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When Ads Add Up & Divide

When Ads Add Up & Divide

In the most recent issue of the journal Sex Roles, psychologists from the University of Manitoba examined the prevalence of hypermasculinity – the ideology of exaggerated male traits as the epitome of masculine identity – in advertisements in popular men’s magazines including Maxim, Playboy, Game Informer, Fortune, Esquire and Wired. Continue reading

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Cultish Leadership in the Mainstream

Cultish Leadership in the Mainstream

Joe Navarro is a former FBI Agent.  He worked as a special agent and supervisor in the area of counterintelligence and behavioral assessment for 25 years. He is one of the founding members of the FBI’s Behavioral Analysis Program.  The former agent studied cults and cult leaders during his time with the FBI.   In … Continue reading

Preying in the Name of God

Preying in the Name of God

Exorcism, Deliverance, and Neurological Disorders TRIGGER WARNING – Suicide – EXPLICIT CONTENT Since her first night home from the hospital, K had kept everyone up nearly every night.  V and her mother, who was visiting from out-of-town, were in the living room reminiscing  while V lovingly cradled K, her eleven day old daughter.  V’s husband, … Continue reading

Trust, Traditions & Trespasses

Trust, Traditions & Trespasses

Generally speaking, criticizing cultural practices that arise from religious belief can be considered inappropriate, so it’s possible that some readers may feel offended by this post.  My intentions are not to offend but to offer some fuel for thought. Most people of faith address their god as though God has a gender?  I’ve read numerous … Continue reading

The Science of Connection – Oxyt♥cin

The Science of Connection – Oxyt♥cin

One of the things I love about WordPress is the community.  I have met some pretty awesome people here.  People with compassion and empathy.  People who support one another.  People who understand the importance of connection and nurture those connections.  These attributes are not only prosocial but have something in common.   Oxytocin;  a hypothalamic … Continue reading

Harming Half Harms the Whole

Harming Half Harms the Whole

The National Review Online posted this suggesting a repeal of the 19th Amendment. The 19th Amendment prohibits any United States citizen to be denied the right to vote based on sex.  This is the 21st century and yet there are some who have yet to evolve beyond the Iron age.  This is not an isolated … Continue reading

The Psychology of Male Domination

The Psychology of Male Domination

“What sane species would treat half of its members — and the very half which gives birth to the whole species — with such contempt and injustice? Despite their high level of testosterone, the men of many ancient and indigenous cultures revered women for their life-giving and nurturing role, so why don’t we?  The oppression of … Continue reading

The Three R’s – Religion, Recognition, Reward

The Three R’s – Religion, Recognition, Reward

This analysis is quite interesting and serves to challenge us about the subconscious motives behind religious beliefs.   Studies show that cultural and behavioral predispositions are linked to chemicals in our brain, such as dopamine.  One of the most important functions of dopamine is in the reward system of the brain, the nucleus accumbens (NAcc). … Continue reading

Semantic Dehumanization and Violence

Semantic Dehumanization and Violence

Listed here are many scriptures of dehumanization and violence against women. What’s behind this behavior, and other forms of dehumanization and violence towards the female gender?  A comprehensive study, by William Brennan, Ph.D, exposes a dark history of beliefs, practices, and attitudes that continue to prevail throughout many cultures in the 21st Century. Female Objects … Continue reading

It’s Not the ‘Bad Apples’ – It’s the Barrel

It’s Not the ‘Bad Apples’ – It’s the Barrel

The basic paradigm to be presented illustrates the relative ease with which “ordinary,” good men and women are induced into behaving in “evil ways” by turning on or off one or another social situational variable.  This body of research demonstrates the under-recognized power of social situations to alter the mental representations and behavior of individuals, … Continue reading

Neurobiology of Religious Terrorism

Neurobiology of Religious Terrorism

| Todd Murphy, Behavioral Neuroscientist | Understanding the mind of a suicidal terrorist is a special challenge in psychology. Not only do their actions show a highly aggressive personality, but their motivations seem to outweigh even the imperative for self-preservation. The profile of the suicide bomber is not at all simple. We think of them … Continue reading

Wired for Violence or Peace?

Wired for Violence or Peace?

In much the same way as consistent practice will literally alter your DNA, we’ve hardwired our nation against peace. The brain shapes and changes itself based on your daily actions.  The dangerous rhetoric that makes media money, or wins political points – also illustrates the progress of an acquired taste. Now tone toxins have evolved … Continue reading

What Culture Can Do To The Brain

What Culture Can Do To The Brain

Is it true that our biology has become mismatched to the world that surrounds our biology?  Are we no longer a well-adapted organism, and therefore natural selection dooms us as a species?    The following are excerpts by Norman Holland, Ph.D., from an article he wrote for Psychology Today.  |  We Humans Have a Fatal Biology … Continue reading