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  • Block Report: Conservative boys are "visibly deviant"

    03/22/2006 10:13:22 PM PST · by DallasMike · 2 replies · 400+ views
    Stingray: a blog for salty Christians ^ | March 22, 2006 | Michael McCullough
    Michelle has kindly posted the infamous "whiny kids grow up to be conservative" paper in PDF format. Would you believe that the paper claims that conservative boys were "visibly deviant?" Yes, it does. Click here to download and read the entire document from Michelle's site. Much of it is pretty boring, mundane stuff, but there is a noticeable pattern of ascribing negative behaviors to conservatives and positive behaviors to liberals.Read this part of the report. The participants’ LIB/CON index scores at age 23 were correlated—for the genders separately— (1) with their CCQ item values gathered 20 years earlier, (2) with...
  • Study: Conservatives Begin Life as Whiners

    03/22/2006 10:49:59 PM PST · by Aussie Dasher · 41 replies · 1,405+ views
    NewsMax ^ | 23 March 2006 | Carl Limbacher
    Whiny, insecure brats who cowered with fear of being bullied on the playground grow up to be conservatives, while smooth self-confident, resilient, self-reliant kids mostly grow up to be liberals, according to a new study conducted in the sheltered confines of Berkeley, Calif., the very heart of rabid liberalism. From the 1960s onward, a husband-and-wife team at the University of California-Berkeley spent 20 years keeping an eye on children from their nursery school days to young adulthood. According to the Toronto Star, Berkeley professor Jack Block and his now late wife and fellow professor, Jeanne Block, began tracking more than...
  • How to spot a baby conservative (Ultra mega barf alert!)

    03/20/2006 9:38:14 AM PST · by Abathar · 88 replies · 2,377+ views
    The Toronto Star ^ | Mar. 19, 2006 | KURT KLEINER
    Remember the whiny, insecure kid in nursery school, the one who always thought everyone was out to get him, and was always running to the teacher with complaints? Chances are he grew up to be a conservative. At least, he did if he was one of 95 kids from the Berkeley area that social scientists have been tracking for the last 20 years. The confident, resilient, self-reliant kids mostly grew up to be liberals. The study from the Journal of Research Into Personality isn't going to make the UC Berkeley professor who published it any friends on the right. Similar...
  • Freeper Research Project: Freeper personality tests

    02/23/2006 9:20:32 AM PST · by Alamo-Girl · 1,020 replies · 11,468+ views
    Jung Personality Test ^ | February 23, 2006 | Alamo-Girl
    Would you like to learn a little more about yourself and your fellow posters on Free Republic? If so, you might enjoy this Freeper Research Project. It began on another thread where people were testing themselves for nerdiness. Great fun was had by all. Along the way, Freeper patton posted a link to the Jung personality test. What an adventure! I took the test for the first time and found out I am an INFJ (I=44, N=75, F=25, J=25). Because we were sharing the results of our tests on that thread, I was pleasantly surprised to discover three other...
  • NO VALENTINE Love in Islam (mohammedian misogyny alert!)

    02/14/2006 11:17:20 AM PST · by Dark Skies · 16 replies · 772+ views
    The Post Cronicle ^ | 2/14/2006 | J. Grant Swank Jr.
    Muslim females are Xing out Valentines Day because it furthers vulgarity. Muslim males however may have several wives and several "temporary wives" they use as sex slaves. That of course is morality maximum. The "temporary wives" live with their parents and the male has no financial obligation to them whatsoever. Thats why they are sex slaves. Muslim females are so brainwashed in Islam that they yield to the masochistic, which adds another neurotic dimension to the killing cult. However, all this is typical of cults. Reason is not a top priority. Nor is morality. Therefore when other parts of the...
  • Republicanism Caused By Brain Disorder, Mutation

    02/01/2006 3:16:28 PM PST · by StoneGiant · 13 replies · 485+ views
    The People's Cube ^ | 1/31/06 | Red Square
    Source Republicanism Caused By Brain Disorder, Mutation Location: Karl Marx Treatment Center Posted: 1/31/2006, 12:06 pm * * * Scientists have finally identified a fatal brain disorder responsible for the behavior of Republicans, Conservatives, and other capitalist class enemies. After the Washington Post reported on a revolutionary study, in which progressive researchers scanned Republican brains for signs of deformation, we contacted the institute that conducted the study, the Karl Marx Treatment Center. The Center provided us with blood-chilling CAT images that show what happen s to a brain that is allowed to grow without the caring guidance of the...
  • Study Ties Political Leanings to Hidden Biases

