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  • President Trump exhibits classic signs of mental illness, including 'malignant narcissism'

    01/30/2017 8:32:23 AM PST · by Rennes Templar · 173 replies
    NY Daily News ^ | Jan. 29, 2017 | Gersh Kuntzman
    The time has come to say it: there is something psychologically wrong with the President. The fuzzy outlines of President Trump's likely mental illness came into sharper focus this week: in two interviews with major networks, he revealed paranoia and delusion; he quadruple-downed on his fabrication that millions of people voted illegally, which demonstrated he is disconnected from reality itself; his petulant trade war with Mexico reveals that he values self-image even over national interest; his fixation with inaugural crowd size reveals a childish need for attention. Partisans have been warning about Trump's craziness for months, but rhetoric from political...
  • Is John Lennons Imagine the Worst Song of All Time?

    10/30/2016 8:38:37 AM PDT · by nickcarraway · 130 replies
    New York Post ^ | October 28, 2016 | Hardeep Phull
    Played at weddings, funerals, Olympic ceremonies and even the annual New Years Eve celebrations in Times Square, John Lennons song Imagine has been the all-purpose anthem of sentimentality for 45 years. But if youre one of those people who secretly hates it, dont worry youre not the only one. Last weekend, British music fan Edward Carter and some friends were casually discussing songs they hated when he decided to extend the conversation to social media.
  • These Men are From Mars

    06/09/2016 8:43:19 AM PDT · by DUMBGRUNT · 10 replies
    WSJ ^ | 8 June 2016 | DAVID J. MORRIS
    Then Mr. Junger came home and set to work describing the surprisingly deadly environment that returning veterans face. In Tribe: On Homecoming and Belonging, he argues that contemporary culture has divorced man from his roots as a tribal creature. A lack of intimacy and low levels of trust, he writes, have created a sprawling and anonymous society in which people can get away with incredible levels of dishonesty and misbehavior. This causes big problems, ranging from citizens being alienated from their neighbors to high rates of suicide, mental illness, homelessness, gun violence and financial fraud. Post-traumatic stress disorder, as Mr....
  • How the GOP went Psycho, and how to fix it

    06/05/2015 9:37:35 AM PDT · by cotton1706 · 35 replies
    reuters.com ^ | 6/5/15 | Craig Shirley
    It is hard to describe just how bad things are for the Republican Party. Each day it looks more and more like the Bates Motel from Alfred Hitchcocks classic film Psycho. More precisely, the GOP is actually most like the central character who owns the motel: Norman Bates and his alter ego, Mother, a.k.a. Norma. Norman appears to be a polite, sincere young man, if strongly dominated by Mother. But so what if hes idiosyncratic, even eccentric, with a mother fixation? As a private individual, he has the right to be odd. Mother, meanwhile, wants absolute control over her son....
  • Theres a Difference Between Misogyny and Severe Mental Illness

    05/28/2014 5:45:43 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 29 replies
    New York Magazine ^ | Jesse Singal
    As soon as the murders in Isla Vista were reported on Saturday, everyone flocked online to find out what they could about Elliot Rodger, the perpetrator. He had left quite a trail a series of online postings, videos, and a 137-page manifesto, all of which spoke to roiling sexual frustration and a hatred of women. Commentators quickly put this incident into what they saw as its proper context. His rampage, they argued, could be tied to the proliferation of a very modern, virulent form of internet-fueled misogyny the mens rights movement, the pickup artist community (and the community...
  • 7 Dead in "Mass Murder" Drive-By Shootings Near UC Santa Barbara

    05/24/2014 9:29:58 AM PDT · by FreeAtlanta · 108 replies
    NBCLOSANGELES.COM ^ | Saturday, May 24, 2014Updated 8:50 PDT | Christina Cocca and Samia Khan
    A gunman in a black BMW opened fire on crowds of people Friday night in a Southern California seaside town near UC Santa Barbara, killing six people and injuring seven others in what investigators described as a "mass murder" rampage. The gunman was later involved in at least one shootout with sheriff's deputies and died of a gunshot wound to the head, Santa Barbara County Sheriff Bill Brown said at a Saturday morning news conference. He could not confirm whether the gunshot was self-inflicted. Seven victims were hospitalized and at least one of them had undergone surgery for life-threatening injuries,...
  • Stop Saying Thats So Gay!: 6 Types of Microaggressions That Harm LGBTQ People

