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Are You a Cat Person or a Dog Person?

BY JOHN M. OLDHAM, MD Do cat people and dog people have distinctly different personality styles?   There’s a lot of opinion out there about this—there’s even a Wikipedia site called “Cat people and dog people.”  Then there’s our much-viewed blog from early 2019, “Are You a Cat Person?” I’ve been mulling this over since last […]

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A Sense of Emptiness

  BY JOHN M. OLDHAM, MD Feeling empty?  Do you feel like your life lacks meaning or purpose?   Most people are familiar with such a solid-grey inner experience from time to time.   Maybe it can be a motivator to take on some challenges or make changes. But when the emptiness seems to be a frequent […]

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Changing Partners, Changing Patterns

BY JOHN M. OLDHAM, MD What is your pattern of change—changing partners, that is? “I meet a man, fix him up and flip him to someone else,” confessed one woman recently in the New York Times. “Some People Flip Real Estate.  I Flip Men.” That’s the title of the “Modern Love” piece Kelly Sundberg recently […]

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Who’s the Right Person for You?

  By JOHN M. OLDHAM, M.D. & LOIS B. MORRIS Who’s the right person for you?  The mate you already have?  The mate you wish had?  That question drives a lot of popular online personality tests.  Some make it sound so easy:  “Answer these three questions about yourself to find your ideal mate.” So many […]

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The Territory of Trust: Postscript

  BY JOHN M. OLDHAM, MD Trust is a key weathervane guiding every aspect of our interpersonal world. Just trust me Who is trustworthy and who is not?  Who is the one I’m not so sure about, and how do I find out?  Am I trustworthy?  How often do we say, “Look, I’m going to […]

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Personality and the Radical Stress of Social Isolation

BY JOHN M. OLDHAM, M.D. & LOIS B. MORRIS No matter how resilient our personality styles may be, we are all susceptible to the radical stress of a year of social isolation.  We humans are social animals.  Whether we’re naturally outgoing or reserved, we need to be with each other.  Adjusting to constraint is hard […]

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Attention!

BY JOHN M. OLDHAM, M.D., & LOIS B. MORRIS “Attention is a limited resource, so pay attention to where you pay attention,” said the writer Howard Rheingold. This maxim is a favorite of a theoretical physicist named Michael Goldhaber. He is “the internet prophet you’ve never heard of,” according to New York Times Opinion  writer […]

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