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  • Longing for the Male Gaze

    09/21/2016 10:25:05 AM PDT · by C19fan · 98 replies
    NY Times ^ | September 21, 2016 | Jennifer Bartlett
    When I was in my early 30s, I practiced yoga at a studio in my neighborhood in Brooklyn. On most days, I walked there with two good friends — one who was in her 20s and one about my age — but occasionally we each got to class on our own. There was construction site across the street as part of the growing onslaught of gentrification in the neighborhood. My friends would often complain about being harassed and catcalled by the construction workers — even more so when they wore their yoga clothes. I passed the site day after day...
  • Colleges turn to coloring books to de-stress students

    09/21/2016 6:03:30 AM PDT · by detective · 59 replies
    The Fix ^ | September 21, 2016
    In the age of safe spaces and trigger warnings comes another new trend to the college repertoire: coloring books. This fall, campuses nationwide are offering coloring books to students to help them de-stress. At American University on Monday, its counseling center provided coloring sheets in honor of Healthy Campus Week, noting on its Facebook page that adult coloring books “can help with a number of emotional and mental health issues.” Conditions cited include obsessive-compulsive, eating, anxiety and depressive disorders, as well as anger management and substance abuse issues. “The time and focus that adult coloring takes helps the individual remove...
  • Jane Goodall: Trump debates like a chimp in a dominance ritual

    09/17/2016 10:12:37 AM PDT · by Zakeet · 100 replies
    Washington Examiner ^ | September 17, 2016 | Joseph Lawler
    Donald Trump's debates the way chimpanzees try to dominate rivals, according to remarks from the world's most famous expert on chimpanzees. "In many ways the performances of Donald Trump remind me of male chimpanzees and their dominance rituals,"Jane Goodall, the world-famous primatologist and anthropologist, told the Atlantic's James Fallows for a piece posted Saturday.
  • How to tell if your co-worker is a psychopath

    09/14/2016 9:54:33 AM PDT · by PROCON · 39 replies
    news.com.au ^ | Sep. 13, 2016 | Emma Reynolds
    We’ve all had that co-worker at some point: superficially charming, supremely self-confident, but they’ll walk over anyone to get ahead and not feel a second’s remorse. Perhaps, after you were burned yet again, you half-joked that they must have a personality disorder. Today, experts believe it’s very possible that your colleague is a psychopath. Groundbreaking research presented at the Australian Psychology Society Congress in Melbourne this week reveals that one in five corporate workers may have the disorder — as many as in the prison population.
  • The Kids Are Not Alright: A Lesbian’s Daughter Speaks Out

    09/11/2016 7:46:16 PM PDT · by NKP_Vet · 18 replies
    Dear LGBT Community, I am not your daughter. I never carried a flag in one of your gay pride parades. I have never written a letter on your behalf to a congressman or anyone else, and I have never felt the need to make people accept the fact I am the daughter of a lesbian. Perhaps it’s because she never felt the need to force people to accept her for being one. No, I would never align myself to a community as intolerant and self-absorbed as the LGBT community, a community that demands tolerance with fervor and passion, yet does...
  • Donkeys on the way to being therapy animals aren't horsing around (central PA)

    09/09/2016 5:13:50 AM PDT · by jiggyboy · 14 replies
    The Daily Item / The Danville News ^ | September 9, 2016 | Karen Blackledge
    Juan, a miniature donkey, has passed his first test to make visits as a therapy animal. He underwent testing Friday in the Columbia County Extension Office. Young’s Funny Farm animals were also recertified during testing by Julie Cope of Leighow Veterinary Hospital of Danville. Three-year-old Juan was turned over to Funny Farm owners Neil and Vonnie Young last October. Also passing their tests again were Honeybun, 27; Ruby, 11; and Surprise, 5. Young’s farm, near Berwick, is the only farm in the United States using adopted wild donkeys from the Bureau of Land Management’s Wild Horse snd Burro Adoption Program....
  • Why Spanking Does Not Work | Elizabeth Gershoff and Stefan Molyneux

