“The Yellow Wallpaper” is a short story written by Charlotte Perkins Gilman in 1892. It depicts the experience of a woman who, while spending Summer together with her husband and his sister in a beautiful colonial mansion, struggles to deal with the monotonous daily life she is constrained to live as a result of a resting cure prescribed to her as a mean of treatment for her “nervous depression – a slight hysterical tendency”.
I could not believe how flat I found “Flatland”… at least in the beginning. This 19th century satirical novella is a wonderful depiction of the social shortcomings of the Victorian Era and a skilled mathematical introduction into the world of multi-dimensions, but regarding the writing style, I found it rather monotonous.
I need to convey right from the start that this is not a psychological interpretation of anything, just my reaction and perspective after seeing the preview for the next Vanity Fair issue that features on the cover a new, but at the same time, familiar face, Caitlyn Jenner, previously known as Bruce Jenner.
The magazine’s 22-page cover story includes photos of Caitlyn taken by legendary Annie Leibovitz and new details on the transition.
Critical Thinking Applied to Church of Scientology Promo for one of their Free Online Courses
Some time ago I came across the following video posted on the official YouTube Channel of The Church of Scientology. From what I understand, the series of videos is part of a “giving back to the community” policy, which at first may sound OK, but in my opinion, this is a rather poisonous gift they’re giving.
So, The Church of Scientology provides some Free Courses for those willing to improve their life in different areas – human interactions, marriage, education, work, etc -, but what kind of skills are they conveying?
A few days ago I watched a TED Talk called “10 Myths about Psychology, Debunked”, by Ben Ambridge, and although it’s less than 15 minutes long, I had to split it into two viewing sessions because the first 3 minutes were such a load of false and random information, that I needed a break to process what I just witnessed under the label of “Education”.
@DeepakChopra: Critical Thinking. You’re Doing it Wrong.
His tweets, my tweets and the fallacies in-between.
Since I am involved in promoting Critical Thinking as both concept and set of abilities, I thought that a short analysis of the recent small interactions between me and Deepak Chopra that took place on Twitter may be a good example on how to deal with manipulation and pseudoscience by means of reason.
Like it or not, most of us are being exposed to at least one main religious belief system from a very early age. Like everything else that occurs in our early childhood, religious beliefs will shape our development, meaning they will impact our personality, self-image, motivation and desires, behaviors and affectivity.
Although I do believe everyone is entitled to their own belief system and that there are objective pathological situations in which these beliefs are not to be challenged, I also consider it useful to acknowledge the kind of influence religious beliefs can have on the individual’s inner dynamic and interpersonal relationships.
When it comes to bold life choices, there’s always a win some, lose some situation. Personal Development is one such choice. You deliberately make a decision to change yourself in order to live a more authentic and purposeful life. Most of the time, this process involves changing the way you think or behave, and emotional changes soon follow as a result of the first (or often even guide the process by letting the individual know how close they are to their goal, their Authentic Self and the life they want).
I’m an advocate of Critical Thinking and Assertiveness. Thus, I am a huge supporter of the freedom of thought and the freedom of speech. Freedom of thought includes the right of all human beings to refer to whatever belief system they consider as valid (what valid is, that’s another topic). Furthermore, one is entitled to act upon one’s belief – receive information, be in touch with others that share the specific belief system, engage in common actions and maybe even try to convey the message towards people outside the main belief group. As you’ve probably noticed, this kind of right (like anything that has to do with assertiveness) revolves around the individual and relations are created based on similarities and shared purpose. However, we all step outside the circle so to speak, and come in contact with various people whose views on life do not resemble our own.
Skepticism is great. In fact, I believe skepticism can be seen as foundation for knowledge. Gathering knowledge is not all about gaining information from different sources, it’s also (or mainly, I should say) about the quality of the information we assimilate.
We live in an era of information, it jumps towards us from every corner, screen, piece of written paper, speaker or human mouth. But not everything we are exposed to is knowledge material in what regards the quality of the data we’re being fed. So we need to be selective in order to achieve a level of assimilated information that is also rational, valid, scientific. As I’ve mentioned previously in my article about Cognitive Distortions, deformed thought processes create a misleading model of reality in our minds and therefore, the relationships we build based on this premise, lack authenticity.