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Blog: Terrorists or Copycats? What's The Difference?

Yasser Arafat, the former Chairman of the Palestine Liberation Organization, famously stated in his 1974 speech before the United Nations that, "One man's terrorist is another man's freedom fighter."

But there is reason to suspect that the killers in the recent Orlando, Nice and Munich attacks were neither freedom fighters nor terrorists at all, but individuals with personal grievances struggling somewhere between rage, suicide and homicide.

Blog: Parents as role models: Talking with Kids about Frightening Events

It is impossible to completely shield children from learning about horrific events which occur: terrorist attacks, police shootings, and police being killed. The pervasive and repetitive news coverage of these frightening events, particularly on cable news programs, news flashes on our iPads and cell phones, and on social media makes them impossible to completely avoid. In general, children, especially young children, should be shielded by insuring as much as possible that they avoid watching these events on TV and mobile screens.

Blog: Does My Child Have a Disorder?

Our current health care and education systems put diagnosis front and center. The focus, both for parent and clinician, is on the “what” rather than the “why”. This drive to name the problem leaves us with an inaccurate and potentially harmful choice between “normal” and “disorder.” In contrast, when we protect time for listening with curiosity, we can learn how a child’s behavior, from his perspective, might make sense.

Blog: Gay Pride, Religious Condemnation and Terrorism

Gay Pride, Religious Condemnation and Terrorism
Religious texts can be used to justify violence against gay people
 
By Jack Drescher, MD
 

News: APsaA Mourns Victims of Orlando Terrorist Attack, Calls for Action

Photo by Steve Nesius/Reuters
 
Leading Psychoanalytic Association Mourns Victims of Orlando Terrorist Attack,
Calls for Action
 

Blog: Freud Is Everywhere

Freud revolutionized the understanding and treatment of mental disorders. He created the psychoanalytic theory of personality. But beyond this, he profoundly changed our understanding of humanity, thought and culture.

Blog: Psychoanalysis! Is that still around?

 
Psychoanalysis! Is that still around?
 
By Jane Hall, CSW, FIPA
 
Scene:  a neighborhood restaurant. Overheard conversation between two diners
 
Q: What kind of work do you do?
 
A: I'm a psychoanalyst.
 

Blog: Why Don’t We Speak Up About Sexual Assault?

My ears perked up when I heard a radio host tell an expert who described deceptive practices in the restaurant industry, “Thank you for lifting the veil from my eyes, though I might have been happier if I didn’t know the reality.” We can all identify with his reluctance to become aware of upsetting information. In fact, powerful factors interfere with awareness when something is truly disturbing. We tend to deny or resist being aware of things that makes us anxious.

News: Leading Mental Health Organizations Urge End to Harmful 'Religious Freedom' Laws

April 20, 2016 – The nation’s leading mental health professional organizations are expressing dismay over the spate of recent bills and laws that would allow for individuals and businesses to deny services, employment and housing to LGBT people under the guise of religious freedom.

Blog: Can Addictive Thoughts be Useful?

Can addictive thoughts be useful? Ask anyone on the street whether addictive thoughts are useful and they will think you must be crazy. After all, that sounds like asking about whether having cancer can be useful. "Who would want addictive thoughts?" they might ask, while carefully backing away from you. The notion that there is value in these unwanted thoughts does seem peculiar.

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