I feel that, in clinical psychology, we often pay lip service to the idea that cultural factors influence mental illness, but we sometimes forget this in practice. This article reminded me of this once again. In it, a psychiatrist named Samah Jabr suggested that PTSD statistics from Palestine are, at best, misleading, due to the… Continue reading The Western Concept of PTSD
I run a mindfulness group as part of my counseling work, and I've been involved in some way in mindfulness research since 2008. It took some time for the concept to click with me. I knew about atypical mental states from religious studies, and assumed that mindfulness was something like hypnosis or a trance of… Continue reading Mindfulness for Disappointed Musicians
You may have seen a news article about a recent study by the World Bank that found, among other things, that Eastern Orthodox Christians, as opposed to Protestants and Roman Catholics, tend to report lower levels of happiness and life satisfaction. The authors of that study point to differences in theology, history, and beliefs about… Continue reading On Religion and Happiness: Does Orthodoxy Make You Sad?
I have recently received word that a paper that I extracted from my master's thesis, entitled "Is the 'War on Terror' a mortality salience prime? Framing effects of counterterrorism metaphors on anti-Muslim prejudice before and after the 2013 Boston Marathon bombings" has won first place at the Southeastern Psychological Association's annual conference, for the Committee on… Continue reading 2014 CEPO Award Winner
My brother David has a software development company called Evomobius. While he was teaching English in Brazil, he came up with the idea to create an immersive language-learning RPG game that simulates the real world. It's a great idea based on sound psychological principles, so I offered to write up a short research brief as… Continue reading Reddo by Evomobius
I just saw someone make a comment online that high schools should have philosophy in their curriculum, and that it would increase standardized test scores. I used to think that philosophy was all sophistry and dumb thought experiments, and didn't pay it much attention. I think it was because I resented a field that 1)… Continue reading Mandatory Philosophy Instruction