    01/30/2006 9:23:48 AM PST · by oblomov · 2 replies · 210+ views
    Wapo ^ | 1/30/2006 | Shankar Vedantam
    Put a group of people together at a party and observe how they behave. Differently than when they are alone? Differently than when they are with family? What if they're in a stadium instead of at a party? What if they're all men? The field of social psychology has long been focused on how social environments affect the way people behave. But social psychologists are people, too, and as the United States has become increasingly politically polarized, they have grown increasingly interested in examining what drives these sharp divides: red states vs. blue states; pro-Iraq war vs. anti-Iraq war; pro-same-sex...
  • Study Ties Political Leanings to Hidden Biases

    01/30/2006 5:02:15 PM PST · by onevoter · 12 replies · 534+ views
    Washington Post ^ | Monday, January 30, 2006 | Shankar Vedantam
    Snip (A) study found that supporters of President Bush and other conservatives had stronger biases against blacks than liberals did. Snip Brian Jones, a spokesman for the Republican National Committee, said he disagreed with the study's conclusions but that it was difficult to offer a critique, as the research had not yet been published and he could not review the methodology. He also questioned whether the researchers themselves had implicit biases -- against Republicans -- noting that Nosek and Harvard psychologist Mahzarin Banaji had given campaign contributions to Democrats. Nosek said that though the risk of bias among researchers was...
  • "Science" Report from The Washington Post: Conservative Voters Are Racists

    01/30/2006 3:58:43 PM PST · by stm · 49 replies · 1,220+ views
    News Busters ^ | January 30, 2006 | Tim Graham
    On the Monday "Science" page of the Washington Post, reporter Shankar Vedantam offers the liberal Post readership some comforting news: studies show conservative voters are motivated by racism. That's not in the first paragraph. It sneaks in about halfway through the article, and explains the headline "Study Ties Political Leanings to Hidden Biases." [T]hat study found that supporters of President Bush and other conservatives had stronger self-admitted and implicit biases against blacks than liberals did. "What automatic biases reveal is that while we have the feeling we are living up to our values, that feeling may not be right," said...
  • Study Ties Political Leanings to Hidden Biases Junk Science Barf Alert

    01/30/2006 1:42:04 PM PST · by DaveyB · 11 replies · 480+ views
    Washington Post ^ | January 30, 2006 | Shankar Vedantam
    Put a group of people together at a party and observe how they behave. Differently than when they are alone? Differently than when they are with family? What if they're in a stadium instead of at a party? What if they're all men? The field of social psychology has long been focused on how social environments affect the way people behave. But social psychologists are people, too, and as the United States has become increasingly politically polarized, they have grown increasingly interested in examining what drives these sharp divides: red states vs. blue states; pro-Iraq war vs. anti-Iraq war; pro-same-sex...
  • Study Ties Political Leanings to Hidden Biases

    01/30/2006 9:33:42 AM PST · by SteveMcKing · 109 replies · 2,853+ views
    Washington Post ^ | January 30, 2006 | Shankar Vedantam
    Study Ties Political Leanings to Hidden Biases By Shankar Vedantam Washington Post Staff Writer Monday, January 30, 2006 ... "In my own family, for example, there are stark differences, not just of opinion but very profound differences in how we view the world," said Brenda Major, a psychologist at the University of California at Santa Barbara and the president of the Society for Personality and Social Psychology, which had a conference last week that showcased several provocative psychological studies about the nature of political belief. ... Emory University psychologist Drew Westen put self-identified Democratic and Republican partisans in brain scanners...
  • Study Ties Political Leanings to Hidden Biases

    01/30/2006 9:23:01 AM PST · by Deek1969 · 46 replies · 1,069+ views
    Washington Post ^ | 1/30/2006 | Shankar Vedantam
    Put a group of people together at a party and observe how they behave. Differently than when they are alone? Differently than when they are with family? What if they're in a stadium instead of at a party? What if they're all men? The field of social psychology has long been focused on how social environments affect the way people behave. But social psychologists are people, too, and as the United States has become increasingly politically polarized, they have grown increasingly interested in examining what drives these sharp divides: red states vs. blue states; pro-Iraq war vs. anti-Iraq war; pro-same-sex...
  • (Lovenstein) Study pegs Democratic presidents as brighter

    01/26/2006 10:56:35 AM PST · by lowbridge · 86 replies · 2,238+ views
    Plainview Daily Herald ^ | 1/16/06 | RICHARD ORR
    Study pegs Democratic presidents as brighter By RICHARD ORR Herald Correspondent Its really not all that hard finding GWBs brain. Its right there in the files of the Lovenstein Institute of Scranton, Pa., which has been publishing its research on each new president since 1973. The GWB study published in October 2004 took four months to complete and compared him to all the presidents from Franklin Delano Roosevelt through Bill Clinton. Based on the reports findings, Democrats are smarter than Republicans -- quite a bit so, in fact. The three smartest Democrats were -- in order of intelligence -- Bill...
  • Nothing New under the Sun: Another Failed Attempt to Explain God Away

