So, how does the story of cogjam begin? With two main characters holding center stage.

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First, the antagonist: the gut brain, affectionately known as the inner lizard. He looks innocent enough, hiding there in the shadows. But he’s a formidable foe to any who dare threaten.

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Next comes the protagonist: the logical brain, seeking to bring wisdom and practical know-how to the inner lizard’s automatic alarm system. He’s more inclined toward thinking things through than knee-jerk reacting.



Unfortunately, the two of them haven’t been getting along very well these days.


Here’s how Chapter Two describes their relationship situation:

“The prevailing view of today’s strained society is of two extreme positions duking it out, with both trying to claw their way to the top of the food chain. This certainly paints the most tangible picture of what we see and hear. And it’s definitely the arena that stirs up the most cogjam misery.

However I beg to differ in regard to what it is we’re really looking at. I suggest that this conflict we’ve entered into is a reflection of something much deeper and more profound, an allegory of epic proportions. What we experience today is only a bump in a story that has been unfolding for many thousands of years.

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What sorts of solutions will my upcoming book, “The Cogjam Effect,” have to offer? In other words, what can we as individuals do to contain polarizing and divisiveness when it appears in our midst? One such opportunity is management of social media posts.


For your reading enjoyment, here’s a story from Chapter 13 – “Healing the Herd”:

“I participate in several writers’ groups. Some of them stay in touch using social media. Like everyone else, we’ve dealt with the occasional interloper sneaking in from elsewhere, sniffing around for ways to stir up trouble.

One day some unknown individual posted a nasty rant in broken English. Its content aimed to stir one of the day’s major cogjam pots. With similar posts, I usually see a bunch of angry retorts or other defensive comments afterwards. But that was not the case for this one. Here’s the main gist of how my writer colleagues responded: Continue reading

The Sweet Scent of Change

We’ve made it this far. We’re still breathing. The world still turns on its axis.

Not to say the polarizing and political hostilities haven’t been painful. Nor that it hasn’t been a struggle—personally, interpersonally, within our communities, and as a nation. We have struggled, indeed.

All the same, think back to the level of angst and argumentativeness circling in our midst a year ago. Yes, it’s still around. But for most of us it has become at least somewhat more tempered. Our reactions to stressful events are focusing more on solutions and less on aimless, distressed lashing out. A shift has scented the air.

Why? Because resilience is winning out, as it always does following disaster. We’ve begun to unravel the tangle, and are adjusting for the better.

But why are some already well down the road of personal recovery, while others are not? Reasons vary. But there is hope for all.

My upcoming book, The Cogjam Effect – and the Path to Healing Divisive Community and Fractured Science, is a recovery roadmap. Regardless of whether you are a Democrat, Republican, Independent, or otherwise politically affiliated, this book provides answers:

  • What got us here in the first place?
  • How do current affairs fit in with the greater picture of our society, as well as the status of the human race in general?
  • And how can we reset ourselves to better cope with today’s odd version of social and political realities?

In weeks to come, I will share portions of my book that can assist with your own transformation, as well as keep you up to date on the publishing progress of The Cogjam Effect.

Stay tuned!