution and its insights into the ways in which humans attempt (occasionally poorly) to confront and resolve a given set of adaptive dilemmas.  First, a reminder/bit of mansplaining. The first rule of evolution is that everything is ultimately a mating dance, more or less. Well, the first rule is to survive, of course, but you really only care about surviving long enough to reproduce. It’s really all…

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