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Born: 1970-01-01
Profession: Psychologist
Nation: American
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It is easier to act yourself into a new way of feeling than to feel yourself into a new way of acting.

Tags: Acting, Feeling, Yourself

When the satisfaction or the security of another person becomes as significant to one as one's own satisfaction or security, then the state of love exists. Under no other circumstances is a state of love present, regardless of the popular usage of the term.

Tags: Another, Love, State

Your emotional life is not written in cement during childhood. You write each chapter as you go along.

Tags: Emotional, Life, Write

There is no fun in psychiatry. If you try to get fun out of it, you pay a considerable price for your unjustifiable optimism.

Tags: Fun, Optimism, Try

All of us are much more human than otherwise.

Tags: Human, Otherwise

If you do not feel equal to the headaches that psychiatry induces, you are in the wrong business. It is work - work the like of which I do not know.

Tags: Business, Work, Wrong

What you know about the people whom you know at all well is truly amazing, even though you have never formulated it.

Tags: Amazing, Though, Truly

I do not believe that I have had an interview with anybody in twenty-five years in which the person to whom I was talking was not annoyed during the early part of the interview by my asking stupid questions.

Tags: Questions, Stupid, Talking

When people approach you angrily, you take them very seriously, and, if you're like me, with the faint suggestion that you can be angry too, and that you would like to know what the shooting is about.

Tags: Angry, Approach, Seriously

I read as much poetry as time allows and circumstance dictates: No heartache can pass without a little Dorothy Parker, no thunderstorm without W. H. Auden, no sleepless night without W. B. Yeats.

Tags: Night, Poetry, Time

A glimpse at my night stand gives the mostly true impression that I am a book hoarder.

Tags: Book, Night, True

Fiction will always be my greatest love, with poetry close behind.

Tags: Greatest, Love, Poetry

I admire the linear and decisive way a certain kind of man thinks, to my curlicue boundless overthinking.

Tags: Admire, Decisive, Thinks

I like dressing up for dates and dissecting a dinner conversation with a new guy to determine if he might be The One.

Tags: Dinner, Guy, Might

I love making lists.

Tags: Lists, Love, Making

I love the smell of a man's skin.

Tags: Love, Skin, Smell

I sometimes read on the subway, but I'm a hopeless eavesdropper and get easily distracted by strangers' conversations.

Tags: Hopeless, Read, Sometimes

Reading poetry gives me a sense of calm, well-being, and love for humanity - the same stuff more flexible women get from yoga.

Tags: Love, Poetry, Women

Character development is what I value most as a reader of fiction. If an author can manage to create the sort of characters who feel fully real, who I find myself worrying about while I'm walking through the grocery store aisles a week later, that to me is as close to perfection as it gets.

Tags: Character, Real, While

For whatever reason, various outlets and individuals are committed to making the world think that young girls don't talk or care about feminism anymore, that it's totally over. But it's not.

Tags: Care, Talk, Young

I know a lot of women who embody what it means to be a feminist but do not want to use that word. The misperceptions about what it's all about have gotten into their heads.

Tags: Means, Women, Word

In high school, during marathon phone conversations, cheap pizza dinners and long suburban car rides, I began to fall for boys because of who they actually were, or at least who I thought they might become.

Tags: Car, School, Thought

The hardest part about writing fiction is finding long stretches of time to do it: for me, this means writing mostly on Saturdays and Sundays. But I am always thinking about my characters, jotting down ideas in stolen moments and hoping I'll be able to make sense of them when the weekend rolls around.

Tags: Thinking, Time, Writing

When I was in fourth grade, a novelist came to talk to my English class. She told us that being an author meant sitting at the kitchen table in pajamas, drinking tea with the dogs at your feet.

Tags: English, She, Talk
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