    01/25/2006 11:00:41 AM PST · by Mr. Silverback · 102 replies · 1,833+ views
    Breakpoint with Charles Colson ^ | January 25, 2006 | Charles Colson
    For a long time now, secularists have been trying to come up with reasons why people believe in God. If you take a strictly naturalistic view of the world, after all, it can be pretty difficult to understand how anyone would put their faith in an invisible supernatural being. And yet, generation after generation continues to hold to do just that. Its a question that has puzzled and fascinated some of the most prominent minds of our time. Now theres an intriguing new explanation for religious faith. Paul Bloom, a Yale professor of psychology and linguistics, argues in the Atlantic...
  • "God is Dead," Now We'll Create our Global Village -or- Why Christians are Mentally Ill

    01/02/2006 4:01:41 AM PST · by Lindykim · 68 replies · 4,209+ views
    Chronwatch ^ | Jan. 2, 2006 | Linda Kimball
    "In Aug., 2003, the National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH) and the National Science Foundation (NSF) announced the results of their $1.2 million tax-payer funded study. It stated, essentially, that traditionalists are mentally disturbed. Scholars from the Universities of Maryland, California at Berkeley, and Stanford had determined that social conservatives, in particular, suffer from 'mental rigidity,' 'dogmatism,' and 'uncertainty avoidance,' together with associated indicators for mental illness." (B.K. Eakman, Chronicles, Oct. 2004, pp. 28-29) As usual with leftists, the true meaning of their words is couched in deceptive code. When the deceptions are peeled away we discover that ''dogmatism''...
  • The Problem with Psychoanalyzing Bush

    12/30/2005 8:45:17 AM PST · by SirLinksalot · 9 replies · 558+ views
    RealClearPolitics.com ^ | 12/29/2005 | Jay Cost
    The Problem with Psychoanalyzing Bush Like many people, I read Newsweek's mid-December, high-octane burn of Bush with more than a bit of wonder, and not a good "Christmasy" kind. Halfway through the article, encountering what must have been the twenty gigillionth unnamed source, I thought to myself, "This is what happens when a President plugs all the leaks. The stories don't stop -- they just become a reflection of the journalist's preconceived notions." This Newsweek piece was the latest in an ongoing series of attempts to psychoanalyze this President. Here is Newsweek's take on the essence of the Dubya: Bush...
  • Barbarism begins with Barbie, the doll children love to hate

    12/18/2005 5:32:23 PM PST · by saquin · 32 replies · 27,603+ views
    The Times (UK) ^ | 12/19/05 | Alexandra Frean
    BARBIE, that plastic icon of girlhood fantasy play, is routinely tortured by children, research has found. The methods of mutilation are varied and creative, ranging from scalping to decapitation, burning, breaking and even microwaving, according to academics from the University of Bath. The findings were revealed as part of an in-depth look by psychologists and management academics into the role of brands among 7 to 11-year-old schoolchildren. The researchers had not intended to focus on Barbie, but they were taken aback by the rejection, hatred and violence she provoked when they asked the children about their feelings for the doll....
  • "Psychiatry Ponders Whether Extreme Bias Can Be an Illness". (Gulag Archipelago alert)

    12/10/2005 12:23:07 PM PST · by Cringing Negativism Network · 25 replies · 623+ views
    Washington Post website ^ | December 10, 2005 | Shankar Vedantam
    By Shankar Vedantam Washington Post Staff Writer Saturday, December 10, 2005; Page A01 The 48-year-old man turned down a job because he feared that a co-worker would be gay. He was upset that gay culture was becoming mainstream and blamed most of his personal, professional and emotional problems on the gay and lesbian movement. (you can see where this is headed)
  • Psychiatry Ponders Whether Extreme Bias Can Be an Illness

    12/10/2005 7:00:41 AM PST · by BackInBlack · 126 replies · 2,359+ views
    Washington Post ^ | December 10, 2005 | Shankar Vedantam
    The 48-year-old man turned down a job because he feared that a co-worker would be gay. He was upset that gay culture was becoming mainstream and blamed most of his personal, professional and emotional problems on the gay and lesbian movement. These fixations preoccupied him every day. Articles in magazines about gays made him agitated. He confessed that his fears had left him socially isolated and unemployed for years: A recovering alcoholic, the man even avoided 12-step meetings out of fear he might encounter a gay person. "He had a fixed delusion about the world," said Sondra E. Solomon, a...
  • Lent house in shambles (Katrina evacuees trash accomodations)

