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  • Study delivers bleak verdict on validity of psychology experiment results

    08/28/2015 9:40:14 AM PDT · by Brad from Tennessee · 18 replies
    The Guardian ^ | AUGUST 27, 2015 | By Ian Sample
    A major investigation into scores of claims made in psychology research journals has delivered a bleak verdict on the state of the science. An international team of experts repeated 100 experiments published in top psychology journals and found that they could reproduce only 36% of original findings. The study, which saw 270 scientists repeat experiments on five continents, was launched by psychologists in the US in response to rising concerns over the reliability of psychology research. “There is no doubt that I would have loved for the effects to be more reproducible,” said Brian Nosek, a professor of psychology who...
  • Why America Is Prone to Mass Shootings

    08/26/2015 7:24:52 PM PDT · by MinorityRepublican · 48 replies
    Live Science ^ | August 26, 2015 | Stephanie Pappas
    A strange paradox is emerging in America: Overall violent-crime rates are down, but active shooter events — in which a person is trying to kill multiple people in a populated area — appear to be on the rise, according to Federal Bureau of Investigation statistics. Meanwhile, a just-released study finds that although the United States has just about 5 percent of the world's population, the country has 31 percent of the world's mass shooters. The reasons for these numbers are complex, researchers say, but the data suggest that the availability of guns, and perhaps the American obsession with fame, may...
  • The Soul & Friendship's Role (Part 2) PODCAST

    08/20/2015 4:06:44 PM PDT · by Making_Sense [Rob W. Case]
    Archive.org ^ | August 17, 2015 | Rob W. Case
    In the second half of our discussion on “the Soul and Friendship’s Role”, my educator friend and co-producer Tom Pazdan and I will discuss meaningful friendships that become toxic. If you are an emotionally sensitive person, and you feel (or have felt) hurt, anger, disappointment, or what have you due either to a broken friendship, or one that is now full of animosity, this show will try to make some sense out of your feelings. Also on the program, we will discuss how Jesus Christ provides a template for friendships, as the perfect model for them, on this edition of...
  • NIH funds search for mysterious 'obesity gremlins' that are secretly making lesbians fat

    08/20/2015 8:13:10 AM PDT · by HomerBohn · 47 replies
    Liberty Headlines ^ | 8/19/2015 | Mike Adams
    This story is not satire. According to a study funded by the National Institutes of Health and awarded to a Boston hospital for more than $1.5 million, some mysterious phenomenon is covertly making lesbians obese, in apparent violation of the dietary laws of cause and effect. For now, I'm calling this phenomenon "obesity gremlins," and here's how a NIH-funded study describes this extraordinary mystery: It is now well-established that women of minority sexual orientation are disproportionately affected by the obesity epidemic, with nearly three-quarters of adult lesbians overweight or obese, compared to half of heterosexual women. So let me get...
  • Bambi-Zilla

    08/07/2015 9:05:01 AM PDT · by CharlesOConnell · 8 replies
    Freep | Charles O'Connell
     How to Explain Inexplicable Behavior  Why Does She Let Him Get Away With It?  It's credible to assert that everyone "manipulates" everyone else, babies manipulate their families without needing to think about it because it's how they survive, people of marriagable age "manipulate" each other in an aboveboard manner, it's called "flirting". The problem is when:  a person is concealing motives,   is engaged in a highly conscious tactic of "influencing" others according to these concealed motives,   the person knows what he or she is doing, but others initially don't understand what the person is up to.  Eventually, other people can begin...
  • Psychopaths versus sociopaths: what is the difference? (includes a quiz to see if you are one)

    08/02/2015 1:54:20 PM PDT · by Swordmaker · 98 replies
    The Conversation ^ | July 27, 2015 | By XANTHE MALLETT — Senior Lecturer in Forensic Criminology at University of New England
    Psychopath and sociopath are popular psychology terms to describe violent monsters born of our worst nightmares. Think Hannibal Lecter in Silence of the Lambs (1991), Norman Bates in Psycho (1960) and Annie Wilkes in Misery (1990). In making these characters famous, popular culture has also burned the words used to describe them into our collective consciousness. Most of us, fortunately, will never meet a Hannibal Lecter, but psychopaths and sociopaths certainly do exist. And they hide among us. Sometimes as the most successful people in society because they’re often ruthless, callous and superficially charming, while having little or no regard...
  • Psychiatry Ain't What It Used To Be