    09/03/2016 8:24:21 PM PDT · by Arthur McGowan · 184 replies
    YouTube ^ | Published on You Tube on September 3, 2016 | Stefan Molyneux
    New studies have failed to find even a single positive benefit to spanking children and a near endless amount of horrible effects. Dr. Elizabeth Gershoff joins Stefan Molyneux to discuss her latest study, refuting the common pro-spanking arguments, why social justice warriors have nothing to do with less aggressive parenting, associating love with physical abuse and ending the escalating cycle of violence in relationships. Dr. Elizabeth Gershoff is a developmental psychologist, in addition to being a Faculty Research Associate and Associate Professor of Human Development and Family Sciences at University of Texas at Austin. She recently published a revolutionary new...
  • Your Favorite Color Could Prove You’re an Insecure Loser

    08/31/2016 10:53:51 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 61 replies
    New York Post ^ | August 31, 2016 | Molly Shea
    Personality quizzes aren’t just games to play on road trips — they were once one of the most valuable tools psychologists used when digging into a patient’s psyche. “Psychobook” (Princeton Architectural Press, out Tuesday) takes a look at the history of these psychological tests, from inkblots — which gained popularity in the 1950s — to the Digital Dependency Index. These tests are alluring, inane and haunting all at once — and that, says British art critic Mel Gooding, who contributed commentary to the book, is the beauty of them.
  • Gender dysphoria - once rare, now 'trendy'

    08/30/2016 3:25:21 PM PDT · by PROCON · 31 replies
    onenewsnow.com ^ | Aug. 30, 2016 | Bob Kellogg
    A child psychiatrist is shedding light on the issue of transgenderism after a Texas mother asked a school to adopt a transgender bathroom policy to accommodate her kindergartener. EAGNews reports the Pearland Independent School District is refusing to comply with a mother's request this month to change its policy even though she says her transgender child is so distraught he prays to be taken to heaven. Psychiatrist Dr. Allan Josephson of the University of Louisville's Bingham Clinic says a child that age cannot grasp the concept of transgenderism. "To be this troubled to ask to be taken away or go...
  • Lesbian Dating App Has 325 Gender and Sexuality Options

    08/31/2016 6:51:21 AM PDT · by C19fan · 72 replies
    UK Daily Mail ^ | August 31, 2016 | Lukas Mikelionis
    An LGBTQ dating app has gone so far down the rabbit hole of sexual identity that it offers users 325 potential gender/sexuality combinations to help find the perfect match. Her, which claims to be “the biggest lesbian app worldwide”, is a continuation of the likes of Tinder and Grindr, but exclusively for gay women – or any of the other 324 possible permutations.
  • Millennials' hatred of 'dealing with people' is a major threat to fast-food workers

    08/30/2016 3:19:06 PM PDT · by Stalwart · 73 replies
    Business Insider via Yahoo News ^ | August 30, 2016 | Hayley Peterson
    Many millennials hate interacting with people, according to a new survey. Nearly a third of people 18 to 24 prefer ordering from the drive-thru at restaurants because "they don't feel like dealing with people," according to a study by Ohio-based Frisch's Restaurants, which owns and franchises 120 Big Boy Restaurants. That's bad news for fast-food employees.
  • Hillary Clinton Using Psychologists to Bait Trump into Losing Control in the Debates

    08/30/2016 3:14:57 PM PDT · by BlackFemaleArmyCaptain · 67 replies
    Breitbart ^ | 8/30/2016 | PATRICK HOWLEY
    From the beginning, Donald Trump has been vulnerable to getting baited into confrontations that do not serve him well. There was the Chris Matthews interview in Wisconsin, where the MSNBC host purposefully baited him into giving the cable network a terrible sound byte about Trump’s abortion policy. Trump has mostly learned from that. But now, a new trap is being set. The New York Times reports: Her team is also getting advice from psychology experts to help create a personality profile of Mr. Trump to gauge how he may respond to attacks and deal with a woman as his sole...
  • Psychology Today: Persuading Minds for Gun Control Like Persuading Minds for Climate Change

    08/19/2016 9:25:01 AM PDT · by rktman · 59 replies
    breitbart.com ^ | 8/19/2016 | AWR Hawkins
    On August 17 Psychology Today equated persuading minds to support gun control with persuading minds to support arguments for climate change.
  • Defining “Trump Derangement Syndrome”