    11/29/2005 6:01:20 PM PST · by Nomorjer Kinov · 185 replies · 6,571+ views
    Carroll County Times ^ | 29 Nov 2005 | Diane Reynolds
    When the Firm Foundation Worship Center got the call that a family of nine escaping Hurricane Katrina had arrived in Westminster needing a house, church members jumped into action. "They came here with nothing," said Marge DiMaggio, the church's co-pastor. As quickly as possible, church members made a house on church property look like a home. When the Brown family left on Sunday, the DiMaggios were horrified to find the house in shambles. "Hurricane hits Firm Foundation," said Marge DiMaggio. While answering the call in September, church members' hearts were filled with compassion for the unknown family. "We brought our...
  • MSU Professors Link Hunting With Sexual Violence (As Heard on Rush)

    11/22/2005 10:46:10 AM PST · by Pyro7480 · 137 replies · 3,323+ views
    Michigan Times ^ | 11/7/2005 | Page W. H. Brousseau IV
    MSU professors link hunting with sexual violenceBy Page W. H. Brousseau IV Three female Michigan State University professors studied the magazine "Traditional Bowhunter," and concluded that hunting is a form of sexual violence with animals substituted for women. They describe hunting as, "erotic heterosexual predation, sadomasochism, restraint for aggressive sexual energy, and allied with the abuse of women." I think I need to take up bowhunting. The article entitled, "Animals, Women and Weapons: Blurred Sexual Boundaries in the Discourse of Sport Hunting" was published by the Society & Animals Forum. The genesis of the article was the 2003 video "Hunting...
  • MSU professors link hunting with sexual violence

    11/13/2005 3:44:04 PM PST · by SJackson · 167 replies · 3,160+ views
    Michigan Times ^ | 11-13-05 | Page W. H. Brousseau IV
    Three female Michigan State University professors studied the magazine "Traditional Bowhunter," and concluded that hunting is a form of sexual violence with animals substituted for women. They describe hunting as, "erotic heterosexual predation, sadomasochism, restraint for aggressive sexual energy, and allied with the abuse of women." I think I need to take up bowhunting. The article entitled, "Animals, Women and Weapons: Blurred Sexual Boundaries in the Discourse of Sport Hunting" was published by the Society & Animals Forum. The genesis of the article was the 2003 video "Hunting for Bambi," which reached national attention that year when many news-outlets reported...
  • Analysis of dark energy through modeling and inversion of 3-D gravity tensor field

    10/28/2005 9:45:05 AM PDT · by Red Badger · 51 replies · 952+ views
    India Daily ^ | 10/27/2005 | India Daily Science team
    Volume-holographic optical imaging instrument with the capability to return three-dimensional spatial as well as spectral information about semi-translucent microscopic objects in a single measurement is in use in different parts of the world for the last three years. The four-dimensional volume-holographic microscope is characterized theoretically and experimentally by use of fluorescent micro-spheres as objects. According to some scientists working under classified projects these special instruments are revealing secrets of the nature that can be totally bizarre to our knowledge of science and technology. These four-dimensional volume-holographic optical imaging instrument with the capability to return three-dimensional spatial as well as spectral...
  • Halloween Too Scary for Some Kids, Study Finds

    10/27/2005 4:34:09 PM PDT · by Kjobs · 83 replies · 1,291+ views
    Yahoo News ^ | 10 27 05 | Heather Whipps
    It is the adults who should be afraid this Halloween. Not of ghouls and goblins, but of permanently scarring their children. In a recent study of six- and seven-year-olds in the Philadelphia area, Penn State psychologist Cindy Dell Clark found that most parents underestimate just how terrifying the holiday can be for young kids. Halloween has been scaring the heck out of kids of all ages for centuries. Two thousand years ago, Celts living in what is now the United Kingdom celebrated their new year at the end of October. During these days of transition from the end of summer...
  • For President Under Duress, Body Language Speaks Volumes (Barf Alert)

    10/11/2005 10:55:57 PM PDT · by johnmecainrino · 28 replies · 962+ views
    Washington Post ^ | October 12, 2005 | Dana Milbank
    For President Under Duress, Body Language Speaks Volumes It's only 6:17 a.m. Central time, and President Bush is already facing his second question of the day about Karl Rove's legal troubles. "Does it worry you," NBC's Matt Lauer is asking him at a construction-site interview in Louisiana, that prosecutors "seem to have such an interest in Mr. Rove?" Of President Bush's participation in a building project in Covington, La., ABC News said he showed a "cowboy swagger and yuppie self-consciousness." Bush blinks twice. He touches his tongue to his lips. He blinks twice more.
  • One Thing That Makes Men Insecure (Cornell says insecure men anti-gay, support Bush, and Iraq)

