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Psychiatrist: Trump's projection on Chairman Schiff is ‘primitive’


Here's as good a spot as any - for my story of a day in the trenches with Trump lovers, attempting dialogue -
while stuck in a Florida airport for a day, and then on a plane.

Confirmed/conclusion about popular/typical sentiments -

Agreed upon by those who engaged open-mindedly (or partially). First off, "there is a wall" (he's gotten that!) and it's between one world view and another. What I'd call fact-based vs. belief-in-Trump based. As an MSNBC commentator cogently described - a psychiatrist in fact, maybe you saw it yesterday, link follows - Trump is a textbook and rare example of "arrested development"- so he's just doing all he knows to do, without memory, comprehension, focus, or principles - just repeating his effective sound bytes and using his only/lifelong _conning _skills (with lots of help propping it up and feeding alongside at the corruption trough). He has totally convinced his base that HE IS America, and so if you love America, you love him (as strongmen historically do). He's a natural at it. OR, you could look at what he actually has said and done beyond merely repeating "He's done so much for America, he's kept his word" etc., without listing a single actual (positive, reality-based) thing. So... What's so great? Inevitably, 99% of reactions (to being interviewed by a social scientist!) were, among my admittedly small, non-scientific sample, "what about 8 years of Obama?" and/or "what about Hillary and the server and Benghazi?" (especially from some military & police families). Automatic deflection from anything relating to Trump, or to "here and now". The reaction is simply to unpack grievances, talk about "socialism", and repeat the RT/Fox/Trump/Bannon propaganda. Nobody even questions a "president" whose "communication" = tweeting like an angry bird.

I noted that not one person could stick with answering, "but what about now? What about what is being done to our country, to global cooperation, civility, and diplomacy? What about the environment, commitment to science & education?" Response often is/was: Look at all the jobs he's created, and isn't bringing jobs home from China a good thing? No possiblity exists of considering suggestions that this is a fantasy - and/or how making solar panels etc. HERE would create jobs and improve trade balance. Blank looks and maybe something else about the evils of Pelosi..... Nobody seems willing or interested in talking about the obvious.

I had one great conversation with someone very anti-Obama/Clintons/"liberals" who actually listened but could not get passed "we'll agree to disagree" about Congress' integrity (or lack) and about the relative harm and/or mental capacity (and danger) of Trump, vs. all previous presidents. "We both learned". A good thing at least to listen and try to understand.

Another well-to-do professional from a Northern burb (next to me on the plane) just went full-blind, on any of these points. Reminded me of the scene in Woody Allen's Annie Hall: "How do you two get along so well?" Simple, we don't think.

And thus it was as this year's Thanksgiving theme around the country - don't discuss impeachment, politics, or anything real.

And so here we are in concrete, stuck at our walls, by in large. As the psychiatrist said (on O'Donnell/Last Word), any one of those die-hard Trump supporters, ironically, would be better (by virtue of having adult, non-defective brains) than Trump himself. He can't help it. He's badly defective. But "believers" can't/won't see that, so....
Choose whether the sky is blue or black, and whether up means down. Truth is fake, lies come by the 1000's, and it's "normal" ?!!!

"Sad".

#mentalhealth #arresteddevelopment #Trump #psychiatry #psychology #politics #reality #makeamericasaneagain
 

How to speak to a narcissist | YouTube - Steps for Change


This is pretty good. Start at 4'51"
Dr. Greg Hamlin... offers some tips for how to communicate more effectively with people who show these characteristics.
https://youtu.be/Q95in8mCPRM?t=291

#psychology #narcissists #narcissism #PersonalityType #PersonalityTypes #communication #persuasion

YouTube: How to speak to a narcissist (Steps for Change)

 

How to speak to a narcissist | YouTube - Steps for Change


This is pretty good. Start at 4'51"
Dr. Greg Hamlin... offers some tips for how to communicate more effectively with people who show these characteristics.
https://youtu.be/Q95in8mCPRM?t=291

#psychology #narcissists #narcissism #PersonalityType #PersonalityTypes #communication #persuasion

YouTube: How to speak to a narcissist (Steps for Change)

 

I lived with depression for decades – until my Asperger's diagnosis explained it all | The Guardian

After a lifetime of saying the wrong thing and obsessing over road signs, author Tom Cutler finally received a medical opinion that made sense
Another interesting Asperger story. He writes, "I find full stops easier to get on with than people", and if he'd said that earlier, I think he'd have been diagnosed earlier.

