Whether It’s Movies or Haunted Houses – Why Do We Like Being Scared?
The Hairdresser and the Piano: a Parable
A chemist, a psychologist and a hairdresser were moving a piano. I am the psychologist in the story. The chemist is my sister’s husband, Bobby, and the hairdresser is Ben, Bobby’s brother. Dispel any stereotypes you have of a male hairdresser. Ben is quite masculine and loves women- so much so, that he has married […]
Michael Wins the Moth Story Slam!
A Personal Independence Day
The Fourth of July holiday in the United States is a celebration of freedom and autonomy from Great Britain. The declaration of Independence laid not only the foundation of a new nation, but a new concept in the world. It is the turning point in history towards self-rule, not governance ordained by a privileged, elite […]
Chipless Cookies and Other Motherly Love Lessons
The Human Problem of Medicine
Last year Kelly, the woman to whom I am married, had an emergency appendicitis and appendectomy. She was in the hospital for several days as there were complications. The appendix had ruptured and therefore required immediate and intensive surgery. While the quality of the surgery was excellent and overall care was good (she has made […]
Seeds of Empathy
In my two-year-old granddaughter, Olivia, I can already see the development of compassion – seeds of empathy. Olivia is often self-centered, as two-year-olds are. Occasionally, though, she will reach out and share a flower, or a block, or a piece of fruit with another. I can already see the development of an understanding of the […]
Michael Joins Houston Matters to Talk About Gun Comfort
Michael joined Houston Matters this past week to discuss “Why Are Some People Afraid of Guns, While Others Feel Safer When They’re Around?”. Here is the excerpt from the Houston Matters website. As the Texas Legislature takes on open carry and campus carry bills, psychologist Michael Winters joins us to contemplate what goes on in […]
What’s Wrong With the Pursuit of Happiness – Part 2 (Texas Bar)
Michael continues his “What’s Wrong With the Pursuit of Happiness?” piece in part two. Here is an excerpt and link. Part 2: Meaning is available even when happiness is not. Imagine that you are representing pro bono a 19-year-old client who is seeking asylum. She has fled her home country, a land in which women […]