Hi guys. It's been a while. Grad school is definitely kicking my behind (almost sounds like I'm asking for sympathy!) Heck, I'll take it still; no shame. I looked in the mirror the other day and all I could think was "what the f&*$ are these bags and black circles around my eyes?) But I'm still loving it.
One of the things about grad school, or school in general I presume, is that it pushes you outside of your comfort zone. Some professors push you too far and then fear creeps into your spine, you feel cold and barely keeping above water all the time. I don't know about you guys, but when it happens, I feel very vulnerable. I'm reading the same text, but maybe my imagination is not developed enough for me to understand what's going on. Then you quickly feel helpless, and if you don't run to the TA's office and beg for a mini-lecture, you'll feel/be hopeless.
So this is a long introduction to what I really wanted to present in this log. When I am most vulnerable, I am most sensitive to how other people deal/react with/around me. Over time, I'm bound to reciprocate unless I am aware of my actions 100% of the time. Back home, a lot of people feel vulnerable most of the time and over time they reciprocate bad reactions as well. I notice it when I go home. Some people are constantly on the edge. It won't take much for them to let the demons out.
I read this article this morning, and though I have some reservations about it, I feel that it was pretty well presented. I hope you can give it a read. I think it's pretty topical and very current as far as economic theory is concerned (a lot of work on how social dynamics -positive/negative- impact economic well-being.)