As you read this post, do you find yourself wondering why Gawker decided it would be a good idea to aid a blackmailer and destroy the lives of a blackmail victim and his family? Oh, and they protected the identity of the blackmailer. After all, they do have standards.
Snowden says the boys at NSA like to share nude pics of pretty women they spy on.
Bringing your own paper bag to the grocery store may encourage the purchase of "organic" foods. In turn, feeling good about oneself for shopping green leads to self-rewarding with increased purchases of cookies and ice cream.
Sleep deprivation diminishes ability to read emotions in faces and is associated with overinterpreting threat in faces.
Female managers were not associated with gender wage gap reduction in this study.
Not proof, but here's some evidence that Connecticut's gun laws have reduced homicides. If states are considered laboratories of democracy, then other states should perhaps take note of these findings.
Elsewhere today, I followed a link to an article about children lying. I didn't find that article enlightening, but it reminded me of something I posted a few years ago. I just reread it and decided it's worth a rerun.
This began as a comment on a post about secrets at Jung at Heart, but it was growing too long, so for context, read Cheryl Fuller's post first. Some of my thoughts on the psychology of secrets follow.
Shameful or guilty secrets can eat a person alive, but I wonder if there are functions of secrets that are more benign, or even psychically necessary and beneficial. What about secrets in relation to the developmental task of psychological separation and individuation?
Between parent and child, does the ability to keep a few secrets aid differentiation of the self? Perhaps it's reassuring to have a private self holding some secrets that serve a boundary function, marking inner and outer, me and not-me.
The Mexicans didn't send Guzman to the US. He is under indictment in the US, but he was awaiting trial for crimes he committed in Mexico when he escaped. The US government wants him here to face trial, and the Mexican government did not send him.
Moreover, Trump doesn't have a shred of evidence that Guzman is heading to the US, which would be idiotic because he's wanted here. Most likely, he's attempting to escape to a Mexican mountain region where it would probably take years to find him, if he's ever recaptured. The last thing he wants to do right now is try to make a border crossing into the US to live here. He doesn't have the level of organized crime support in the US that he enjoys in Mexico, and if he's caught here, he'll be convicted and sent to a supermax.
This is the kind of bullshit Trump keeps shoveling while posing as the victim. Unlike many opposed to the current GOP, I can't take any joy in the fact that Trump is giving them headaches. He's too vile a creature to take even perverse pleasure in his antics.
As I've mentioned in the past, I quit the APA years ago. In that organization, I saw too many compromised, climbing pol types doing things I found contemptible. Still, I'm absolutely disgusted by the latest revelations of years of APA lying to its membership and the general public. (Google APA torture if you haven't heard)
Many years ago, I suffered an ugly foot-in-mouth incident related to this general subject. After beginning a long-distance relationship with a psychologist/psychoanalyst in another state (I actually met her in another country), something came up about APA, and I said that I thought that these guild organizations attracted the wrong kinds of people to leadership. I also mentioned that I knew a couple of people on the IPA ethics committee who were the last people I'd recommend for an ethics board. Then my woman friend revealed that she was on the ethics board in her state association. Oops. It was okay. I quickly saw that the relationship wouldn't work for a number of unrelated reasons.
My opinion on all that still stands (the APA and the woman). I'm not saying they're all bad, but I think the disposition that make for a good clinician isn't very compatible with political glad handing and devotion to organizational duties. Most of just want do our jobs without holding office or committee assignment.
Well, anyway, I feel both vindicated and disgusted. Just look at the APA now, and tell me I'm wrong.
In 2005, UC Irvine psychatric researcher James Fallon made a startling personal discovery while studying psychopaths. Fallon's own PET scan looked exactly like the PET scans of psychopaths he was studying.
His story was covered a few years ago in a number of publications, but I was reminded of it again when NPR's Snap Judgment told Fallon's story yesterday in a fascinating progam that included clips from an interview with Fallon.
I promise you, this particular podcast is well worth a few minutes investment of your time, even if you've already heard about Fallon.