World Class Hugs

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World Class Hugs includes discussions about:

  • Empathic, introverted, and neurodiverse people – our lives, and how we fit into the greater world.
  • Relationships and connection – recognizing manipulative behavior, while striving for more good-faith behavior.
  • Sexuality – questions we should be asking.
  • Spirituality – no particular religious bent, but open-minded curiosity.

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Why is Human Childhood So Hard? A Big Reason is in Our Reproductive Biology

By Rachel Puryear If you get to know people well enough for them to tell you – truthfully – about their early lives, you will notice that a lot of people have hard childhoods. Maybe you had one, too. It’s extremely common for people to have childhood trauma, at least to some degree. You mightContinue reading “Why is Human Childhood So Hard? A Big Reason is in Our Reproductive Biology”

The Just World Fallacy

By Rachel Puryear Most of us enjoy watching movies and reading stories where good, lovable characters ultimately triumph over evil ones. We want to see them hold the wicked accountable for their actions, and then go on to live well-deserved, happy lives. Part of the appeal of such stories is that in the real world,Continue reading “The Just World Fallacy”


Peopled Out: Managing Overstimulation for Introverts, Empathic, and Neurodiverse Folks

By Rachel Puryear For those of us who are introverts, empathic/HSP people, and otherwise neurodiverse; we can have a rather complicated relationship with most of our fellow humans. On the one hand, we tend to try to be kind and patient with other people – and we tend to disapprove when others are less courteousContinue reading “Peopled Out: Managing Overstimulation for Introverts, Empathic, and Neurodiverse Folks”

For Human Beings, Sex is So Much More Than Just Procreation

By Rachel Puryear With reproductive rights under major attack in the United States, the age-old debate about sex rages on. Most Americans support free reproductive choice, access to contraception, and minding one’s own business about what goes on in other people’s bedrooms – but you wouldn’t know it from many of our policies. One ofContinue reading “For Human Beings, Sex is So Much More Than Just Procreation”

Q&A: No, Being a Highly Empathic (HSP) Person is Not a “Religion”

By Rachel Puryear For the most part, I simply don’t engage with people who deny that highly empathic (also called HSP) people exist, and that our real-life experiences are genuine. It’s usually not worth engaging with these people. However, recently I encountered someone who claimed that “being an empath is just another religion” – andContinue reading “Q&A: No, Being a Highly Empathic (HSP) Person is Not a “Religion””

Emotional Manipulation – Sneaky Tactics of Toxic People

By Rachel Puryear We’ve all heard of toxic people. The widespread interest in this subject is a testament to the collective frustration over how difficult it is to deal with chronically difficult people. We all recognize the more obvious forms of toxic behavior – when people are pushy, mean, degrading, and otherwise openly aggressive inContinue reading “Emotional Manipulation – Sneaky Tactics of Toxic People”

Q&A: Is Love and Romance Really Easier for “Beautiful” Women?

By Rachel Puryear It’s no secret that women considered conventionally beautiful often draw the envy of people of all genders – particularly when it comes to matters of love and romance. But do they really have any better love lives than everyone else, ultimately? I got a question from someone who is 24 years old,Continue reading “Q&A: Is Love and Romance Really Easier for “Beautiful” Women?”

No, Empathic People Aren’t Inherently Broken and Unhappy

By Rachel Puryear There’s a popular conception of empathic/HSP people being sad, melancholy, depressive people; ultimately broken by the cruelty of the world. Even some empathic people – especially those who have had a lot of trauma, and/or have not learned to separate other people’s energy from their own – may believe that there isContinue reading “No, Empathic People Aren’t Inherently Broken and Unhappy”

Constructive Self-Criticism

By Rachel Puryear We’ve all heard of constructive criticism, and how efforts to critique more thoughtfully and compassionately tends to yield better results than more toxic criticism. If you’re an empathic person (likely you are, if you follow this blog), you likely make great efforts to limit your criticism of others to the more constructiveContinue reading “Constructive Self-Criticism”

Is It Okay to Interrupt Someone Who Regularly Dominates the Conversation?

By Rachel Puryear Since childhood, most of us are taught that it’s very rude to interrupt someone else while they’re talking (though the specifics can vary by culture or social status). This principle becomes ingrained in us as a matter of good manners. It makes sense, since most people don’t like being interrupted while they’reContinue reading “Is It Okay to Interrupt Someone Who Regularly Dominates the Conversation?”

Did You Know That Highly Sensitive People Can Also Be High Sensation Seeking?

By Rachel Puryear If you’re familiar with and loved Dr. Elaine’s seminal book The Highly Sensitive Person, then you are likely such a person yourself. (If you’re not familiar with this work, note that the “highly sensitive” trait refers to sensory sensitivity, as well as certain tendencies that come with that; and is not necessarilyContinue reading “Did You Know That Highly Sensitive People Can Also Be High Sensation Seeking?”

Recognizing Subtle Dysfunction in Families and Relationships

By Rachel Puryear For most of us, when we think of “dysfunctional families,” certain images come to mind, such as: Physical abuse, including beatings. Drug addiction and alcoholism so severe that one cannot function. Divorce and/or abandonment, or a family member who is absent due to incarceration or institutionalization. Sexual abuse. Witnessing violence between parents,Continue reading “Recognizing Subtle Dysfunction in Families and Relationships”

Impostor Syndrome: When Gifted and Talented People Believe They’re Not Enough

By Rachel Puryear What do a great many gifted, talented, and accomplished people in the world have in common? Well, for one thing, impostor syndrome. What is impostor syndrome? Impostor syndrome is the notion that one is not really as qualified, talented, knowledgeable, skilled, or good as they’ve led others to believe. People with impostorContinue reading “Impostor Syndrome: When Gifted and Talented People Believe They’re Not Enough”

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