#health #psychology #psychiatry #MentalHealth #Asperger #Aspergers #autism #ASD
 
Trends in U.S. Adolescents’ media use, 1976–2016: The rise of digital media, the decline of TV, and the (near) demise of print.

Below is an abstract of a study which just came out on media use among teens, across a 40-year period, including a focus on the trends of the past few years. Seems like reading may be an endangered species, along with attention span and focus.

I've researched, lectured, and written extensively (since the 1990's) about the "addictiveness" of Internet, first solo, then fused with all-encompassing "devices", now addictive to the point people cannot bear being detached. (See E.g., http://www.devicedevotion.com)

Researcher/author Larry Rosen presented stats (around the time of this study) showed variations among generations & mini-generations in media/communication preferences. Some (and adults increasingly) prefer instant communication - chat/texting.
Some (boomers, e.g.) watch TV a lot whereas other gens never watch and don't take TV's to dorm rooms these days.
You can get a sense of this (easy reading) at http://www.fenichel.com/pokeme.shtml
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Here's the new long-term study. (I'd guess the trend has continued exponentially from 2016 through today)

Digital media use has increased considerably, with the average 12th grader in 2016 spending more than twice as much time online as in 2006, and with time online, texting, and on social media totaling to about 6 hr a day by 2016. Whereas only half of 12th graders visited social media sites almost every day in 2008, 82% did by 2016. At the same time, iGen adolescents in the 2010s spent significantly less time on print media, TV, or movies compared with adolescents in previous decades. The percentage of 12th graders who read a book or a magazine every day declined from 60% in the late 1970s to 16% by 2016, and 8th graders spent almost an hour less time watching TV in 2016 compared with the early 1990s. Trends were fairly uniform across gender, race/ethnicity, and socioeconomic status. The rapid adoption of digital media since the 2000s has displaced the consumption of legacy media. (PsycINFO Database Record (c) 2019 APA, all rights reserved)

Citation
Twenge, J. M., Martin, G. N., & Spitzberg, B. H. (2019). Trends in U.S. Adolescents’ media use, 1976–2016: The rise of digital media, the decline of TV, and the (near) demise of print. Psychology of Popular Media Culture, 8(4), 329-345.
http://dx.doi.org/10.1037/ppm0000203

#communication #media #generational #mediapreferences #digitalmedia #television #printmedia #reading #psychology
 
Coincidentally, I just saw this minutes ago (on TV, BBC, not on a "phone")

Images capture a phone-less world


Interesting both for the #psychology and #photography aspects.
Romantic, eh?

Much more on this subject (including a training video I use with an image much like this, but with phones in hand: @ http://www.devicedevotion.com

Image/Photo

#psychology #devicedevotion #phoneaddiction #cyberpsychology #myphoto #mywork #gplusrefugee #photography
 
Something different - and for me quite nice, so I share before closing the tab...

So...
(Disclaimer: In Real Life I so oppose the beginning sentences with "so"!)

I ran into this photographer / psychoanalyst the other day, and there's an article about him...
And I rather enjoy the images of analysts' offices. These offices in New York sure look familiar to me! :))
I suppose the other locales' flavor is similarly imparted. I believe psychology/photography blend very well.

Inside the Fascinating Offices of Psychoanalysts


#interiordesign #psychoanalysis #paychoanalyst #offices #officedecor #nyc #markgerald #photography #psychology
 
Image/Photo
Ya think? Well.... i-dunno. Maybe... What? Me have focus or attention span? What was I saying/scrolling/posting/liking?
(Well, as long as he's happy. Ah, to be "a happy idiot" who knows everything if only a click/tap will take him or her there.)

More-on: Device Devotion

Although... It's not nice to call people "i-diots"! (More likely we come upon addicts to TMI, not "idiots" - it's "learned idiocy"!)

#cyberpsychology #devicedevotion #idevices #deviceaddiction #Internetaddiction #IAD #psychology #idevices #TMI
 
On this day of honoring labor and workers... Some perspective on living, working, and #aging.
Getting a bit of love among #psychology colleagues. A good read, if not the cheeriest of titles.

Your Professional Decline Is Coming (Much) Sooner Than You Think

 
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Long live the King of Israel, our revered leader, the Chosen One....

