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Toxic Security: Feeling Safe vs Being Safe

Feeling Full In 2016 premier medical journal, the Lancet, reported that obesity had become a bigger global problem than malnutrition. There are now more obese people than underfed people. Hunger, the great scourge of humankind, is on its way out. Malnutrition has been a problem for humans for as long as humans have existed. Malnutrition is still a problem now,...[ read more ]

The PLAY System: Experimentation, Joy and Preparation for a Social Life

This article is the seventh and final in my series in my series on the late Dr Jaak Panksepp’s model of the neurological origins of human and animal emotions. Follow these links or earlier articles on the CARE, FEAR, RAGE, SEEKING , LUST and GRIEF Systems.   Children of this age (age 6) have games which come by natural instinct;...[ read more ]

Digital Disembodiment: Part 3

A recent study of 10,000 young adolescents (average age 12) found that bullying increases the incidence of suicidal thoughts. Sadly, old news. This tragic effect of bullying has been known for years. However, the same study found that cyberbullying led to a significantly greater risk of suicidal thoughts than regular plain old in-person bullying.   See earlier articles in this...[ read more ]

Digital Disembodiment: Part 2

A recent study of 10,000 young adolescents (average age 12) found that bullying increases the incidence of suicidal thoughts. Sadly, old news. This tragic effect of bullying has been known for years. However, the same study found that cyberbullying led to a significantly greater risk of suicidal thoughts than regular plain old in-person bullying.   Cyberbullying and Suicidality Why should...[ read more ]

Digital Disembodiment: Part 1

A recent study of 10,000 young adolescents (average age 12) found that bullying increases the incidence of suicidal thoughts. Sadly, old news. This tragic effect of bullying has been known for years. However, the same study found that cyberbullying led to a significantly greater risk of suicidal thoughts than regular plain old in-person bullying.   Disembodied Life There is a...[ read more ]

Phone Use vs Phonocentrism

The written word doesn’t know to whom it should speak and to whom it should not. And when it is faulted and attacked unfairly, it always needs its father’s support; alone, it can neither defend itself nor come to its own support. Socrates, as described in Plato’s Phaedrus   I was recently listening to the radio. An expert on human...[ read more ]

The GRIEF System: Sadness, Loneliness and the Loss of Attachment

This article is the sixth in my series in my series on the late Dr Jaak Panksepp’s model of the neurological origins of human and animal emotions. Follow these links or earlier articles on the CARE, FEAR, RAGE, SEEKING and LUST Systems.   “Some days I wake up and feel normal, then I remember and I get crushed all over...[ read more ]

How many Psychological Disorders are there?

The latest edition of the psychologist bible was released in March. The Diagnostic and Statistical Manual (the DSM) published by the American Psychiatric Association is the most influential document in worldwide mental health. It is released about every 10-15 years, and a revised edition is released every 5-8 years. The March edition, the DSM-V-TR, is a revision – this means...[ read more ]

Relationship Time and Space: The BC and AD Eras

Gavin was stuck. “Nothing ever changes between us! Chrissy and I can’t talk without detonating a massive fight. So, most of the time we just tend not to talk”. There was a simmering, unspoken tension between Gavin and his wife Chrissy. But whenever one of them raised a touchy topic, sparks would fly.   I work with a lot of...[ read more ]

Anger Management: Perspective-Taking as a Cure

“He who knows only his own side of the case knows little of that.” John Stuart Mill   “I’m allergic to idiots!” Danny had been mandated by his government-body employer to seek treatment for his anger. “I know I have to let go of anger, but some people just don’t deserve to be treated politely!”. Danny* didn’t suffer fools gladly,...[ read more ]



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