Is Man Basically Good?

I've gotten a lot of flack from liberals for not believing man is basically good. My experience has shown that a good portion of people are shitty when you need them most. Of course with all my pathologies I'm not one that generally attracts good people in the first...

Modern Psychology and Men

It is heartbreaking to see the rise of deaths of despair by men without college degrees who just can't hack it in our modern system. Psychology claims to have the solution and I think it can be of limited help but there is something intractable about men's problems...

Agency

Those in power like to psychologize situations to give those in powerless situations the illusion of agency. For example saying a person isn't finding a job because they have a bad attitude. This is pinning something out of their control (finding a job) on them to...

Empathy Article

Empathy is on the decline. This may not be as bad as it sounds When we feel empathy, we typically give power to another person or institution. We identify with — and internalize — their point of view. In extreme cases, this can lead to the kind of loss of self we...

Hope Comes From Crumbs

If there isn't a trail of crumbs I can surmise there is no bread. Been looking for a job since September with nothing positive since October. I'm supposed to believe that if I keep at it something good will happen but I don't believe it. Not because my mind is in a...

Self Love

From: The Boy Who Was Raised as a Dog: And Other Stories from a Child Psychiatrist's Notebook For years mental health professionals taught people that they could be psychologically healthy without social support, that "unless you love yourself, no one else will love...

Depression’s Causes

Great article on depression and basic income: Why? If depression is primarily—as we have been led to believe by pharmaceutical company marketing campaigns—a problem with our brain chemistry, this makes no sense. The brains of the people of Dauphin did not suddenly...

Masculinity Toxic By Default

OK now the American Psychological Association has declared traditional masculinity toxic  (and so my love affair with modern psychology continues). So you'are saying men have to show emotion.  But emotion is like an oil well, something very hard to selectively...

rigid vs malleable

A rubric for helping understand the conservative/liberal divide is rigid verses malleable. The obvious flashpoint being gender identity. Conservatives dig in and say biological sex always matches gender and liberals say it's more fluid than that. Modern psychology is...

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