Don’t Suspend Students. Empathize.

To his teachers at Ridgeway High School in Memphis, Jason Okonofua was a handful. During class, his mind drifted and he would lose the thread of the lesson. He slouched at his desk and dozed off. His teachers seemed to take it personally, as a sign of disrespect. Read more: https://www.nytimes.com/2017/09/02/opinion/sunday/dont-suspend-students-empathize.html

Suicide is at record level among students at UK universities, study finds

The scale of the mental health crisis at UK universities is revealed in a study by the IPPR thinktank. It shows that the number of students who disclosed a mental health problem in their first year rose fivefold to reach 15,395 in a decade. Read more: https://www.theguardian.com/education/2017/sep/02/suicide-record-level-students-uk-universities-study

Pleasure from Someone Else’s Pain

When I hear a word not commonly used in my vernacular twice in a period of a few days, I know I need not wait for a third time to explore the concept. Schadenfreude (pronounced ‘shade n froid’) which comes from German and originates from the words ‘harm’ and ‘joy. Read more: https://psychcentral.com/blog/archives/2017/09/01/pleasure-from-someone-elses-pain/

The Narcissist Next Door

My friend Jeannie grew up with a narcissist. Her mother was charming, colorful, charismatic, fashionably dressed, and the center of attention at social events. But at home it was a different story. Jeannie’s life was an emotional roller coaster. Sometimes her mother seemed loving and magnanimous. Read more: https://www.psychologytoday.com/blog/your-personal-renaissance/201709/the-narcissist-next-door

The Narcissistic Personality — How They Think

We often hear the term “narcissist,” but in reality, what does that mean? Does it merely describe someone who likes to be the center of attention or likes the way he or she looks, or is there more to it? The psychiatric literature defines narcissists as having specific traits such as ha Read more: https://www.psychologytoday.com/blog/spycatcher/201709/the-narcissistic-personality-how-they-think

A Little-Known Cause of Burnout

In 1957, McGill University psychology professor Donald Hebb paid college students to lie on a bed in a room the size of a cubicle day and night. They wore fogged glasses, cotton gloves, and a U-shaped pillow around their heads to muffle sounds. The subjects intended to study. Read more: https://www.psychologytoday.com/blog/the-gen-y-guide/201709/little-known-cause-burnout

10 Ways to Improve Your Days

There are certain behaviours and strategies which can help ensure that your days go more smoothly.  Obviously you can only affect those areas that you control but you will find by altering your mind-set and changing certain habits you also influence and affect those around you. Read more: https://www.psychologytoday.com/blog/handy-hints-humans/201709/10-ways-improve-your-days

Power, Paternalism, and Psychiatry

It has been previously asserted that there exist essentially two types of psychiatrists: authoritarian and libertarian, and that the differences in their approaches is attributable to differences in their personalities and their conceptualization of mental illness (see Szasz, 1965). Read more: https://www.psychologytoday.com/blog/mental-illness-metaphor/201709/power-paternalism-and-psychiatry