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Carol Tavris

  • In sports as in child rearing, marital arguments, or tantrums, the same laws of learning apply; when an emotion is encouraged and the rules permit it, it is perpetuated, not 'drained.' ... An emotion without social rules of containment and expression is like an egg without a shell: a gooey mess ...

  • Rebels and dissidents challenge the complacent belief in a just world, and, as the theory would predict, they are usually denigrated for their efforts. While they are alive, they may be called 'cantankerous,' 'crazy,' 'hysterical,' 'uppity,' or 'duped.' Dead, some of them become saints and heroes, the sterling characters of history. It's a matter of proportion. One angry rebel is crazy, three is a conspiracy, 50 is a movement.

  • The history of the women's movement in America follows a consciousness-amnesia cycle.

    • Carol Tavris,
    • in The Los Angeles Times ()
  • A fan without a team is like a hog without truffles — she has nothing to root for.

    • Carol Tavris,
    • "Why I Love Baseball," in Elinor Nauen, ed., Diamonds Are a Girl's Best Friend ()
  • Baseball lasts as long as it takes. Like life, like love, baseball exists in real time.

    • Carol Tavris,
    • "Why I Love Baseball," in Elinor Nauen, ed., Diamonds Are a Girl's Best Friend ()
  • Many books in popular psychology are a melange of the author's comments, a dollop of research, and stupefyingly dull transcriptions from interviews.

    • Carol Tavris,
    • "A Remedy But Not a Cure," The New York Times ()
  • [Sexual] fantasies, like children, are most interesting to the people who have them.

    • Carol Tavris,
    • in Times Literary Supplement ()
  • When it comes to food, there are two large categories of eaters, those who do not worry about what they eat but should, and those who do worry about what they eat but should not.

    • Carol Tavris,
    • "Eaten Up With Fear," in Times Literary Supplement ()

Carol Tavris, U.S. writer


Full name: Carol Anne Tavris.