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Peter Michaelson is an author, blogger, and psychotherapist in Plymouth, MI. He believes that better understanding of depth psychology reduces the fear, passivity, and denial of citizens, making us more capable of maintaining and growing our democracy while flourishing in our personal life.

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Tuesday, December 20, 2011 (9 comments)     

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Three Great Truths from Psychology The mental health of Americans is extremely important to the health of our democracy. Psychologists are not doing enough to identify and teach the best knowledge from their profession.

Monday, March 4, 2013 (4 comments)     

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A Hidden Reason for Suicidal Thoughts An inner weakness in our psyche, one that goes largely undetected, produces the tendency in some people to collapse into helplessness. This weakness is sometimes felt quite acutely even by people coping with just everyday routine matters. We don't need to be facing life-or-death situations to experience this debilitating weakness.

Thursday, November 24, 2011 (7 comments)     

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The Problem with Positive Psychology Superficial psychology is an enemy of progress. We have to see deeper into human nature, and overcome our own emotional weaknesses, if we are going to prevail in the political struggle to save and enhance our democracy.

Monday, November 19, 2012 (2 comments)     

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Psychological Roots of National Disunity The moral philosophies of individualism and solidarity battle for the soul of America. The clash over which philosophy ought to prevail turns negative and hostile only because the human psyche is, in itself, so conflict-ridden.

Wednesday, December 14, 2011 (14 comments)     

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The Hidden Cause of Clinical Depression Many factors contribute to clinical depression, but the prevailing medical-model treatment approach overlooks what may be the most important factor, one that ties in to personal development and human progress.

Monday, May 6, 2013 (202 comments)     

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Rebutting 9/11 Conspiracy Beliefs Legions of people around the world still cling to the belief that powerful individuals in the United States government orchestrated the 9/11 attacks on the World Trade Center and the Pentagon. More than ever, we need to discern what's real and true about the events and circumstances of modern life. Unresolved emotions can clutter our mind, obstructing access to objectivity and wisdom.

Wednesday, February 27, 2013 (4 comments)     

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Overcoming Fear of Intimacy Mainstream psychological explanations says that intimacy-dodgers have a fear of rejection (being rejected or abandoned by the loved one), along with a fear of engulfment (feeling controlled and dominated by one's partner, along with losing oneself in the relationship). But there's more to it than that.

Saturday, December 29, 2012 (11 comments)     

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The Psychology Behind Mass Shootings We prefer to believe that the behavior of the shooters is foreign to human nature, not something intrinsic in our psyche. Or we say that a gun-worshipping culture is to blame. Yet might there be another factor, some common element at the heart of human nature, to account in part for these horrendous events?

Monday, January 21, 2013 (4 comments)     

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Escaping the Clutches of Helplessness A chronic sense of helplessness keeps us from believing in ourselves, trusting ourselves, and pursuing our destiny. Our self-regulation weakens, and we fall prey to impulses to overeat, overspend, and overindulge. We also lose our ability to regulate our emotional life or maintain physical health, causing us to sink into apathy or become increasingly bitter, depressed, or ill.

Wednesday, April 25, 2012 (6 comments)     

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The Meaning of Evolved Consciousness We're smart, yet we're not necessarily sufficiently conscious. We're able to build complex technological systems--yet the toxic byproducts might be ruining our planet. Our advanced weaponry can also destroy life on earth if our primitive emotions and aggressive instincts prevail. Our consciousness is not keeping up with our cleverness. So what does it mean to be more evolved?

Friday, February 25, 2011 (28 comments)     

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The Primitive Conservative Psyche There's quite a surprise to be seen when we pop off the top of the conservative skull. Inside is a little dictator in charge of the personality.

Sunday, November 9, 2008 (3 comments)     

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Change We Need: Replace Our Gravely Flawed Monetary System More of us need to be educated about the anti-democratic and wealth-destroying aspects of the world's flawed monetary system. We must hold the leaders of 20 nations to account if they try to avoid needed change when they meet in Washington next week.

Sunday, December 19, 2010 (22 comments)     

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The Left's Unconscious Self-Defeat Some form of self-defeat is at play in the left-wing psyche. Obama is not solely responsible for this collapse. He's manifesting a weakness that's common to most liberals.

Monday, March 18, 2013 (5 comments)     

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The Missing Link in OCD Experts attribute obsessive-compulsive disorder to various sources such as genetic factors and dysfunctional brain processes, as well as allergies and other sensory problems that produce anxiety and stress. Yet a common cause of OCD--inner passivity in the human psyche--is hardly ever mentioned. The fingerprint of inner passivity can be found on all the common expressions of OCD.

