"A healthy mind in a healthy body"
- Juvenal, Satire X
There's a reason Juvenal put this at the top of his list of desiderata.
April 7, 2020
A great deal is made about depression these days. Depression is on the rise. Suicide is on the rise. Anxiety is on the rise. It's alarming, and it often dominates the headlines. Most egregious is the claim that 'perhaps young people these days are too fragile'. It's not just a deflection of responsibility. What this new media narrative misses is that it's OK to be sad sometimes. In fact, some would say that being sad can actually be a good thing.
November 23, 2016
Mind control is less common than TV would have you believe, but it can happen. Problem is, the kinds of shortcuts our brain uses to speed things up leaves up open to manipulation. The phenomenon we call 'priming' is a good example.
March 12, 2016
How does one define a mental disorder? We call them psychopathologies--diseases of the psyche. But unlike many diseases, there's no blood. No weeping sores. No physical trauma. Mental health concerns are broad categories of invisible suffering. Clinicians struggle to define them. And if it's difficult for clinicians, what hope can we have for the general public? Fortunately, we do have four broad 'rules' that help us narrow it down.
May 6, 2015
The phrase "I'm a little OCD" demonstrates brilliantly the poor understanding we have of obsessive compulsive disorder. It doesn't just trivialise things for people who suffer, but also makes a very interesting and unique pattern of human behaviour banal. Let's learn a new, more useful way of overgeneralising, that won't just help those who suffer, but reflect the true nature of the phenomenon.
February 17, 2014
Trying to define 'emotion' is an almost futile enterprise. It's a vague concept that continues to trouble researchers today. That said, some models have more practical utility than others, and the 'interruption theory' of emotion is one of the more beautiful in its simplicity.