Malinda's Table

Be Happy. It’s Not That Hard

The field of psychology has long focused on psychopathology, the troubled side of human nature. What doesn’t work rather than what makes us healthy and happy. This is changing with the new focus on positive psychology. With depression ten times higher today than in...

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Letter From A Student

To: Malinda Muzi: PSYC 215 005 15A FA17 - Developmental Psychology December 15, 2017 at 2:07am Dear Professor Malinda Muzi, This is ________ It is my honor to be one of your students. What you teach in class goes far beyond the content of the course. I never got...

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Sexual Harassment Sold My First Book

The luncheon began with the acquisition editor of a major book company telling me I was a pretty woman, but would be a knockout if I lost 10 pounds. I was there to sell Psychology: A Biographical Approach, an introductory psychology textbook. It had been a long road...

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Death Cleaning

It sounds morbid but I took the advice of this Swedish author and I'm "death cleaning." I started with my clothes closet last week (at least thirty outfits gone; did anyone want my tie-dye tees? I couldn't part with my wedding gown yet) and moved on for the last two...

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A Great Way to Be Dead

I recently attended a funeral at West Laurel Hill Cemetery in Bala Cynwyd and noticed an amazing tombstone, topped with statues of a dog and a cat. I was curious about the deceased and wondered how he managed to get his companion animals buried with him. I inquired...

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The Jewish New Year

I love the High Holidays, both Rosh Hashana and Yom Kippur, despite being a devout atheist, because they herald in Autumn, my favorite time of year.  To religious people it's the year 5778.  I have no idea why, as I must have missed that lesson in Hebrew School, which...

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The Vietnam War

Be sure to catch Ken Burn's 10-part documentary, The Vietnam War, on TV.  It is amazing that it was 50 years ago, but I well remember going to Washington to protest with my friend Rob.  When we got home to my apartment at 21st and Spruce we each took a tab of LSD and...

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Meet Clara

I needed a lift at reaching 75 and my grandchildren needed another kind of lift, so I bought Clara, a 2018 Crosstrek Subaru, who I named after my maternal grandmother.   I bought Clara for three reasons: She is beautiful and she is possessed of the latest...

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Chop Wood, Carry Water

  I didn't realize what a funk I was in at turning 75 until I returned to the college to teach this Fall and felt a lift as soon as I saw the students in my first class.  After teaching ten years online, in my nightgown or ratty jeans, having to get dressed up - for...

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