Wednesday, March 9, 2011 (1 comments)     

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The Teenage Rebellion of Modern Conservatives What conservatives hate is not big government but good government. Good government is the triumph of democracy and common humanity, which clashes with the conservative's worship of grandiose individualism and lust for power.

Thursday, May 10, 2012 (8 comments)     

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Our Global Strategy for Self-Defeat The complex operating systems we're creating in the world point to the possibility that we're acting out compulsive self-defeat. What is the driving force motivating this dysfunctional behavior?

Saturday, June 2, 2012 (7 comments)     

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Occupy the Psyche In the absence of psychological insight, each of us to some degree can be divided from within. Also divided from within is the OWS movement itself, as Rolling Stone magazine reports in its June issue ("The Battle for the Soul of Occupy"). The reform movement has a neurotic undercurrent, and the prospect of its failure is real. Let's look deeply into the problem.

Human Perversity Monday, May 2, 2011 (1 comments)     

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Lara Logan's Encounter with Human Perversity CBS correspondent Lara Logan has shared with us the story of her sexual assault. There is much we can learn about human nature from what she has told us.

Monday, November 5, 2012 (11 comments)     

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Psychologists of the World, Go Deeper Psychological science has failed to recognize the existence and vital importance of unflattering facts about our humanity that we've been hiding, denying, and repressing in our psyche.

Wednesday, January 25, 2012 (9 comments)     

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The Deeper Issues that Produce Meanness "Tips" or advice won't usually help that much in resolving an emotional problem such as meanness. Insight is a better tool. Mean people have psychological issues that can be resolved with insight. People who are frequent targets of meanness also have their issues, since unwittingly they can be attracting aggressive behavior from others.

Tuesday, January 10, 2012 (9 comments)     

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The Overlooked Factor in Criminal Behavior Numerous competing theories--including biological, sociological, psychological, and political--are proposed for the cause of criminal behavior. Little consensus is established among the experts. Supporters of each theory barricade themselves and their doctrines against all comers.

Thursday, October 11, 2012 (20 comments)     

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A Singular Cause of War Does war, to put it in the guilt-free passive tense, just happen? Or can war be understood in a way that enables us to take responsibility for this continuing shame upon our species?

Tuesday, October 2, 2012 (4 comments)     

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Why We Fear And Hate The Truth We fear and hate many of truth's disclosures because they're often accompanied by narcissistic insults. What's a narcissistic insult? It's a bulletin from reality that, while capable of smartening us up, offends our ego. To avoid such insults, we cling to our illusions and limit our intelligence and inner freedom.

Thursday, March 22, 2012 (7 comments)     

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Underlying Dynamics that Breed Bullies When bullies understand the underlying nature of their compulsive behavior, they have a much better chance to conduct themselves appropriately.

Monday, April 22, 2013 (4 comments)     

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The Mysterious Allure of Kinky Sex Kinky sex in a playful setting doesn't have to be a big deal in itself, providing one can take it or leave it. But behind the scenes, deep in our psyche, sexual arousal that is sadistically or masochistically produced tells a remarkable story about human nature.

Saturday, October 12, 2013 (7 comments)     

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Haters of Barack Obama and Malala Yousafzai Hateful people hang out in the company of a tenacious trio: denial, resistance, and willful ignorance. They cling to their limited sense of self, embrace the status-quo, and stifle their own inner growth. They are inclined to dislike if not hate anyone who, unlike them, is not suffocating from closed minds and hearts.

Inner conflict on the personal level contributes to political conflict. Friday, December 13, 2013 (2 comments)     

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Free Yourself from Inner Conflict People tend to think inner conflict is about making a difficult conscious decision. According to conventional thinking, that decision can range from choosing a style of shoes to more serious considerations such as a career move to another city or the compromise of one's integrity over an ethical issue. But much more significant are the unconscious varieties of inner conflict.

Friday, August 24, 2012 (42 comments)     

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At the Heart of the Abortion Conflict People who are prisoners of their brand of fundamentalism hate freedom, particularly inner freedom. Behind closed minds, they peer through their cell windows, viewing with fury the peace and harmony of free people strolling in the park.

Monday, December 10, 2012 (2 comments)     

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Easing Tension and Stress at Family Gatherings Our discomfort can be traced, in part, to childhood experiences involving broken promises, misplaced trust, willful neglect, unexplained absences, verbal and physical abuse, and the playing of favorites.

