It’s Still All About the Money: Learned Helplessness and Greed (Part 2)

Psychological Warfare Psychology has had a place in the military for decades, so it is not particularly surprising that a psychological theory developed to help us understand and treat depression was used in a military context. One area in which contributions of psychologists is well known is in preparing personnel for the abuse they might… Continue reading

It’s Still All About the Money: Learned Helplessness and Greed (Part 1)

The recently published Committee Study of the Central Intelligence Agency’s Detention and Interrogation Program by the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence has received considerable attention in the media, for good reason.  The report provides details on interrogation techniques used on terrorists thought to be involved in the 9/11 attack and other plots to kill American… Continue reading

Unapologetically Average

I aspire to be average, normal, regular, unexceptional. Odd, right? Considering that being characterized as average is usually seen as an insult. In our society, parents are admonished to do all they can to enhance the self-esteem of their offspring. Kids are told that they are the best, extraordinary, winners, special, heroes possessing some extraordinary… Continue reading

Big Pharma and the Evening News

What do chronic idiopathic constipation, irritable bowel syndrome, osteoarthritis, rheumatoid arthritis, painful menstruation, deep vein thrombosis, asthma, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, neuropathic pain, partial seizures, erectile dysfunction, pulmonary arterial hypertension, and dyspareunia (painful intercourse) have in common?  All of these conditions can be cured if you buy into the claims of the medications advertised during… Continue reading