The Opposite of a Christian

The opposite of a Christian is not an atheist, it is someone with mental illness. Christianity posits that you can trust your inner voice, mental illness demonstrates that you can't. People say "God" tells you things that are outside the scope of what you could come...

Imperative to Virtue and Hope

Religion has an imperative to virtue so when it tells you to hope it presupposes that there will be a supportive community rallying behind you. Modern psychology tells you not to lose hope but for different reasons. When there is no hope that means there needs to be...

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...

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...

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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...

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Human Contact Is Now a Luxury Good

Great NYTimes article, applies to a lot of facets of the lower class: There is also the reality that in our culture of increasing isolation, in which so many of the traditional gathering places and social structures have disappeared, screens are filling a crucial...

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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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