Thursday, April 5, 2012 (7 comments)     

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Stubbornness: The Guts to Fight Reality Stubbornness can be understood as an illusion of power that covers up the feeling of being overwhelmed and out-gunned by reality.

Cold and Unhappy Friday, May 20, 2011 (11 comments)     

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Happiness in the Age of Sorrow There's a simple formula for finding happiness, one that's been overlooked by most experts. The key to happiness is found in understanding our determination to be unhappy.

Wednesday, March 25, 2009 (5 comments)     

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Rush Limbaugh and the Power of the Negative Limbaugh's appeal exposes a vital flaw in human nature: A lot of us are more enamored of the negative side of life than we realize. The Star Wars creators were right to warn us about the power of the dark side.

Wednesday, January 4, 2012 (5 comments)     

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The Three Amigos of the Apocalypse The three amigos represent negative states of mind. These unpleasant emotions range in intensity--they can rage inside us or just simmer away quietly. We keep them in check when we monitor their presence.

Monday, April 1, 2013 (2 comments)     

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Men's Resistance to Women's Empowerment Women are up against two forms of oppression: first, the oppression from men and the patriarchal order, and, second, the oppression they inflict upon themselves in the form of self-doubt and self-denial. (This post deals with the first oppression, and a later post will deal with the second.)

Cognitive therapy's emphasis on distorted thinking is itself distorted. Friday, February 7, 2014 (5 comments)     

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Cognitive Therapy's Distorted Thinking Students aren't getting their money's worth from a widely used, very expensive psychology textbook. The results could be devastating down the road for mental-health treatment.

Friday, January 13, 2012 (5 comments)     

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Our Psyche's Battle to Tame the Ego and End Class Warfare We won't win the battle of class warfare until the 99 percent shake off the psychological burden of believing ourselves to be somehow inferior to the one percent. Here's the psychological insight we need.

Monday, January 14, 2013 (7 comments)     

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The Double Barrels of Gun Mania Staunch gun-lovers are being ambushed by two psychological issues in a double-barreled blast of self-defeat.

Friday, May 4, 2012 (2 comments)     

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The Mayo Clinic's Bogus Psychology The Mayo Clinic's shallow advice says that letting go of grudges and bitterness depends on forgiveness. Forgiveness is sometimes appropriate, of course, especially when we have been gravely victimized. Yet as a remedy for conflict, it can easily be misused and misunderstood. To understand the bogus nature of the clinic's advice, let's take a close look at each of the three examples from the institute's online posting.

Tuesday, January 29, 2013 (2 comments)     

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The Correct Interpretation of Our Dreams Dreams often come to us in symbolic form--as allegories, riddles, and metaphors. Interpreting them correctly can be a challenge. We can be fooled into false interpretations when dreams serve as psychological defenses.

Friday, February 10, 2012 (14 comments)     

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Mark Twain's Mysterious Misery Machine Perhaps Twain's most significant insight in The Mysterious Stranger is the idea that truth about human nature is not as pleasant as we would like. That in itself is not a popular or pleasant idea. That resistance may account, in part, for why the novel is one of his least popular books.

What, me worry for nothing! Friday, November 22, 2013 (1 comments)     

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How Worriers Unconsciously Chose to Suffer Worriers "play" a game of self-deceit. They think their worries are appropriate, but they have a hidden reason for their worries: They're making an inner choice to entertain or recycle old unresolved negative emotions.

Monday, April 16, 2012 (2 comments)     

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Lincoln's Integrity, Our Integrity The nation's future harmony and prosperity may depend on restoring the vital virtue of integrity. We can all consider how to do this in ourselves.

Tuesday, October 23, 2012 (10 comments)     

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Cultivating a Life of Disappointment Strange but true, many of us actively cultivate a life of disappointment, meaning we unconsciously look for ways to feel disenchanted, disheartened, and dissatisfied. Whoever would have thought that we humans, so sensible and smart according to conventional wisdom, would be harboring such a self-defeating proclivity?

Sunday, January 23, 2011 (2 comments)     

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The Primary Value of WikiLeaks WikiLeaks reveals a profound truth at the heart of our relationship to our economic and political leaders.

Monday, November 26, 2012 (6 comments)     

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Hidden Dynamics of Marital Strife Intimacy and love can be restored and enhanced if we look deeper into our personal issues. It's just so easy, though, to blame our unhappiness on the annoying characteristics of our partner--or on faulty genes, biochemical imbalances, the malice of others, or the cold, cruel world.