This is real (I see on the news stands today).
So... he's now not only a "genius" but God, King of Israel, and "The Chosen One".

I've worked in psych wards where I saw generally much better functioning - on and off meds - among the most dysfunctional.
So who is still in denial? This clearly is not someone with any semblance of non-disrupted mental, moral, or executive functioning.

What will it take? Drooling while playing with feces and nuclear buttons and calling leaders racist/misogynist names while making strange gestures and speaking in neologistic rants? (What, he's been doing most of this from Day 1? It's greatly accelerating?) OMG

Help us recover from this plague, if there is another deity out there! And pray for both those who stand and watch like this is normal, and for all the victims of his projecting hate, confusion, narcissism, and empowerment, around what's left of our global community.

#sanity #delusion #grandiosity #dementia #narcissism #malevolent #psychopathy #sociopath #psychology #psychiatry #trump
 

Trauma counsellors were pressured to divulge confidential information about Facebook moderators, internal letter claims | The Intercept

NEARLY 1,500 MILES from the Menlo Park headquarters of Facebook, at a company outpost in Austin, Texas, moderators toil around the clock to screen and scrub some the most gruesome, hateful, and heinous posts that make their way onto the social network and its photo-sharing subsidiary, Instagram. They are required to view as many as 800 pieces of disturbing content in a single shift, and routinely turn to on-site counselors to help cope with the procession of stomach-turning images, videos, and text. But some members of this invisible army have complained, in a statement widely circulated within Facebook, that the outsourcing giant that officially employs them, Accenture, has repeatedly attempted to violate the confidentiality of these therapy sessions.
#technology #facebook #psychology #counselling
 

Lord of the Flies (1963)


William Golding's Lord of the Flies is an #allegory and, therefore, each character and element of the story represents an aspect of #human #nature and #society. For example:The story begins when a group of English #schoolboys find themselves without adult supervision and stranded in a uninhabited #tropical #island after the plane that was evacuating them from a #war zone was shot down. As the #boys begin to adapt to the new #environment, they struggle to maintain the rules of their "civilised" world and a #microcosm of human society develops as the ultimate #cautionary #tale ( quite relevant in the context of #Trump and #USA #imperialism ). Needless to say, William Golding's Nobel Prize-winning book offers many more details and insights into his examination of human nature, while Peter Brook's film adaptation, a work of art in itself, serves as a visual companion to the book.

#LordOfTheFlies #Golding #Brooks #Criterion #film #video #movie #psychology #philosophy #morality #politics #law #order #democracy #anarchy #anarchist #tyranny #fear #evil #religion #tribal #war #hate #primitive #savagery #chaos #bullying #violence #corruption #ecology #reflection #social #dynamics #civilization #humanity #humankind
 

Lord of the Flies (1963)


William Golding's Lord of the Flies is an #allegory and, therefore, each character and element of the story represents an aspect of #human #nature and #society. For example:The story begins when a group of English #schoolboys find themselves without adult supervision and stranded in a uninhabited #tropical #island after the plane that was evacuating them from a #war zone was shot down. As the #boys begin to adapt to the new #environment, they struggle to maintain the rules of their "civilised" world and a #microcosm of human society develops as the ultimate #cautionary #tale ( quite relevant in the context of #Trump and #USA #imperialism ). Needless to say, William Golding's Nobel Prize-winning book offers many more details and insights into his examination of human nature, while Peter Brook's film adaptation, a work of art in itself, serves as a visual companion to the book.

#LordOfTheFlies #Golding #Brooks #Criterion #film #video #movie #psychology #philosophy #morality #politics #law #order #democracy #anarchy #anarchist #tyranny #fear #evil #religion #tribal #war #hate #primitive #savagery #chaos #bullying #violence #corruption #ecology #reflection #social #dynamics #civilization #humanity #humankind
 

'War on cancer' metaphors may do harm, research shows | The Guardian

The ubiquitous use of war metaphors in cancer may do more harm than good, according to research into the psychological impact the phrases have on people’s views of the disease.