    08/14/2016 5:07:17 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 17 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | August 14, 2016 | Lawrence Meyers
    In 2004, it was Bush Derangement Syndrome. In 2008, it was Palin Derangement Syndrome. Now, it’s Trump Derangement Syndrome (TDS). The symptoms of each are generally the same: expressions of hyperbolic disgust, ridicule, and fear of the named candidate; total ignorance regarding the candidate’s actual ideological or policy perspectives; a belief that anything the candidate says is true; and a generalized state of anxiety regarding the future of the country that has no basis in fact.What is the psychological foundation of TDS? In every culture, there must be a vessel that holds negative energy. It is what depth psychologist Carl...
  • Gay, lesbian teens more likely to experience dating violence

    08/12/2016 12:23:00 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 49 replies
    CBS News ^ | August 11, 2016, 2:51 PM | Ashley Welch
    Lesbian, gay, and bisexual high school students are significantly more likely to be the victims of physical and sexual violence and bullying than other adolescents, according to new government data. In the first nationally representative study of LGB teens, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention found that these students were three times more likely to have been forced to have sexual intercourse and two times more likely to have experienced sexual or physical dating violence when compared to their heterosexual peers. Dr. Jonathan Mermin, director of CDC’s National Center for HIV/AIDS, Viral Hepatitis, STD, and TB Prevention, told CBS...
  • North Carolina School District Plans To Stop Labeling Students as 'Boys' And 'Girls'

    08/11/2016 10:12:47 AM PDT · by C19fan · 45 replies
    Independent Journal Review ^ | August 9, 2016 | Sister Toldjah
    The Charlotte-Mecklenburg (North Carolina) School System had to temporarily put its HB2-defying transgender bathroom plan on hold due to a recent Supreme Court ruling. But the ruling hasn't stopped the slow roll-out of other controversial gender-related recommendations that it is set to make to the local school board on Tuesday night. Charlotte news station WSOC-TV reports:
  • People in homosexual ‘marriages’ almost 3 times more likely to commit suicide: study

    08/06/2016 9:45:54 AM PDT · by Petrosius · 81 replies
    Life Site News ^ | August 5, 2016 | Matthew Cullinan Hoffman
    Aug. 5, 2016 (LifeSiteNews.com) – Homosexuals who “marry” each other are almost three times more likely to commit suicide than their heterosexual counterparts, even in very gay-friendly Sweden, according to a study published in the May issue of the European Journal of Epidemiology. The authors of the study noted that social intolerance of homosexual behavior could not so easily be blamed for increased suicide risk, given that Sweden is known for its accepting attitude towards same-sex relationships. “Even in a country with a comparatively tolerant climate regarding homosexuality such as Sweden, same-sex married individuals evidence a higher risk for suicide...
  • CMS recommends children not be referred to as boys and girls

    08/05/2016 4:52:45 PM PDT · by Extremely Extreme Extremist · 37 replies
    WSOTV.COM ^ | 05 AUGUST 2016 | JOE BRUNO
    Eliminating boy and girl references is one of several policies included in the CMS bully prevention regulations. One policy allows students to participate in extracurricular activities and overnight field trips based on their gender identity. A student who identifies as a girl would be allowed to participate in an "all-girl" overnight trip. Another policy says CMS must evaluate all gender-based activities and "maintain only those that have clear and sound pedagogical purpose."
  • Robert Spencer in Breitbart: Does Islam Convert Social Losers into Time Bombs?

    07/26/2016 6:39:12 AM PDT · by Biggirl · 31 replies
    Jihadwatch.org ^ | July 26, 2016 | Robert Spencer
    Is Islam good for individuals? Is Islam good for societies? It is almost universally assumed by elites that Islam is good, and that even to ask such questions is offensive. But there is good reason to raise them anyway.
  • Carson: Trump children grew up with the 'disadvantage' of wealth

    07/22/2016 12:17:08 PM PDT · by Hojczyk · 25 replies
    Washington Examiner ^ | July 21,2016 | By T. BECKET ADAMS
    It says a lot about Donald Trump that his children are such delightful people, even though they were raised with the "disadvantage" of being very wealthy, Ben Carson said Thursday. "All of the Trump children are absolutely delightful people. And I think that speaks volumes about the man," he said, referring to the GOP nominee. "Anybody who can raise children, particularly in the environment they came up in, which I think is a disadvantaged environment. Because I know a lot of people who are very rich and their kids are so spoiled, and I think it's a disadvantage. I really...
  • Black therapist with hands up shot by cops while helping patient

