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Professor Jonathan Cheek

Prof. Cheek

Professor Cheek teaches personality psychology at Wellesley College. He also conducts research on shyness, self-concept, and identity orientations. He is an avid collector of Haitian Art.

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This site was created by Christina H. Sanchez '02. She is a graduate of Wellesley College, where she was a Psychology and Religion double major. She is currently a graduate student at Columbia University. You can visit her website by clicking here.

It was updated and renovated in the summer of 2003 by Tara A. McGovern '04, an International Relations major and Computer Science minor.

Programs used: Macromedia Dreamweaver MX, Macromedia Fireworks MX, IfranView and Adobe Acrobat 5.0 and Photoshop 7.0.


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Psychology of Mermaids


I do not know what haunts me,
What saddened my mind all day;
An age-old tale confounds me,
A spell I cannot allay.

The air is cool and in twilight
The Rhine's dark waters flow;
The peak of the mountain in highlight
Reflects the evening glow.

There sits a lovely maiden
Above so wondrous fair,
With shining jewels laden,
She combs her golden hair.

It falls through her comb in a shower,
And over the valley rings
A song of mysterious power
That lovely maiden sings.

The boatman in his small skiff is
Seized by a turbulent love,
No longer he marks where the cliff is,
He looks to the mountain above.

I think the waves must fling him
Against the reefs nearby,
And that did with her singing
The lovely Loreley.

- Heinrich Heine


A frequent feature of the popular epic romances and natural history books, the mermaid gradually established herself as a distinct entity in the early Christian era. For Pliny the Elder, the fish-tailed women were a reality, living proof of nature's splendid diversity. There are several mermaid sightings in his Historia Naturalis.

- Beatrice Phillpotts, from Mermaids by Elizabeth Ratisseau.


In seventeenth century England...the existence of mermaids was as firmly established as the existence of shrimps. They were regularly see off the coast of Britain, and travelers brought back tales of encounters with them from every corner of the seven seas.

- Richard Carrington, from Mermaids by Elizabeth Ratisseau.



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Website created by Christina H. Sanchez '02
Updated by Tara A. McGovern '04
Maintained by: Jonathan Cheek, Psychology
Last Update: August 7, 2003
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Graphics by: Jaguarwoman

The image of the Art Nouveau maiden was obtained from Art Today.