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How to Stay Sane if Trump is Driving You Insane: Advice From a Therapist. “I feel like I’ve lost faith in humanity, in our country, in myself,” a client told me recently.

How to Stay Sane if Trump is Driving You Insane: Advice From a Therapist

“Is this depression, or is this the election?” “Good question,” I replied. The truth is, individual psychology is hugely influenced by political realities. Many of us feel insane right now because our world is not sane. Current events are very much at odds with our natural optimism, and our belief in human goodness and progress. Why Facts Don’t Change Our Minds.

In 1975, researchers at Stanford invited a group of undergraduates to take part in a study about suicide.

Why Facts Don’t Change Our Minds

Why Liberals Are More Intelligent Than Conservatives. The Psychology Behind Donald Trump's Unwavering Support. The cult of ignorance in the United States: Anti-intellectualism and the "dumbing down" of America. © There is a growing and disturbing trend of anti-intellectual elitism in American culture.

The cult of ignorance in the United States: Anti-intellectualism and the "dumbing down" of America

It's the dismissal of science, the arts, and humanities and their replacement by entertainment, self-righteousness, ignorance, and deliberate gullibility. Susan Jacoby, author of The Age of American Unreason, says in an article in the Washington Post, "Dumbness, to paraphrase the late senator Daniel Patrick Moynihan, has been steadily defined downward for several decades, by a combination of heretofore irresistible forces.

These include the triumph of video culture over print culture; a disjunction between Americans' rising level of formal education and their shaky grasp of basic geography, science and history; and the fusion of anti-rationalism with anti-intellectualism. " A Deep Dive Into the Blockbuster Study That Called Into Doubt a Lot of Psych Research. Yesterday, Science published a blockbuster article about the state of, well, science.

A Deep Dive Into the Blockbuster Study That Called Into Doubt a Lot of Psych Research

Since 2011, a group called the Open Science Collaboration, headed by the psychologist Brian Nosek, has been working to replicate 100 studies previously published in leading psychology journals — that is, to conduct these experiments again to see whether the same results would pop up. (The researchers set out to replicate even more, but for various reasons the final number was culled to 100.) What they found was rather alarming: In more than half of the studies the researchers attempted to redo, different results popped up, and among the ones that did replicate similar results, the findings were significantly less impressive than what was published the first time around. To understand why all this matters — and what it says about the exciting new science findings flashing into your news feeds seemingly every day — requires a bit of background. Here’s an explainer.

Overstated effects? P-hacking? Yes. Instability-in-Chief. ​Psychiatrists are granted the authority to commit patients involuntarily to treatment based on three guiding principles: harm to self, harm to others, and evidence of significant mental deterioration to the extent that the individual is unable to practice self care in his/her own best interest.


While the former risks can be ascertained by explicit threats made by the patient, the latter evidence is often gleaned from self-reported or eyewitness accounts of the patient’s concerning behaviors. To date, I have personally witnessed Donald Trump make threats against not just individuals but entire sovereign nations, and heard eyewitness accounts from individuals who report victimization at his hands. The Breakdown of Empathy and the Political Right in America. Photo Credit: a katz/Shutterstock In 1978, developmental psychologist Edward Tronick and his colleagues published a paper in the Journal of the American Academy of Child Psychiatry that demonstrated the psychological importance of the earliest interactions between mothers and babies.

The Breakdown of Empathy and the Political Right in America

The interactions of interest involved the playful, animated and reciprocal mirroring of each other’s facial expressions. Tronick’s experimental design was simple: A mother was asked to play naturally with her 6-month-old infant. The mother was instructed to suddenly make her facial expression flat and neutral; to remain completely still, for three minutes, regardless of her baby’s activity. Mothers were then told to resume normal play. 13 Cognitive Biases That Really Screw Things Up For You. The human brain is a natural wonder.

13 Cognitive Biases That Really Screw Things Up For You

It produces more than 50,000 thoughts each day and 100,000 chemical reactions each second. With this amount of processing power, you would think our judgment would be highly accurate, but that’s far from the case. Our judgments are often inaccurate because the brain relies on cognitive biases over hard evidence. Cognitive bias is the tendency to make irrational judgments in consistent patterns. Researchers have found that cognitive bias wreaks havoc by forcing people to make poor, irrational judgments: A Queensland University study found that blonde women earned, on average, 7% higher salaries than redheads and brunettes.

The High Price of Materialism. The Demoralized Mind. © Robin Heighway-Bury/Alamy By John Schumaker / Our descent into the Age of Depression seems unstoppable.

The Demoralized Mind

Three decades ago, the average age for the first onset of depression was 30. Today it is 14. Researchers such as Stephen Izard at Duke University point out that the rate of depression in Western industrialized societies is doubling with each successive generational cohort. By contrast to many traditional cultures that lack depression entirely, or even a word for it, Western consumer culture is certainly depression-prone. Jonathan Haidt: the Moral Roots of Liberals and Conservatives. Your Mental Health is More Important Than Your Grades. Pursuing your degree?

Your Mental Health is More Important Than Your Grades

Feeling the pressure? Caring for Your Introvert. From Atlantic Unbound: Interviews: "Introverts of the World, Unite!

Caring for Your Introvert

" (February 14, 2006) A conversation with Jonathan Rauch, the author who—thanks to an astonishingly popular essay in the March 2003 Atlantic—may have unwittingly touched off an Introverts' Rights revolution. Follow-up: The Introversy Continues Jonathan Rauch comments on reader feedback about introvert dating—and poses a new question Do you know someone who needs hours alone every day? Who loves quiet conversations about feelings or ideas, and can give a dynamite presentation to a big audience, but seems awkward in groups and maladroit at small talk? If so, do you tell this person he is "too serious," or ask if he is okay? A Silent Epidemic: The Mental Health Crisis In Our Schools. Psychology History. Compiled by Kathy Jo Hall (May 1997) Biography Theory Time Line Bibliography Carl R.

Rogers is known as the father of client-centered therapy. Throughout his career he dedicated himself to humanistic psychology and is well known for his theory of personality development. He began developing his humanistic concept while working with abused children. Dr. Rogers is a leading figure within psychotherapy and developed a breaking theory of personality development. 10 Qualities of People With High Emotional Intelligence. The Six Most Interesting Psychology Papers of 2015. Every year, psychologists publish a staggering amount of research—it’s impossible to read it all. The end of capitalism has begun. The red flags and marching songs of Syriza during the Greek crisis, plus the expectation that the banks would be nationalised, revived briefly a 20th-century dream: the forced destruction of the market from above. For much of the 20th century this was how the left conceived the first stage of an economy beyond capitalism.

The force would be applied by the working class, either at the ballot box or on the barricades. The lever would be the state. The opportunity would come through frequent episodes of economic collapse. Instead over the past 25 years it has been the left’s project that has collapsed. If you lived through all this, and disliked capitalism, it was traumatic.