“Fear of School”

Summer’s ending, school’s beginning and “early Fall” means many students fear going back to school.  Avoidance, refusal, and worse case fear of school commonly dominate early fall conversations as a rule. Most students greet summer’s end with sad resignation and back- to-school jitters. But one in ten also finds the […]

“Brain Freeze”

I scream, you scream, we all scream, for ice cream.  We scream for flavor… but icy pain is not what we savor.  Few phenomena scrunch our faces like a Brain freeze, or sphenopalatine ganglioneuralgia… a science term not said with ease. Sphenopalatine ganglions are nerve bundles controlling blood nourishing our […]

“Avoidance Culture”

I’m not very happy but I won’t say a word… Her behavior is disrespectful and aggressive but it’s OK. I’ll let it go I don’t want to cause any drama. It’s not worth addressing.  Besides, no one ever does anything about her behavior anyway – just bad khama. We’ve been […]

“Reading Brain”

As folks replace magazines, newspapers, and books with digital tablets and smartphones, our capacity to think and reflect on what’s before us, is suffering.  When we thoughtfully read, our brain builds new connections between its visual, language, and conceptual areas that can be described as valued rearranging. Even when we […]


“Skin Seat Stickiness” It’s amazing, when I sit on a smooth surface for a bit, my thigh skin stick to it!  The reason is because water and cohesion sticky properties that our skin simply can’t outwit.  We know water, as H2O. A molecule containing 3 atoms, two hydrogen and one […]

“Buttons We Don’t Push Places We Don’t Go”

“Buttons We Don’t Push Places We Don’t Go” What drives folks to say “I’m right… you’re wrong …? I’m perplexed!  We’re tested every day, face-to-face, by calls, through emails, and even texts.  Subconsciously we strive to be right and prove another wrong.  A behavior we use to correct folks in […]

“Couvade Syndrome “

I often hear when asking a pregnant mom in labor to “breathe, push, breathe, push” that her partner says “I’m almost there!” While the partner isn’t pregnant they’re similar symptoms to bare. A pregnant mom manages cravings, cramps, nausea, and pain. And if that weren’t enough, I imagine adding the […]

“Good News Bad News!”

   “Good News Bad News!” Doc X MD  Storyoid©:                        When folks say, “I have good news and bad news…” which should come first? Should good news precede bad, happy follow sad? This depends on whether you’re giving or receiving bad news, and if the information is intended to modify behavior […]

“Halo Effect” 1 comment

“Halo Effect”  Why do folks gush over certain people…like saying…what an attractive, sweet nice, smart person… when they’re literally a stranger? Folks tend to view others with the Halo Effect … a behavior where we allow one characteristic to outshine others and bias our overall perception without feeling danger. In […]


Patriotism!                  The William Tell Overture is playing, cannons are booming, flags are waving, fireworks are exploding,and our eyes are gazing into the heavens with hope, belief, and love for the United States of America. It’s Independence Day. For many of us who […]

The Color of Our National Anthem

                  Doc X MD Storyoid©:  “The Star-Spangled Banner” was written in 1814 about the American victory at the Battle of Fort McHenry by Francis Scott Key capturing the land of the free and the home of the brave. We only sing the first verse, but Key penned three […]

“Cupping: Half Empty/Half Full” Behavior Lessons Learned

                  Doc X MD Storyoid©:  The 2016 summer games in Rio found Olympians in search of medaling in events of their chosen skill. For many this search literally meant more than just winning or losing or the cup being half empty or half full.  It was also for many an […]

One Click Away – Desired Goal or Unexpected Embarrassment

    Doc X MD Storyoid©:  NBA star Draymond Green meant to keep a photo of his private peter to himself and a selected few. But what ended up happening on the last Sunday morning of July, 2016 got him into a stew.  A simple misplaced click placed the Team […]

“Making a Pledge: A Cruz In Mixing Apples and Oranges”

         Doc X MD Storyoid©:  As a noun, a pledge is to make a solemn promise, vow, word, commitment, assurance, oath, and guarantee.  As a verb it’s to follow through for all to see. The candidate field of the 2016 Republican Presidential primary was asked during the first Republican […]

“Reward Motivation: 4th of July Key for Feeling Free”

    Doc X MD Storyoid©:  “ …all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable rights, that among these are life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness.”  So begins the Declaration of Independence, yet when the initial battles in the Revolutionary War broke […]