Category Archives: Psychology

How Men and Women Define Success

Psychologist Susan Pinker believes there are hard-wired differences in how men and women (on average) perceive happiness and success at work (“His Standards or Hers? How Men and Women Define Success”). When I was in Amsterdam in 2008 to talk … Continue reading

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Psychologists on Virtue Signaling

From “Moral Outrage Is Self-Serving, Say Psychologists”: When people publicly rage about perceived injustices that don’t affect them personally, we tend to assume this expression is rooted in altruism—a “disinterested and selfless concern for the well-being of others.” But new … Continue reading

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Virtue Signaling as Guilt Alleviation

Rothschild & Keefer, “A cleansing fire: Moral outrage alleviates guilt and buffers threats to one’s moral identity”, Motivation and Emotion, April 2017, Volume 41, Issue 2, pp 209–229. Here’s the abstract: Why do people express moral outrage? While this sentiment … Continue reading

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Mothers of Boys with “Gender Identity Disorder”

It’s a study from way back in 1991. So why haven’t we heard about it on CNN? Will they or other media outlets be discussing this rather significant aspect (e.g., a cultural mediating factor) of “gender identity disorder” (GID) amongst young … Continue reading

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Study: Moody Neurotics are more Likely to be Creative Geniuses

The Independent reports on research by Adam Perkins of King’s College London. The crux: A “panic button” in the amygdala, a key emotional centre in the brain, is believed to trigger an inappropriate fear response after perceived threats are conjured … Continue reading

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The Denial of Death

I’ve long believed fear of death is the driving force behind almost everything we do, particularly Culture-writ-large. And when it comes to culture, the magnitude of that driving force is proportionally related to how sublimated that fear of death is. … Continue reading

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The Neuroscience of Despair

In “The Neuroscience of Despair“, Michael Begun applies philosophical anti-scientism (i.e., the reductionism inherent in neurobiological ‘total explanations’ of conscious phenomena, that is, the materialist philosophical position known as scientism) to the issue of clinical depression: “Together with the popular … Continue reading

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The Trip Treatment

The New Yorker has an in-depth look at medical research into psilocybin’s therapeutic affects. Rod Dreher has a thoughtful essay on the subject. The New Yorker piece includes this video of one cancer survivor’s experiences:

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Night Owls

In the journal Personality and Individual Differences is a 2009 study titled “Why night owls are more intelligent“. ABSTRACT: The origin of values and preferences is an unresolved theoretical problem in social and behavioral sciences. The Savanna–IQ Interaction Hypothesis suggests … Continue reading

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The Plight of the Individual in Modern Society

Most people confuse “self-knowledge” with knowledge of their conscious ego-personalities. Anyone who has any ego-consciousness at all takes it for granted that he knows himself. But the ego knows only its own contents, not the unconscious and its contents. People … Continue reading

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