A concise counter-argument to the idea of confidence as a desirable personality trait

There's a pop-psychotherapeutic idea floating around out there to the effect that confidence is a good thing. Confident people are to be emulated; less confident people are to be encouraged to be more confident. I've felt for a while that this idea is wrong and dangerous - that confidence (in yourself) is like trust (in… Continue reading A concise counter-argument to the idea of confidence as a desirable personality trait

Airport security lines

Yesterday (Friday 8/11) I was scheduled for a noon flight from Seattle back from San Jose. Mindful of liquid security risks, I first of all threw away all the moistizurers, lotions, conditioners, exfoliants, depilatory creams, oxidizing potions, anti-wrinkle solutions, whitening pastes, and sculpting gels that make up my 2-hour beautification regime each morning. (Just kidding.… Continue reading Airport security lines