Before the holidays overtake readers, I wanted to point to a few of the posts during the past year that I most enjoyed and that generated the most constructive feedback either here on the blog, via Twitter, via Facebook, or from readers who know me in real life. Here they are — after the fold.

1. My goal series. The five-part series I wrote on goals (starting here) has by far been what I’ve discussed most with people in real life. I have had people I don’t know begin conversations with me about it, and numerous former students have talked to me about the finer points of setting and following through on goals.

2. What if consciousness lies? This post (published in February) and its follow-ups exploring the implications of limited consciousness (beginning here) address modern research that has had tremendous practical effect on me. Much of what I learned as an an undergraduate and law student, and much of what I practiced as a lawyer and teacher, stemmed from an unarticulated but strong belief that the human mind can master all of experience. I’ve learned that this is a profoundly false construct. Rather than absorbing, storing, reflecting upon, and acting on experience, consciousness actively creates experience after the fact. Read these posts to see what I mean. Our common sense and our social institutions have not even begun to catch up with the implications.

3. Getting to know others is in our genes. This short post emphasizes that we are hard-wired to make connection with other people. To the extent we do, we will live more fulfilling lives.

4. A tool for connection. Besides my “goal” posts (#1 above) this post is probably what I discuss most with other people. The simple tool described there (when used as described in a subsequent post) has helped people get a handle on networking as a positive force in their lives.

5. Lawyers and depression. Although it is hard to identify the most meaningful post for me personally, many people tell me that my discussion of lawyers and depression was helpful. I know depression can be a killer, so I’m delighted that I was able to mention not only the problem, and some of its manifestations, but also some of the things modern psychology is doing about it. This is an essentially hopeful path of inquiry.

I would appreciate feedback — in the comments below, on Facebook, on Twitter, or in real life — on what you’ve read here that’s been of value.  I don’t want people to agree with me — at least not without challenging my ideas first. So let me know what you’re thinking.