As a senior with physical impairments, I appreciated your reports on sleep, exercise, and especially the “Speak Up” essay, “What We Gain by Giving Up.”
Richard Smolev accurately describes the anger which often accompanies personal incapacitation and causes us to resist that good aid which is offered to us. So it was with me, despite my knowledge of human behavior. Fortunately, I did learn to accept help and to build upon it. It significantly improved my capacity to cope with my disability.
This is a widespread problem in our large (and growing) handicapped population. Your report is most timely. Thank you.
Leo Shatin, Ph.D.
Retired professor of clinical psychology, Charlottesville, VA