    02/23/2014 9:11:47 PM PST · by Impala64ssa · 109 replies
    Psychology Benefits Society ^ | February 7, 2014 | http://psychologybenefits.org/2014/02/07/anti-lgbt-microaggressions/
    (big time BARF ALERT!)When I was a little kid, I used to hear my brothers, cousins, and friends say things like Thats so gay! on a pretty regular basis. I would usually laugh along, hoping with all my might that they didnt know my secret. My parents and other adults in my life would tell me things like Boys dont cry or Be a man! which essentially was their way of telling me that being emotional was forbidden or a sign of weakness. When I was a teenager, there were a few boys at my high school who ridiculed me,...
  • Online internet trolls are psychopaths and sadists, psychologists claim

    02/17/2014 10:47:50 PM PST · by Olog-hai · 32 replies
    Belfast Telegraph ^ | 17 February 2014 | Kashmira Gander
    Canadian researchers have confirmed what most people suspected all along: that internet trolls are archetypal Machiavellian sadists. In a survey conducted by the group of psychologists, people who partake in so-called trolling online showed signs of sadism, psychopathy, and were Machiavellian in their manipulation of others and their disregard for morality. The researchers defined online trolling as the practice of behaving in a deceptive, destructive, or disruptive manner in a social setting on the Internet for no purpose other than their pleasure.
  • Science Says Drinking Guinness Makes You Bitter Health

    02/15/2014 6:21:32 PM PST · by nickcarraway · 64 replies
    Foodbeast ^ | February 10, 2014 | Nora Landis-Shack
    Next time you and your friends are our for a pint, maybe hold off on the dark stout. As tempting as it might be in this wintry weather, scientists have recently released a study suggesting that stout beer, Guinness in particular, might make you bitter. The study links tart and bitter tastes with, you guessed it, a tart and bitter mind. When consumed in delicate situations, bitter drinks might lead people to voicing thoughts theyll later regret. The study asked people to rate certain scenarios on how morally questionable they were. Those with bitter drinks were much harsher on the...
  • Indian Publisher Withdraws Book, Stoking Fears of Nationalist Pressure [Hindu Book Ban]

    02/14/2014 9:49:40 PM PST · by Steelfish · 15 replies
    NYTimes ^ | February 14, 2014 | ELLEN BARRY
    Indian Publisher Withdraws Book, Stoking Fears of Nationalist Pressure By ELLEN BARRY FEB. 13, 2014 NEW DELHI In a fight with a major company, a frail 84-year-old retired headmaster would seem to be the David to Indias publishing Goliath, Penguin Books. But this week the headmaster, Dinanath Batra, achieved the crowning victory of his career as a right-wing campaigner, forcing Penguin to withdraw and destroy remaining copies of a scholarly work on Hinduism by an American professor that Mr. Batra has called malicious, dirty and perverse. Mr. Batras assiduous legal filings in defense of his religion had sometimes paid...
  • Are two Snohomish Co. libraries giving kids a head start on cynicism, or is it just me?

    02/14/2014 2:44:46 PM PST · by crazycatlady · 27 replies
    The Herald ^ | 2-14-14 | Julie Muhlstein
    On this day for Sweethearts, not everybody has one. Not everybody even wants one. Taking note of that, two local libraries will host Anti-Valentines' Day parties for teens today.
  • Many American White Men Worship Guns Because of Sexual Insecurity, Entitlement, and Profit

    04/02/2013 11:47:40 AM PDT · by white trash redneck · 125 replies
    Buzzflash ^ | 1 Apr 03 | MARK KARLIN
    You won't find anyone willing to dare say it much in the media, but a good percentage of the white men who oppose gun control of any sort and who back measures that would even allow alleged terrorists and straw purchases for drug dealers to buy guns are just afraid that without their guns, their phallic power will be reduced to size. You can feel at least temporarily reassured when a long-barreled assault weapon compensates for just another average manhood; it's an irresistable testosterone high to the beleaguered white male. Call this Freudian psychobabble analysis, but when you...
  • Psychiatry Goes Insane: Every human emotion now classified as a mental disorder...

    12/13/2012 1:56:36 PM PST · by Windflier · 57 replies
    NaturalNews.com ^ | December 13, 2012 | Mike Adams
    [Full title: "Psychiatry goes insane: Every human emotion now classified as a mental disorder in new psychiatric manual DSM-5 "] (NaturalNews) The industry of modern psychiatry has officially gone insane. Virtually every emotion experienced by a human being -- sadness, grief, anxiety, frustration, impatience, excitement -- is now being classified as a "mental disorder" demanding chemical treatment (with prescription medications, of course). The new, upcoming DSM-5 "psychiatry bible," expected to be released in a few months, has transformed itself from a medical reference manual to a testament to the insanity of the industry itself. "Mental disorders" named in the DSM-5...
  • The Mommy Files: This parenting style makes kids grow up into right-wingers

