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27 Jun

An EXCELLENT review of a book…It has peaked my interest significantly:) I may have to go get this and add my thoughts/reactions at a later date. Please comment/post or tweet if you have read this or have any suggestions for books I should consider:D

Book of words

With a book dedicated to analyzing psychopaths, a group that often brings to mind stereotypical terms such as ‘deranged,’ ‘emotionless’ and ‘dangerous,’ it is hard not to be attracted to it.

I was half expecting to read about the infamous Jack the Ripper or some other brutal serial killers, only to have author Jon Ronson dig deep into the mind boggling business for psychopaths.

“I remembered those psychologists who said psychopaths made the world go around. They meant it: society was, they claimed, an expression of that particular sort of madness.”

Starting off with the most widely used diagnostic test for psychopathy, the Hare Psychopathy Checklist, which the book’s title is based on, Ronson laid the foundation with an ‘official’ definition.

“Psychopaths are predators who use charm, manipulation, intimidation, sex and violence to control others and to satisfy their own selfish needs,” Bob Hare, creator of the Hare Psychopathy Checklist…

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29 Sep

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Bullying: Mental/Physical Abuse and Harassment …

29 Sep

Bullying, in many ways, is the last “acceptable” form of mental/physical abuse.  Parents, eager to support a child as an adult against workplace harassment and discrimination, view that same harassment and discrimination IN the school system as “kids just being kids.”  Then, once those same children grow up, we as a society are shocked that these “now adults” expect to get away with harassment or assault for minor slights – club/college brawls, road rage, etc.  Moreover, victims of bullying have little recourse.  Reporting abuse/harassment to school administration may result in the perpetrators receiving “detention” or suspension (and possibly eventual expulsion); however, the initial perception of detention as a “slap-on-the-wrist” often causes the bully to retaliate later against the victim.  The victim, having not been protected by the system, resolves self to not report future incidents out of fear of escalation.

There needs to be extensive research into appropriate consequences/deterrents to Bullying behavior.  Some consequences such as involving authorities early on, may be seen as extreme by parents seeking to protect the bully; however, I personally feel that addressing the seriousness of such actions early may have 2 distinct benefits: (1) prevention of escalated retaliation/protection of the victim, and (2) emphasis on the seriousness of harassing/abusive behaviors in the public setting – behaviors that as an adult will not be ignored as “kids-being-kids” and could result in jail time.

The following are a series of resources for victims of Bullying:

  1. National Bullying Prevention Center
  2. Stop Bullying. Gov
  3. Resources to Help Stop Bullying by Ellen Degeneres – including The Trevor Project, Pacer Center, and GLSEN (among others)
  4. Free Anti-Bullying Lesson Resources – Power Points, Lesson Plans, etc.

The National Association of School Psychologists has the following to say about Bullying:

Bullying is a widespread problem in our schools and communities. The behavior encompasses physical aggression, threats, teasing, and harassment. Although it can lead to violence, bullying typically is not categorized with more serious forms of school violence involving weapons, vandalism, or physical harm.  It is, however, an unacceptable anti-social behavior that is learned through influences in the environment, e.g., home, school, peer groups, even the media.  As such, it also can be unlearned or, better yet, prevented. (Cohn & Canter, 2003)

(Click the Quote for the complete article by: Andrea Cohn, and Andrea Canter, PhD, NCSP)

Top Ten Bizarre Mental Disorders…a Zombie Delusion…?!

16 Sep

This article is on the Blog/Site Listverse – Click HERE for the article!

I think my favorite is Cotard delusion!!!

“…a rare psychiatric disorder in which a person holds a delusional belief that he or she is dead, does not exist, is putrefying or has lost their blood or internal organs. Rarely, it can include delusions of immortality.”

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Funny Therapy Pic: Angry Cats and Art Therapy

15 Sep


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Stress, Anxiety, and Health

6 Apr

Click HERE for a video by Dr. Manny on the effects of stress and anxiety on physical health.

According to WebMd, there are many different types of anxiety diagnoses.  Anxiety is a mental illness with physical, social, emotional, and psychological repercussions.  In high stress situations (such as work and graduate school), stress can trigger physiological reactions promoting anxiety reactions.

How do I deal with stress?  Well, making a list of things that decrease stress can be a start.  Hobbies, mini “breaks,” exercise, and proper nutrition can all aid in decreasing anxiety.  Moreover, small steps (such as decreasing caffeine consumption 4 hours before bed) can help improve sleep quality and enable the mind to manage stress productively.  If sleep quality is consistently low, you may want to go to a sleep center to see if you have a sleep disorder.  Sleep disorders have physiological and psychological consequences and can even mimic or cause symptoms such as: fatigue, depression, high blood pressure, etc.

The body is a complex system.  It is important to start with small interventions/actions to treat stress and anxiety and then build to more medical and/or psychological treatments.  Medical does not necessarily equal medicine.  It can mean discovering a sleep disorder – like sleep apnea – and using a machine to improve oxygen flow or REM quality.  There is even a product called ZEO that measures sleep patterns to help you improve sleep quality, and notice patterns that may be warning signs.  Click the picture to check out ZEO.  Click HERE to watch the video by Dr. Manny on the effects of stress.