Entries by Alan Godwin

April 2, 2021

Dear Drama Observers, From a couple of years back: *** I hate snakes. When I first saw Raiders of the Lost Ark, I thought Indiana Jones captured my sentiments precisely when he exclaimed, “I hate snakes.” The house in which I grew up was located next to a small creek that ran through our neighborhood. […]

March 19, 2021

Dear Drama Observers, I was going to write something fresh this morning but flat ran out of time before taking an out-of-town trip. So, here’s something from the archives: *** Have you ever thought about the fact that much of our folk wisdom was originally derived through someone’s hard-earned experience? Take the Jim Croce song, […]

March 12, 2021

Dear Drama Observers, Here’s something I posted almost three years ago: *** Along the way, I’ve heard various iterations of the following statement: “If you want to spot a counterfeit, get to know the real thing.” Counterfeiting ain’t so easy these days. What with high tech scanning capabilities, the job of a counterfeiter is much […]

February 26, 2021

Dear Drama Observers, As of next month, I will have been writing this weekly letter for four years. When I first began, I figured I’d frequently miss the mark on the weekly-ness of it. But to my surprise, I’m pretty sure I’ve only missed 3 or 4 installments in four years. Most of us aim […]

February 19, 2021

Dear Drama Observers, Last week, I elaborated on what I consider to be seven features of conspiracy theories: They’re based upon exaggerated fears. They replace complexity with simplicity. They are lies gussied up with “facts.” They are unfalsifiable. They’re fueled by crowd-power. Their adherents are dogmatic. and Their skeptics are denounced. A conspiracy theory becomes […]

February 12, 2021

Dear Drama Observers, The subject of conspiracy theories seems to be all the rage these days—either the content of the theories themselves or the fact that such things are being propagated. Webster defines a conspiracy theory this way: “a theory that explains an event or set of circumstances as the result of a secret plot […]

February 5, 2021

Dear Drama Observers, Later this month—February 24th to be precise—I’ll be participating in a 6-hour webcast program with my friend and fellow psychologist, Gregory W. Lester, Ph.D. Greg will present the first three hours and I’ll present the last three of our seminar entitled: “Demystifying Personality Disorders: Clinical Skills for Working With Drama and Manipulation.” […]

January 29, 2021

Dear Drama Observers, In March of 1965, Civil Rights protestors began a peaceful march from Selma, Alabama to the state capital in Montgomery where they intended to advocate for changes in state laws which inhibited the voting rights of African American citizens. In what came to be known as Bloody Sunday, state troopers attacked the […]

January 18, 2021

Dear Drama Observers, I sent this out on the 50th Anniversary of MLK’s death but it seemed apropos to send it out on the day we commemorate his birth. *** Martin Luther King is one of those figures who looms larger on our national landscape as the years go by. There’s a sense in which, […]

January 15, 2021

Dear Drama Observers, There are times when something I wrote a while back seems vastly more relevant than when I first wrote it. That’s happening a lot lately. What follows is from a year and a half ago: *** Most of us have heard that freedom of speech in America comes with a caveat: “You […]