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  1. The Real Roots of American Rage | The untold story of how anger became the dominant emotion in our politics and personal lives—and what we can do about it. Anger, Averill concluded, is one of the densest forms of communication. It conveys more information, more quickly, than almost any other type of emotion. And it does an excellent job of forcing us to listen to and confront problems we might otherwise avoid.
  2. I like the idea of therapy in theory - psychology is certainly important to understanding ourselves and the world around us - but I'm left with some nagging questions based on my own (limited) experience with therapy and therapy patients I've known: How do therapists know the information they are getting from the patient is accurate?Why do therapy patients seem to make the same life mistakes over and over?Why do therapy patients tend to go through so many different therapists?Why do the competency and techniques of therapists vary so wildly?One qualification I often hear from patients is that one has to find a "good therapist." If therapy is anything resembling a science, shouldn't all therapists share a basic competency, like we expect from medical doctors? Why do there seem to be so many useless therapists out there, and how can one know if a therapist is good before investing a lot of time and money? When I saw a therapist in college because I was feeling depressed about my social environment, one of her first questions for me was if I "ever fantasized about hurting other people." "Yes," I said, "but that's normal to some extent for all men." "No, it isn't," she answered quickly, and wrote some notes down in her notepad. The remainder of the session didn't go much better, and that was our last. My first girlfriend used to see a therapist weekly for depression and anxiety, but she never seemed to get any valuable life skills out of it. Her therapist exclusively focused on her childhood and all the ways her parents had supposedly failed her. Meanwhile, she was making all manner of destructive life choices and her panic episodes worsened over time. She would often characterize events and people differently than I would have - very self-servingly in my opinion - so I always wondered how the therapist would be able to separate the fiction from reality. If therapy is a serious discipline intended to help people discover important truths, why don't therapists regularly speak with a person's acquaintances to get a fuller picture of what's going on? There are other examples - all negative - but they're admittedly anecdotal. Has anyone here had a positive experience with a therapist and benefited from it? If so, why do you feel the therapist was effective?
  3. http://www.telegraph.co.uk/culture/3666824/You-couldnt-make-it-up.html Clifford Irving - call your office Reed Richards - you too
  4. I'm new to this forum (and forums in general) so If I'm posting in the wrong place, just let me know. This area seemed like a good general starting point. My question is fairly broad, and is this: What are the best techniques which Objectivists (or any reasonable people) use to not be overwhelmed by the general insanity one comes across on a daily basis in the news? For instance, today I read that a former jailed banker is going to paid $104 million by the IRS for informing on his former employer, a Swiss bank. I find this sort of thing very discouraging, as I (and millions like me) make great efforts to make an honest living through constructive work - and usually an not rewarded for it. In a broader sense, the question is, on a day to day basis, beyond reading a great novel like Fountainhead or Atlas, how do good people continue to find the motivation to do good work in a society where good is ignored and evil (or frivolous or whatever) is so richly rewarded? Thanks for your thoughts on this.
  5. New Lectures on the Psychology of Self-Esteem (Original Title) by Dr. Nathaniel Branden 20 Lectures (Recorded Live in the early nineteen-seventies). Downloadable MP3 Format: 25.3 hours (est) This course is not the same as NBI's "Principles of Objectivist Psychology" and was recorded circa 1976. The audio quality has been enhanced, but unfortunately some residual problems are not resolvable. Our Price: $150.00 Here are some of the highlights of this course: • The need, the motivating power and the requirements of self-esteem. Its relation to sex, productive work and human relationships. • The need to understand yourself and other people. • The psychology of romantic love. • The nature and source of emotion. • Neurotic disorders: their meaning and cause. • Principles of motivation. • Emotional blocking. • Disowning the self. • Self-alienation and social alienation. • Reason and emotion: A new interpretation. • Self-awareness, self-acceptance, self-responsibility, self-assertion. • Anxiety and depression. • A critique of contemporary psychology: Psychoanalysis, Behaviorism, "Humanistic" Psychology. • Biocentric Therapy: Its goals and techniques. • Biocentric Therapy and the Objectivist Ethics. Permission to offer this product has been given from Dr. Nathaniel Branden who holds the copyright. For further information regarding Dr. Branden, please visit his website:www.nathanielbranden.com/
  6. About two months ago I was researching modern psychological analysis and diagnosis and I was astonished at how many symptoms were neutral terms like selfish. Anti-social personality disorder (or psychopathy) is a great example of this; symptoms of this folly disorder include selfishness, lack of guilt, grandeoise sense of self worth, the lack of acting on emotions (described as being emotionally shallow), lack of empathy and pity (lack of altruism). I'd like to highlight the 'grandeoise sense of self worth'. That is, essentially, arrogance. Arrogance pressuposes presumptuousness; an invalidly high opinion of oneself. But to call anyone with a high opinion of oneself arrogant is a wish to wipe out of existence all those whose high opinions of themselves are valid: Ayn Rand, Coco Chanel, Henry Bessemer, Frank Lloyd Wright. I could discuss the fallaciousness of the Anti-social personality disorder and other modern psychological diagnoses' for a while, but I won't. Does anyone know of any other follies in regards to modern psychological analysis (manic bipolar disorder is one of them I think)?
  7. A subject not always discussed in polite company concerns the extreme people attracted to the logic of physics and mathematics. Suffice it to say I have run into a number of unusual people of one sort or another in physics and mathematics - not so much in the other sciences or engineering. I believe many people have a mistaken caricature of what kind of person might be a physicist in particular. There are of course those who fit preconceptions precisely and they are remembered - thus keeping the caricature alive. The other extreme physicists most people do not know of: extreme athletes, martial artists, musicians, drug addicts, ladies men, warrior/soldiers, politicians, the mentally ill, and con-men. Some very unique individuals have several of these extremes or combinations of them. Because it is not expected a great many people can be manipulated by gifted physicists who might also be using one of their other extreme talents. I say this because like in life generally the nice guy doesn’t always finish first. The nice guy in this context would be someone playing science straight. Like any society the vast majority are likely playing it fairly straight but are easily led around by a small group who have emerged as leaders or known voices of the consensus or orthodoxy. Like in society in general it is best to be very weary of those attempting to control consensus. They tend to be political central planners at heart. There are many ways to win hearts and mind to control a point of view. That’s just my 2 cents worth to think about while examining the influence of some famous figures in physics. Think physics on the surface – then likely an extreme of what you see in other famous people just underneath. Dennis