    10/02/2005 4:36:17 PM PDT · by jmc1969 · 104 replies · 3,398+ views
    Netscape ^ | October 2 2005
    When a man's masculinity is threatened, watch him turn into Macho Man. In a Cornell University study, men who perceived their masculinity to be maligned displayed more homophobic attitudes, tended to support the Iraq war more and would be more willing to purchase an SUV over another type of vehicle. In other words, men overcompensate when they feel their masculinity is threatened. The results: When the men who felt threatened were questioned about their political attitudes, including how they felt about a same-sex marriage ban and their support for President Bush's handling of the Iraq war, they displayed strong macho...
  • No Prosecution for Dumb Juvenile Rapists

    09/26/2005 1:49:04 PM PDT · by joeclarke · 3 replies · 266+ views
    Cleveland Plain Dealer ^ | 09/03/2005 | Interested Participant
    Also at JoeClarke.Net Ohio InJustice Files< Following Entry Posted 9/06/2005 06:26:00 AMAt http://interested-participant.blogspot.com/2005_09_01_interested-participant_archive.html No Prosecution for Dumb Juvenile Rapists (Cleveland, Ohio) Apparently, rape and sexual assault by mentally retarded juveniles are not crimes. From The Plain Dealer:A judge threw out the cases against three 15-year-old East Tech High School students after finding the boys mentally incompetent to stand trial on charges they raped a classmate. In April, the 17-year-old accuser told police and Cleveland schools officials that the boys - all special education students - raped and assaulted him at least three times. He said the attacks were in a...
  • Wanted: psychopaths to play the stock market

    09/18/2005 7:58:04 PM PDT · by Crackingham · 43 replies · 1,702+ views
    Times Online UK ^ | September 19, 2005 | Martin Waller
    City brokers have never enjoyed the best of reputations. The popular image is of a brash and boastful twentysomething with more money than sense or sensitivity. But now a study by a group of eminent American academics suggests that star performers on the stock market may be even worse and could best be described as functioning psychopaths. In a study of investors behaviour, the team from three US universities suggest that people with brain damage can make better financial decisions than the rest of us. Market traders may feel slighted, but this study comes from the growing field of neuroeconomics,...
  • Cuddle Party Facilitator Training

    08/08/2005 11:28:39 AM PDT · by NRA1995 · 9 replies · 518+ views
    Day One: Attend an actual Cuddle party! Day Two Morning Session: Creating the Context - In this section we will examine who we are to ourselves and to others, both in our day-to-day lives and in our roles as facilitators. We will discuss what it is that we are trying to create and what it means to set and maintain the intention for a group of people. Afternoon Session: Building the Relational Skillset - In this section we will create a new understanding of what it means to listen to others and to be with them. We will learn how...
  • Masculinity Challenged, Men Prefer War and SUVs

    08/03/2005 3:18:14 PM PDT · by Tumbleweed_Connection · 53 replies · 1,975+ views
    Live Science ^ | 8/2/05 | Staff
    Men whose masculinity is challenged become more inclined to support war or buy an SUV, a new study finds. Their attitudes against gays change, too. Cornell University researcher Robb Willer used a survey to sample undergraduates. Participants were randomly assigned feedback that indicated their responses were either masculine of feminine. The women had no discernable reaction to either type of feedback in a follow-up survey. But the guys' reactions were "strongly affected," Willer said today. "I found that if you made men more insecure about their masculinity, they displayed more homophobic attitudes, tended to support the Iraq war more and...
  • Men Overcompensate When Masculinity Is Threatened [Psycho-analyzes John Kerry?]

    08/03/2005 12:07:43 PM PDT · by Brilliant · 87 replies · 1,653+ views
    Science Daily ^ | 2005-08-03 | Cornell University
    ITHACA, N.Y. -- Threaten a man's masculinity, and he will assume more macho attitudes, according to a study by a Cornell University researcher. "I found that if you made men more insecure about their masculinity, they displayed more homophobic attitudes, tended to support the Iraq war more and would be more willing to purchase an SUV over another type of vehicle," said Robb Willer, a sociology doctoral candidate at Cornell. Willer is presenting his findings Aug. 15 at the American Sociological Association's 100th annual meeting in Philadelphia. "Masculine overcompensation is the idea that men who are insecure about their masculinity...
  • Boys Don't Cry (Cornell Study: Men Support War because they are "insecure")