Framing cancer in military terms made treatment seem more difficult and left people feeling more fatalistic about the illness, believing there was little they could do to reduce their risk, researchers found.
#health #cancer #psychology
 

Scientists used phone accelerometer data to predict personality traits | Engadget

Our phones contain a disturbing amount of information about us. While calls, messages, app usage and location logs have all been used to profile users, phone accelerometers contain key information, too. Researchers from the Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology (RMIT) University used the tiny sensors that track phone movement for things like step-counting to predict five key personality traits.
#technology #mobile #psychology #personality
 
STEPHEN MILLER: A CASE STUDY IN HITLER-ESQUE SELF LOATHING & HATRED

I don't know any other way to see this. This knocked me out of my seat, the interview and "context/perspective" of Miller's uncle, himself a psychologist. Maybe you've come across the ideas surrounding Hitler's psychology, concerning his own Jewish roots and the way he went about "purging" via his acting out of "exterminating the enemy".

Now here's Stephen Miller, as described by his uncle, a psychologist. Miller is a textbook example of how "The American Dream" was there for generations of immigrants, and made Miller's life here possible too. No matter how powerful and clear the core American values, ideals of embracing immigrants to participate in our democratic society and become part of the tapestry all came to play for Stephen Miller's own family history. Now we have this: a 'man' committed not only to torture and separating families who would deign to follow the footsteps of families such as his own and millions more, but someone determined to end ALL immigration, legal or not.

We know that one cannot precisely predict catastrophic behavior - even by someone as over the edge of reality and human empathy as say a Hitler, or Trump.... But IMHO, if this is not a red flag of fascist, twisted, angry, vengeful, punitive thinking, I've never seen it. (And I study it.) So how did he get anywhere near the White House? That's a question which might be asked on near-endless loop.

Stephen Miller trashes immigration policy that helped his family


#hatred #hate #stephenmiller #teflondon #lockhimup #fascism #psychopathology #psychopath #politics #psychology #evil
 

I knew people found me uncanny and strange – then came the diagnosis that explained it all | The Guardian

The writer Joanne Limburg always knew other people found her somehow unsettling – so much so, she felt she identified with Stephen King’s Carrie. But it was only in her 30s, while reading about autism, that she understood why
#psychology #neurology #autism
 
A good (and sad) overview, on Memorial Day 2019 (Monday)

I wrote about some of this 8 years ago, maybe still of interest, with a sort of a primer on AR/VR
[ http://www.fenichel.com/psychtech2011.shtml ]

My colleague who develops AI/VR applications to help treat PTSD among returning soldiers is in this, briefly (Dr. Skip Rizzo). This is so deeply true for so many. And trauma impacts non-soldiers too - victims of violence, refugees, many…

Here (U.S. - this segment on our “public/educational television”), Monday/Memorial Day was a day of honoring war’s sacrifices, and the emphasis is on the very large population of soldiers returning from war, (still) wounded.

Why many U.S. combat veterans fight a second war at home


#cyberpsychology #AR #VR #PTSD #veterans #psychotherapy #combat #woundedwarriors #technology #psychology
 
City life damages mental health in ways we’re just starting to understand | Popular Science
We’ve long known that the environments we live and work in impact our physical health—and that we can be harmed by things we may not even realize we’re being exposed to, like lead or air pollution. It’s also not a new idea that our physical surroundings may weigh on our mental health as well.
#psychology #psychiatry #MentalHealth #environment
 

Social media effect 'tiny' in teenagers, large study finds | BBC News

The effects of social media use on teenage life satisfaction are limited and probably "tiny", a study of 12,000 UK adolescents suggests.
Family, friends and school life all had a greater impact on wellbeing, says the University of Oxford research team.
#technology #SocialMedia #health #psychology
 

Aphantasia: Ex-Pixar chief Ed Catmull says 'my mind's eye is blind' | BBC News

The former president of Pixar and Walt Disney Animation Studios says he has a "blind mind's eye".
Most people can close their eyes and conjure up images inside their head such as counting sheep or >imagining the face of a loved one.
But Ed Catmull, 74, has the condition aphantasia, in which people cannot visualise mental images at all.
An insight into a condition that's more common than you might think

#psychology #neurology #aphantasia #hyperphantasia #visualisation #creativity
 

Screen time -- even before bed -- has little impact on teen well-being | Science Daily

Data from more than 17,000 teenagers show little evidence of a relationship between screen time and well-being in adolescents. The study casts doubt on the widely accepted notion that spending time online, gaming, or watching TV, especially before bedtime, can damage young people's mental health.
"Online, gaming, or watching TV," fine. But cyber-bullying, coercion, and watching nasty videos can have a massive impact. It would have been nice if someone related to the research had mentioned this.

#internet #psychology #psychiatry #MentalHealth
 
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