What you’ve always known, confirmed

Cute superior dog being cute
Cute superior dog being cute
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We all know dogs are better than cats. They are companion animals, preferring packs. They were bred to be the perfect animal companion to humans.

People bizarrely still choose cats over dogs as pets. I know. Weird.

How can you turn down a dog? Just look at them!


Examining the first Trump/Biden 2020 debate

Clowns — Place Money Here — Photo by Leah Kelley from Pexels
Clowns — Place Money Here — Photo by Leah Kelley from Pexels
Photo by Leah Kelley from Pexels

It’s a political year in the United States of America. Standing in the left corner is the energetic Joe Biden; in the right, defending his title as President, is Donald Trump. Who won the first round of verbal fisticuffs?

It’s an exciting time for Canadians. We get to sit smugly in our igloos and log cabins, talking moistly at others about how we’re at least not American. I do not enjoy the condescending attitude of my peers; It reveals the nature of our internal politics. Being outside the US, we can look inside to see the clear winner.

It was Joe Biden. No. It was Trump. No, Joe. No, Trump…


The tools you need to be a writer on Medium (or anywhere)

Toasters Photo by Daniel Salgado on Unsplash
Toasters Photo by Daniel Salgado on Unsplash
Photo by Daniel Salgado on Unsplash

To write online, all you need is some device with some keyboard and some screen, right? Wrong.

This is a common misconception. It’s reinforced every day by the plethora of laptop options available and their placement in our entertainment. Don’t be fooled! It takes more than some generic keyboard and screen to write consistently.

Don’t get me wrong. You can write on a 1999 Clamshell G3 iBook (which I would consider). Heck, you could write on an ebook reader (awesome for writing at the beach) with a few minor modifications.

Picking the wrong device will make your writing life a major pain. …


A story written by my four-year-old son who is almost five

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Princess and the frog was my sister’s story. It’s almost my birthday so I got the story that I made. What about a nice dinosaur story? That the dinosaurs they just stay apart?

Once upon a time…

There was Zuul and T-Rex saying apart.


A story written by my four-year-old daughter who is almost five

Princess and Frog (Photo by Susanne Jutzeler from Pexels)
Princess and Frog (Photo by Susanne Jutzeler from Pexels)
(Photo by Susanne Jutzeler from Pexels)

Once upon a time…

There was a little princess and she found a frog.

They kept walking along. She found a unicorn.


Inspiration

How to write an inspirational blog post when you have nothing inspiring to say

Random inspirational photo
Random inspirational photo
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Writing an inspirational blog post is as easy as following your standard response format. You don’t want to make the inspiring article too long. People don’t draw inspiration from long articles.

The first two paragraphs need to be packed with SEO about inspirational articles and writing. These two paragraphs will be used by Google to help categorize your blog post. This is the case for every blog post.

At this point, you want to say something vague and put it in a big quote.

“If you follow your heart, you’ll always be on the right path”

Perfect! It’s vague and meaningless. This is exactly what you want for the inspiring post. If you get too specific it won’t have meaning to as many people. Being vague also lets people feel like they are thinking. …


The untold secret about how you’ve been doing it right the whole time

Soda in a glass, because you already knew how to open the can
Soda in a glass, because you already knew how to open the can
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You already know how to open a soda can. Hold the can, reach under the tab, and pull the tab up. The can will make a satisfying hiss as the excess carbon dioxide packed within escapes through the hole you made.

What if you don’t have hands? You can’t grab the tab and pull without hands. What if you have hands but can’t pull the tab hard enough? Will your soda ever escape its aluminum jail?

Of course it can escape! (Pun intended.) Human creativity and ingenuity is the solution to your soda can woes.

You can and will find a way if you want to open that soda tin. …


As the scouts say, always be prepared

Photo by Aleksandar Pasaric from Pexels (What if this is all real)
Photo by Aleksandar Pasaric from Pexels (What if this is all real)
Photo by Aleksandar Pasaric from Pexels

I have years of experience studying and working in the cognitive and behavioral psychological spheres. I want to bring more of my own knowledge into my work for you, but I need your input.

I have a question for you. A quick response at the bottom of this post will be fine as an answer. It’s based on what I’m doing right now.

I’m working on two new stories. The first is based upon my recently published story on the topic of self-actualization:

It’s based upon the works of noted psychologist Abraham Maslow and works in practices used throughout self-help books today. …


Becoming your best version of you

Climb the highest mountain. Self-actualize through accomplishments!
Climb the highest mountain. Self-actualize through accomplishments!
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It doesn’t matter who you are. Everybody wants to be self-actualized. The self-actualization process was simple for a great many years. All we had to do was find a job, develop the family we wanted, and enjoy the leisure activities afforded by both.

Now we have a different world. People are afraid to shake hands. They wear masks and keep distant from us. Even a person with perfect self-esteem could find themselves with conflicts of emotions in the present day (and beyond).

There is still a way to make yourself self-actualized and keep yourself at the top of the introspective pyramid. …


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About

David Turcotte

I’m a father, writer, and behavioral therapist. I write about disabilities, psychology, and everything else. For more info: https://medium.com/mr-david-turcotte

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