What is Love?

Let’s Talk About Love by Joanne Reed and Neel Burton edited by O Society October 12, 2019 Falling in or out of love is one of the strongest emotions people can experience. Love can be kind. Love can be cruel. Love is everything. Love is called “one of the most studied and least understood areas in psychology.” … Continue reading What is Love?

Dialectics in Psychotherapy

by Steven Reidbord edited by O Society September 17, 2019 The word “dialectic” has a long history, from ancient Greek philosophers, through Hegel and Marx, and to the present day. Its meaning has changed over the centuries, and according to different thinkers. In psychotherapy, “dialectic” is almost wholly associated with dialectical behavior therapy (DBT), where the … Continue reading Dialectics in Psychotherapy

The Shadow, Projection, and the Scapegoat

“Psychic projection can be undone only by conscious mental understanding.” ~ Jean Gebser, The Ever-Present Origin. by Scott Preston edited by O Society August 21, 2019 The psychic mechanism of “projection” concerned Jean Gebser enough to spill a fair amount of ink on the problem, and his discussion of this issue is often quite insightful. … Continue reading The Shadow, Projection, and the Scapegoat

How Technology Hijacks Your Mind — from a Magician and Google Design Ethicist

Now this magic fellow tells us how the social media people make regular people more stoopider on purpose. by Tristan Harris edited by O Society August 1, 2019 “It is far easier to fool people than to convince them they’ve been fooled.” ~  Unknown. I’m an expert on how technology hijacks our psychological vulnerabilities. That’s why I … Continue reading How Technology Hijacks Your Mind — from a Magician and Google Design Ethicist

The Limited Mind: Psychology as a Means to Understanding Conflict

Why Fear Is Driving Humanity… by Robert Burrowes edited by O Society July 11, 2019 Articles describing one or more aspects of the dysfunctional nature of the typical human mind, together with an explanation of how this came about and what we can do about it: ‘Key Articles’ ‘Why Violence?’ ‘Fearless Psychology and Fearful Psychology: … Continue reading The Limited Mind: Psychology as a Means to Understanding Conflict

Latest Suicide Data Show the Depth of US Mental Health Crisis

While material well-being improved at the top, America’s emotional distress climbed to crisis levels. by Cynthia Koons edited by O Society July 3, 2019 So many statistics say that life in the U.S. is getting better. Unemployment is at the lowest level since 1969. Violent crime has fallen sharply since the 1990s—cities such as New … Continue reading Latest Suicide Data Show the Depth of US Mental Health Crisis

Child Psychiatric Abuse Is Real — I Should Know, I Lived It

It took many years to accept that there is nothing inherently wrong with me, or with people deemed "mentally ill." by Chris Anastasia North Atlantic Books edited by O Society June 1, 2019 The following essay is an excerpt from We’ve Been Too Patient: Voices from Radical Mental Health, a forthcoming anthology edited by L.D. … Continue reading Child Psychiatric Abuse Is Real — I Should Know, I Lived It