Social Power, Dominance, and Threat

[Literature Review, for PSY 540: Interpersonal Psychology, WNMU, Spring 2017] As with many things human, social power is not as salient as a constant, as it is when it’s measured in differences. That is, the differences in individuals’ relative power have a strongly influential function in interpersonal relations, and it’s doubtful that any sort of … Continue reading Social Power, Dominance, and Threat

[Book Review] Just Babies: The Origins of Good and Evil, by Paul Bloom

OVERALL: Paul Bloom is a developmental psychologist, but in his exploration of human morality, Just Babies, he promises to include a broader disciplinary scope. True to his word, the text makes references to Herodotus as smoothly as Louis C.K., without straying from the point. Bloom's thesis is clear: that morality is something all people have naturally, in varying … Continue reading [Book Review] Just Babies: The Origins of Good and Evil, by Paul Bloom

Substance Abuse in Behavioral Health Professionals

Abstract Illicit drug and alcohol abuse by behavioral health professionals has been overlooked in psychological research. This researcher begins the analysis of substance abuse by behavioral health professionals by determining whether there is a significant difference in reported substance abuse between four categories of behavioral health professionals. The professional categories reviewed are social workers, licensed … Continue reading Substance Abuse in Behavioral Health Professionals

the makings of men: yes, I’m doing my homework again

The conversation transcribed below is scripted, and is from a TV show called Six Feet Under. The clip (which is available for your viewing pleasure at the bottom of this post - you're welcome) is from the first season, which aired in 2001. The section which has been transcribed is a conversation between a father … Continue reading the makings of men: yes, I’m doing my homework again

Driven to Distraction – a book review about ADD and me

I started reading this book because my little Bear has ADHD, and I'm struggling to help him.The book is Driven to Distraction: Recognizing and Coping Attention Deficit Disorder from Childhood through Adulthood, by Edward Hallowell and John Ratey. It's mostly by Edward Hallowell, but includes the ideas of Hallowell's mentor, John Ratey. Not that it … Continue reading Driven to Distraction – a book review about ADD and me