General Health

Evan on August 10th, 2009

There are three tasks or personal qualities that are especially relevant to old age. These are well explained in George Vaillant’s Ageing Well. They are: generativity, keeping the meaning and integrity. Generativity Generativity as defined by (Ageing Well p.115) John Kotre: To invest oneself in forms of life and work that will outlive the self. […]

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Evan on August 4th, 2009

It is interesting to study how some people age well (and George Vaillant’s book Ageing Well is a great study of them). The question this raises is: So what? That radio station we like to tune into: WIIFM (What’s in it for me?). Can I do anything that makes it more likely I will age […]

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Evan on July 26th, 2009

I’m Ageing Some of us are getting on a bit. OK, I’m getting on a bit. I turned 50 this year. This makes me (at least) middle aged. A few of my contemporaries have already died. I don’t feel panicked, but perhaps a little sobered. My parents (both 84) are still alive, so I haven’t […]

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Evan on July 24th, 2009

Preface: Should You Listen to Me? Am I the picture of ideal health? Nope. What I am is reasonably fit, have relationships that I find satisfying, aren’t overwhelmed by emotions that I can’t handle and my thinking usually serves me well. At this point in my life I’m pretty happy about where I am. So, […]

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I have a guest post on the Psychology, Philosophy and Real Life blog. It is about what I think of as my bottom line: that compassion and joy (or better yet, compassionate-joyfulness) are good in themselves. They are what justify other things rather than being justified by other things. I also talk about how some […]

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Evan on June 1st, 2009

Image by worak No and Yes I’m not sure if there is sexual energy – or rather I’m sure of two different things. 1. It doesn’t make any more sense to talk of sexual energy than it does of ‘food energy’. Our energy is directed to meeting our needs (for water, air, touch, kindness, resolving […]

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Evan on May 21st, 2009

Image by CarbonNYC I am fortunate in the small city I live in, Canberra, that there is a good tai chi school. These are not easy to find. They are also understanding of my desire to do tai chi mostly for health benefits and that I have no interest in it as a martial art. […]

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Evan on May 13th, 2009

Image by Brian Hillegas A reader asked me to write on the connection between our feelings and our illnesses and disorders. Here is what I have to say. I’ve actually written about it as part of a bigger subject – how our feelings affect other aspects of our experience and how the other dimensions of […]

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