Tag: Psychology and Psychologists

Why High-Class People Get Away With Incompetence

In season four of NBC’s “Parks and Recreation,” Paul Rudd plays a wealthy businessman named Bobby Newport who runs for city council because he’s looking for something “easy” to do. He is asked during a debate how he’d fix the town. His answer: “I have no idea.” Still, the audience goes wild, much to the […]

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A Daunting Operation Offers Relief to Obese Teenagers

At least six million obese teenagers in the United States are candidates for weight-loss surgery, experts estimate. Fewer than 1,000 of them get it each year. Many of these adolescents already have complications of obesity, like diabetes or high blood pressure. But doctors have been uncertain just how well surgery works for young patients, and […]

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Attention Young People: This Narcissism Study Is All About You

Kids these days. For more than two millenniums, older adults have claimed that their younger counterparts are uniquely self-absorbed. Young people today, it seems, agree. That’s according to new research published on Wednesday, which found that adults between the ages of 18 and 25 believe theirs is the most narcissistic and entitled living generation. “They […]

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Mind: Firing Up the Neural Symphony

The research on brain stimulation is advancing so quickly, and the findings are so puzzling, that a reader might feel tempted to simply pre-order a genius cap from Amazon, to make sense of it all later. In just the past month, scientists reported enhancing the working memory of older people, using electric current passed through […]

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news analysis: Why Do You Grab Your Bag When Running Off a Burning Plane?

Imagine trying to get out of a plane, but the passenger ahead of you is blocking the aisle as he tries to wrestle his carry-on free. Frustrating, right? And, oh — did we mention that the plane is on fire? After an Aeroflot jetliner burst into flames during an emergency landing in Moscow recently, some […]

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Airlines Turn to Doctors With Goal of Limiting Long Flights’ Negative Effects

Turkish Airlines brought in Dr. Mehmet Oz, host and producer of “The Dr. Oz Show.” Singapore Airlines turned to Dr. Richard Carmona, a former United States surgeon general who is now chief of health innovation at the resort spa Canyon Ranch. Air France works with its own medical aviation doctor and psychologist. Airlines have long […]

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The New Old Age: Ageism: A ‘Prevalent and Insidious’ Health Threat

ImageCreditLizzie Gill It happened about a year ago. I stepped off the subway and spotted an ad on the station wall for a food delivery service. It read: “When you want a whole cake to yourself because you’re turning 30, which is basically 50, which is basically dead.” After a bunch of us squawked about […]

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What Jordan Peterson Did for Me

When people learn that I study psychology, they often ask, “What do you think of Jordan Peterson?” It’s a tough question to respond to. Dr. Peterson, a professor at the University of Toronto, rose to infamy in the wake of his protests against a Canadian human rights law he believed could result in jail time […]

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At War: The Military Wants Better Tests for PTSD. Speech Analysis Could Be the Answer.

[For more stories about the experiences and costs of war, sign up for the weekly At War newsletter.] Post-traumatic stress disorder has long been one of the hardest mental health problems to diagnose because some patients try to hide symptoms while others exaggerate them. But a new voice analysis technique may be able to take […]

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Nonfiction: A Psychotherapist Analyzes Her Patients’ Stories — and Her Own

MAYBE YOU SHOULD TALK TO SOMEONE A Therapist, Her Therapist, and Our Lives Revealed By Lori Gottlieb Apart from a brief flirtation with psychotherapy in my late 20s, I had never really experienced any kind of intense psychotherapeutic treatment. Then came 2018, which I can best describe as my own personal annus horribilis. First there […]

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Doctors Use Electrical Implant to Aid Brain-Damaged Woman

More than 3 million Americans live with disabling brain injuries. The vast majority of these individuals are lost to the medical system soon after their initial treatment, to be cared for by family or to fend for themselves, managing fatigue, attention and concentration problems with little hope of improvement. On Saturday, a team of scientists […]

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Mind: Beyond Biden: How Close Is Too Close?

On Wednesday, the former vice president and potential presidential candidate Joe Biden released a video in which he discussed the importance of personal space. “Social norms have begun to change,” he said. “They’ve shifted, and boundaries of protecting personal space have been reset — and I get it.” Mr. Biden was responding to allegations by […]

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Feature: How A.S.M.R. Became a Sensation

When Jennifer Allen watched videos of space, she sometimes felt this peculiar sensation: a tingling that spread through her scalp as the camera pulled back to show the marble of the earth. It came in a wave, like a warm effervescence, making its way down the length of her spine and leaving behind a sense […]

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Are You ‘Virtue Signaling’?

Expressions of moral outrage are playing a prominent role in contemporary debates about issues like sexual assault, immigration and police brutality. In response, there have been criticisms of expressions of outrage as mere “virtue signaling” — feigned righteousness inteneded to make the speaker appear superior by condemning others. Clearly, feigned righteousness exists. We can all […]

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