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A manic president fails in a crisis

A manic president fails in a crisis

Verified byIs the right leader for these times of crisis?  First the pandemic; next nationwide protests against in the wake of another case of police homicide against a black citizen. In each case, the president has taken a militant approach that his supporters love and his opponents hate. Is he a good crisis president? Or is he a failure? Before the verdict of the upcoming election, I believe that knowledge and historical experience can predict the outcome.It’s notable that political journalist Jonathan Karl wrote in in his new book  that former White House chief of staff Mick Mulvaney...

July 3, 2020
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A Controversial Study: Where There Are Girls, There Are Cats

A Controversial Study: Where There Are Girls, There Are Cats

Verified byA recent article by  at Nanjing University, one of China's best universities, caused quite the controversy and was subsequentially "temporarily removed" from the journal publishers' website. In their article Li et al. set out to establish a causal relationship between the share of females at a university and the associated number of cats in the area, hence the controversial title "Where there are girls, there are cats" gaining the authors accusations of . Their initial research interest, however, was the negative impact free-range cats have had on the local wild-life in China—a...

March 10, 2020
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Why Is the Average Human Body Temperature Decreasing?

Why Is the Average Human Body Temperature Decreasing?

Verified byIn a recent , a number of scientists at Stanford () raised the puzzling question of why the average human body temperature has decreased since the Industrial Revolution. Our current standard goes back to the German physician and medical professor Carl Reinhold August Wunderlich who conducted millions of axillary temperate measurements from 25,000 patients. He established the standard human body temperature of 98.6 °F or 37°C.Yet, current measurements suggest that the mean human body temperature has is actually . Some behind those new measurements have accused Wunderlich's data as...

March 10, 2020
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Coronavirus: Countering Your Fears

Coronavirus: Countering Your Fears

Verified byCoronavirus Disease 2019 or Covid-19, the recently identified viral illness, has been causing a lot of and panic around the world. Videos of hospitals from China, where people with face masks, gloves, and full-body protective suits attend to the ill and dying, resemble scenes from sci-fi horror films. And given that nearly every news program is reporting on the viral outbreak (partly because fear sells), we are being exposed to these types of horrifying scenes repeatedly. According to a cognitive theory of the , our perceptions of vulnerability to a threat might be related to...

March 10, 2020
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PTSD May Be a Risk Factor for Autoimmune Disease

PTSD May Be a Risk Factor for Autoimmune Disease

Verified byA recent study (Boggs Bookwalter et al., 2020) finds that people suffering from may be at increased risk of developing autoimmune diseases. These findings support a growing body of evidence showing a link between PTSD, , and physical health.In a previous study, for example, Song et al., (2018) analyzed more than 100,000 people who were diagnosed with stress-related symptoms. They found that, after a year, people who had a diagnosis of stress-related symptoms were significantly more likely to develop an autoimmune condition than those who did not. PTSD and Risk of Selected...

March 14, 2020
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Missing Life Before COVID-19? You're Not Alone

Missing Life Before COVID-19? You're Not Alone

Verified byIn the 1946 film, family man George Bailey is struggling, and feels there is no way out of his problems. After finding out he owes large sums of money, George contemplates ending his life. With the help of his guardian angel, Clarence, he’s given a chance to see what the world would be like if he had never been born. George discovers that without him, things are even grimmer. The community is crumbling under the oppressive Mr. Potter, and his family is in shambles. As Clarence returns George to his life, he feels renewed , thankful for the chance to start again with a new...

April 17, 2020
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You've Been Conditioned for War

You've Been Conditioned for War

Verified byAs tensions escalated with Iran last week, it seemed bewildering to many that the United States could once again be on the brink of war. We like to think of ourselves as a peaceful people and our country as a benevolent force in the world—so why is military conflict a constant presence in American life?Despite our , we have been conditioned for war all of our lives. Through a combination of cultural forces, some overt and others subtle, Americans are taught from a young age to accept their country’s militarism without question. This conditioning has numerous ingredients. Themes...

April 17, 2020
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Medical Schools Are Failing Minority Students

Medical Schools Are Failing Minority Students

Verified byBelow is a guest piece by Dr. Chase Anderson, resident physician in at The Massachusetts General Hospital and McLean Hospital. He is an incoming child and adolescent psychiatry fellow at UCSF.As a society, we imagine that hospitals are places where healing occurs. Being a doctor remains one of the most illustrious careers that a person can aspire to. In those supposedly hallowed halls, cancer is sent into remission. People with ideation are supported until their plans to harm themselves remit. Those experiencing a heart attack are given medications that can save their lives....

June 10, 2020
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The Psychology of Rioting: The Language of the Unheard

The Psychology of Rioting: The Language of the Unheard

Verified byIt is May 2020. We are almost four years into the Trump Presidency, at least four months into , and it is just over four days since the death of  at the hands of Minneapolis police. Protests across the country have fragmented into riots. All too predictably, the country seems divided over the state of the nation with the likes of Vladimir Putin probably chuckling to himself somewhere with a self-satisfied smile.To understand the psychology of rioting, we should first go back and watch or read Martin Luther King's 1967 speech, ." The most relevant passage is this one:Let me say as...

June 10, 2020
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Some Media Outlets Are Gaslighting Us About Joe Rogan

Some Media Outlets Are Gaslighting Us About Joe Rogan

Verified byThe tactic of getting people to question their direct experience is a type of psychological manipulation scientists call “.” A person who is an individual or group that they have chosen to target does so by getting them to doubt their own , perception, and reality. Through persistent lying, misdirection, and contradiction, the gaslighter attempts to delegitimize the victim’s beliefs by confusing and destabilizing them. The term gaslighting, which is a well-established psychological phenomenon, comes from a 1938 stage play called Gas Light, about an abusive husband that tries to...

April 17, 2020
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