Advice for Christians Evangelizing Millennials

If you are trying to get people to be Christian the first thing I would say is do a gut check. How much are you willing to be inconvenienced in order to reach people? This is because none of the easy things people do to evangelize (like going on TV) work any more. You...

Tips for Improving Diversity

As an individual with a visible physical disability (some visual impairment) who has some autistic spectrum tendencies (though not diagnosed) I am an outcast most places I go. I am trying to improve myself to be less of one but here are some tips for groups that want...

Mental Illness and Christianity

Pastors have told me that mental illness is one of the worst things for the faith. I agree with them because that is largely how I lost mine. Engaging with the supernatural and psychosis are often indistinguishable from each other. You could argue that the...

Why?

Christians romanticize suffering which often results in mental illness which often makes people emotionally stunted. Of course Christianity is mostly engaged on the seat of the emotion. So these people are basically romanticizing something that kills faith...

Joel Olsteen

The prosperity gospel is hard to swallow but this twitter feed makes it easier.

On Abortion: Christians don’t want to pay for things

Christians are rightfully horrified of the fact that there are hardly any Downs people in Iceland because most of them get winnowed out via pre natal tests and aborted. However Iceland is more socialist than the U.S. with cradle to the grave social services. People...

“God’s Leading”, The Ultimate Red Herring

If you have power, you call upon "God's leading" to do what you were going to do anyway, now with "divine blessing". However if you have no power then whatever "God" is telling you is going to be attributed to insolence, laziness, or mental illness.

Things that I say the offend Christians part 5

The deepest truths in life are lived, not Boolean affirmative or negative.  People will go to extreme measures to keep these truths intact.  This is why people (including Christians) largely control their beliefs by who they let into their lives.  A truth as deep as...

Why I Have No Hope

I have no hope because I know modern psychology can take one man and make him a trillion. I have no hope because modern psychology pathologizes not having hope calling it "depression" whose treatment often is only effective for three years.  Hopelessness is...

Things I say that offend Christians Part 4

Hope is social.  You can tell how much hope you have by which way the people are moving in relation to your life.  If people are dropping out of your life you know that you are in a hopeless situation because people are instinctively averse to hopelessness and they...

Ramblings on Consumerism

Often times forces acting on behalf of the rich will demonize consumerism (sometimes known as materialism).  They want to drill in your head the idea that money doesn't buy happiness.  While it doesn't guarantee happiness, it does give one fertile ground where...

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overwork

Article on the wellness culture and overwork: We’re working longer hours than ever before, and as our employment conditions continue to worsen, they’re simply repackaged into a new version of normal in an effort to make the truly pathological state of many of our...

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Gay Marriage and Euthanasia

I have yet to hear an argument against gay marriage that doesn't invoke something written on bronze-age parchment.  Denying people who love and are committed to each other the right to marry is bad enough.  But it gets worse, by sinking its resources into this battle...

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shapes

Psychology is not truth.  It shifts shapes depending on who is paying whom. When the ad men pay psychologists they are told not to get a brand too closely associated with ethnic minorities.  Pepsi actually tried to market to blacks in the 1940's.  It worked but then...

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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...

Capitalism is bad for your mental health

Great article on capitalism and mental health: The privatisation of stress is a perfect capture system, elegant in its brutal efficiency. Capital makes the worker ill, and then multinational pharmaceutical companies sell them drugs to make them better. The social and...

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...

A Negative By Default

As a man, you are a negative by default. My mom is baby sitting some kids on her house and I still live at home. She does not bother to tell them I will be there because that is a negative because men are assumed to be pedophiles unless they can furnish enough...
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