    07/21/2016 9:21:15 AM PDT · by Morgana · 84 replies
    nypost.com ^ | July 21, 2016 | Joe Tacopino
    Cops in Florida shot and wounded an African-American behavioral therapist lying in the street with his hands raised next to a troubled autistic man whom he was trying to help, according to the victim’s account and a disturbing video of the incident. Charles Kinsey can be seen and heard pleading with the North Miami officers that their weapons were not necessary, and that the autistic man was carrying only a toy truck, according to WSVN-TV. “When I went to the ground, I’m going to the ground just like this here with my hands up,” Kinsey told the station from his...
  • Dogs Are A Great Source Of Comfort After A Tragedy — Here's Why

    07/04/2016 4:47:27 PM PDT · by blam · 43 replies
    BI ^ | 7-4-2016 | Simone M. Scully
    Simone ScullyJuly 4, 2016On the Monday after the Orlando mass shooting, 12 specially trained golden retrievers arrived in Florida to do what they do best: provide comfort. The dogs are part of the K-9 Comfort Dog Team, a program run by the Lutheran Church Charities that now has 130 dogs in 23 states across the country. The dogs — all golden retrievers — deploy as part of the organization's disaster response team. Each dog was picked as a puppy because of its calm demeanor, and each one was trained to be gentle, comforting, and affectionate. They all do this without...
  • Lesbian ‘Gender Non-Conforming’ Couple Tries to Force Son to Have ‘Queer’ Gender Relationship

    06/20/2016 7:26:40 PM PDT · by massmike · 51 replies
    mrctv.org ^ | 06/20/2016 | Ashley Rae Goldenberg
    A lesbian couple featured in a BuzzFeed video on “gender non-conforming” parenting is trying to force their son to have a “queer” relationship with his gender despite his protests. “It’s really funny, because he’s like super into sports,” Michelle said. “Maybe he was like an Olympic athlete in his past life. He like, came with all of these sporting talents that are like visible at 17 months. That’s what Dashiell liked growing up. She easily relates to him on that level.” “I’m constantly like trying to queer my relationship with him and get him to wear tutus. He hates it....
  • Doctor listed on psych-evaluation....on Mateen by G4S .. says she never saw him (shortened)

    06/18/2016 9:29:59 AM PDT · by Protect the Bill of Rights · 62 replies
    The Daily Mail UK ^ | 17 June 2016 | Valerie Edwards
    A doctor who is listed on the psychological evaluation for Orlando shooter, Omar Mateen, said she did not see him and she was not even living in Florida at the time when G4S security firm ordered the evaluation. Psychologist, Dr Carol Nudelman, who now lives in Colorado, said in a statement released through her attorneys to the Miami Herald that she never evaluated Mateen nine years ago for G4S, a security firm that was known as Wackenhut at the time. However, Nudelman's name appears on the document in Florida's state records, which cleared Mateen to carry a firearm as a...
  • Psychologist who tested Mateen for security job did same for another killer

    06/16/2016 11:04:29 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 28 replies
    The Honolulu Star Advertiser ^ | June 15, 2016 | David Fleshler and Skyler Swisher, The Sun Sentinel
    <p>FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. » The psychologist who administered the test that established Orlando killer Omar Mateen as mentally fit to carry concealed weapons as a private security guard did the same for another South Florida killer who worked for the same company.</p>
  • Early Puberty in Girls Raises the Risk of Depression

    06/11/2016 3:45:18 PM PDT · by heartwood · 99 replies
    The New York Times ^ | June 6, 2016 | Perri Klass, MD
    “What we found was the girls who had earlier breast development had a higher risk of depressive symptoms, or more depressive symptoms,” said Dr. C. Mary Schooling, an epidemiologist who is a professor at the City University of New York School of Public Health, and was the senior author on the study. “We didn’t see the same thing for boys.” ...Earlier onset of breast development in girls was associated with a higher risk of depression in early adolescence even after controlling for many other factors, including socioeconomic status, weight or parents’ marital status... The biological transition of puberty, of course,...
  • Liberals, Not Conservatives, Express More Psychoticism

