Every stereotype of single people bothers me, but this one is especially galling: if you are single, it is because you have “issues.” As if married people don’t have issues. As if single people cannot be mentally healthy and happy. But they can be, and usually they are. What’s more, if single people get married, chances are, they will become no happier and no healthier than they were when they were single.
Unmarried Equality members have probably noticed lots of ways in which single people are not treated fairly by businesses and other groups and organizations. Let’s do more than just rolling our eyes or venting among ourselves. Let’s call them out.
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Falling in love and getting hitched, that’s everyone’s dream, right? Wrong. That’s just the narrative that’s constantly being fed to us. In reality, more and more of us are choosing the single life and are perfectly happy with our choice.
I had the great honor of being invited to give the Invited Presidential Keynote Address at the Eastern Psychological Association (EPA) in Philadelphia, PA on March 3, 2018. However, the Nor’Easter also decided to visit Philly around the same time. My flight scheduled for the day before my talk got canceled, then I rebooked and that flight got canceled. (That was after I had a flat tire on the way to the airport.)
So I gave the first part of my talk from home (in Summerland, CA) by Skype, then the call got dropped and I gave the rest of it by phone. The audio quality wasn’t so great, at least during the Skype part, and I don’t even want to know what the video looked like in the room.
In case anyone is interested, here is the entire talk. I was asked to address “ways in which psychology can be used outside of traditional academic conferences,” keeping in mind that many of the people at my talk would be undergraduate psychology majors.