The Psychology of Healing

 

When the notion of the mind in its relationship to the body enters into the realm of healing, something very interesting starts to happen.  Although the connection between mind and body is either well-established, or under constant debate, new perspectives and new arguments seem to arise every day.  This would seem to suggest that the very terms of the argument itself are constantly undergoing revision and new discussions.  It would also seem that we are living in a time where it’s become something of an urgency to reconsider just what we mean when we talk about the body and the mind.… Read the rest

Global Thinking and Money

It has long been one of the big cultural taboos to talk about money in most social situations.  In somr parts of the country, and in particular areas of the world, this is more apparent than in others, but it seems to be the general rule that cultures with emphasis on proper decorum are less likely to speak of these kinds of things.  Because it belongs to issues related to class, and class is still one of the bigger unspoken prejudices today, it is considered better manners to keep quiet about anything concerning money. … Read the rest

Binge Drinking and Types of Alcoholism

Sometimes the realization that you have a problem with alcohol or even prescription medications can come as a surprise. This is especially true for those who consider themselves to be strictly social drinkers or who have very little history with prescription medicines . And while this message isn’t intended to declare all social drinkers or medicine consumers to be addicts, it is important to remember the potential for becoming one. Typically for a social drinker, who may only drink once a week, it can be considered to be a concern or even a problem when more than three drinks are consumed in an evening.… Read the rest

The Uses of Nostalgia

There are finally some decent attempts to define the decade that began the 21st century. Calling those years the Noughties seems to be as good of an option as any other, because it gives it a word, while also acknowledging the relative empty feeling that so many people get from thinking about that time. It’s not that there was nothing that happened, because obviously there were some enormously significant events. Every decade, it seems, is difficult to define for at least five years after it’s ended, but the sooner a moniker sticks, the easier it is to talk about it.… Read the rest

Empirical Psychology and the Vehicle Dream

 

 

When confronted with a recurring symbol, especially when it comes from a dream, there is something that the person is consciously avoiding, or it has a meaning that is buried very deeply and is making an attempt to come to the surface. It is impossible to really analyze any dream symbol in any meaningful way, especially given the legacies of empirical psychology which make these meaning-making systems dependent on the individual dreamer. There are some speculations, however, where the simple image might suggest larger meanings which are somewhat common.… Read the rest

Words and Subjects

 

Freud and Jung have been at the center of mainstream thought on contemporary psychology, and somewhere just behind them is Jacques Lacan.  There are many places in the world where the order of importance is reversed, with Lacan at the top, but it’s not necessarily the case in most parts of the English-speaking world.  It could very well be an issue of translation.  Not that the other two are difficult to translate, but there is a certain precision of the word with which it is harder to contend.  In part, this is due to the precise French language, versus its more flexible borderland language German, but it’s much more likely because of the content of his thought. … Read the rest

Breaking Up is Easier With New Tires

Breaking up is never easy to do, or is it? That’s a question that many people feel can only be answered by the specific relationship experience. And sometimes it depends entirely on which side of the break up you happen to fall. The person who is broken up with, left behind, dumped, however you wish to express it, frequently feels that they have the most pain and sadness associated with the split. However, many people who do the breaking, feel that they are the ones who experience the most pain and turmoil during the process.… Read the rest

The Right Math Practice for the Left or Right Brained Student

Eventually, high school students have to face a number of important tests that will challenge their memories and gauge the knowledge they’ve acquired over their many years in school. Even if the student has left school, he or she won’t escape the tests, if there’s a wish to pursue higher education.

At the very least a GRE will be required. From the GRE, to the SAT, to the Act, to the PSAT, or the LSAT, tests in English and Math will be in the students’ future. If you’ve ever heard the terms “right brain” or “left brain,” you may be familiar with the concept that most people are good in the use of language or math, but not both.… Read the rest

Car Colors, Wheels and Personalities

We all know that cars, trucks, whatever it is we choose to get around in provide us with a lot more than a simple means of transportation. In fact, for many people, their car is also their favorite hobby and for some it goes even further and is their passion. With this in mind, it is understandable why there are so many different vehicle options, accessories and individualization aspects associated with them. And with this in mind, it’s interesting to ponder the question of whether our cars are actually reflections of our own personalities, and if so, how do we interpret them?… Read the rest

Inside the criminal mind: Factors that Influence Motive

 

Motive is often the most elusive of criminal investigations. Some crimes are so horrendous, it’s difficult for us to imagine what type of person could commit the act—let alone their motive. In many cases, justice lies with the motive. That is, prosecutors must show motive for an individual to commit acts. The jury must, in some way, be able to understand the unknowable—how someone could, and more importantly why, commit such terrible acts. Although motive is not a legal requirement for conviction, intent typically plays a role.

 

A motive for a crime is whatever causes the offender to move toward the certain offense.… Read the rest