Brief Psychological Interpretation of Santa’s Image – as depicted by Thomas Nast

  Merry Old Santa Claus, by Thomas Nast. Woodcut published on 1 st January 1881 by Harper’s Weekly. The picture above portrays Santa Claus as imagined by Thomas Nast in  Harper’s Weekly, January 1, 1881, p.8-9. Given the fact that this is the drawing that generated the current image of Santa Claus, I propose a brief psychological interpretation of it, just …

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Sexualizing your child is not playing dress-up – Parents and child beauty pageants

  Almost two years ago I’ve posted a blog entry named “Toddlers and children beauty pageants – Risk factors for severe psychological turmoils” in order to simply express my opinion as a psychologist regarding the phenomenon of child beauty pageants. I must say I was and still am impressed by your reactions, comments, private messages, …

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Famous Swiss Psychologists

  Carl Gustav Jung standing in front of the Burghölzli Clinic, Zurich (cca 1910). Psychology Corner starts this year with an article presenting the main Swiss contributors in the field of psychology. Carl Jung, Jean Piaget, Hermann Rorschach, and Max Lüscher have changed the way we understand and approach theory, development, and diagnosis in psychology.

Toddlers and child beauty pageants – Risk factors for severe psychological turmoils

Photo: Study of a Fully Dressed Little Girl, Kate Greenaway (1897) Make-up, hair extensions, teased hairstyles, clouds of hairspray, flippers (fake teeth), sophisticated costumes, screaming crowds (mostly mothers), weird postures, twitched face expressions, tiaras, trophies, money, and more or less talent are the ingredients for the usual child beauty pageants, along with exercised smiles and hysterical …

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Extreme Science : Dr. Demikhov and Dr. White

Two-headed dogs, monkey head transplants, standalone living brains, and brains transplanted in dog necks. These are the experiments that shocked the world during the 1950s and 1970s. Although the media and the scientific community often referred to the authors of these experiments as “monsters”, “Frankensteins”, “beasts”, “mad scientists” and cataloged their work as “grotesque”, I …

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