Archives for October, 2010


Studies Show Conservative Bullies, Liberal Crybabies

We don't like saying "I told you so." Really, we don't. But we did mention the last-minute spate of studies and books  released during each election-cycle that attempt to define - often unflatteringly - the psychological profile of members of each of the two major parties.

Now, just in time for the midterm elections,  an article in Miller-McCune does exactly that.

It features snippets of findings from the research of evolutionary psychologists and others. Their findings? Let’s begin with one: Conservatives have lots of friends and Liberals don't.

While we only have anecdotal evidence and are fortunate to have a very wide mixture of friends from both persuasions, we say (not very eruditely, but very honestly): Huh?

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Patient Rights

Juan Williams’ Psychiatrist (NPR, Stigma and Bias)

We thought that NPR's firing of Juan Williams would make a stimulating poll topic (which, judging from your voluminous response, it did). At this point over 700 of you have responded to the poll, and many, many more have viewed it.

We hoped that the Therapy Soup Juan Williams poll would become part of a larger, honest discussion about bias, race, freedom of speech, censorship, political correctness, professional ethics and so on. And then we moved on.

However, last week, NPR President and CEO Vivian Schiller made what seems to us a narrow-minded and offensive comment about Juan Williams that probably deserves a poll in it's own right (or at least a blog post). So here goes:
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Should NPR have fired Juan Williams? Weekly Poll

Juan Williams has been a top NPR commentator for a very long time. Up until yesterday, most people, no matter their political leanings, seemed to like him. He's a likeable guy.

Then, this happened. (The clip and the news story explain the whole event in detail).

Although we don't watch--or even own--a television, we occasionally listen to Juan on NPR. One of the things we like about him is that he is totally unpredictable. Just when you think you have him "pegged" he delivers a unique and surprising point of view with intelligence and style. We don't always agree with him, but we admire him for his independent spirit and razor-sharp mind.
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God in Therapy

Three Kabbalah Tidbits: Benefits and Insights

1. Unlike some types of meditation, Kabbalistic meditation does not have any of the following aims: To be one with nature, to feel blissed-out, to feel love for everyone, to connect with/be a part of nothingness/emptiness*, or even to lower your blood pressure.
That being said, there are many side-benefits to authentic Kabbalistic-based meditations that would be familiar to most people who meditate: Calmness, clarity, spiritual inspiration, and a renewed sense of purposefulness spring to mind, and there are others.
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Health Care Reform and Your Mental Health: Weekly Poll

We've been reading a lot in the press about how the health care bill is changing Americans' health care, but very little about how it is impacting mental health care. (We did see this piece, today).

How about you? Has your mental health care changed due to the health care bill? If so, how? (We thought we would do one poll now and another in a few months as more provisions became active).

Please share your experiences in the comments!

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Self-esteem and Kabbalah Meditation

Is ancient wisdom really relevant today? Perhaps more than ever! It’s intriguing to find ancient texts that explain concepts we think of as recently acquired knowledge.

For example, over 2000 years ago mystical Jewish texts explicitly stated that the world was round. Some earlier and later Kabbalistic (and related) texts contain: discussions about the planet’s poles, a kind of “unified field theory,” an awareness of sub-atomic reality, explanations about the true nature of time and space—in tune with the latest science, an incredible understanding of the qualities of light, an awareness of black energy (which sounds very much akin to black holes), intricate diagrams about the multi-dimensional nature of the universe, and so on.
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When Parents Brainwash: Parental Alienation Syndrome

C.R. posts: First, let me say I believe parents have the right to educate and transmit their culture, religion, ethnicity, and beliefs to their children. I believe parents have the righs to discipline their children (without harm or abuse, as they are most often defined). In fact, I think it is fair to say I believe in "parents’ rights."

Second, I have concerns about the
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