Or, The Unbearable Lightness of Being
Milan Kundera begins his novel Immortality with a description of a gesture made by a woman he is observing at a swimming pool. This woman, who we will come to know as Agnes in the story, smiles and waves at the lifeguard who has just been giving her swimming instructions. Continue reading “The search for authenticity in consumer culture”
“McMindfulness.” I wish I had coined the term. It would be nice to be able to make a claim to originality. But coming across the term is almost good enough. It provides a name for a phenomenon that I didn’t even know needed one, and makes it real. I came across the term for the first time today. I don’t think anyone knows who coined it. It’s kind of like “neoliberalism.” Suddenly there is a name for something you know is a problem — an important problem that can be difficult to put your finger on. Continue reading “McMindfulness”
If psychiatrists can be real doctors, can psychologists be real scientists?
Continue reading “Psychology in the 21st Century”
A recent New York Times article reports that a new study published in the New England Journal of Medicine found that patients receiving one of the most commonly performed forms of knee surgery (arthroscopic surgery to repair a torn meniscus) did no better than those receiving a placebo treatment. Continue reading “It’s All in Your Head, Or Is It?”
In a recent issue of The Nation, historian Jackson Lears examines the connection between the contemporary psychology or “science” of happiness, and its political and ethical implications. Read the full story.
For many years, psychoanalysis dominated the mental health care system in the United States and many other countries. Since the late 1960s until the present time, however, psychoanalysis in the United States has become increasingly marginalized within both the healthcare system and clinical training programs. Continue reading “Is Freud Still Dead?”
In a previous post, I wrote about the growing emphasis that the National Institute of Mental Health is placing on funding research aimed at identifying “biological markers” associated with emotional and psychological problems, to the virtual exclusion of other forms of research relevant to treating mental health problems. Continue reading “Throwing Good Money After Bad”