Category Archives: Psychoanalysis

What’s Going on With Men? The Mother Wound as the Missing Link in Understanding Misogyny

“Patriarchy demands of men that they become and remain emotional cripples. Since it is a system that denies men full access to their freedom of will, it is difficult for any man of any class to rebel against patriarchy, to … Continue reading

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The Power of Negative Thinking

“Can our expectations for the future change how we remember the past? According to a new study published in the Journal of Experimental Psychology, they can—we remember unpleasant experiences more negatively if we expect to endure them again. Researchers at … Continue reading

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Neuropsychoanalysis in the Scanner, Part 2 – Siegel and discussion

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Vittorio Gallese, Part 1:From Mirror Neurons to Embodied Simulation-Neuropsychoanalysis Lecture Series

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Your best defense against advertising may be your unconscious mind (Study in PT)

“A recent study by Juliano Laran and colleagues suggests that people automatically activate a defensive system whenever they detect persuasive intent. The work builds on some fascinating results involving commercial brands in a phenomenon known as implicit priming, in which … Continue reading

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VIRTUALLY YOU The Dangerous Powers of the E-Personality (Book review, in NYT)

“Humanity is migrating to cyberspace. […] Elias Aboujaoude, a Silicon Valley psychiatrist, finds this alarming. In “Virtually You,” he argues that the Internet is unleashing our worst instincts. It connects you to whatever you want: gambling, overspending, sex with strangers. … Continue reading

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Lacanian psychoanalysis

“Jaques Lacan was a French psychoanalyst who reconceptualized Freud using post-structuralism. Lacan rejected attempts to link psychoanalysis with social theory, saying ‘the unconscious is the discourse of the Other’ — that human passion is structured by the desire of others … Continue reading

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Self-control in childhood predicts health and wealth in adulthood (Study)

“Thanks to their unique study, Moffit and Caspi have found that children who show high levels of self-control within their first decade of life do better in adulthood. Even after accounting for things like intelligence and social class, those who … Continue reading

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People aren’t born afraid of spiders and snakes: Fear is quickly learned during infancy (Study)

“..Susan Mineka’s research (from Northwestern University) shows that monkeys that are raised in the lab aren’t afraid of snakes, but they’ll learn to fear snakes much more readily than flowers or rabbits. The authors of the Current Directions in Psychological … Continue reading

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Facebook: Five studies dealing with FB (collection of abstracts and links)

Facebook and MySpace: Complement or Substitute for Face-to-Face Interaction? Kujath CL. (Cyberpsychol Behav Soc Netw. 2010 Jun 24. [Epub ahead of print]) “The present study hypothesized that this type of communication is not a substitute for face-to-face interaction; rather, that … Continue reading

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“And I’m telling you you’re dead” (Study)

“Two delusional patients who believed that friends and relatives had died, despite them being around to prove otherwise, are described in an amazing 2005 journal article from the International Journal of Geriatric Psychiatry.” Study: “Odysseus syndrome: nihilism by proxy” P. … Continue reading

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College Students Are Less Empathic Than Generations Past

“…we are producing the most narcissistic “Generation Me” in history. […] A study of 14,000 college students found that today’s young people are 40 % less empathetic than college kids from 30 years ago. […] Researchers analyzed data from studies … Continue reading

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Washing Away Your Sins: Threatened Morality and Physical Cleansing

(Chen-Bo Zhong and Katie Liljenquist) “[…] In three studies, we explored what we call the “Macbeth effect”—that is, a threat to one’s moral purity induces the need to cleanse oneself. […] Daily hygiene routines such as washing hands, as simple … Continue reading

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