Monday, October 8, 2012 (4 comments)     

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The Private Joke behind Our Laughter Humor, bless its existence, is often a byproduct of the clash in our psyche between inner aggression and inner passivity.

Thursday, July 5, 2012 (1 comments)     

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Taming the "Little Monsters" of Insomnia A person lying awake at night has none of the daytime distractions that keeps one busy and occupied with doing. The insomniac is stuck with the experience of being. Inner passivity can fill our sense of being with self-doubt, along with impressions of being overwhelmed, at risk, and helpless to still or quiet down the mind.

Monday, December 24, 2012 (6 comments)     

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Our Messy Mix of Aggression and Passivity The desire to possess assault weapons and large ammunition clips, as opposed to a hunting rifle, is all about seizing an opportunity, out of inner passivity, to experience spell-binding sensations of power. The essential point is this: much of our aggression is phony and self-defeating because it's mustered up as a psychological defense to cover up our readiness to experience feeling controlled, dominated,

Monday, April 8, 2013 (2 comments)     

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Aspects of Women's Empowerment (Part II) This article examines some of the deeper psychological issues standing in the way of women's progress.

Monday, December 3, 2012 (5 comments)     

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Wallowing in the Lap of Bitterness Bitterness is stupidly self-inflicted by people who refuse to be open to understanding, knowledge, and compassion. Even when bitter people manage to avoid doing evil to others, they do evil to themselves: They prefer to defile the carcasses of festering memories than to dance at the festival of life.

Don't be bullied by a big fat liar. Friday, February 28, 2014 (1 comments)     

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Four Steps to Stifle Our Inner Critic The inner critic produces much of humanity's anxiety, fear, and depression. It can operate inside us like a cruel aggressive tyrant whose intent is to rule our life. Subduing or taming it can be the most heroic thing we ever do.

Tuesday, July 24, 2012 (12 comments)     

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Why We Dither on Climate Change An assortment of psychological reasons for our paralysis present themselves, including denial, greed, fear, passivity, stubbornness, self-centeredness, self-sabotage, and our species' lack of compassion for future generations. I believe the main problem, though, is our unconscious resistance. Here's what I mean . . .

Saturday, February 3, 2007 (2 comments)     

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Next Time We March--Dance! Barbara Ehrenreich's sobering new book tells the story of how, over the centuries, the authorities clamped down on public rituals of collective joy and stole from the people the ancient source of human solidarity.

Wednesday, August 22, 2012 (11 comments)     

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Cynicism: The Battle Cry of the Wimp A cynical view of the world has become a form of conviviality, like social drinking, that's perceived as cool by many students, professionals, and sophisticates when they get together to talk or party. It's cowardly, not cool. Cynics fly the white flag of surrender thinking it's a rebel flag.

Tuesday, May 28, 2013 (4 comments)     

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Overcoming a Type of Resistance to Studying Resistance to studying often is produced by unconscious dynamics in the psyche. When we understand these dynamics, the resistance can disappear.

Monday, January 30, 2012 (22 comments)     

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Four Favorite Ways to Suffer We have, among many choices, four favorite ways to suffer. We can engorge ourselves at the trough of human misery through feelings of deprivation, helplessness, rejection, and criticism. Chances are good that when we're miserable, we're entangled in one or more of these negative emotions.

Monday, December 17, 2012 (2 comments)     

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Why Our Emotional Suffering Persists Key findings from classical psychoanalysis have exposed the sources of our suffering. The first principle of this knowledge recognizes that our chronic upset, nagging self-doubt, and persistent complaints are symptoms of unresolved negative emotions that we're unwittingly generating from within us.

Do you really want to make a decision, or are you fooling yourself? Friday, January 31, 2014 (3 comments)     

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Indecisive No More There's something important that chronically indecisive people need to understand: They're not actually interested in making a decision. . . Read on for the explanation.

Friday, October 3, 2008 (1 comments)     

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Want to Get Even With the Filthy Rich? We concede our power to the rich. We have created a "reality" that makes their dominance over us seem entirely legitimate. What we've really done is to create a vacuum in our democracy that they have merrily filled. It's time to fill the void with a rebirth of ourselves as truly sovereign people.

Saturday, September 20, 2008 (3 comments)     

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The Meaning of Sarah Palin Palin is not charismatic as much as she's the cheerleader for the superficial perspective of life. She's the poster-girl for evolutionary stragglers who want her around as a model of how to ignore reality and pretend they're as evolved as God wants them to be.

