• Can Brain Scans Curb the Rising Rate of Suicide? by S. Pinker

 Can Brain Scans Curb the Rising Rate of Suicide? by S. Pinker

Can Brain Scans Curb the Rising Rate of Suicide?

How researchers are able to distinguish who is most at risk

 by Susan Pinker

Suicide is the 10th leading cause of death in the U.S. After a period of decline, it rose 24% in the 15 years ending in 2014, and a gender gap has persisted— four times as many men as women kill themselves.

…Now it seems, computers may be able to help discern who is in danger. A study published last month in the journal Nature Human Behavior shows that machines can learn to identify suicidal people based on their brain scans.

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• Where Do Kids Learn to Undervalue Women? From Their Parents – by D. Lockman

Where Do Kids Learn to Undervalue Women? From Their Parents – by D. Lockman

Where Do Kids Learn to Undervalue Women? From Their Parents – by D. Lockman

Even progressive spouses don’t divide burdens equitably. The children notice.

With good reason, much of the concern about misogyny is currently focused on the workplace.

As the #MeToo testimonials have shown, the professional world all too frequently tasks women with silent endurance of morally unacceptable (or downright criminal) behavior.

But even those of us who have avoided the most abusive workplaces live with malignant gender dynamics in our homes — and risk passing them on to our children.

Study after study shows that, among heterosexual parents, fathers — even the youngest and most theoretically progressive among them — do not partake generously of the workload at home.

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• A Study Used Sensors to Show That Men and Women Are Treated Differently at Work

A Study Used Sensors to Show That Men and Women Are Treated Differently at Work

(Link to the article about the study is farther below)

I’m one of the few right wingers who concedes that sexism does exist in the United States – even though, arguably, for the most part, women in the States do not generally suffer from sexism as severely as women in other nations.

But sexism both within and outside of the United States is very real. And there is gender bias.

I, a conservative woman, have personally been…

  • cat-called by men when out in public (which turned me off, and part of me thought in the back of my mind, “is this guy going to stop at the sexual comments, which are bad enough, but is he going to drag me back to the nearest alley and rape me too?”),
  • I’ve had men talk over me or interrupt me in business meetings,
  • or condescendingly “man-splain” things to me regarding topics I was already knowledgeable of,
  • have been subjected to male co-workers on former jobs make inappropriate sexual jokes about women in front of me,
  • and so on.

– this sort of prejudice against women and such gendered slights do in fact exist, but a lot of my fellow conservatives, even some conservative women – want to deny it happens.

Or else, what I typically see of my fellow conservatives on blogs, news sites, television news shows, or on Twitter, is that they want to water down sexism – its prevalence or severity – and portray any woman who critiques such sexism publicly as being nothing more than whiny, cry-baby, sensitive, politically correct flowers, because they think to admit such sexism, or any sexism at all, exists (even within the United States),  is to give an inch to the left wing, secular, feminists.

When it does no such thing. Admitting to reality – that sexism exists, even in America – is not to cave in to liberal, secular feminists. It’s being intellectually honest.

I find that my fellow conservatives, or plain old misogynists, tend to argue over articles such as this one, and claim they are flawed, because such conservatives (or sexists) do not want to admit the findings of such studies are true – it’s far easier to combat left wing, secular feminists by acting as though the charges of sexism are over-played or the product of over- active imaginations or based on nothing more than irrationality or emotions.

A Study Used Sensors to Show That Men and Women Are Treated Differently at Work


by Stephen Turban, Laura Freeman, Ben Waber

October 2017

…We went in with a few hypotheses about why fewer women ended up in senior positions than men: Perhaps women had fewer mentors, less face time with managers, or weren’t as proactive as men in talking to senior leadership.

But as we analyzed our data, we found almost no perceptible differences in the behavior of men and women.

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• Discerning Incompetent or Greedy Mental Health Professionals

Discerning Incompetent or Greedy Mental Health Professionals

If you want to use a mental health professional, you need to be aware that it’s like shopping around for a good hair stylist or a good contractor.

You need to do your research, check whatever mental health equivalent to YELP review  exists online, ask friends who they would recommend… because just as there are lazy, greedy, or incompetent hair stylists and contractors out there, so too is this true in the world of psychiatrists and psychologists.

Is any of this to say that because there are some incompetent hair stylist or contractors out there you should never, ever hire or visit a hair stylist or contractor, and instead, do all your own hair cuts or re-modeling?

No. I am not saying that at all. I’m not saying that any more I am saying that nobody, nowhere, should ever visit someone in the mental health profession. If you think visiting a therapist may be of benefit to you, then you should doctor shop around, make an appointment to see one, and go see one. I’m not saying otherwise.

I’m just saying be aware there are incompetent people out there in all professions, including the mental health field – this is something I have experienced personally, have read others discuss it online and in books, but this truth, sharing this reality, really offends some people, who want to falsely believe that all mental health practitioners and any and all forms of therapy or medications are the solution for everyone for whatever problems they are facing.

