Category Archives: Psychology

SHOCK VIDEO: Students undergo ‘disturbing sensory experiences’ to drive out prejudice

Some San Diego State University students are undergoing what organizers acknowledge is a “disturbing” series of “sensory experiences” in an attempt to drive out students’ prejudicial tendencies and help make them less oppressive.

The annual workshop, “Journey to a Shared Humanity,” is described on the university’s website as a way for organizers to get students to “step outside their comfort zone and into the shoes of those who are struggling with oppressive circumstances.”


Inside the Jihadi Mind: What Makes It Tick?

Nancy Hartevelt Kobrin, Ph.D. is a psychoanalyst and counter terrorist expert who has worked extensively with military and police forces world-wide. She was among the first to interview Somali prisoners in Minnesota where she lived for 30 years. She holds a doctorate in Islamic literature and is a graduate of the U.S. army’s Human Terrain Program. She is the author of four books: The Banality of Suicide Terrorism, Penetrating the Terrorist Psyche, The Maternal Drama of the Chechen Jihadi and The Jihadi Dictionary. Her fifth book, The Last Two Jews of Mogadishu Living Under Al Shabaab’s Fire, will be released in December 2017. She is currently writing a book titled Children Who Kill Children with Norman Simms.

The following is Clarion Project’s interview with Dr. Hartevelt Kobrin.


What Do Sociopaths and Leftists Have in Common?

Sociopaths and Leftists share a common behavior trait – projection – accusing someone else of doing exactly what you are doing yourself. The crucial difference between sociopaths and Leftists is that Leftist projection is conscious and sociopathic projection is unconscious. The sociopath has a personality disorder that manifests itself in extreme antisocial attitudes and behavior and a lack of conscience. Let’s compare and contrast the nature of psychological projection with political projection.


Scientists look for a cure against politically undesirable behaviour

Since social engineers have come up with the idea of building new, multi-racial, multi-national, multi-religious, multi-cultural societies, they have encountered the natural barrier: xenophobia, which is another name for in-group loyalty and out-group avoidance. Xenophobia is a biological mechanism imprinted at the genetic level that carries a survival advantage. It tells an individual to create bonds with members of the same group and be on his guard against aliens.3)To put it in plain language: xenophobia is practised at the very basic personal level each time parents warn their offspring to be wary of strangers: not to open the door to them, not to trust them. So modern social engineers have a problem. They need to overcome this deeply rooted biological barrier.

h/t Marvin


An Epistemologic Discourse on Why FHRITP Matters

‘The Cat Man’ seems to be in rehab again busy, and so he asked if D.B. Cooper could help out for a spell and I said sure. I’d like to start off with a quote by Mahatma Gandhi.

“First they ignore you, then they ridicule you, then they fight you, and then you scream: ‘F*ck Her Right In The P*ssy’!

Mahatma Gandhi – moments before he was shot and killed by a frustrated BBC reporter

Some of the Femme reporters are just outraged…

This is the guy who says he started it, and I applaud him for not offering up some beta-fag apology.

“According to experts, the problem stems from a generation of young men who grew up consuming prank-based shows like “Jackass” and “Punk’d” and feel emboldened to act out in public and film themselves doing so. Factor in the Internet and the ability to share antics on the net, and it’s a recipe for disaster.”

“It’s honestly really similar to online trolling, except that it’s not happening online, it’s happening in public,” Elisa Lees Munoz, executive director of The International Women’s Media Foundation said.

It’s really indicative of the misogyny and extreme sexism that’s out there in our societyIt’s infuriating that there are people out there using gender-based acts to stop women from performing their professional activity.”

Now to me, this all seems like a load of crap. These same self-appointed guardians of ‘decency and culture’ are the very same ones that helped bring coarseness and depravity into our homes with the velocity and destructiveness of a broken sewer main. They praise Bruce Jenner as heroic and brave, and Jay-Z as a creative genius. These people, these cultural vandals now suddenly DON’T like it when the very product they had a hand in creating is now making this phenomenon possible?

I say they own it.


Nicolai Sennels: Psychology: greater jihad is preparing for the lesser jihad — holy war

Greater jihad is an inner struggle aiming at removing psychological habits and biological instincts that keep Muslims from following the Islamic teachings. The problem is that the pinnacle of these teachings is the lesser jihad, killing or subjugating non-Muslims. Greater jihad is just another word for self-radicalisation.

In some Islamic traditions, scholars talk about two kinds of jihad: greater jihad and lesser jihad. Greater jihad denotes an inner psychological struggle of submitting to Muhammed’s example and the teachings of Allah. Lesser jihad is what is commonly known as Islamic holy war — the attempt to spread Islam by submitting non-Muslims and non-Islamic areas to Sharia through preferably violent, but also non-violent, means.