    06/11/2016 12:13:51 PM PDT · by MtnClimber · 12 replies
    Reason ^ | 10 Jun, 2016 | Ronald Bailey
    Social science can be so amusing. There is a bit of a contretemps over several recent articles that used datasets supposedly measuring the personality traits of liberals and conservatives which has resulted in several abashed corrections. The researchers used the data in an effort to show that personality traits are not the cause of political attitudes, but instead both are correlated with some other factor, most likely genetic. Interesting enough. This finding is not what is being corrected. ..... The original article, "Correlation not Causation: The Relationship between Personality Traits and Political Ideologies," in the American Journal of Political Science...
  • Epic Correction of the Decade [liberals, not conservatives, tend toward psychosis]

    06/10/2016 6:31:20 AM PDT · by pabianice · 13 replies
    Powerline ^ | 6/8/16 | Hayward
    Hoo-wee, the New York Times will really have to extend itself to top the boner and mother-of-all-corrections at the American Journal of Political Science... The authors regret that there is an error in the published version of “Correlation not Causation: The Relationship between Personality Traits and Political Ideologies” American Journal of Political Science 56 (1), 34–51. The interpretation of the coding of the political attitude items in the descriptive and preliminary analyses portion of the manuscript was exactly reversed... The erroneous results represented some of the larger correlations between personality and politics ever reported; they were reported and interpreted, repeatedly,...
  • Is being transgender a mental illness? WHO classification system suggests it is

    06/08/2016 9:33:10 AM PDT · by MtnClimber · 33 replies
    STAT ^ | 3 Jun, 2016 | HELEN BRANSWELL
    t is, perhaps, a peculiar fact involving an obscure medical text, but it is one that is now taking on outsized importance: The World Health Organization, in a compendium of conditions and diseases, lists being transgender under the umbrella of mental illness. The WHO publishes a standardized coding system used around the globe to classify medical conditions, for research purposes and health-care billing. In the document, being transgender is currently included in a section with kleptomania (the overwhelming impulse to steal), trichotillomania (the compulsion to pull out one’s own hair), and pedophilia (a preference for having sex with children).
  • In Brock Turner’s home town, we’re raising kids who are never told ‘no’

    06/08/2016 9:03:47 AM PDT · by C19fan · 33 replies
    Washington Post ^ | June 8, 2016 | Kate Geiselman
    An alternate version of the Brock Turner sexual assault story has been spinning in my imagination since last January, when I first heard of his arrest. In my version, he recognizes that what happened on Stanford’s campus behind that dumpster was rape. He comes to understand that intoxication is not consent. He takes responsibility for his violent “action” that irreparably harmed another human being, instead of blaming them on alcohol. Rather than spending a year and a half honing his story, making excuses and lawyering up, he pleads guilty. He looks his victim squarely in the eyes and says, “I’m...
  • Children of married parents have highest self-esteem, says new research

    05/30/2016 12:44:44 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 34 replies
    Daily Mail (UK) ^ | 02:03 EST, 30 May 2016 | Vanessa Allen
    Children whose parents are married have significantly higher self-esteem, according to research unveiled yesterday. Teenagers of married couples were more confident than those in single-parent families or youngsters whose parents lived together in a stable long-term relationship, it found. Overall, boys with married parents had the highest self-esteem, while girls with cohabiting parents had the lowest. […] The study, from the Marriage Foundation, was based on data from 3,822 children polled in British Household Panel Survey. Harry Benson, research director at the foundation, said: “Conventional wisdom has it that child outcomes depend on parents staying together rather than marital status....
  • Why men are best at guessing endings of TV crime dramas

    05/22/2016 1:49:48 PM PDT · by smokingfrog · 39 replies
    Daily Mail ^ | 5-20-16 | REHEMA FIGUEIREDO and JEMMA BUCKLEY
    Men are more likely to guess the endings of complex TV crime dramas because women are distracted by the emotion of the story, claims a leading psychologist. Dr David Lewis has said that men remain detached while watching detective dramas such as ITV’s The Secret and BBC1’s Undercover and pick up on hints about the ending that women miss. Dr Lewis said: ‘A man is much more likely to look at that and say “ah ha!” A woman, because she is focused on the emotions, is less likely to spot these things designed to give you a hint. ‘Women tend...
  • Princeton Prof: Transgenderism Not Scientific, ‘Superstitious Belief’