    07/19/2015 6:00:16 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 39 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | July 19, 2015 | Steve Chapman
    There was a time when most of what I knew about psychiatrists came from Woody Allen. In his 1973 movie "Sleeper," his character wakes up in the future and complains, "I haven't seen my analyst in 200 years. He was a strict Freudian, and if I'd been going all this time I'd probably almost be cured by now." But even his treatment sounded better than what Jack Nicholson's character got in "One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest" for being rebellious: a lobotomy. Those films imprinted a couple of lessons about psychiatry. The first was that mental health professionals were useless;...
  • The Soul & Friendship's Role (Part 1) PODCAST

    07/16/2015 4:00:22 PM PDT · by Making_Sense [Rob W. Case]
    Archive.org ^ | July 6, 2015 | Rob W. Case
    In this podcast, my co-producer Tom will ask me a series of questions relating to the topic of friendship. How does a good or bad friendship affect the soul, and what can we learn from it? So join us, as we explore areas pertaining to this topic that you may discover for the very first time. And discover insights that will add meaningful perspective to what constitutes a truly meaningful friendship on this episode (we call "The Soul and Friendship's Role") of “Making Sense with Rob Case.”
  • Dem judge orders psych counseling for D'Souza [Room 101]

    07/14/2015 12:48:14 PM PDT · by Jan_Sobieski · 44 replies
    World Net Daily ^ | 7/13/2015 | Jerome R. Corsi
    NEW YORK – At a hearing Monday in Manhattan in which he ruled filmmaker Dinesh D’Souza must continue community service for four more years, U.S. District Judge Richard M. Berman said he considers D’Souza’s violation of federal campaign-finance laws to be evidence of a psychological problem and ordered further counseling. D’Souza’s defense counsel Benjamin Brafman provided evidence to the court that the psychiatrist D’Souza was ordered to see found no indication of depression or reason for medication. In addition, the psychologist D’Souza subsequently consulted provided a written statement concluding there was no need to continue the consultation, because D’Souza was...
  • HuffPo Writer Horrified to Learn Daughter Likes the Color Pink, Imagines Herself as a Princess

    07/12/2015 9:51:39 AM PDT · by rightistight · 71 replies
    The Social Memo ^ | 7/12/15 | Aurelius
    Writing for AlterNet, Toni Nagy, who also writes for the Huffington Post and Salon, has written an article detailing her disappointment when she found out that her daughter likes the color pink and envisions herself as a princess. Her article, titled "What's a Feminist Mom to Do With a Disney Princess-Loving Daughter?" reads, "When I was pregnant, my prevailing philosophy was that gender was a construct created by social convention, and I was convinced my child would transcend the imposed definitions of femininity or masculinity." Ms. Nagy further "limited her screen time and tried to introduce a variety of stimuli...
  • Hillary Clinton Encourages Distraught Gay Child Depicted in Viral (staged) Photo

    07/04/2015 10:51:54 PM PDT · by Zakeet · 83 replies
    ABC News ^ | July 4, 2014 | Liz Kreutz
    I'm homosexual and I'm afraid about what my future will be and that people won't like me. This Humans of New York photo showing what it says is a distraught young boy crying because he is gay has gone viral, with thousands of people commenting on Facebook offering advice and words of support. “I’m homosexual and I’m afraid about what my future will be and that people won’t like me,” the caption reads. [Snip] “Prediction from a grown-up: Your future is going to be amazing,” [Hillary] wrote. “You will surprise yourself with what you’re capable of and the incredible things...
  • Firework displays are pretty but can stress veterans with PTSD

    07/03/2015 1:34:31 AM PDT · by Berlin_Freeper · 104 replies
    sheknows.com ^ | July 3, 2015 | Tanvier Peart
    Many families look forward to Fourth of July celebrations that typically include delicious food and fireworks. While there's nothing wrong with observing the day, it's important to keep those who served in mind, as they might struggle with post-traumatic stress. The nonprofit Military with PTSD is hoping to raise awareness about the effects fireworks can have on men and women who served in the military. Unfortunately noisemakers and firework displays used to commemorate our nation's independence can oftentimes be the very things that cause emotional distress on combat veterans.
  • A Letter to the Gay Community from a Loving Daughter (2nd mom doesn't replace dad I lost)

