Total eclipse

Even with loving parents and caring therapists, a child can lose the fight to depression by Deanna Csomo McCool Aeon edited by O Society April 9, 2019 I stood at Anna’s bedside, marvelling over her porcelain complexion, thick blonde hair, and eyelashes so long they’d be the envy of a Maybelline model. The bleached white sheet tucked … Continue reading Total eclipse

Brains, genes, and chemical imbalances – how explanations of mental illness affect stigma

by Nick Haslam Conversation edited by O Society April 8, 2019 People who attribute mental illness to brain disease or genes tend to blame affected people less, but see them as more hopeless and dangerous.lauren rushing/Flickr Depression, schizophrenia, and other psychiatric conditions increasingly are linked to findings in the brain and in our genes. Many professionals believe … Continue reading Brains, genes, and chemical imbalances – how explanations of mental illness affect stigma

Forgetting about Fear

written by Laura Cabrera edited by O Society Mar 15, 2019 The alluring possibility of deleting memories is the topic of movies such as Men in Black, Total Recall, and Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind, yet in real life the chances of ever achieving such fine-tuned memory erasure is not a realistic bet. But suppose if … Continue reading Forgetting about Fear

The New Psychoanalysis

In a retrograde moment like ours, the analytic ethic provides a strong source of resistance by Stephen Seligman Dissent Winter 2019 edited by O Society Mar 10, 2019 Psychoanalysis has fallen on hard times. Freud’s gender theories are trashed for their sexism, and his original instinct theories are regarded skeptically. Psychiatrists don’t study it, and the … Continue reading The New Psychoanalysis

Mysterious Type Of Orca, Sought After For Years, Found In Southern Ocean

header image: A rare photo of "type D" orca off South Georgia island, located between South America and Antarctica, shows the whales' blunt heads and tiny white eye patches. Courtesy of J.P. Sylvestre Scientists say they've found a mysterious type oforca they've been searching for for years. It lives in parts of the ocean near Antarctica — … Continue reading Mysterious Type Of Orca, Sought After For Years, Found In Southern Ocean

Different Types Of Meditation Change Different Areas Of The Brain

What kinds of mental activities are capable of actually changing the brain? written by Alice Walton Forbes  edited by O Society Mar 7, 2019 When promises of bolstered IQ and enhanced brain function via specially-designed "brain games" fizzle out, what's next? Meditation/mindfulness training accumulate impressive evidence, which suggests suggests such practices can and do change not … Continue reading Different Types Of Meditation Change Different Areas Of The Brain