    05/16/2016 5:35:29 AM PDT · by detective · 64 replies
    Breitbart ^ | 16 May 2016 | Thomas D. Williams, Ph.D
    A noted Princeton University professor has attacked the very notion of transgenderism, saying that the belief “that a woman can be trapped inside a man’s body” is ludicrous and superstitious, with no basis in medical fact. Robert P. George, the McCormick Professor of Jurisprudence at Princeton, sent out a tweet late Sunday evening questioning the science behind the transgender movement, in reaction to the Obama administration’s threatening letter to educators mandating accommodation of gender-confused teenagers.
  • Lynch: States Can't 'Insist' a Man is a Man and a Woman is a Woman, If Person Feels Otherwise

    05/10/2016 8:54:49 AM PDT · by PROCON · 103 replies
    cnsnews.com ^ | May 10, 2016 | Susan Jones
    (CNSNews.com) - The U.S. Justice Department is putting the feelings of transgenders -- men who think they are women and women who think they are men -- above the privacy rights of the vast majority of people who don't contest the biological facts of who they actually are. "And what we must not do, what we must never do, is turn on our neighbors, our family members, our fellow Americans for something that they cannot control and deny what makes them human," Attorney General Loretta Lynch said on Monday.
  • Grad student expelled after refusing to counsel gay married couples

    05/04/2016 9:54:14 AM PDT · by Hostage · 16 replies
    Spero News ^ | MAY 3, 2016 | BY MARTIN BARILLAS
    Andrew Cash, a former student at Missouri State University, is suing the institution over his dismissal from a graduate program in counseling. Cash has retained counsel from the Thomas More Society, a national public interest law firm, and has filed a federal civil rights complaint against the Governors of Missouri State University. Cash and his lawyers contend that he was dismissed from the university’s Master’s program in counseling because he expressed concern over counseling same-sex couples due to his religious convictions. In an exclusive interview, Spero News interviewed attorney Tom Olp of the Thomas More Society, which is representing Cash....
  • This is your brain on LSD, Literally

    04/20/2016 6:19:51 AM PDT · by Pearls Before Swine · 25 replies
    CNN ^ | April 13, 2016 | James Griffity
    (CNN)Scientists have for the first time visualized the effects of LSD on the human brain. Using brain scanning and other techniques, researchers at Imperial College London were able to show what happens when someone takes the popular (and illegal) psychedelic, scientific-name Lysergic acid diethylamide. The findings may indicate how the drug produces the complex visual hallucinations often associated with its use.
  • 'No differences' between children of same-sex and opposite-sex parents (emesis alert)

    04/15/2016 6:51:23 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 25 replies
    Cable News Network ^ | 7:45 PM ET, Fri April 15, 2016 | Nadia Kounang
    A new study in the Journal of Developmental and Behavioral Pediatrics finds that the kids really are all right. Despite the ongoing cultural debate around same-sex parenting, the new study finds the children of same-sex parents are just as healthy emotionally and physically as the children of different-sex parents. […] The study found that there were no differences in the children when it came to their general health, their emotional difficulties, their coping behaviors and their learning behaviors. What the study found to be more indicative predictors of these behaviors were the relationships between the parents, the parents and child,...
  • Narcissistic personality disorder

    04/04/2016 8:36:42 PM PDT · by UnwashedPeasant · 90 replies
    Narcissistic personality disorder (NPD) is a personality disorder in which a person is excessively preoccupied with personal adequacy, power, prestige and vanity, mentally unable to see the destructive damage they are causing to themselves and often others. People with narcissistic personality disorder are characterized by exaggerated feelings of self-importance. They have a sense of entitlement and demonstrate grandiosity in their beliefs and behavior. They have a strong need for admiration, but lack feelings of empathy. In addition to these symptoms, the person may display arrogance, show superiority, and seek power. The symptoms of narcissistic personality disorder can be similar to...
  • Anyone Familiar Books of Dr. Anthony Napoleon?

