David B. King, PhD

Blogger since 2009, David Bothered

Author since 2007, Multiple Publications
in Peer-Reviewed Academic Journals

Independent Writer since 1995

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David Bothered: A Blog of My Thoughts

Recent Publications


General Interests: ecology, environmentalism & conservation, astronomy, psychology, holistic health, religious studies, philosophy, creative writing, science fiction

I first started writing when I was 13. What I described then as "writings" resembled freestyle, stream-of-consciousness-like poems. Some rhymed, others just flowed, but they were always about big issues - the environment, space travel, that sort of thing. Throughout my life, I have been continuously (perhaps even exponentially) inspired by science fiction. Bradbury, Asimov, and Huxley were among my favourite wordsmiths, and over time, their imaginations became intimately tied with my own. Outside the genre, books like To Kill a Mockingbird and The Great Gatsby kept me grounded; helped maintain an eye for more earthly adventures and romances. As I grew older, my inner conflicts of adolescence led to writings and poetry of a slightly more mature variety, focused on subjects such as love, solitude, strength, and wisdom. Short stories also abounded, and I attempted my first book at 16; my second and third at 18 and 19. All were short-lived, none completed, but I knew I had it in me. Mere practice, I told myself.

A few years ago, I started my first blog, David Bothered. Focusing on big issues and worldly topics, the blog was a natural evolution of the writings of my youth. Poetry comes a little less easily to me now than when I was younger, but I am currently writing a novel, and I am dedicated to seeing this one through. On the academic side of things, my career in psychology has led to a number of publications in peer-reviewed journals. Although creative expression may be limited in such channels, these authorships have nonetheless contributed to a refinement and sophistication in my writing. All things considered, I have finally come to the understanding - the deeply held conviction - that who and what I am is a writer.

A creative contemplation.

Select Poetry & Creative Writing

Make It What You Will (2013)

Get Up (2012)

this moment passes... (2008)

bone and bodied beasts in new day’s fortune (2004)

the beast the master the clown and the lover (2003)

To break free a hidden wonder (2002)

Hope (Perhaps) (2001)

Heaven is a Place on Earth (1999)

Dreams of Brilliant Sand (1999)

A Journey Like No Other (1999)

Come hither, stand before the show (1998)

ABSOLUTE THRESHOLD. I am (slowly) writing a novel. Here is an excerpt...

The darkness is what you make it.

Universes themselves are limited in time and space, finitely restricted by quantum laws and other haphazard equations invented by local mathematics and physics, laws that know no boundaries of human consciousness. But they reside within it nonetheless, nestled closely next to the beginning, the middle, and the end.

Dex knew not of his end, nor his middle for that matter. Perhaps his beginning was equally elusive, a fabrication of human linearity. A fabrication of consciousness.

In all universes, time must be the only constant, he thought. Besides space. There’s always too much space.

He stared out into the darkness, absorbing the words of his wise mentor. The darkness stared back at him blindly and without cause or intention, but nevertheless in a manner that spoke all too clearly of fate. The darkness is what you make it, and within this darkness he could feel his life unfolding, ripples and waves of events washing over him in one gigantic surge. It was almost here – hands stretched outward, palms open, fears to the starlit wayside. But whether it was his beginning, his middle, or his end, he could not be certain.

It’s all what you make it, he thought. It’s already made.

Academic Publications & Manuscripts:
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In Press

Social Media Recruitment and Online Data Collection: A Beginner’s Guide and Best Practices for Accessing Low-Prevalence and Hard-to-Reach Populations by David B. King, Norm O'Rourke, & Anita DeLongis. Canadian Psychology, Special Issue on Technologies in Psychology.


When Couples Disconnect: Rumination and Withdrawal as Maladaptive Responses to Everyday Stress by David B. King & Anita DeLongis. Journal of Family Psychology, Volume 28 (Issue 4), pp. 460-469.


Dyadic Coping with Stepfamily Conflict: Demand and Withdraw Responses among Husbands and Wives by David B. King & Anita DeLongis. Journal of Social and Personal Relationships, Volume 30 (Issue 3), pp. 198-206.


Connecting the Spiritual and Emotional Intelligences: Confirming an Intelligence Criterion and Assessing the Role of Empathy by David B. King, Constance Mara, & Teresa L. DeCicco. International Journal of Transpersonal Studies, Volume 31, pp. 11-20.

Belief in Dream Relevance and the Continuity Hypothesis by David B. King. In D. Barrett & P. McNamara (Eds.), Encyclopedia of Sleep and Dreams: The Evolution, Function, Nature, and Mysteries of Slumber. Santa Barbara, CA: Praeger Press.


Personal Meaning Production as a Component of Spiritual Intelligence by David B. King. International Journal of Existential Psychology and Psychotherapy, Volume 3 (Issue 1).


A Viable Model and Self-Report Measure of Spiritual Intelligence by David B. King & Teresa L. DeCicco. The International Journal of Transpersonal Studies, Volume 28, pp. 68-85.

Dream Relevance and the Continuity Hypothesis: Believe It or Not? by David B. King & Teresa L. DeCicco. Dreaming, Volume 19 (Issue 4), pp. 207-217.

Investigating Sexual Dream Imagery in Relation to Daytime Sexual Behaviours and Fantasies among Canadian University Students by David B. King, Teresa L. DeCicco, & Terry P. Humphreys. The Canadian Journal of Human Sexuality, Volume 18 (Issue 3), pp. 135-146.


Rethinking Claims of Spiritual Intelligence: A Definition, Model, and Measure by David B. King. Unpublished Master's Thesis, Trent University, Peterborough, ON.

Brighter Paths to Wellbeing: An Integrative Model of Human Intelligence and Health by David B. King. Trent University Centre for Health Studies Showcase 2008, pp. 12-13.


The Relationships between Dream Content and Physical Health, Mood, and Self-Construal by David B. King & Teresa L. DeCicco. Dreaming, Volume 17 (Issue 3), pp. 127-139.

Dreams and Health: Examining the Connection by David B. King. Trent University Centre for Health Studies Showcase 2007, pp. 8-9.


The Relationships among Dream Content, Dream Attitudes, and Waking Life Characteristics by David B. King. Unpublished Honours Thesis, Trent University.

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