Source: K. Ramsland It’s been two decades since I published Piercing the Darkness, which covered my 2-year investigation of what was then called the vampire subculture. In response to news about a missing journalist named Susan Walsh, I went to vampire clubs, exhibits, restaurants, homes and parties in numerous states and countries to learn more about the people she'd been researching. Having been a fan of vampire fiction for decades, I was surprised to find that the vampire image had been embraced but also changed by role-players, vampire fans and those who called themselves Real Vampires (or vampyres or sanguines). To capture more changes, I interviewed a few practitioners three years later for The Science of Vampires, and they said that more vampires now identified as “psi vamps” (sucking energy, not blood) and tended toward pagan rituals. Then recently, “Derek Lestat” contacted me to ask for yet another update. I’m not writing books like that … [Read more...] about Vampires Evolving
50th inspirational birthday messages
Source: Rakicevic Nenad/Pexels As the year draws to a close, we carve out time to reflect on our actions, to consider our successes and the places we went wrong. We can then decide how and where we want to invest our time, money and energy moving forward. But with so many areas for potential improvement, it can be overwhelming to know where to focus our efforts. However, it’s essential we cut through the noise. We can do this by committing to three concrete ways of improving our psychological health, and in doing so, ensuring a major return on our investment for the year to come. 1. Invest in your brain health In the modern day, we are prone to go from one quick-fix to the next, making series of poor decisions without questioning why we become trapped in these damaging patterns. It’s easy to forget that our experiences, emotions and decisions are a reflection of the health of our brains. This is the year to go to the source, and to … [Read more...] about 3 Top Psychological Investments for the Coming Year
Last week Greta Thunberg was in the news for two stunning reasons. First, she was selected as Time’s Person of the Year. Second, she was the victim of cyberbullying by the President of the United States. Greta Thunberg was the victim of cyberbullying this week Source: creative commons Psychologists have studied bullying for decades. Who are these bullies? Why do they victimize others? And what are the physical and psychological effects of bullying on victims over time? In recent years, research has expanded to include cyberbullying too, with results suggesting that the more public nature, the permanence, and virtual pile on of “likes” and “comments” that follow from cyberbullying posts can lead to even greater enduring consequences for victims. Yet, when psychologists study bullying, the focus is usually on same-aged perpetrators and victims. The effects of an adults’ attack of a child are likely … [Read more...] about If the President can Cyberbullly a Teen, Why Can’t I?