    03/28/2016 6:45:58 AM PDT · by stayathomemom · 12 replies
    none | None
    I have been following Dr. Anthony Napoleon @Napoleonlegal on Twitter. He is a forensic psychologist and author of a few books, one of which I am currently reading called Shadow Men. It's a very interesting read about those who really have been pulling the strings throughout history. I was just curious if any other Freepers out there have stumbled upon him. His tweets are interesting and thought provoking. Maybe worth a "follow".
  • American College of Pediatricians: Gender Ideology Harms Children

    03/20/2016 6:34:43 AM PDT · by Lorianne · 18 replies
    CNS News ^ | 16 March 2016 | Penny Starr
    The American College of Pediatricians issued a position statement last month entitled “Gender Ideology Harms Children,” which will be followed by a peer-reviewed statement on the subject that’s expected to be released by summer, the college told CNSNews.com. “The American College of Pediatricians urges educators and legislators to reject all policies that condition children to accept as normal a life of chemical and surgical impersonation of the opposite sex,” the statement issued on Feb. 2 stated. “Facts – not ideology – determine reality.” The statement – written by Dr. Michelle A. Cretella, president of the American College of Pediatricians, Dr....
  • Donald Trump Supporters Are Less Authoritarian Than Ted Cruz Voters

    03/14/2016 8:07:59 PM PDT · by Utmost Certainty · 89 replies
    Reason ^ | Mar. 14, 2016 8:15 pm | Nick Gillespie
    You know the score about Donald Trump, right? He "is playing directly to authoritarian inclinations," says Ph.D. student Matthew MacWilliams in Politico, who cites the way Trump voters rally around, among things, proposals to ban Muslims and deport illegal immigrants. "Authoritarians obey," writes MacWilliams, who sampled 1,800 voters back in December. "They rally to and follow strong leaders. And they respond aggressively to outsiders, especially when they feel threatened." Not so fast, say political scientists Wendy Rahn and Eric Oliver, who did their own survey and argue that Trump's followers aren't particularly authoritarian but populist in inclination.
  • A Whole Field of Psychology Research May Be Bunk. Scientists Should Be Terrified.

    03/08/2016 6:01:42 AM PST · by Cincinatus' Wife · 95 replies
    Slate ^ | March 7, 2016 | Daniel Engber
    [SNIP]The diminution of the Big Idea isn’t easy to accept,even for those willing to concede that there are major problems in their field.An ego depletion optimist might acknowledge that psychology studies tend to be too small to demonstrate a real effect,or that scientists like to futz around with their statistics until the answers come out right.(None of this implies deliberate fraud;just that sloppy standards prevail.)Still,the optimist would say,it seems unlikely that such mistakes would propagate so thoroughly throughout a single literature,and that so many noisy,spurious results could line up quite so perfectly.If all these successes came about by random chance,then...
  • Psychologists and massage therapists are reporting ‘Trump anxiety’ among clients

    03/04/2016 11:55:11 AM PST · by detective · 37 replies
    Washington Post ^ | March 4, 2016 | Paul Schwartzman
    To the catalogue of anxieties her patients explore during therapy — marriage, children, and careers — psychologist Alison Howard is now listening to a new source of stress: the political rise of Donald Trump. In recent days, at least two patients have invoked the Republican front-runner, including one who talked at length about being disturbed that Trump can be so divisive and popular at the same time, said Howard, who practices in the District.
  • Psychopathic, Narcissistic Machiavellians The traits that make con artists, ... lawyers tick.

    02/27/2016 5:34:34 PM PST · by MtnClimber · 21 replies
    Slate ^ | 22 Feb, 2016 | Maria Konnikova
    Here's a question most anyone who learns I am researching confidence artists asks me: Are con artists clinical psychopaths-or are they just slightly more devious versions of our more conniving selves? Is it a qualitative difference between our small daily deceptions and the wiles of the confidence man, or is it just a simple matter of degree? 
 Robert Hare's Psychopathy Checklist-Revised, the most common assessment tool for antisocial, psychopathic behavior, looks for things like responsibility, remorse, pathological lying, manipulativeness, cunning, promiscuity and general impulsiveness, superficial charm, grandiosity, and the like. Score high enough, and you are labeled psychopathic,
 or...
  • Feds Seek “Mental Health” Testing of All Children, Adults