Thursday, May 17, 2012 (3 comments)     

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Deliverance from the Lonesome Blues Most people who suffer with chronic loneliness are entangled in unresolved emotional attachments. Unwittingly, they're chosing to recycle unresolved emotions from their past. Usually these are associated with feeling unloved, rejected, betrayed, and abandoned.

Sunday, November 27, 2011 (1 comments)     

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How Inner Fear Becomes Our Worst Nightmare Unconscious fear creates self-defeating reactions to national and international challenges. We have to expose this inner fear or it might be the death of us.

Thursday, February 7, 2008 (5 comments)     

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Death to the Hoax of Self-Correcting Free Markets The excesses of capitalism have been underwritten by ideology, particularly the idea that the market is inherently wise and reliably self-regulating. This conservative idea is an intellectual hoax. We need to drive a silver stake into its heart to terminate it for good.

Wednesday, September 12, 2012 (1 comments)     

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When Money Enriches Our Suffering Money can be greasy to the touch, whether we have a lot of it or a little. A shortage of it provides us with the opportunity to feel deprived, refused, helpless, abandoned, unworthy and unloved. A big stash of it enables us to feel smug, intolerant, greedy, and fearful of losing it.

Friday, March 25, 2011 (1 comments)     

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Why (Baseball) Owners Hate Good Government The story of baseball is the story of America. Don't let owners ruin our beloved sport. And don't let un-Americans with that same wrecker's ball mentality destroy good government.

Monday, September 24, 2012 (2 comments)     

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When Eyes Are Blinders of the Soul We like to think we use our visual faculty in pursuit of pleasure, but we also use it to entertain old hurts, grievances, and longings. Our eyes go looking for pleasure and stimulation--but also needlessly for ways to suffer.

Thursday, February 7, 2013 (6 comments)     

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O Shame, Where is Thy Secret Source? While shame can saturate our emotional life, most sufferers don't understand its roots deep in our psyche. The insight we find when looking more deeply can help us to eliminate the emotional problem.

Monday, June 17, 2013 (4 comments)     

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The Love Song of the Self For our purposes, the precise nature of the self is not the main concern. What really matters is our experience of being that self. Is the experience pleasant or unpleasant? To what degree does that experience help us in regulating our emotions and behaviors? As we connect more with this self, we feel more pleasure in the simple fact of our existence.

Wednesday, December 8, 2010 (1 comments)     

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Dysfunctional People, Dysfunctional Government Tea Party activists project their own unresolved negative emotions on to the government. Their anger is a cover-up for their own emotional issues. Good government needs smart, wise, insightful citizens.

Wednesday, August 29, 2012 (5 comments)     

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The War-Making Power of Baby Fears Much is said and written about fear, yet seldom is it traced to its irrational psychological core. To overcome this inner fear, we have to see its existence in our psyche instead of denying it or trying to justify it by imagining Armageddon or "seeing" evil intent in others. Deeper insight makes us more conscious of our fear's irrationality.

Wednesday, June 5, 2013 (3 comments)     

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Finding Inner Longitude A growing number of scientists believe that psychiatry needs an entirely new paradigm for understanding mental and emotional health, though they can't say what that new knowledge and system would look like. Here's something for them and all of us to consider.

Thursday, December 8, 2011 (3 comments)     

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Terrorism and the Death Drive Terrorists are proving Sigmund Freud right about one of his theories, the death drive. This drive is fueled by elements in the human psyche that, when understood, empower the peacemakers.

Inner conflict, not just external situations, produce painful stress. Friday, March 7, 2014 (1 comments)     

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Stressed Out in America Some stress is unavoidable, of course, given life's many challenges. Yet stress is also produced unwittingly within us, often to a degree that becomes quite painful.

Monday, January 15, 2007 (1 comments)     

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The Slaveholder Mentality of Bad-Ass Capitalism The mentality of bad-ass capitalists is as deluded and degenerate as that of the slaveholders of 150 yeazrs ago.

Friday, September 26, 2008     

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Think Economics is Bad -- Take a Look at Psychology We have a legitimate gripe with economics. But we can be equally disgusted with the field of psychology, which is producing an expanding universe of subprime knowledge and C-rated factoids that are preventing us from getting to the heart of our personal and national dysfunction.

Monday, November 12, 2012 (2 comments)     

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The Futile Dialogue in Our Head Our inner voices or thoughts can take control of our consciousness, make us jump to their commands and suggestions, and produce suffering and self-defeat.

