In the great Rush song Time Stand Still, the chorus went, “I’m not looking back, but I want to look around me now.” I’ve invested several months in looking back and looking around, with the goal of looking ahead with clearer purpose.
I’ve been seeing a lot of posts in my Twitter feed from “first-gen” college students, which got me thinking about my own experiences in academia. My answer is … complicated.
This story—much like how I became a psychologist—has its roots in my childhood. For as long as I can remember, I’ve adored exploring and playing with words.
I’ve finally gotten a handle on the frustration that’s been building within me regarding psychology as an academic field.
I hadn’t intended to comment publicly on political topics here, especially this one; it’s complex and nuanced, and it doesn’t lend itself well to constructive exploration and discussion in online media. My focus is on a theory that helps us understand the increase in gun violence over the past couple of decades.