    08/03/2005 12:56:25 PM PDT · by Behind Liberal Lines · 61 replies · 1,209+ views
    A path-breaking new study by Robb Willer, a Cornell doctoral candidate in sociology, finds that, as Willer tells the Cornell University News Service, "if you made men more insecure about their masculinity, they . . . tended to support the Iraq war more": Willer administered a gender identity survey to a sample of male and female Cornell undergraduates in the fall of 2004. Participants were randomly assigned to receive feedback that their responses indicated either a masculine or a feminine identity. While women's responses were unchanged regardless of the feedback they received, men's reactions "were strongly affected by this feedback,"...
  • New Bible Shows Christ as a Woman, God as Female

    06/01/2005 6:51:17 AM PDT · by ZGuy · 38 replies · 833+ views
    PR Newswire ^ | 5/31/05
    A new edition of the Gospels of the Bible for the first time shows Christ as a woman, named Judith Christ of Nazareth, and God as female. In all other respects, the classic texts of the Gospels remain unchanged. The publisher, LBI Institute, has released this new Bible entitled: "Judith Christ of Nazareth, The Gospels of the Bible, Corrected to Reflect that Christ Was a Woman, Extracted from Matthew, Mark, Luke and John." The book is available in bookstores and online. "This long-awaited revised text of the Gospels makes the moral message of Christ more accessible to many, and more...
  • PSYCHOBABBLE ALERT: NYTIMES OP-ED PAGE

    05/11/2005 12:58:59 PM PDT · by ritt · 289+ views
    Horsefeathers ^ | 5-11-2005 | Stephen Rittenberg
    Horsefeathers doesn't usually find the NYTimes Op-Ed page a source of entertainment. However, today's edition offered such a pure distillation of the therapeutic culture of contemporary liberalism that it took a while to realize it was written by a humorist, trying to entertain us. Horsefeathers initially only suspected, then was pretty much convinced that 'Belinda Board', is a satirical invention of Scott Ott or The Onion, or a 16 year old girl pretending to be a psychologist in support of her application to an Ivy League school. In her Op-Ed article,(see here) The Tipping Point,'Belinda Board' wickedly satirizes the way...
  • Runaway Hoax-(Jennifer Wilbanks "psychoanalyzed;" it's a matter of character, after all, isn't it?)

    05/01/2005 2:51:21 PM PDT · by CHARLITE · 105 replies · 4,267+ views
    NEWSMAX.COM ^ | MAY 2, 2005 | JOAN SWIRSKY
    Those who subscribe to the retro and misguided theories of 20th century psychology believe there is no age at which a person is accountable for his or her actions. No matter how egregious, premeditated, arch or criminal, there is always a mitigating "reason" which in the "non-judgmental" world of psychobabbling therapists can never be deemed wrong or evil or stupid or a matter of bad character. That reason, the thinking goes, can be traced back to one's childhood and especially one's parents. And no matter how many years or decades have elapsed, no matter what the influence of peers,...
  • How could a mother do that?

    05/01/2005 12:39:43 PM PDT · by familyop · 24 replies · 1,461+ views
    The Daily Herald (Chicago) ^ | 01MAY05 | Christy Gutowski
    They gave their child life, cheered first steps, chased away nightmares, taught right from wrong, and nursed sniffles, coughs and tiny skinned knees as a loving nurturer. Then they committed murder. It seems unthinkable, but experts say cases such as that of Tonya Vasilev, a Hoffman Estates mother accused of the stabbing deaths of her two young children, arent new and occur more often than realized. As most violent crime numbers across the country dipped in the past 10 years, reported incidents of maternal filicides in which a mother kills her own remain steady. A mothers bond is...
  • Environment destruction hurting poorest [OMG]

    03/30/2005 2:50:16 PM PST · by mathprof · 9 replies · 346+ views
    UPI | 3/30/05
    Washington, DC, Mar. 30 (UPI) -- The Millennium Ecosystem Assessment project reports as much as 60 percent of of the world's ecosystems are in danger of crumbling. Some 1,300 scientists from 95 countries were involved in the assessment, which kicked off in 2001 under the auspices of the United Nations, with financial backing from the Global Environment Facility, the U.N. Foundation and the World Bank, among other donors. The World Bank said environmental destruction is also preventing countries from improving their prospects for economic growth. "The ongoing degradation of 15 of the 24 ecosystems services examined is increasing the likelihood...
  • Two-thirds of world's resources 'used up'