Friday, June 15, 2012 (2 comments)     

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Teach Your Children Well Educators need to understand the difference between teaching information versus teaching vital knowledge. This vital knowledge, or self-knowledge, teaches us about the presence and toxicity of negative emotions. We can start at an early age to avoid this negativity and prevent it from holding us back.

Tuesday, August 7, 2012 (3 comments)     

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Being Seen in a Negative Light Many of us are encumbered with an emotional attachment to the feeling of being seen in a negative light. This problem stems from an unresolved inner conflict. In our conscious mind, we want to be liked, admired, and respected. However, in our unconscious mind where our irrational emotions are rooted, we can expect to be seen in the opposite manner, as if we're unworthy of being liked, admired, or respected.

Tuesday, February 15, 2011 (1 comments)     

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Guarding the Mosque, Church, and State Divide People who can't separate church and state need to examine themselves psychologically. They would do well to strengthen themselves emotionally and recognize their irrational inner fears.

Inner conflict plays a major role in maternal mental health. Wednesday, June 25, 2014 (3 comments)     

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Tormented Mothers, Endangered Babies Thousands of mothers are plagued on a daily basis by intrusive thoughts in which they imagine or see themselves doing harm to their children. Scientists attribute such maternal mental health problems to an interplay of genes, stress, hormones, and disrupted brain chemistry. But these experts are failing to see or appreciate the role that inner conflict plays in creating this mental and emotional suffering.

Monday, June 4, 2007 (1 comments)     

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Henry Kissinger Bombs Again There he goes again, the old thin-skinned warhorse Henry Kissinger, still sniping at the antiwar left after all these years. In an op-ed this week in the Los Angeles Times, he concludes that rapid, unilateral withdrawal from Iraq would be a disaster.

Monday, April 15, 2013 (1 comments)     

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Hooked on Deprivation People who are lacking in generosity are likely to be entangled to some degree in emotional conflict. That conflict produces negative emotions that shut down the impulse to be generous. Conversely, people who are being generous are less burdened, at least in that moment, by the inner conflict and resulting negative emotions that plague our psyche.

Saturday, April 5, 2008 (3 comments)     

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Another Perspective on Hatred, Violence, and War There may be a hidden flaw in human nature that accounts for our inability to live in peace with ourselves and with the rest of the world.

Thursday, February 22, 2007 (22 comments)     

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An Appeal to 9/11 Conspiracy Buffs Can 9/11 conspiracy buffs be persuaded to drop their speculations and join forces with the legions of the left? Perhaps a tour of the shaky substructure of their belief system can return them to their senses.

Friday, October 17, 2008 (7 comments)     

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Will Racist Voters Repent in Time? Exposing the self-deception of certain people who vote against Barack Obama because of the color of his skin.

Monday, April 29, 2013 (1 comments)     

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Achieving Inner Freedom People who have achieved substantial political freedom can still be sorely lacking in psychological freedom. We're likely to feel like prisoners of fate when emotional conflicts limit our creativity and potential.

Wednesday, March 4, 2009 (1 comments)     

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America After the Great Bust, 2009 A verse-case scenario on America's economic, political, and personal predicament.

Monday, January 7, 2013 (8 comments)     

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Exterminate Infestations of Negative Thoughts Negative thoughts are like termites that chew up and spit out our happiness. Many of us are frequently overwhelmed by such worrisome, anxious, fearful, and hateful thoughts. These thoughts gnaw at the fabric of our life, yet we're often oblivious to basic knowledge that can eradicate this intrusive infestation.

Friday, January 26, 2007 (46 comments)     

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Hating Bush Only Hurts Us Detaching from our hatred of Bush will only make us more effective in removing him from power.

Friday, April 13, 2007 (2 comments)     

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For Democracy's Sake, Vote for Euthanasia The issue of euthanasia extends beyond the deathbed to the health of our democracy. Democracy requires us to claim our sovereignty and our authority, so why are certain religious and political leaders treating us like children?

Like Mandela, we can all be liberators Friday, December 6, 2013 (1 comments)     

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Curbing Our Appetite for Brutality How do we acquire greatness? Mandela's power to do good was rooted in his charisma and love. If we are to be liberators like him, we presumably have to shed our negativity, fear, anger, malice, and violent instincts. We have to liberate our self from the darkness within.

Wednesday, November 26, 2008     

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Please Put Me on the Endangered Species List How did the Gould's wild turkey get on the endangered species list and not me? Please put me on that list, where threats of annihilation are taken fairly seriously, except by the odd Bushwhacker in the White House.

