Hercule Poirot, Agatha Christie’s counter to Sherlock Holmes, used his “little gray cells” to solve murder mysteries. In psychology, we are trying to solve the mystery of the mind, how little gray cells work and why people act the way they do. We know a lot about human behavior but the real challenge is applying what we know to real life.
Let me give you a tour of the site and what you’ll get here. It has several main features.
There are short posts on a wide variety of topics. I will share my experience and show you how psychology can be applied to your life. I’ll give you practical tips, and links to articles and other resources you might enjoy.
Books includes mine and others. I’ll share things I’ve read, have written or am in the process of writing. I want to give you plenty of resources.
Courses are more in-depth than posts or articles. Some will be take you a couple hours, a weekend or a week to complete. I’ll try to provide versions to download immediately or to receive a little at a time. There are advantages to both.
As an example, here is a FREE 5-day email course for you to try. Topics include:
- How to remember names
- How to remember appointments
- How to retain your childhood memories
- How to be a better public speaker & a dancer
- How to have a healthy brain
If you don’t see what you want, there’s a search bar at the bottom of every page.
My name is Ken Tangen. You can ask me anything; I might not answer but you can ask. 🙂
Send me an email: firstname.lastname@example.org. Put QUESTION in the subject line so it gets dumped in the right in-box.
This is me when I was young.
I got a croquet set for Christmas. But always had to share it. Not really yours when everyone else uses it. High school me in San Francisco.
Me as I think of myself. Me singing at a Christmas concert. Me, as usual, in a hat.
This is me and my family when we were young, many years ago. The younger daughter is now a high school science teacher. The older daughter is now disabled and spends here days in a hospital bed. My wife of 40+ years looks about the same. How she stays so young is a mystery.
This is me as an adult.
This is me now that I’m old. My friend Andrew Bosley did this caricature for me (no mustache in real life). I’ve become more cartoonish, don’t you think?
I look the same because I’m an albino. I’ve had white hair and glasses all my life (as far back as I can recall anyway). I was teased about it as a child; had some tough years. But I don’t stand out as much anymore because everyone else is catching up with me. I made white hair and glasses fashionable!
I live in southern California (south of Disneyland, just before you hit the beach). But I have students from all over the world.
I love to teach. In colleges and universities, I teach courses in psychology. Over the years I’ve taught personality, statistics, general psychology, learning, memory, lifespan development and biological psych. I’ve had classes of 30, 50, 100 and 300 students. But more and more, I’m teaching online.
This site is devoted to you. The posts, books and courses fall into the general category of self-help. productivity and personal growth.
My degrees are in psychology. Specifically, I earned a BA in psychology, a masters in counseling psychology, and a PhD in educational psychology. But mostly, I think of myself as a cognitive scientist. Or more simply as a teacher.
Let me enlist your help. When you find something I’ve screwed up, let me know. I have very little ego when it comes to helping others. So when you have a suggestion, send it on to me. My students, readers, listeners and I will thank you.
You can also join me on Facebook.