    10/26/2012 1:04:00 AM PDT · by thecodont · 26 replies
    San Francisco Chronicle / SFGate.com ^ | Oct 25 2012 at 9:34 pm | Posted By: Amy Graff
    What leads a child to grow up and vote for a Republican candidate like Mitt Romney or a Democrat such as Barack Obama? Researchers at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign found that parenting style and childhood temperament plays a key role in determining a childs future political mindsetas in, the bumper sticker your kid decides to slap on her car when she turns 18 might depend on how you reacted when she sneaked out of the house to meet her boyfriend. The study found that children of strict parents were more likely to turn conservative while those of lenient...
  • Study Reveals Anti-Conservative Discrimination Among Psychologists

    08/08/2012 8:28:42 AM PDT · by Albion Wilde · 75 replies
    ChristianPost.com ^ | August 8, 2012 | Napp Nazworth
    A significant number of social and personality psychologists have told researchers they would discriminate against conservatives in decisions about publishing, grant applications and hiring, according to a study published in the September issue of the journal Perspectives on Psychological Science. Authors Dr. Yoel Inbar and Dr. Joel Lammers assert in the study the more liberal the psychologist claimed to be, the more likely they were to admit to anti-conservative discrimination.... "By excluding those who disagree with (most of) us politically," Inbar and Yammers concluded, "we treat them unfairly, do ourselves a disservice, and ultimately damage the scientific credibility of our...
  • Gray Matter: How Depressives Surf the Web

    06/17/2012 9:42:41 AM PDT · by thecodont · 83 replies
    The New York Times / NYTimes.com ^ | Published: June 15, 2012 | By SRIRAM CHELLAPPAN and RAGHAVENDRA KOTIKALAPUDI
    IN what way do you spend your time online? Do you check your e-mail compulsively? Watch lots of videos? Switch frequently among multiple Internet applications from games to file downloads to chat rooms? Enlarge This Image Brian Cronin We believe that your pattern of Internet use says something about you. Specifically, our research suggests it can offer clues to your mental well-being. In a study to be published in a forthcoming issue of IEEE Technology and Society Magazine, we and our colleagues found that students who showed signs of depression tended to use the Internet differently from those who...
  • Transgender Five-Year-Old?

    05/22/2012 4:32:42 PM PDT · by neverdem · 34 replies
    National Review Online ^ | May 22, 2012 | Mona Charen
    A five-year-old child with large dark eyes, full lips, and a button nose stares out from the front page of the Washington Post Sunday edition. “Transgender at Five” declares the provocative headline. The child’s hair is being cut in a close, boy’s cut by her father.We learn from the article that “Tyler,” who was born “Kathryn,” began insisting that she was a boy at the age of two. “‘I am a boy’ became a constant theme in struggles over clothing, bathing, swimming, eating, playing, breathing.” The child’s parents, at first uneasy and later accepting their girl’s desire to be...
  • Scientific Study Says People of Faith Are Stupid

    04/28/2012 8:52:00 AM PDT · by CHRISTIAN DIARIST · 52 replies
    The Christian Diarist ^ | April 28, 2012 | JP
    In a study published yesterday in the journal Science, researchers from Canadas University of British Columbia posit that people who believe in God are not analytical thinkers. Thats a disingenuous way of saying people of faith are stupid. Religious belief is intuitive, explained Ara Norenzayan, co-author of the study, and analytical thinking can undermine intuitive thinking. So when people are encouraged to think analytically, it can block intuitive thinking. In other words, when religious people analyze their beliefs, they become less devout. They go from stupid to smart, like Norenzayan and fellow co-author Will Gervais. So how did the researchers...
  • Homophobia may reveal denial of own same-sex attraction, study suggests

    04/22/2012 5:41:43 PM PDT · by presidio9 · 139 replies
    CBS News ^ | .April 10, 2012 | Monica DyBuncio
    Do homophobic people actually fear their own unconscious feelings? A new study suggests that people who repress their own sexual attraction to the same sex are more likely to express hostility towards gays. "In many cases these are people who are at war with themselves and they are turning this internal conflict outward," study co-author Dr. Richard Ryan, professor of psychology at the University of Rochester, said in a university written statement. In four separate experiments conducted in the U.S. and in Germany, each involving an average of 160 college students, researchers attempted to measure any differences between what people...
  • Is Some Homophobia Self-phobia?

    04/08/2012 3:20:59 PM PDT · by EveningStar · 114 replies
    University of Rochester ^ | April 5, 2012 | Susan Hagen
    Homophobia is more pronounced in individuals with an unacknowledged attraction to the same sex and who grew up with authoritarian parents who forbade such desires, a series of psychology studies demonstrates.