    03/30/2005 10:29:22 AM PST · by jmaroneps37 · 186 replies · 3,509+ views
    The Guardian ^ | March 30, 2005 | Tim Radford
    Two-thirds of world's resources 'used up' Tim Radford, science editor Wednesday March 30, 2005 The Guardian The human race is living beyond its means. A report backed by 1,360 scientists from 95 countries - some of them world leaders in their fields - today warns that the almost two-thirds of the natural machinery that supports life on Earth is being degraded by human pressure. The study contains what its authors call "a stark warning" for the entire world. The wetlands, forests, savannahs, estuaries, coastal fisheries and other habitats that recycle air, water and nutrients for all living creatures are being...
  • Researchers help define what makes a political conservative (barf alert)

    03/23/2005 9:13:20 AM PST · by Clint N. Suhks · 54 replies · 996+ views
    UC BERKELEY ^ | 22 July 2003 | Kathleen Maclay
    Politically conservative agendas may range from supporting the Vietnam War to upholding traditional moral and religious values to opposing welfare. But are there consistent underlying motivations? Four researchers who culled through 50 years of research literature about the psychology of conservatism report that at the core of political conservatism is the resistance to change and a tolerance for inequality, and that some of the common psychological factors linked to political conservatism include: Fear and aggression Dogmatism and intolerance of ambiguity Uncertainty avoidance Need for cognitive closure Terror management "From our perspective, these psychological factors are capable of contributing to the...
  • The Pathology of the Left

    02/25/2005 11:13:54 AM PST · by itsamelman · 6 replies · 569+ views
    Federalist Patriot Newsletter | February 25, 2005
    Top of the fold -- Pathology of the Left...In 2003 the American Psychological Association printed a study by a few academicians from Cal-Berkeley and the University of (the People's Republic of) Maryland. The study, entitled "Political Conservatism as Motivated Social Cognition," purported to have identified some determinants that are common to those holding a "conservative" worldview.As one reads the report, it becomes readily apparent that their "norm" -- that is, their control group -- was somewhere to the left of SanFranNan Pelosi and her Ya Ya sisters, Babs Boxer and Di Feinstein -- but then, what are we to expect...
  • The Madness of George W. Bush: A Reflection of Our Collective Psychosis (BARF!)

    01/25/2005 11:58:30 AM PST · by TFFKAMM · 25 replies · 435+ views
    Baltimore Chronicle ^ | 1/13/05 | Paul Levy
    George W. Bush is ill. He has a psycho-spiritual disease of the soul, a sickness that is endemic to our culture and symptomatic of the times we live in. It's an illness that has been with us since time immemorial. Because it's an illness that's in the soul of all of humanity, it pervades the field and is in all of us in potential at any moment, which makes it especially hard to diagnose. Bush's malady is quite different from schizophrenia, for example, in which all the different parts of the personality are fragmented and not connected to each other,...
  • Inflicting pain on 'griefers' (Psycho-babble about online gamers)

    12/24/2004 9:01:56 AM PST · by Rebelbase · 36 replies · 936+ views
    news.com ^ | 12/13/04 | David Becker
    Inflicting pain on 'griefers' As online-game companies court new and wider audiences, many are running into an old problem: "griefers," a small but seemingly irradicable set of players who want nothing more than to murder, loot and otherwise frustrate the heck out of everyone else. Social miscreants can do more than ruin the game for better-behaved competitors. They can hurt game companies' bottom line by driving away customers and burning up support lines. Problems related to grief players often account for 25 percent or more of customer service calls, according to game publishers. Now an increasing number of companies are...
  • SOWING NATIONAL DISCORD

    11/20/2004 11:27:51 AM PST · by forest · 16 replies · 1,481+ views
    Fiedor Report On the News #326 ^ | 11-21-04 | Doug Fiedor
    Who is scaring the "Lemmings for Kerry" crowd? Quite obviously, someone on the left is stirring up problems: rumors of Republican vote fraud, a divided nation, psychological problems among the Kerry followers, people wanting to move to Canada, etc., etc Qui bono? Who profits from the nation becoming divided? What uncaring group would cause harm among the less stable in society this way? When one stops to consider that whatever group starting these problems has both a grass roots and media following, it tends to narrow things down some. Nonetheless, I must admit that the Lemmings for Kerry are great...
  • Pathologizing Conservatism

    10/21/2004 12:51:49 AM PDT · by neverdem · 50 replies · 1,142+ views
    Reason ^ | October 20, 2004 | Ronald Bailey
    Is it an unfortunate evolutionary holdover, or the product of bad upbringing? At the recent conference in Chicago of the Association of Politics and Life Sciences, a panel on "Biobehaviorial Approaches to Politics" addressed the important question: What is wrong with people who disagree with the mainstream of American academic social scientists? Nancy Meyer-Emerick, an assistant professor of public administration at Cleveland State University, made a presentation on "Evolutionary Perspectives on the Authoritarian Personality." Professor Meyer-Emerick wants to know if there are genetic tendencies that promote what she dubs "authoritarianism." She defines this distasteful quality through the work of University...
  • Bush to screen population for mental illness