    07/02/2015 2:26:21 PM PDT · by NYer · 35 replies
    Aletelia ^ | July 2, 2015 | SHEILA LIAUGMINAS
    Read this open letter to the Gay Community from a loving daughter.   She wonders why there isn’t more attention on the rest of this story, namely the children raised by two mothers or two fathers.   Same-sex marriage and parenting withholds either a mother or father from a child while telling him or her that it doesn’t matter. That it’s all the same. But it’s not. A lot of us, a lot of your kids, are hurting. My father’s absence created a huge hole in me, and I ached every day for a dad. I loved my mom’s...
  • Everyone Who Changed Their Facebook Photos To Rainbow Just Got DUPED

    06/30/2015 6:43:28 PM PDT · by Morgana · 58 replies
    conservativepost.com ^ | june 30, 2015 | am
    Over a million people changed their facebook profile pictures to a rainbow filter in support of gay marriage. New reports reveal that the “Celebrate Pride” tool may not have been the best idea… According to Daily Mail, this tool was actually Facebook’s way of performing psychological testing on their users. Cesar Hidalgo wrote on Facebook yesterday. “The question is, how long will it take for people to change their profile pictures back to normal.”
  • American College of Pediatricians on same-sex marriage ruling: 'A tragic day for American children'

    06/29/2015 9:36:27 AM PDT · by NetAddicted · 31 replies
    Breitbart.com ^ | 6/26/2015 | Dr Susan Barry
    In a statement released Friday, the president of the American College of Pediatricians said the Supreme Court’s decision to legalize same-sex marriage will have a significantly negative impact on children in the United States.
  • What Life is Like When Children of Gay Couples Don't Matter

    06/29/2015 9:53:52 AM PDT · by Sioux-san · 19 replies
    American Thinker ^ | 6/29/2015 | Robert Oscar Lopez
    ....But according to Justice Kennedy, the Fourteenth Amendment does not protect children whom gay people demand as an entitlement. Children of gays are slaves. Justice Kennedy made no reference whatsoever to the COGs who had submitted detailed amicus briefs to him. The four dissenting justices made no reference to us, either. In the eyes of the court, we do not exist. Some COGs do exist: that is, children of gays who refrain from criticizing their loss of their heritage and who cheer for the gays who control them and keep them silent. At least the latter “good” children get to...
  • What your smartphone says about your waistline Nicholas Wells

    06/25/2015 5:08:42 PM PDT · by Swordmaker · 28 replies
    CNBC ^ | June 25, 2015 | Nicholas Wells
    If you're sipping your lunch, you probably have an iPhone. If you're enjoying pizza from Little Caesars, you're probably on Android. Consumer choices have always been about picking this or that, and the current either/or decision is between smartphone operating systems. Your choice when it comes to operating systems says a lot about you, including what you like to eat, according to data provided to CNBC by NPD Group's Checkout Tracking. IPhone users were much more likely to go for a liquid lunch, with soup and smoothies taking the top spots for iOS choices. Soup had an iPhone-to-Android index of...
  • Bruce Jenner & the Transgender Question (body dimorphism)

    06/21/2015 7:14:24 AM PDT · by OldCountryBoy · 5 replies
    Ascension Presents (YouTube) ^ | June 10, 2015 | Fr. Mike Schmitz
    Here is how Father Mike Schmitz, a priest for the Diocese of Duluth, MN, explains society's acceptance of trans-gender. He breaks it down pretty well...
  • Transgenderism: a pathogenic meme

    06/18/2015 12:10:32 PM PDT · by wagglebee · 16 replies
    Mercatornet ^ | 6/18/5 | Paul McHugh
    For forty years as the University Distinguished Service Professor of Psychiatry at Johns Hopkins Medical School—twenty-six of which were also spent as Psychiatrist in Chief of Johns Hopkins Hospital—I’ve been studying people who claim to be transgender. Over that time, I’ve watched the phenomenon change and expand in remarkable ways.A rare issue of a few men—both homosexual and heterosexual men, including some who sought sex-change surgery because they were erotically aroused by the thought or image of themselves as women—has spread to include women as well as men. Even young boys and girls have begun to present themselves as of...
  • Why so many killers are male

