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Tag: Mind and Psychology

For Robert Jay Lifton, treating veterans’ trauma was an antiwar tool. How did PTSD, the diagnosis he helped create, come to accommodate state violence?

Hannah Proctor

Long decried by liberals and conservatives alike, the Martinican psychiatrist remains one of the most piercing critics of colonialism.

Sam Klug

Generative AI has made it possible to create lifelike models of real people. Should we?

Mala Chatterjee

Within the next decade, we may well have systems that are serious candidates for consciousness.

David J. Chalmers

In Foolproof, psychologist Sander van der Linden compares misinformation to viral infection—and claims to have a vaccine. 

Daniel Williams

My son’s violent illness humbled my sense of control and transformed my understanding of what it means to parent.

Essiah Ritchie

Epiphanies can prompt us to view the world differently, a new book contends. But they are no substitute for ethical and political debate.

Rachel Fraser

The gender politics of Positive Psychology valorize the nuclear family and heterosexual monogamy.

Micki McElya

Decades of biological research haven't improved diagnosis or treatment. We should look to society, not to the brain.

Marco Ramos
Ursula K. Le Guin’s The Lathe of Heaven reminds us of the radical power of collective imagination.
Annie Howard

The Judge Rotenberg Center, a Massachusetts school, still uses electric shock therapy to punish disabled students. How can an entire field of mental health accept this as fine?

John Summers

How philosophical thinking can make truthfulness possible even when the truth can barely be fathomed.

Oded Na’aman

This summer, an intelligence report and a new Harvard research project have renewed the public’s interest in UFOs. But neither is likely to change many minds.

Greg Eghigian

Trump is only the latest to exploit it. A new path forward must address the structures that sustain it.

Jonathan M. Metzl

Adhering to a particular sexual or gender identity may mean abandoning the things that make us most unique.

Mark D. Jordan
A new book wants us to navigate life’s crossroads with the precision of a military exercise. But personal decisions are more difficult than even the most consequential political decisions.
Agnes Callard
The Myers-Briggs Bias: An Interview with Merve Emre
Deborah Chasman, Merve Emre
Through the experience of parenting his daughter, a software developer came to see Google and Facebook as the first digital children. 
David Auerbach

What constitutes a good death? On end-of-life care and assisted suicide.

F. M. Kamm

Amos Tversky and Daniel Kahneman transformed how we think about economics and human behavior.

Andrew Stark

Protest is not merely a matter of personal awakening, but of organizing and mobilizing the power needed to change social relations.

Jesse Maceo Vega-Frey

A stunning trove of letters from Elizabeth Bishop to her therapist sheds light on the personal secrets that shaped her poetry.

Heather Treseler
A bad environment can worsen the life chances not only of a child, but that of the child’s child.
Claude S. Fischer
Do they affect individuals and societies more or less than do material circumstances such as economic incentives, physical constraints, and military force?
Claude S. Fischer

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