    WASHINGTON, D.C. -- Next time you visit your doctor, be careful how you respond to his questions, or you may just be branded “mentally ill” and subjected to “treatment.” That is because a panel advising the Obama administration, in partnership with Big Psychiatry, wants to make doctors subject all American adults and children over age 12 to screening for alleged “mental health” disorders — particularly depression, at least to start with. Then, anyone found to harbor any alleged mental disorder, including children as young as eight, should undergo “therapy,” often including powerful psychotropic medications that experts say have dubious value...
  • ‘Beta Males’ Want To Kill Women Because They Can’t Get Laid

    02/15/2016 10:11:13 AM PST · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 53 replies
    Bust Magazine ^ | 2015 | Bust Magazine
    ON OCTOBER 1, 2015, in a scene that has become depressingly familiar, 26-year-old Christopher Harper-Mercer walked into Umpqua Community College in Roseburg, Oregon, and opened fire, killing nine people and injuring nine more. Like George Sodini, who killed three women and himself in an L.A. Fitness Center in Pennsylvania; like Seung-Hui Cho, who killed 32 people and injured 17 others at Virginia Tech; and like Elliot Rodger, who killed 6 people and injured 14 others in Isla Vista, California; a large part of Harper-Mercer’s motivation was his toxic anger at women because of his lack of success with them. Harper-Mercer...
  • The Sexual Misery of the Arab World (NY Times grows a pair)

    02/14/2016 12:00:41 PM PST · by Titus-Maximus · 50 replies
    NY Times ^ | 2/14/2016 | Kamel Daoud
    ORAN, Algeria -- AFTER Tahrir came Cologne. After the square came sex. The Arab revolutions of 2011 aroused enthusiasm at first, but passions have since waned. Those movements have come to look imperfect, even ugly: For one thing, they have failed to touch ideas, culture, religion or social norms, especially the norms relating to sex. Revolution doesn't mean modernity. The attacks on Western women by Arab migrants in Cologne, Germany, on New Year's Eve evoked the harassment of women in Tahrir Square itself during the heady days of the Egyptian revolution. The reminder has led people in the West to...
  • Scientists have discovered how to 'delete' unwanted memories

    02/14/2016 6:33:46 AM PST · by Dallas59 · 23 replies
    The Telegraph ^ | 11 Feb 2016 | The Telegraph
    Are there any memories you'd like to permanently remove from your head? Or what if you could alter unpleasant memories so they're no longer upsetting? Or create entirely new memories of events that never occurred? It sounds like the stuff of science fiction, but according to a new documentary that premiered in the US this week, scientists have discovered how to do just that - and more.
  • Confessions of a Sociopath [fyi]

    02/05/2016 6:27:18 AM PST · by huldah1776 · 40 replies
    Psychology Today ^ | May 19, 2013 | M. E. Thomas
    She's a successful law professor and a Sunday school teacher, with a host of family and friends. But her interpersonal calculus centers on how to manipulate and outmaneuver the many people in her life. Welcome to a world of ruthless cost-benefit analysis, charm, and grandiosity. I have never killed anyone, but I have certainly wanted to. I may have a disorder, but I am not crazy. In a world filled with gloomy, mediocre nothings populating a go-nowhere rat race, people are attracted to my exceptionalism like moths to a flame. This is my story. Once while visiting Washington, D.C., I...
  • Is Your Child Becoming a Psychopath?

    02/04/2016 1:29:50 PM PST · by Citizen Zed · 18 replies
    Though definitions vary, psychological experts typically agree there are no child psychopaths. Mental health categorization doesn't, generally speaking, even allow for that possibility. "Especially when we're talking about younger people, we don't use the term psychopathy," says psychiatrist Dr. Jeffrey Borenstein, CEO of Brain & Behavior Research Foundation in New York City. Borenstein served on the editorial advisory board of the American Psychiatric Association's Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders guide for consumers, based on the manual's latest, fifth edition, called "Understanding Mental Disorders: Your Guide to DSM-5." Instead, Borenstein says, mental health experts speak about an issue called...