    06/18/2015 3:19:41 PM PDT · by PROCON · 42 replies
    CNN ^ | June 18, 2015 | James Garbarino
    (CNN)—It looks like it has happened again. A young male has allegedly killed. In this case it is nine people at a church in South Carolina. Anyone who is paying attention hears the news and thinks, "Here we go again." But why? After spending 20 years interviewing killers as a psychological expert witness in murder cases I have some thoughts about this. Males are disproportionately over-represented in the ranks of America's killers -- about 90%, in fact. Why is that? Some of it appears to lie in the biological vulnerability of males. About 30% of males (versus 9% of females)...
  • Why it’s not OK to shame your children when they misbehave

    06/17/2015 5:30:43 PM PDT · by rickmichaels · 16 replies
    National Post ^ | June 17, 2015 | David Kates
    As parents, we face some of our biggest challenges when our kids misbehave. There’s a lot to consider when doling out discipline; and yet, in the heat of the moment when we’re angry and frustrated, our better judgment can easily fly out the window. We yell. We demand apologies. We force time-outs and revoke privileges. But whatever we do, we need to be aware not only of what should be done to discourage bad behaviour and teach them not to behave similarly in future; we also need to consider our own actions, how we interact with our kids, and what...
  • Study: Men with Facial Hair are Perceived as More Sexist

    06/17/2015 11:43:56 AM PDT · by rightistight · 64 replies
    The Social Memo ^ | 6/17/15 | Aurelius
    A study released last month suggests that, regardless of actual personal actions or beliefs, men with facial hair are perceived as being more sexist than those without. Written by Rebekah Herrick, a professor at Oklahoma State University, the study showed candidates pictures of men in Congress with and without facial hair. They were also shown on a scale, including clean-shaven men, men with stubble, men with mustaches, and men with full beards. "Pictured members of Congress with facial hair were perceived by our student subjects as more masculine, and less supportive of feminist issue positions, although not more willing to...
  • The Soul, Its Burdens, and the Path to Restoration (Part 5)PODCAST

    06/10/2015 8:22:09 PM PDT · by Making_Sense [Rob W. Case]
    Podcast Garden ^ | 6/10/2015 | Rob W. Case
    In this episode, we pick up where we last left off on the concept joy, and what it has done (promising you what it can do) for people who truly find it in the Lord. Then, we discuss how God provides restoration to the soul, showing us, through personal experience, how he accommodates, aides, and provides purpose, and companionship, satisfying (and completing) our soul’s overall longings and yearnings, as we have discussed throughout this series. (The program can be accessed by clicking on the "Source" link, or by clicking HERE.)
  • Suicide rate of female military veterans is called 'staggering'

    06/08/2015 8:11:06 AM PDT · by US Navy Vet · 38 replies
    Los Angeles Times ^ | 08 June 2015 | By Alan Zarembo
    ew government research shows that female military veterans commit suicide at nearly six times the rate of other women, a startling finding that experts say poses disturbing questions about the backgrounds and experiences of women who serve in the armed forces.. Their suicide rate is so high that it approaches that of male veterans, a finding that surprised researchers because men generally are far more likely than women to commit suicide. "It's staggering," said Dr. Matthew Miller, an epidemiologist and suicide expert at Northeastern University who was not involved in the research. "We have to come to grips with why...
  • The Soul, Its Burdens, & the Path to Restoration (Part 4)PODCAST

    05/26/2015 8:49:04 PM PDT · by Making_Sense [Rob W. Case]
    Podcast Garden ^ | 5/26/2015 | Rob W. Case
    In the fourth part of our series on the Soul, Its Burdens, and the Path to Restoration, after we finish our discussion on how God transforms and influences the mind, we discuss how God can (and does) touch and influence the will and the emotions, and restore them to where they can act and/or react from a newly reapportioned disposition. (The program can be accessed by clicking on the "Source" link, or by clicking HERE.
  • Mental Health’s LGBT Blind Spot