Tuesday, January 29, 2008 (9 comments)     

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Uncovering the Psychological Roots of the Bush Tragedy Great political writing discloses what the subject doesn't know about himself. Bush is unaware of how extensively he lives through an idealized self-image. He identifies with that self-image and refuses (probably out of fearfulness and the restraints of a personality disorder) to step out of the darkness of his self-ignorance.

Friday, April 6, 2007 (48 comments)     

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A Psychological Expose' of Creationism's Secret Genesis Creationism can be invalidated in the eyes of more people by exposing its emotional roots. It's pointless to debate creationists on the specific tenets of their doctrine. Such an approach plays into their defensive strategy and overlooks the source in the psyche of their irrationality.

Thursday, November 20, 2008 (1 comments)     

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Four Pitfalls for Progressives to Avoid Progressives can hold onto the power of our new democratic expressionism and pass it along to the next generation if we refrain from the personality clashes, political infighting, and policy civil wars that have undermined our initiatives in years past.

Thursday, January 3, 2008     

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How Conformity Trumps Action on Global Warming An indepth look at the underlying reasons for inaction on global warming. Or, why we're afraid to save ourselves.

Saturday, March 15, 2008 (2 comments)     

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America in Capitalist Captivity Our brain connections and neural pathways are hard-wired by the metaphors, slogans, and enticements of capitalism. Its marketing and technological wizardry has us stranded in the fog of propaganda. Without an awareness of being its adherents, Americans are its fundamentalists

Wednesday, July 18, 2012 (1 comments)     

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Avoidable Miseries of the Workplace This post offers some psychological insight to help workers find greater enjoyment and creativity in their labor. Work satisfies basic physical, psychological, and emotional needs, yet people can find opportunities to suffer even when they hold excellent jobs.

Wednesday, October 31, 2007 (1 comments)     

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Denial of U.S. War Crimes What is the degree of our complicity in U.S. war crimes? Is ignorance innocence? Do we secretly avoid knowledge that will enlighten us? Are we afraid to know the truth because such truth requires us to die to our old passive selves and emerge as true citizens demanding redress?

Thursday, October 18, 2007 (4 comments)     

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What Can I Do? Many politically aware individuals have been asking this question, often in mournful desperation. An emotional blockage is often behind their paralysis.

Thursday, April 19, 2007     

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Schwarzenegger's Guilty Thoughts on Global Warming Arnold Schwarzenegger tried posing last week as an environmental muscle-man. The California governor approves of us driving SUVs and Hummers while trusting in an "enlightened" marketplace to navigate the global-warming crisis. As an action-hero, the governor was a master illusionist. Now, he may be fooling himself.

Wednesday, October 3, 2007 (7 comments)     

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Can Hillary Can Her Cacophonous Cackle? We don't want a cackler for president. The right wing has no fear of cacklers. The right wing needs to be intimidated or it won't go back in its cage.

Friday, February 16, 2007 (1 comments)     

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Bush's Inner War With Iran George Bush is the mouthpiece for his inner demons. He is in inner conflict between aggressiveness and passivity in his psyche. Any decision he makes about war with Iran will emerge from his inner chaos.

Thursday, May 24, 2007     

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TV Titans Plan Surge against American Character TV titans and the marketing industry are gearing up to sap our will and make Americans more passive than ever. Their ultimate goal: the debauchery of American character followed by the commercialization of the American soul.

Wednesday, December 27, 2006     

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Last Al Qaeda Standing Satire: The last Al Qaeda terrorist reminiscences before his death on Donald Rumsfeld's poetry.

Wednesday, November 7, 2007     

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Eight Epitaphs for Bush It's the unofficial epitaph-our heart's remembrance-that will take Bush's true measure.

Saturday, January 20, 2007 (4 comments)     

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Soldier--Read This Before You Go to War Every soldier needs to make a choice about whether to fight in a bad war. If a soldier goes passively to his fate,he is in greater danger of emotional impairment when he returns home.

Wednesday, March 28, 2007     

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The Zen of the Long-Distance Activist Burned out or not, patriots have to go the distance. Here's a method that's even better than drinking Red Bull.

Wednesday, January 9, 2008     

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Thoughts for Obama and Clinton Down the Stretch: What True Change Involves Both candidates are running a marathon of hope, with a vision of national unity and a promise of change. We're hoping, of course, they mean real change. Yet their proposals for change skirt major right-wing roadblocks that obstinately block our progress.

