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Mark D. White Ph.D.
Might the key to beating self-loathing lie in rejecting it as part of our identities with which we've become too comfortable?
What did the Masterpiece Cakeshop decision tell us, and what issues did it leave to be settled another day?
It's common to hear people say "you can't help who you love" when they're caught in an illicit or inappropriate relationship. But is this really true?
Many writers talk about "choosing a romantic partner," but this is inaccurate and may actually be harmful, both to understanding the way we find love as well as how to study it.
How many times have you seen someone and asked yourself, “What do I have to offer this person?" Here are some reasons why thinking this way sells yourself short.
Figuring out what you want to do is difficult when you don't know why you're doing it in the first place.
All of us are alarmed and angered by revelations about Harvey Weinstein. But does this justify restrictive rules on interactions between men and women like Mike Pence follows?
We're becoming more reliant on digital assistants such as Alexa and Siri to help us make decisions. What might this be doing to us as autonomous and authentic individuals?
A recent column by David Brooks raises the false dichotomy between individuality and sociality.
One of the most common pieces of writing advice is "write first, edit later," but does this work for everybody?
Kai Cole uses her experience of her marriage and divorce from Joss Whedon to show that the saying "what you don't know can't hurt you" is wrong.
In my third of three posts on defining success for yourself, I look at what the academic world considers to be success and how this can relate to your career as well.
In the second of three posts on defining success for yourself, I talk about the dangers of working without knowing what you're working toward.
In the first of three posts, I discuss the importance of determining what success means for you, whatever your field of endeavor is (or what you want it to be).
In the book and film "About a Boy," the main adult character comes to realize that his life of leisure and pleasure may prevent him from finding love. What can we learn from this?
Recently, Scarlett Johansson said that monogamy is too much work, it's not natural, and it's not for her. What can those of us who want to be monogamous learn from her?
A recent story in the The New York Times told of an online love connection that lasted nine years before it was realized in the real world. Romantic? Yes. Risky? Maybe.
A recent article at The Guardian claims that "time management is ruining our lives." But does it have to?
Can adopting an entrepreneurial spirit, such as relationship writer Neely Steinberg recommends, help the self-loathing to jump into the dating world? I think so, and here's why...
A recent comment from a reader prompts me to discuss what I'm trying to say with my self-loathing posts — and what I'm not trying to say.
We get nearly as much conflicting advice about our social lives and happiness these days as we do about nutrition, diet, and exercise. Do experts really know what makes you happy?
It sounds wonderful to have interests in common with a person we're dating, but we should be wary of putting too much stock in them—in the end, they could backfire.
Why are some people so picky when it comes to superficial qualities in a partner, yet willing to put up with harmful or dangerous personality traits?
In the New York Times, Adam Grant argues against authenticity and being yourself. In this post, I stand up in their defense.
In a recent New York Times column, David Brooks makes claims about the role and presence of longing in human motivation that this author finds somewhat questionable...
The new film "Captain America: Civil War" is getting rave reviews, but did you know there are very interesting ethical issues lying just beneath the surface of the original comics?
Do you put yourself down a lot? Is self-deprecation your middle name? (That would be awkward.) Novelist and journalist Ilana C. Myer considers some downsides of this common habit.
Words cannot adequately express what David Bowie meant to me, but here is my best attempt.
Like many people, I spend far too much time online, much of it truly wasting time, and it affects my work and play even when offline. So, guess what my 2016 resolution is?
In which I explore several issues with identity and career—in particular, why I'm so uncomfortable calling myself a writer.
Mark D. White is the chair of the Department of Philosophy at the College of Staten Island/CUNY.
In this blog, I discuss a wide variety of classic and contemporary issues, most often focusing on issues of ethics (especially in relationships), strength of character, and the law.