    05/25/2015 6:27:48 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 43 replies
    The Federalist ^ | 05/24/2015 | Joseph Turner
    A scene stands out to me from my graduate program in social work. A lesbian professor visited our class to tell about her experience of being same-sex attracted in a small, Midwestern, devoutly Protestant town in the latter twentieth century. As expected, her story was heart-rending. Afterward, during the Q&A, a black woman in her 40s raised her hand. “I’ve noticed that the high school girls today go through phases where they say that they like girls, and then change their minds and say they like boys again, like it just goes back and forth. And I don’t know if...
  • America's First Openly Bisexual Governor Bans Gay Conversion Therapy in Oregon

    05/21/2015 8:07:25 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 21 replies
    Christian Post ^ | 05/21/2015 | Stoyan Zaimov
    Oregon became the third state in the United States to ban gay conversion therapy, a practice that has attracted much debate. Democratic Gov. Kate Brown signed the bill into law earlier this week, though an ex-gay group has protested and called the bill "child abuse." CNN reported on Wednesday that the bill signed by Brown, the first openly bisexual governor in the U.S., will block therapist from offering conversion or reparative therapy on individuals who are younger than 18. Laws against the practice have also been made in California, New Jersey, and Washington D.C. While the American Psychological Association has...
  • Pro-Gay Marriage Study Retracted for Using Fake Data

    05/21/2015 8:14:10 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 8 replies
    Christian Post ^ | 05/20/2015 | Napp Nazworth
    A study that purported to show gay marriage opponents can easily be convinced to change their minds if they talk to gays was retracted after finding it used fake data. The study, "When contact changes minds: An experiment on transmission of support for gay equality," was published in the December 2014, issue of the journal Science. It was widely reported in the media and cited as evidence that support for gay marriage is inevitable. Donald P. Green, professor of political science at Columbia University, retracted the study after learning that his co-author, Michael LaCour, a UCLA graduate student, had used...
  • Attention white people: Stop committing 'microagressions'!

    05/14/2015 8:36:10 AM PDT · by rktman · 55 replies
    americanthinker.com ^ | 5/14/2015 | Rick Moran
    Most of us make an effort to be sensitive to other people's feelings regardless of race. But a study produced by the University of Illinois claims we shouldn't even bother. The fact that you are white causes people of color discomfort.
  • The Pills That Mother Gives You - ‘Admirable Evasions: How Psychology Undermines Morality’

    05/11/2015 1:54:16 AM PDT · by Cincinatus' Wife · 14 replies
    Free Beacon ^ | May 10, 2015 | Blake Seitz Review
    Dalrymple believes psychology has taught people to think of the world in terms of pathology rather than evil. Confronted with the “tragic dimension of human life,” as he terms it, we seek to explain behavior we don’t understand as illness, or as anything, really, other than human imperfection. The first issue of National Review in 1955 included the essay “Why They’ll Never Get Me on that Couch,” in which movie maven Morrie Ryskind declared himself a “non-conformist” for rejecting Hollywood’s latest craze, psychoanalysis. Five years later, in the same magazine, John Dos Passos put psychology on a level with communism...
  • Speaking Out About the Transgender ‘Delusion’

    05/09/2015 3:54:53 PM PDT · by 9thLife · 14 replies
    National Catholic Register ^ | 05/06/2015 | BY BRIAN FRAGA
    An interview with Walt Heyer, who lived eight years as a woman following ‘gender reassignment’ surgery before undergoing therapy, turning to Christ and returning to living as a man. Courtesy of Walt Heyer Walt Heyer reverted to his biological male identity after living as a woman following ‘gender reassignment’ surgery. Walt Heyer lived for eight years as a woman named Laura Jensen. Having suffered from gender-identity disorder since he was a child, Heyer was a married, successful businessman when he underwent cosmetic surgery to alter his sex at age 42. However, Heyer said surgery and hormone treatment failed to address...
  • East to West Wussification

    05/05/2015 9:52:10 AM PDT · by Auslander154 · 4 replies
    Telegraph UK ^ | May 5, 2015 | Soo Kim
    Sign me up for a crying room if we get Obama-redux in 2016. Japan is already bracing for Progressive Doomsday. Sure we got campus Safe Zones but nothing like the comfy cozy niches that Japan offers the weak-kneed, faint of heart, reality-averse denizens of the new millennium. I might even need a cuddle cafe to calm my nerves. There are even exciting extra cost optionals allowing you to lock eyes with and hair-stroke your lady cuddlemate. Or I can wander into the Owl Cafe where I can be soothed by fluttering birds or go to Maidreamin where pretty girls dressed...
  • ‘Too many end in suicide’: The dark history of gender ‘reassignment’

