Essential Reads

Do Romantic Relationships Imply a Loss of Self? Should They?

A recent column by David Brooks raises the false dichotomy between individuality and sociality.

The Epistemology of Narcissistic Personality Disorder

People in relationships with persons with Narcissistic Personality Disorder find it problematic; but the reasons are not apparent from psychological diagnosis alone.

I Tried Direct Neurofeedback and the Results Surprised Me

By Zoltan Istvan on September 17, 2017 in The Transhumanist Philosopher
Recently, Grant Rudolph, Clinical Director at Echo Rock Neurotherapy, invited me to try his Direct Neurofeedback techniques.

A Snapshot of America in 2017

A new poll about Americans' attitudes about race suggests cause for concern and raises some tough questions.

More Posts on Philosophy

Who Will Guard the Guardians?

If twisting a magic ring could make you invisible and you could get away with anything, would you twist it?

Questions Nobody Ever Answered

By Fredric Neuman M.D. on September 03, 2017 in Fighting Fear
I am still troubled as I have grown very old with the big questions in life. Here they are.

Power, Paternalism, and Psychiatry

Some psychiatrists value the freedom and autonomy of their patients. Others see them merely as objects for control.

The Faith Project: Finding New Moves to Make

By Kimerer LaMothe Ph.D. on August 31, 2017 in What a Body Knows
The Faith Project is on track to offer deeper understanding of how movement patterns – and practices of dancing – are at work shaping realms we assume are cerebral and spiritual.

The Twilight Saga and Immortality Striving

By Brian A. Kinnaird Ph.D. on August 30, 2017 in The Hero in You
If we accept our human condition and the many emotions that accompany mortality such as pain, discomfort, and, ultimately, death, we can begin to move beyond it.

The Empty Seat Problem

This common error known to pilots reveals one our mind's most dangerous flaws. Find out what it takes to avoid it.

The Purpose of Meditation [Video]

Why your awesome goal-setting skills are holding you back in your mindfulness and meditation practice.

Thomas S. Szasz: One Hundred Years Ahead of His Time

Thomas S. Szasz, M.D., was a psychiatrist who didn't believe in mental illness as a category of disease. A new book captures the essence of his life and ideas.

First, Cause Pain

By E. Paul Zehr Ph.D. on August 26, 2017 in Black Belt Brain
The martial arts concept of graduated response can also be used to give others latitude to alter behaviors before we apply severe reprimand or caustic criticism.
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A Stoic Response to Pain

By Ryan Holiday on August 25, 2017 in The Obstacle Is the Way
Remember another line from Seneca: “Misfortune is virtue’s opportunity.” The military puts it more simply: “Embrace the suck.”

Not Every Number Means Something

By John Staddon, Ph.D. on August 24, 2017 in Adaptive Behavior
Why do we hear so much about "gender disparities" when there are so many possible reasons for them?

Is There Such a Thing as a Personal Destiny?

Does a preordained power we call destiny control both the nature of the events that occupy our lives and the resulting planned or spontaneous actions we take?

How the Enlightenment Went Astray on Dreaming

To create a healthy ecosystem for technologically enhanced dream exploration, we must make sure we accept and trust the philosophical assumptions built into that ecosystem.

Do Parents Give Their Children "the Gift of Life"?

By Jean Kazez on August 23, 2017 in The Philosophical Parent
It's poetic to speak of "the gift of life" but does it make any sense?

A Stoic Response to Anger

By Ryan Holiday on August 23, 2017 in The Obstacle Is the Way
Your feelings are choices: You choose anger over calm; you choose fear over courage; you choose misery over joy. Which choice is more productive?
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Are You Self-Sacrificing?

By Lisa Tessman Ph.D. on August 23, 2017 in I'm Only Human
Self-sacrifice doesn’t always involve sacrificing your own individual self. We also self-sacrifice when we give up what matters the most to us—which might not be our own self.

Diversity: A Follow-Up

By Jesse Marczyk Ph.D. on August 22, 2017 in Pop Psych
A recent study failed to find a benefit of demographic diversity in business outcomes. Why might we have expected that?

Psychiatric Treatment as Religious Experience

Like all religions, psychiatry's aim is social control and the explanation of deviant and socially undesirable human behavior.

Death and the Risk-taker

By George Michelsen Foy on August 14, 2017 in Shut Up and Listen!
Philosopher Anne Dufourmantelle, who criticized the safe life, is killed saving children from drowning

Why Trump's Comments About Charlottesville Matter

Trump's choice not to immediately denounce white supremacists for their views and their violence was dangerous.

Diluting the Gold of Analysis

Not all psychotherapies are created equal.

A Psychology of Humor

By Kirby Farrell Ph.D. on August 10, 2017 in A Swim in Denial
Jokes hold up a mirror in which we can learn to see our hidden hopes and fears and ask, What kind of animals are we?

Two Weaknesses of Forgiving: It Victimizes and Stops Justice

By Robert Enright Ph.D. on August 10, 2017 in The Forgiving Life
Do you have thoughts about forgiveness that stop you from forgiving? You might want to carefully examine these thoughts to be sure you are not blocking yourself from healing.
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Be(lie)ve It or Not: Part Two

What are the connection among Star Wars, belief, mythology, and Peter Pan?
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Testing Free Will

By Joachim I Krueger Ph.D. on August 09, 2017 in One Among Many
Not to rain on your parade, but the will is still not free. Just accept it, freely if you will.

False Is the New True—Part 2

By Eric Dietrich Ph.D. on August 08, 2017 in Excellent Beauty
Humans have never really like the truth, simply because it is almost always inconvenient. So, what's different now about blizzard of lies we experience everyday? Backsliding.

Awe as an Antidote to the Polarized Mind

By Kirk J. Schneider Ph.D. on August 08, 2017 in Awakening to Awe
Awe-based tips for healing the social divides.

The Irrationality of Marriage

By Katherine Hawley Ph.D. on August 06, 2017 in Trust
How can we commit whole-heartedly, when we know divorce is so common?

Does Science Really Say There’s No Purpose to Life?

Many scientists see humanity as just a cosmic accident. But in a recent journal article, I describe a natural process that could have endowed humanity with an ultimate purpose.

Science and Religion: Compatible or Not?

Is there a worldview that would satisfy our psychological cravings for religion, without requiring us to sacrifice any dedication to science? There probably is, so stay tuned.