These types of people drop into my blog here when I make posts that critique psychology, psychiatry, or anti-depressant medications, or to post articles that expose flaws with those things, to lecture me I am not positive, happy-clappy, or nice enough about any of it.  Why should I be happy-clappy about any of it, when I did in fact have lousy experiences with different mental health professionals I saw for over twenty years?

You gotta love how these “Fans of Psychology” just want to instantly flush TWENTY YEARS OF LIVED, FIRST HAND EXPERIENCE down the toilet, as though it amounts to nothing, because it does not support their view on their pet topic.

I saw any where from 6 – 7 mental health professionals over a 20+ year period in approximately three or four different states. And they all failed me.

One wonders why “The Psychology Fans” bother to read this blog or post to it to begin with – is there some sort of ‘Reverse Scientology Cult’ I’m not aware of, consisting of people that run around blogs deriding anyone who speaks the least bit ill of secular psychology and psychiatry?

Funnier still is that some psychologists whose books I’ve read say the very same thing as I’m telling you here and now.

I have read books by some psychologists and psychiatrists who warn the reader towards the end of their books to “shop around” for a mental health doctor, because not all doctors have your best interests at heart.

Not all counselors, psychologists and psychiatrists are qualified to treat you, not all are skilled or talented at their profession, and again, this according to material I’ve read by psychologists and psychiatrists themselves.

One therapist lady, who specializes in verbal abuse, spends a chapter in her book telling you what to look for and what to avoid when doctor shopping.

This counselor says in her book on verbal abuse there are some therapists (and psychiatrists) who are arrogant jerks who assume they know better than you what is right and wrong for you. She tells you to avoid this type of “know it all” doctor.

This therapist author whose book I read explains you need to find a MHP (Mental Health Professional) who will guide you on your journey and help you to find the truth for yourself, rather than browbeat you to live life their way.

To reiterate, it’s not just me (and only my opinion) telling you and informing you that some MHPs are dangerous, sloppy, greedy, or Quacks – it’s other MHPs saying this.

I even provide a list further below with links to pages, some by mental health professionals, who critique their own profession and who give you lists of what to look for so you can avoid incompetent psychologists or psychiatrists.

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• Please Stop Treating Mental Illness Like It Has A One Size Fits All Solution by Hattie Gladwell

Please Stop Treating Mental Illness Like It Has A One Size Fits All Solution by H. Gladwell

Please Stop Treating Mental Illness Like It Has A One Size Fits All Solution

Mental illness affects one in four people in the UK – meaning at least a few people you know live with a mental illness. But those people are not all experiencing the same thing.

We need to stop talking about mental health issues as one mass of problems with one cure-all fix.

Ways of treating and helping each person will be different.

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• ‘My Therapist Won’t Let Me Break Up With Her!’ By Lori Gottlieb

‘My Therapist Won’t Let Me Break Up With Her!’ By Lori Gottlieb

Full codependency on display here (referencing a link, with excerpts from said link, much farther below).

A woman writes into an advice columnist asking if it would be acceptable to quit seeing her therapist, and, if so, how to go about it.

This woman, who is an adult (she says she’s in her late 20s), is too afraid, or feels too much guilt, to stop seeing her therapist.

She says her therapist won’t give her permission to stop going in for sessions.

The woman says her insurance no longer pays for therapy sessions, and the therapist refuses to reduce her prices.

The woman cannot financially afford to see this therapist, but the therapist keeps shaming, guilt tripping, and pressuring this woman to continue on, in spite of this.

So the woman writes into this advice columnist for input on what to do.

It’s clear to me that this woman patient suffers from a huge case of Codependency. She obviously does not understand she is in a voluntary relationship with this therapist, one she has been paying for, and that her doctor (the therapist) is taking advantage of her financially and emotionally.

This woman is being manipulated and is too naive or too afraid to see it or admit it to herself and stand up to the therapist.

It’s further obvious to me that the woman patient who wrote to this columnist has no concept of having boundaries, does not feel comfortable saying “no” and being assertive.

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• College-Savings Imbalance: Parents Put Aside More for Sons Than Daughters – WSJ

College-Savings Imbalance: Parents Put Aside More for Sons Than Daughters

College-Savings Imbalance: Parents Put Aside More for Sons Than Daughters

Two studies find a gender divide. Is it bias? Or do parents have more confidence in their daughters’ abilities?

By Cheryl Winokur Munk, November 2017

Some girls may still be getting shortchanged when it comes to college savings.

Results from two financial-industry polls this year indicate that parents are saving more for boys than for girls for higher education. These findings suggest that a gender divide—identified several decades ago in academic research—persists today in some cases.

….These findings are consistent with a similar study that T. Rowe Price commissioned three years earlier, in which 53% of boys reported that their parents were saving for their college education compared with 42% of girls.

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