    05/04/2015 11:57:49 AM PDT · by wagglebee · 56 replies
    LifeSiteNews ^ | 5/4/15 | Walt Heyer
    May 4, 2015 (ThePublicDiscourse.com) -- Bruce Jenner and Diane Sawyer could benefit from a history lesson. I know, because I suffered through “sex change” surgery and lived as a woman for eight years. The surgery fixed nothing—it only masked and exacerbated deeper psychological problems.The beginnings of the transgender movement have gotten lost today in the push for transgender rights, acceptance, and tolerance. If more people were aware of the dark and troubled history of sex-reassignment surgery, perhaps we wouldn’t be so quick to push people toward it.The setting for the first transgender surgeries (mostly male-to-female) was in university-based clinics, starting in the...
  • Psychologist: Baltimore rioters have 'Battered Community Syndrome' [Romans 1]

    04/29/2015 10:02:19 AM PDT · by Jan_Sobieski · 18 replies
    World Net Daily ^ | 4/28/2015 | JOE KOVACS
    The president of the St. Louis Association of Black Psychologists has come up with a unique diagnosis in connection with the Baltimore riots, saying the rioters suffer from “Battered Community Syndrome.” In a series of tweets Tuesday, Dr. Marva Robinson explained: “Like Battered Women Syndrome, this is Battered Community Syndrome-When PTSD meets sick-n-tired, you get unmeasured rage.” She also proffered the notion the outbreak of violence is the fault of some intentional plan by society. Robinson tweeted: “From the purposeful ploy of the crack epidemic to tactfully placed subpar schools-what’s on Americas doorstep is what was created #Ferg2Bmore.” The editors...
  • Porn is fuelling a new, violent sexual ideology in our teens. It has to stop.

    04/29/2015 8:25:53 AM PDT · by wagglebee · 140 replies
    LifeSiteNews ^ | 4/28/15 | Jonathon Van Maren
    April 28, 2015 (LifeSiteNews.com) -- I’ve been saying for quite some time that pornography is dangerous for more reasons than those that we typically discuss. Pornography is not dangerous just because it is spiritually dangerous. Pornography is not dangerous just because it is addictive, unhealthy, and unrealistic. Pornography is dangerous because it is becoming a new ideology of sex, in which women are objects to be abused and consumed and men are sexual aggressors, using the girls and women to physically extract as much so-called “pleasure” as possible.When I first spoke on this issue at the University of Ottawa with...
  • Bruce Jenner: 'I'm a Woman'

    04/24/2015 6:48:09 PM PDT · by EveningStar · 305 replies
    ABC News ^ | April 24, 2015 | Sean Dooley
    Bruce Jenner was once hailed as the greatest athlete in the world and later became a reality television star with one of the world's most famous families. Now, the former Olympian is revealing a secret that has caused him turmoil for decades. "For all intents and purposes, I'm a woman," Jenner told ABC's Diane Sawyer in an exclusive interview that aired Friday in a special two-hour edition of ABC News' "20/20." "People look at me differently. They see you as this macho male, but my heart and my soul and everything that I do in life -- it is part...
  • Life Is Hard for Incredibly Handsome Men

    04/23/2015 4:16:59 PM PDT · by Beave Meister · 61 replies
    New York Magazine ^ | 4/23/2015 | Allison P. Davis
    A new study seems to confirm what we'll call the “Kit Harington Effect," which holds that a man's hunkiness may in fact prove an obstacle to his career. Research from the University of Maryland suggests that good-looking men sometimes have difficulty getting jobs in competitive environments, like sales, because they are subconsciously perceived as a threat to those in charge of hiring. Considering previous research has suggested that handsome men make more money, are perceived as more competent (attractive women, on the other hand, are often seen as less competent), and are more successful in closing big deals, that threat...
  • Jacob's Journey: Life as a Transgender 5-Year-Old

    04/21/2015 6:43:21 AM PDT · by ilovesarah2012 · 68 replies
    nbcnews.com ^ | Kate Snow
    When Jacob Lemay invites you into his bedroom, he wants to give the full tour. He'll show you his books, the planets and stars on the wall, his bunk bed and the stuffed animals he's lined up all in a row. "This one is Chase, and that one is Zizzy," he says in the voice of a confident five-year-old. "And that one is Biscuit, and that one is Zarzo, and that one is Cheety, and that one is Snowflake, and that one is Fuzz." Jacob is a happy, healthy, well-adjusted pre-schooler. He has two sisters — one older and one...
  • Can Gays Turn Straight? What the Evidence Says About “Ex-Gay” Therapy.

