The Cocktail Party in Your Head

When your brain feels crowded, focus on the wisest voice

Emily PG Erickson
Elemental
Published in
3 min readJan 28, 2022

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Bare oak branches in winter by Emily P.G. Erickson
Bare oak branches by the Mississippi River in January, by the author, Emily P.G. Erickson

One Sunday afternoon, while walking along the river path near where I live in Saint Paul, I wandered off the pavement to a clearing where the bluffs swing out over the Mississippi. I watched the wind push a pocket of snow from its perch in an oak to the cold ground below. During its ethereal descent through a slant…

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Emily PG Erickson
Elemental

Former mental health researcher sharing insights about psychology and parenting. www.emilypgerickson.com