Evolutionary psychology is an enormously broad area of inquiry, covering such diverse phenomena as the nature of altruism, religion, education, parenting, music, warfare, and more (see Geher, 2014). It’s true that evolutionary psychologists also study human mating behavior—and within that area, it’s true that a large body of research focuses on an evolutionary account of male/female behavioral differences. And it’s true that this research has been some of the highest-profile work in the field (e.g., Buss, 2003). And you know, there’s some great research found there—providing important insights into who we are! But this said, research into male/female behavioral differences is a slice of evolutionary psychology. Just as geometry is just one element of a typical high school curriculum or as pepperoni is but one of many different kinds of pizza toppings. Is evolutionary psychology exclusively about male/female differences? Not really... … [Read more...] about That’s Not Really True About Evolutionary Psychology
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Human psychology is a unique and separate sub-discipline from basic psychology. The reason is simple. Because of symbolic language, culture and human self-consciousness, humans operate on a different dimension of complexity than other animals (dimension 4 on the ToK System). The APA is really an association devoted to Human Psychology, as its definition suggests. Although William James would have also made a good choice, Sigmund Freud is the icon I associate with the discipline of human psychology. This is because Freud had an enormous impact on the discipline (far greater than anyone else) and he, more clearly than anyone else: 1) identified key aspects of the dynamic relationship between self-conscious processes and subconscious motives and emotions; and 2) saw the connections between the justifications that individuals offer to maintain psychic equilibrium and the cultural narratives, myths, and taboos that coordinate populations of people. … [Read more...] about Psychology’s Three Great Branches
Around the United States, the recovered memory movement boomed, and charges of child abuse and secret Satanic rituals were believed to occur in every neighborhood and city. The recovered memory movement and panic over Satanic ritual abuse led to parents and daycare workers going to jail, as the mental health industry unquestioningly (for the most part) joined forces to protect young people, right wrongs, and punish wrong-doers. Those who questioned or challenged the movements were denounced as uninformed or oblivious at best, and even labeled as secret Satanists themselves. Psychologist Richard Knoll was one of the very few mental health professionals or academics who publicly challenged this phenomenon, but was called a witch by licensed mental health clinicians, who were rabidly advocating for their patients. … [Read more...] about Dungeons & Dragons, Satan, and Psychology
All turmoil relates to the brain and mind and is illusory. Being prone to cognitive biases, unconscious influences, and worry that justifies itself, we cannot trust the brain or mind to make our best decisions. Worry is a weak and unpleasant form of control. When you experience turmoil, identify this as your "lower" self. You are capable of more blissful states of being. Rather than spending your waking mind constantly looking for threats, look for bliss and reasons that justify why you should feel this way. After all, if it is your essential and true nature, why would you not want to justify it? As a simple start to this more perpetual state of bliss, find something or someone to love. Expose yourself to moving art, scenes of beauty, or choose a meditation method that works for you. As the poet Hafiz says: … [Read more...] about How to Manage Inner Conflicts and Psychological Turmoil
7. Hawkeye: The archer Clint Barton bears guilt over treasons he committed under Loki’s magical control. However much the Black Widow assures him it wasn’t really him, he may feel it was. His intellect, skills, traits, and knowledge all went into those actions. His guilt is akin to that which some people suffer over things they’ve done while tortured, brainwashed, somnambulistic (sleepwalking), or impeded by date rape drugs. Not everyone shrugs that guilt away. If Barton dwells on the past, blaming himself for weakness in not asserting his own will, then depression becomes more likely because he cannot un-kill his victims. Obsessing over future implications, worrying what might happen should he lose control again, will shake his confidence and make anxiety more likely than depression. The fact that he’s mulling over these events so soon offers hope for his future well-being. Posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD) occurs less among those who feel the trauma right … [Read more...] about The Avengers Teach Psychology: Class Assemble!