    04/20/2015 3:12:57 PM PDT · by EveningStar · 99 replies
    Slate ^ | April 20, 2015 | Nathaniel Frank
    Last week Rep. Jackie Speier, D-Calif., introduced a bill in Congress asking states to ban sexual orientation conversion therapy, often abbreviated as CT, for minors. California is one of two states that have prohibited licensed professionals from offering the practice, which includes efforts to change not only sexual orientation but also gender identity. While the congressional bill is only a resolution—it encourages states to bar the practice rather than proposing the heavier lift of a federal ban—the idea that CT is dangerous and should be banned is gaining momentum ... What do we actually know about the practice of CT...
  • Free Range Children

    04/19/2015 10:55:23 AM PDT · by Sean_Anthony · 13 replies
    Canada Free Press ^ | 04/19/15 | Timothy Birdnow
    Agenda 21 A recent story in the media about 2 children aged 10 and 6 being taken into protective custody by over-zealous officials has introduced a phrase I expect we’ll be hearing a lot more of in coming years - Free Range Children. The children were allowed to play unsupervised in a nearby park, and busybodies called authorities who took the children into custody without notifying the parents. This was a “second offense” as the parents let the children walk home from their nearby school. Basically the kids were given a modicum of freedom to encourage responsibility and independence. I...
  • The new celibacy? How porn may be destroying the impetus for sex

    04/17/2015 4:53:57 PM PDT · by Mrs. Don-o · 80 replies
    CNA ^ | Apr 16, 2015 | Mary Rezac
    One of music artist John Mayer's signature songs is “Daughters,” a sweet and simple tribute to the importance of parents' influence on their little girls. Here's the refrain: “So fathers, be good to your daughters, Daughters will love like you do. Girls become lovers who turn into mothers, So mothers, be good to your daughters too.” But when John Mayer isn't crooning about your beautiful daughters, he's looking at naked pictures of them, sometimes hundreds at a time before he gets out of bed in the morning. In fact, he often prefers that to an actual human being, according to...
  • Almost 1 in 10 Americans has anger issues and access to guns, study finds

    04/08/2015 1:57:04 PM PDT · by BenLurkin · 42 replies
    cbsnews.com ^ | Alan Mozes/
    Almost one in 10 Americans has a history of impulsive and angry behavior and ready access to guns, new research indicates. The serious mental health issues that would legally prevent someone from purchasing a gun -- such as involuntary commitment to a psychiatric ward for schizophrenia or bipolar disorder -- only account for about 4 percent of U.S. gun violence, noted study author Jeffrey Swanson. "There is a potentially much larger group of individuals in our society who struggle with pathological impulsive and destructive anger that would not normally turn up as serious mental illness on a background check," said...
  • GERMANWINGS AND EVIL

    03/28/2015 3:34:35 PM PDT · by NYer · 23 replies
    In the days since audio was extracted from the black box recorder of crashed Germanwings flight 4U9525 suggesting that copilot Andreas Lubitz deliberately downed the plane, investigators and journalists have rushed to find an explanation for his actions. Initially, many hypothesized about the possibility of an extremist religious or ideological motive. In his apparently lacking significant religious or ideological commitments, Lubitz is speculated to have been mentally unstable. A concealed health issue has been offered as a clue. Thousands of words pile up in dozens of news sources to make up for Lubitz’s silence in the cockpit. The pounding...
  • Snake Oil Sociology

    03/27/2015 9:42:03 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 5 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | March 27, 2015 | Ken Blackwell
    The American Psychological Association (APA) and the American Sociological Association (ASA) submitted friend of the Court briefs in the Windsor case. The U.S. Supreme Court ruled portions of the federal Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA) unconstitutional. If the Windsor Court majority relied on those briefs, it was reliant on snake oil, not science. The APA and the ASA should be the guardians of good science. Instead, they have joined the ranks of the pink panzers of political correctness. Most studies we have seen that claim that children raised by same-sex parents suffer no disadvantages are so seriously flawed that in...
  • Are smartphones making our children mentally ill?

