About a month ago, a website called "The Best Schools" published a list entitled "The 50 Most Influential Living Psychologists in the World." Readers immediately noticed that there was a disturbing lack of Martian psychologists included on this list (after all, they didn't specify that "in the world" had to refer to Earth!).
Far less amusing was the number of women and people-of-color (POC) who were chosen to represent "influential" living psychologists. By my count, 78% of those listed were male, and 100% of them were white. I want to stress that all of the individuals included on that list are brilliant scientists who have certainly made important impacts on the field; it is not my goal to diminish their accomplishments. However, as a POC psychologist-in-training, I was inspired to crowdsource a new list of influential living psychologists, one that highlighted the lives and accomplishments of important female and POC figures who had been previously overlooked. In other words, for those of us who look at such lists and think, "Is there room in this field for people who look like me?", my goal is to expand the record, not to correct it. Read More
Follow-up to my last post: forget about "perfect" albums, which albums are my go-to favorites? Read More
What makes for a 'perfect' album? Read More
It's pretty simple: I've never once felt compelled to hit the 'skip' button while listening to any track ever. Feels fresh and poignant regardless if I'm listening to it for the first time in five years, or if I've listened to it every day for five years. Usually because the album itself is a unified, thematically-coherent meditation on the human condition. I don't have to be in the mood to listen to the album because the album itself is a proclamation, self-contained enough to always put me in the mood to listen to it. Sometimes of some historical importance, but not always. Doesn't have to be one of my favorite albums of all time (that's a separate list, though there's some overlap).
As much as I would like to continue to ignore that it's mid-September, it is now September 16th. I can no longer maintain the illusion that I've got a great deal of time left before grad school and grant applications are due. When it comes to thinking about my future, I am planful to a fault, and though I have learned to be less rigid in my thinking, it is not my automatic response to be relaxed about impending risky decisions. Tomes have been written about impostor syndrome and social comparison and anxiety and every other thing that afflicts academics, but writing posts like this help me reaffirm my values. Here are some thoughts I'm having as I (properly!) begin the grad school application process, mostly in the form of platitudes: Read More