People who think they are dead

I think a major problem today–one that looms behind other problems, such as sexual immorality and identity confusions–is that people are often dissociated from their bodies.  We see this in the gender dysphoria that gives us transgenderism, the sense that some people have that they are really a different sex than that of their bodies.  Then there is bodily integrity disorder, which gives us the “transabled,” the conviction that some people have that they should have been born with a disability.  Now we learn of Cotard’s syndrome in which some people believe that they are dead. [Read more…]

Songs that you cannot get out of your head

The Wall Street Journal has an article on recent research into “earworms,” those songs that you cannot get out of your head.  Usually, as we all know, those songs tend to be ones that we just hate!

I propose a diabolical discussion, one that is so fiendish that it will be the closest thing this blog will do to a Halloween observance:  In the comments, name songs that get stuck in your head.  I daresay that the very mention of them will get the tunes playing in the mental jukebox that is your brain, to your great torment.

If the prospect of that is too horrible for you, DO NOT READ THE COMMENTS. [Read more…]

She felt she was supposed to have been born blind

I’ve blogged about the “transabled,” people who feel that they should have been born into a body that is disabled.  After the jump is a story about a woman who felt that the way she “was supposed to be born” was to be blind.  So the psychologist working with her blinded her.  He “gave her eye-numbing drops before sprinkling a few droplets of drain cleaner into each pupil.” [Read more…]

Vengeance, competition, and Christianity

Some time ago, I stumbled upon a discussion of Christian anthropologist Rene Girard and Pay Pal founder Peter Thiel.  It had to do with vengeance, competition, new technology start ups, and why both Girard and Thiel came to embrace Christianity. [Read more…]

Why reading is good for you

Reading a lot, for pleasure, is associated with all kinds of physical and psychological benefits.  Details after the jump. [Read more…]

If not an introvert nor an extrovert, maybe you’re an ambivert

In addition to introverts and extroverts, psychologists are studying another personality type:  the ambivert. [Read more…]