Outlook on Life
Editor’s note: This column has questions similar to the ones asked by James Lipton on the TV show, “Inside the Actor’s Studio.” I have “adapted” his questions to address issues in our field, and I think these questions are a nice way to “feature” a SBM member in the newsletter. Featured is: Dr. Frank Penedo, PhD, University of Miami, Coral Gables, Florida.
|What is your favorite word?
||Genuine, makes life easier.
|What is your least favorite word?
||Coincidence, I seldom believe in the randomness of events that otherwise seem related.
|What "turns you on" or excites you about the field of Behavioral Medicine?
||The incredible potential to positively impact people's well being. I feel we've only begun to scratch the surface.
|What turns you off /frustrates you about the field of Behavioral Medicine?
||When research findings get taken out of context and sensationalized in the general media. It oversimplifies the complexity of our field.
|What sound or noise do you love?
||The sound of waves washing up against the beach shore.
|What sound or noise do you hate?
||Landscapers at 6 AM.
|What was the most unusual job (outside of Behavioral Medicine/academia) you ever had?
||Tuition payment plan clerk, nothing more than a bill collector while I was an undergraduate.
|What profession, other than yours, would you like to attempt?
||A cultural anthropologist with a focus on comparative religion, I'm fascinated by the parallels across world religions and traditional faith systems.
|What profession or job would you not like to participate in?
||Any job showcased on "Dirty Jobs" in the Discovery Channel.
|If Heaven exists, what would you like St. Peter to say when you arrive at the pearly gates?
||"You are late, as usual." It will show he's been looking after me and knows me well.