Tag Archive for psychology

New paper says maybe mental condition really IS demons (UPDATE)

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See how the journal reacts in the update below. Originally published 3 June 2014 Oh my… a paper published in the Journal of Religion and Health suggests that schizophrenia may in fact really BE demons! I almost have no response to that. Almost. Here is the abstract. I do not have access to the article.…

“At first I was skeptical” is a convincing ploy, unless you are wise to it

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A new paper was just published in the Journal of Language and Social Psychology that is further confirmation of something skeptics of the paranormal and alt med treatments have noticed for a long time. It’s called the “avowal of prior skepticism”. This is a narrative device used by a person telling a story in which…

Demonic tale sounds like Hollywood, has little else to hold it up (UPDATE: Hoaxed photo)

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A new and detailed case of reported demonic possession and exorcism is chronicled in an Indiana newspaper. As with almost all cases, we see typical behaviors related to “possession”. But we also see many eyewitness reports and ZERO solid evidence. Are they photos? Videos? None given. The medical records mostly state that the family suffered…

Conversion therapy denounced by Christian counsellors in the U.K.

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It’s crystal clear that “conversion therapy” to attempt to turn people away from homeosexual tendencies is bogus. A religious-based organization in Britain is calling for it to be halted. Christian counsellors ban therapy aimed at ‘converting’ gay patients | World news | The Guardian. Britain’s leading body for Christian therapists has instructed its members to…

More evidence suggests Toxoplasma infection may have permanent effects

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Parasites, what fantastic creepiness they bring to our lives! Toxoplasma infection permanently shifts balance in cat and mouse game. The toxoplasma parasite can be deadly, causing spontaneous abortion in pregnant women or killing immune-compromised patients, but it has even stranger effects in mice. Infected mice lose their fear of cats, which is good for both…

Second U.S. state, New Jersey, bans conversion therapy

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NJ joins California in outlawing therapists from practicing the controversial, ineffective and harmful psychological practice of trying to pray away the gay. NJ Governor Signs Ban on Gay Conversion Therapy – ABC News. Gov. Chris Christie signed a bill Monday barring licensed therapists from trying to turn gay teenagers straight, making New Jersey the second…

Memory researcher Elizabeth Loftus receives prestigious award

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The journal American Psychologist (July-August 2013 issue) awards Gold Medal Award for Life Achievement in the Science of Psychology to Dr. Elizabeth Loftus of U.C. Irvine. “Elizabeth F. Loftus has made extraordinary contributions to our understanding of memory during the past 40 years that are remarkable for their creativity and impact. She has been a pioneering…

Disturbed killer alleges witchcraft

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The man who gunned down six people before he was shot and killed by police in Hialeah lost his job after downloading files related to sex, hacking and explosives to his work computer. But the 911 call before the event revealed a man disturbed and a dispatcher trying to help. Police: Fla. gunman called 911 before killing…

Workshop for ‘psychic/sensitive/perceptive’ kids advertised in Arizona

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Questions? OH do I have questions!!! This is an announcement in a local Arizona outlet. Workshop for ‘psychic/sensitive/perceptive’ kids – White Mountain Independent: Briefs. An experiential workshop is being offered Saturday, June 15, in Heber for “psychic/sensitive/perceptive” kids. Does your child have “friends” you can’t see, sees ghosts or other entities, has reoccurring nightmares, seems…

How to make your unhaunted house haunted. Pay attention.

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Chris Jensen Romer replicates a classic study in paranormal perception. It’s well worth a read. Re-Investigating Un-Haunted Houses « “And sometimes he’s so nameless”. James Houran and Rense Lange have been the authors of a number of innovative studies in parapsychology. In this 1996 paper they were exploring if hauntings and in particular it would…

Myers-Briggs test on its way out?

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Yes I am an INTJ (but you knew that)… Myers-Briggs: Does it pay to know your type? – The Washington Post. Chances are you’ve taken the Myers-Briggs Type Indicator, or will. Roughly 2 million people a year do. It has become the gold standard of psychological assessments, used in businesses, government agencies and educational institutions.…

Faking illness online: Munchausen syndrome by internet

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This is an astounding piece on Munchausen syndrome by Internet, a new phenomena, where people fake serious illnesses online for attention. The Lying Disease: Why Would Someone Want to Fake a Serious Illness on the Internet? Munchausen syndrome takes its name from an 18th-century German baron who was famous for embellishing tales of his military…

Neuro doubters: Against the oversimplifications of the way brains work

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This is a topic we’ve covered before – neurobabble, neuro-flap doodle, etc.This is another piece critical of the current trend in popular books and ideas connecting everything we do to neuroscience. Neuroscience – Under Attack – NYTimes.com. Meet the “neuro doubters.” The neuro doubter may like neuroscience but does not like what he or she…

People are dying for this therapy experience in China

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New therapy treats patients with death experience |Society |chinadaily.com.cn. A special psychotherapy service that lets people experience death is gaining popularity in Shenyang, capital of Liaoning province. More than 1,000 people have tried this special psychotherapy — being brought back from “death” to life — the Shenyang Evening News reported on Nov 20. People who…

Emotional problems framed as “internet addiction”

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Are Social Networking Internet Sites a Factor in Psychotic Symptoms? As Internet access becomes increasingly widespread, so do related psychopathologies such as Internet addiction and delusions related to the technology and to virtual relationships. Computer communications such as Facebook and chat groups are an important part of this story, says Dr. Uri Nitzan of Tel…