Category Archives: Psychology

6 hurtful words you should stop using, according to a psychiatrist

In a blog post for Psychology Today, psychiatrist Grant Hilary Brenner wrote about the corrosive habits people develop in how they relate to themselves, and others. Some labels, for instance, come from toxic places.

Brenner identified six words we shouldn’t use, because they are “accompanied by feelings of moral judgment, hatred and utter rejection.”


Is Criticizing Terrorism “Mental Illness”?

A 615-page report was recently released, written by an adviser to President Emmanuel Macron, Hakim El Karoui, who is in charge of designing the new institutions of an “Islam of France.” The report defines Islamism as an “ideology totally distinct from Islam” and also never addresses the links between Islamism and terrorism. The report also insists on the urgent need to spread “true Islam” in France and adopt the teaching of Arabic in public high schools.


Think you’re unique? Researchers say most people fit one of four personalities

Myers-Briggs and other methods of classifying people by personality type have long been shunned by the scientific community, but a new U.S. research paper may suggest a breakthrough in that area.

Researchers at Northwestern University say their work suggests that people can be broadly classified into one of four personality types: Average, reserved, self-centred and role models.


Citizens Of Democracy Exist In Perpetual “Satanic Panic”

Conservatives believe that there is nothing new under the sun. All human behaviors and attempts to regulate them are known to us through history; “new” ideas are usually old, or distractions. Our basic challenge is to impose self-discipline on ourselves as individuals and groups so that we can perceive and adapt to reality.

As part of this, we recognize that the biggest threat to civilization is herd behavior. Herd behavior occurs when people get together and start deferring to the will of the group as a replacement for actual purpose and perception of reality. People in groups operate by social rules which explicitly deny reality.


The Psychology of Progressive Hostility

Recently, I arrived at a moment of introspection about a curious aspect of my own behavior. When I disagree with a conservative friend or colleague on some political issue, I have no fear of speaking my mind. I talk, they listen, they respond, I talk some more, and at the end of it we get along just as we always have. But I’ve discovered that when a progressive friend says something with which I disagree or that I know to be incorrect, I’m hesitant to point it out. This hesitancy is a consequence of the different treatment one tends to receive from those on the Right and Left when expressing a difference of opinion. I am not, as it turns out, the only one who has noticed this.


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.