A good read:
Cheryl Fuller discusses the gulf between psychotherapists and behavioral health specialists. My comment is there.
Infanticide and Cannibalism:
Blue to blue discusses the case of a schizophrenic woman who killed her child. My comment is there.
Henry Louis Gates is a banana eating Monkey, but I am not a racist:
A discussion of unconscious and implicit associations at The Situationist reminded me of several blog comments I read in the past couple of weeks, like the one by a guy who never "gets all uppity with the police."
Psychopaths Brains are Different
The Times Online reports on a study that finds differences between the brains of psychopaths and non-psychopaths. The usual interpretive cautions apply. Consider that London cab drivers have larger hippocampi than non-cab drivers. That does not prove that a large hippocampus causes a person to become a London cab driver.
Overheard this morning during coffee beak:
(I wasn't spying; they were talking very loud) Father tells daughter that one of his friends can "talk to someone" at a college where the girl is applying. Girl says don't do that because she'll always wonder if she got in on her own merit or because of the friend's influence. Back and forth, they go. Father then tells daughter that it's no problem, just as long as she understands that "it's on you, not me, if you're rejected" by that college.
No judgments, no condemnations or lessons from Dr. X here, but I could ponder a conversation like that for hours--not the questions of right or wrong and not the manifest positions of father and daughter, but the unconscious meanings of this dance between a father and a daughter.