    03/22/2015 7:01:34 AM PDT · by CharlesOConnell · 58 replies
    Telegraph UK ^ | 7:00AM GMT 21 Mar 2015 | By Peter Stanford
    Are smartphones making our children mentally ill?Leading child psychotherapist Julie Lynn Evans believes easy and constant access to the internet is harming youngsterstelegraph.co.uk/news/health/children/11486167/Are-smartphones-making-our-children-mentally-ill.html
  • Woman Raised by Lesbian Couple: 'I Ached Every Day For a Dad'

    03/22/2015 5:15:44 AM PDT · by xzins · 66 replies
    CNS ^ | March 20, 2015 | Michael W. Chapman
    Heather Barwick, who was raised by her mother and her mother's lesbian partner, wrote in an essay this week that same-sex "marriage" is not the same as normal marriage between a man and a woman, that the traditional family is best, and that while growing up she "ached every day for a dad." Heather Barwick, who was raised by her mother and her mother's lesbian partner, says "gay marriage" not only redefines marriage but also parenting and that "as a little girl, I so desperately wanted a daddy." (Photo: The Federalist.) Barwick, who is 31 now, married, and has four...
  • Daughter of Two Moms Comes Out Against Gay Marriage

    03/20/2015 6:49:23 AM PDT · by SoFloFreeper · 29 replies
    A South Carolina woman’s new essay about being raised by her lesbian mom contains a surprising revelation: she opposes marriage equality. “Gay community, I am your daughter. My mom raised me with her same-sex partner back in the ’80s and ’90s,” writes Heather Barwick, a 31-year-old mother of four, in The Federalist. “I’m writing to you because I’m letting myself out of the closet: I don’t support gay marriage. But it might not be for the reasons that you think. It’s not because you’re gay. I love you, so much. It’s because of the nature of the same-sex relationship itself.”
  • Too much praise can turn kids into narcissistic jerks, study finds

    03/09/2015 3:47:59 PM PDT · by E. Pluribus Unum · 50 replies
    ABC7 Chicago ^ | 03/09/2015
    Convincing your child that they really are special amongst their peers may risk turning them into a narcissist, with feelings of superiority and self-satisfaction, according to a new study. Narcissistic individuals think they're better than everyone else, live for personal success and expect exceptional treatment, explained the study's authors in the latest issue of the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences journal. When narcissists experience failure, they're not pleasant to be around, and can lash out violently. Evaluating 565 Dutch children, ages 7 to 12, for narcissistic tendencies, the investigators questioned the children's parents on how, when and...
  • The right has f****ed up minds: Meet the researcher who terrifies GOP Congress[political psychology]

    03/06/2015 1:47:36 AM PST · by Cincinatus' Wife · 90 replies
    Salon ^ | March 5, 2015 | Paul Rosenberg
    In the immediate aftermath of World War II, a wide range of thinkers, both secular and religious, struggled to make sense of the profound evil of war, particularly Nazi Germany and the Holocaust. One such effort, “The Authoritarian Personality” by Theodore Adorno and three co-authors, opened up a whole new field of political psychology—initially a small niche within the broader field of social psychology—which developed fitfully over the years, but became an increasingly robust subject area in 1980s and 90s, fleshing out a number of distinct areas of cognitive processing in which liberals and conservatives differed from one another. Liberal/conservative...
  • My Gender Is 'Fill In The Blank'

    02/28/2015 7:20:57 AM PST · by Kaslin · 41 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | February 28, 2015 | Michael Brown
    Now that Time Magazine has told us that transgender is the new black, I’m going to say something politically incorrect: Your gender is not whatever you think it is. Put another way, there is no such thing as, “My gender is ‘fill in the blank.’”Unfortunately, Facebook didn’t get the memo, and so, according to AP’s Martha Mendoza, “Facebook users who don't fit any of the 58 gender identity options offered by the social media giant are now being given a rather big 59th option: fill in the blank.” (Yes, I know this sounds crazy, but it’s true.)One year ago, I...