There’s a Word for What I Have: Minglephobia

Do you have minglephobia? What about pluralistic ignorance? Do you ever misestimate the hedonic trajectory of a conversation? If so, welcome to my world. And surprisingly, there's a good deal of people in this world. In a fascinating article in the HuffPost, reporter Brittany Wong takes a look at an issue that many of us … Continue reading There’s a Word for What I Have: Minglephobia

Moving Beyond Small Talk

COVID-19. The weather. The latest sports score. Those are among the go-to topics that many of us probably default to when we are in a conversation with someone. But what if you want to move beyond that, and get to know someone a bit better? Well, Dan Ariely, a behavioral economist, has some suggestions, based … Continue reading Moving Beyond Small Talk

The Joy of Catching Up with a Long-Time Colleague

I've been at Villanova for 33 years, and many of my colleagues have been there even longer. I think part of the reason for the longevity of so many people is the nature of higher education, and part of the reason has to do with Villanova being a great place to work. But I have … Continue reading The Joy of Catching Up with a Long-Time Colleague