Posts Tagged ‘psychology’

Bias -We are hardwired to delude ourselves Comments 0

Monday, August 20th, 2018

I am trying to rid myself of some measure of my present bias, which is the tendency people have, when considering a trade-off between two future moments, to more heavily weight the one closer to the present: Read more Related Posts:Warning: This church is heavily armedThe Western bias inherent in disaster reportingDavid Tua plays Santa for Read more

Five ways faith may make marriage more healthy Comments 0

Friday, December 12th, 2014

“Love is patient and kind; love is not jealous or boastful; it is not arrogant or rude. Love does not insist on its own way. … Love bears all things, believes all things, hopes all things, endures all things. Love never ends.”  I Corinthians 13 The words of the apostle Paul are a familiar text at Read more

How clever people can be foolish Comments 0

Tuesday, July 8th, 2014

Which is correct?: A. People drown by breathing in water. B. People drown by holding their breath under water. Confronted with such a question, the vast majority of people would know that A was the correct answer. Indeed, most people would know that water in the lungs is proof of death by drowning but that lack of it is Read more

When theology trumps psychology Comments 0

Tuesday, February 18th, 2014

In the late 1960s, our theology schools were abuzz with the Second Vatican Council, but that had not yet impinged on confessional practice. Among other things, we had “mock confessions”, in which (in front of everyone else) the ordinands took turns at being confessor while our professor, the redoubtable Paul Brassell, took the role of Read more

ADHD, or childhood narcissism? Comments 0

Tuesday, September 24th, 2013

In a typical American classroom, there are nearly as many diagnosable cases of ADHD as there are of the common cold. In 2008, researchers from the Slone Epidemiology Center at Boston University found that almost 10 percent of children use cold remedies at any given time. The latest statistics out of the Centers for Disease Read more

Sibling bullying research can destroy anti-bullying movement Comments 0

Friday, September 13th, 2013

The inevitable has happened. The anti-bullying psychology has finally established a solid bulwark in the home. News of a research study confirming the obvious–that sibling rivalry is an even more pervasive and destructive phenomenon than school bullying–has hit all of the major news outlets, including the most revered of all, The New York Times. Antibullyism Read more

When virtue becomes vice Comments 0

Friday, September 6th, 2013

After being shot at close range by saloonkeeper John Schrank, a serious fan of term limits, Theodore Roosevelt continued with his scheduled campaign speech, the bullet still lodged in his chest. “It takes more than that to bring down a Bull Moose,” he said, speaking for an hour before consenting to medical treatment. Self-confidence, resilience, Read more

Addicts – depraved criminals or suffering souls? Comments 0

Friday, April 12th, 2013

Sarah started using heroin when she was 16, and soon after that she left home to live with her dealer. Heroin was one of the ways he had power over her. He was older than her, and often unfaithful. Over the three years that they were together, they frequently fought, sometimes violently. She would end Read more

Quick cure for personality disorder Comments 0

Friday, March 22nd, 2013

I have just been cured of a major mental illness. The cure was cheap, effective and instant.  And the original diagnosis did not involve any ‘road to Damascus’ experience after hours on the couch, years of painful soul searching in therapy, or complex cognitive behavioural therapy. No drugs or surgery either — NHS executives take Read more

Godless yet good Comments 0

Friday, February 22nd, 2013

There’s something in religious tradition that helps people be ethical. But it isn’t actually their belief in God. A couple of years ago, the idea of God came up, in an incidental way, in the Contemporary Moral Theory course I teach. I generally try not to reveal my particular beliefs and commitments too early in Read more