Tuesday, March 6, 2007     

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Cancel this Year's White House Correspondents' Dinner The White House Correspondents' Association must cancel its April 21 dinner if it's serious about atoning for its complicity in the American tragedy in Iraq.

Saturday, March 17, 2007 (1 comments)     

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Rich Little Comes Out of the Political Closet Impersonator Rich Little's presentation to the White House Correspondents' Association annual dinner didn't evoke any laughter at all, except for a few stifled chortles from Jon Stewart, who was seated at the very back of the ballroom. Here, from the White House correspondents own News Impersonation Service, are excerpts from that presentation:

Friday, March 23, 2007     

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TV Torture's Toxic Toll TV torture disguises an especially degenerate form of brutality as a necessary evil to protect national security. In the process, our collective mental health is undergoing shock treatment.

Friday, June 6, 2008     

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Tidying Up for the Revolution We need to keep working at making ourselves finer people and more responsible citizens in order to help facilitate the birth of a social revolution.

Friday, July 11, 2008 (2 comments)     

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How Progressives Undermine Their Power Do progressives and liberals harbor a hidden fearfulness about confronting the right wing? If so, are we willing to look at it and rectify it?

Thursday, May 3, 2007 (3 comments)     

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A Democratic Deterrent against the Politics of Fear To put an end to the politics of fear, we need to understand the nature of irrational fear. We haven't been able to shake off all of the fears that we carry from childhood. There remains a chronic, often repressed anxiety about our vulnerability and the threat of allegedly hostile, menacing individuals or forces.

Wednesday, October 24, 2007 (3 comments)     

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Pelosi Capitulates to Hatred If Nancy Pelosi is going to fulfill her destiny, she needs to move toward the hatred, into the hatred, and through the hatred, ablaze with the fervor of the Lady of Liberty and possessed of a willingness to die for us.

Thursday, January 24, 2008     

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Let Them Eat Corn, or Why We Shouldn't Fear a Recession The Republican Party's great success of recent years has been its production of "The Grand Old Pretense," the theatrical parody showing in the nation's capital and starring Benito Bush and Franco Cheney.

Tuesday, February 6, 2007     

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Let's Grant Molly Ivins Her Dying Wish Molly Ivins pursued truth, and in the process acquired the power that it bestows. We can follow in her footsteps.

Saturday, March 22, 2008 (2 comments)     

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Deeper into Racism Many people will vote against Obama for racist reasons, while doing so in "good conscience" because they have deluded themselves into believing in the objectivity of the political attacks against him. This is why Obama is particularly vulnerable to negative campaigning. It explains, for instance, why so many are willing to go on believing that Obama is a Muslim.

Friday, March 7, 2008     

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Advice to Right Wingers for Nothin' and Insight for Free Whether or not Iraq is sidelined in this political debate, this presidential election is, in large part, between those Americans who have begun to assimilate the reality of our horrendous self-defeat in Iraq and those evolutionary stragglers who adamantly refuse to do so.

Friday, February 29, 2008 (3 comments)     

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The Reasons for America's Aversion to Diplomacy Why aren't we better diplomats? Why weren't we powerful enough in our own humanity to create peace with the Soviet Union? Instead, we produced a nuclear production complex that had already by the mid-1950s exceeded in capital investment the combined capitalization of Bethlehem Steel, U.S. Steel, Alcoa, DuPont, Goodyear, and General Motors.

Friday, March 28, 2008 (2 comments)     

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Race and Gender Soul-Searching Our own unresolved emotional issues are standing in the way of Democratic unity. Here's a discussion of some of those issues.

Sunday, November 11, 2007 (5 comments)     

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Democratic Candidates Can Play a Fear Card, Too What leading Democrats can tell us about the politics of fear.

Wednesday, October 10, 2007     

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The Secular Soul of Democracy We cannot count on the general populace or the Democrats to support our vision of renewal and reform. To save American democracy, progressives must give more credence to the idea that our better nature has to be honed to a sharper edge.

Thursday, February 14, 2008     

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Political Unity in the Big Tent There's no need to fall into the darkness of divisive politics. Any negativity we feel toward fellow progressives is our own negativity. We each have to take ownership of it and refrain from spreading it like rancid butter on to our struggle for reform.

Saturday, February 23, 2008 (2 comments)     

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Can Old Europe Save America? We have refused to adopt many of Europe's most sensible refinements, including the metric system, wise gun laws, and inclusive medical care. The latest feather in our stubborn streak is our unwillingness to follow their practice of abstaining from war.

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