It would be a grave mistake to think that just because the term jihad is used in two different ways, violent jihad is a misinterpretation of Islam. It is not…


What your online avatar can reveal about your personality

More communication among individuals is occurring online, and often between individuals who do not know each other offline. Researchers at York University are looking to understand the potential impressions and their limitations of those we meet in a digital context. In a study published in Personality and Social Psychology Bulletin, the researchers specifically looked at what personality traits are conveyed by a user’s avatar.

…Avatars with open eyes, a smile or grin, an oval face, brown hair and/or a sweater were more likely to elicit friendship intentions. In contrast, avatars with a neutral expression, or any other expression other than a smile, black hair, short hair, a hat, and/or sunglasses were less likely to elicit friendship intentions.

Two cues were specifically related to creator agreeableness and friendship intentions–open eyes and a neutral expression (a negative predictor). Based on the results, customizing an avatar to have open eyes and avoiding a neutral expression would be more likely to elicit agreeableness and friendship intentions…

So cat avatars likely don’t cut make the cut.  

I won’t even ponder how a psychologist might interpret Mamba’s Vegemite avatar. But we are past trying to impress people.


Liberal or conservative? Reactions to disgust are a dead giveaway

I think they are on to something here. I searched for “disgusting images” and could barely look at them. A VERY mild one is shown above.

Maggot infestations, rotting carcasses, unidentifiable gunk in the kitchen sink – how much your brain responds to disgusting images could predict whether you are liberal or conservative.

In a study to be published in an upcoming issue of Current Biology, an international team of scientists led by Virginia Tech reports that the strength of a person’s reaction to repulsive images can forecast their political ideology.

“Disgusting images generate neural responses that are highly predictive of political orientation even when those neural responses don’t correspond with an individual’s conscious reaction to the images,” said Read Montague, a Virginia Tech Carilion Research Institute professor who led the study.

“Remarkably, we found that the brain’s response to a single disgusting image was enough to predict an individual’s political ideology”…


Greenfield: Government-Mandated Hysteria

(Cases and deaths — Ebola. Source.)

The media starts hysterical panics the way that Burger King makes burgers, but now it’s bemoaning “hysteria” and “panic” over Ebola. It’s silly for Americans to be worried about a lethal virus that has killed thousands, the self-proclaimed experts insist. It’s time to get over our irrational Ebolaphobic fear of a deadly epidemic.

Being concerned about Ebola is almost as silly as the other target of the media’s lectures about “hysteria” and “panic”… Islamic terrorism. Ebolaphobia and Islamophobia are the real threats…

…The same talking heads shaking their heads over those wacky Americans worried that they’ll die just because the man sitting in the seat next to them is vomiting Ebola into a paper bag or reading the bloodiest parts of the Koran while adjusting a wire that leads to his shoe, are not immune to panic.

Throw something serious at them like Global Warming or Gamergate, the Redskins, Voter ID or children praying in school and they will hysterically panic so hard that the chyrons scrolling under their sweating faces will turn red. Forget silly old Ebola, somewhere a high school still has an Indian mascot. Terrorism? Don’t make me laugh. Not when a 5-year-old is biting his pop tart into the shape of an assault rifle. MSNBC spent more time on Christie’s bridge than on Ebola because he scares them more than Ebola…


The Persistence of Blank Slatism

The writer is reviewing a book: The 10,000 Year Explosion by Greg Cochran and Henry Harpending (who also blog at West Hunter) and some of the points made therein:

The authors, physicist Greg Cochran and anthropologist Henry Harpending, challenge a common view among both the public and in Academia that evolution ended some 50 thousand years ago after the exodus out of Africa, or that it’s too slow to have any meaningful impact on humans within that time period. For that reason we must, they claim, be the same biological creatures as we were back then.

As a consequence of this view, the cultural diversity that we see today and throughout history must also be unrelated to biology. They quote the late biologist and popular science writer Stephen Jay Gould who sums up (and embraces) this opinion,

“Everything we call culture and civilization we’ve built with the same body and brain.”

Most of his readers gladly accept this as the truth. It is after all the Blank Slate that has dominated Western thought on human nature for the last 400 years or so that claims we are all built of the same stuff, we all share an incredible ability to change, improve, and evolve.

Steven Pinker did some damage to this idea but most people who have read him seem to have landed in a half slatism, admitting they were wrong but only half wrong. In psychology, this is known as anchoring: people don’t change opinion to fit the evidence but meet the evidence half way. And ironically you can be as anchored in thinking you’re a free spirit as in any other point of view.

But “the same body”? Are there Japanese people who can be mistaken for Scandinavians? Are there Peruvians who could pass themselves off as Nigerians?

Keep reading… I especially recommend some of the other books he mentions, as I have noticed that Blank Slatism is still firmly entrenched (briefly, the idea that a young child is a blank slate upon which the parents can write whatever they want).