    06/21/2004 10:19:15 PM PDT · by JohnHuang2 · 1,080 replies · 1,869+ views
    WorldNetDaily.com ^ | June 21, 2004
    President Bush plans to unveil next month a sweeping mental health initiative that recommends screening for every citizen and promotes the use of expensive antidepressants and antipsychotic drugs favored by supporters of the administration. The New Freedom Initiative, according to a progress report, seeks to integrate mentally ill patients fully into the community by providing "services in the community, rather than institutions," the British Medical Journal reported. Critics say the plan protects the profits of drug companies at the expense of the public. The initiative began with Bush's launch in April 2002 of the New Freedom Commission on Mental Health,...
  • BUBBA: I WAS BLIND TO BROTHER'S COCAINE COLLAPSE (how many grams did Roger score for you, Billy?)

    06/21/2004 2:32:37 AM PDT · by Liz · 51 replies · 1,131+ views
    NY POST ^ | 6/21/04 | LEONARD GREENE
    An ambitious Bill Clinton was so caught up in his political career that he missed the obvious signs of his little brother's destructive cocaine habit, the ex-president reveals in his new book. Roger Clinton's addiction had become so intense that he was buying four grams a day and selling drugs on the side to support his habit, the book claims. But his big brother wasn't watching. "Every time I looked in the mirror, I was disgusted," the former president writes in "My Life," which is being released tomorrow. "I had been so caught up in my life and work that...
  • Rock Star Role Models Win New Fans (Hextople Barf Alert!)

    06/17/2004 4:36:59 PM PDT · by qam1 · 20 replies · 1,047+ views
    Reuters ^ | 6/17/04 | Jill Serjeant
    LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - Hip-swiveling Elvis, womanizer Mick Jagger and "Material Girl" Madonna may be some of rock 'n' roll's greatest musical icons but as positive role models, they've yet to win many fans. Think again, argues rock critic Tim Riley. Far from being pilloried as a destructive influence on American youth, Riley says the best rock 'n' roll music celebrated sexual openness, honored tolerance, individualism and social responsibility in a way that helped baby boomers become better partners and better parents. "Rock actually helped lead the culture toward a healthier, happier paradigm of male-female relations," Riley writes in his...
  • Dad Investigated for Taking Son Off Meds

    06/08/2004 11:29:20 AM PDT · by Dan Evans · 83 replies · 850+ views
    ABC News Online ^ | June 7, 2004 | Bryan Robinson
    When Chad Taylor noticed his son was apparently experiencing serious side effects from Ritalin prescribed for attention deficit hyperactivity disorder, he decided to take the boy off the medication. Now, he says he may be accused of child abuse. In February, 12-year-old Daniel began displaying some symptoms that his father suspected were related to the use of Ritalin. "He was losing weight, wasn't sleeping, wasn't eating," Taylor told ABC News affiliate KOAT-TV in New Mexico. "[He] just wasn't Daniel." So Taylor took Daniel off Ritalin, against his doctor's wishes. And though Taylor noticed Daniel was sleeping better and his appetite...
  • Fighting Terror With Psychobabble

    03/24/2004 6:25:33 AM PST · by dennisw · 7 replies · 82+ views
    opinionjournal ^ | 2 24 2004 | BY JAMES TARANTO and Alexander Boros
    <p>The so-called war on terrorism is a misnomer because war itself is a form of terrorism. It should, therefore, be called the terrorism on terrorism, or maybe even the war on war. That sounds insane because it is insane. More insanity leads only to more insanity. Any good therapist will tell you it's necessary to own your own feelings. Seen in this light, terror is a feeling of intense fear that needs to be owned by the person who feels it.</p>
  • Personality Parade(Political Bias against conservative womem)

    03/23/2004 10:42:04 PM PST · by avant_garde · 18 replies · 688+ views
    Parade Magazine ^ | March 14, 2004 | Walter Scott
    Q. Both Menendez brothers got married in prison, and I read that accused murderer Scott Peterson is inundated with love letters and proposals. Why do these guys appeal to women? Dave Sears, Bloomington, Ind. A. For certain very upright, conservative women, convicts appeal to their forbidden sexual fantasies, says Michael Crocker, a psychotherapist who specializes in sexual disorders. We call such women love avoidants, because their fantasy of an inaccessible man is more appealing than the reality of an actual relationship with an available partner. In laymans terms: Some women just dont like to have their man around the house.