Category: Culture

THE LONG-TERM EFFECTS OF SMARTPHONE CULTURE

If you’re reading this, I assume that, like me, you’re already acquainted with the benefits of owning a smartphone. You may even be reading this article on one. However, despite the advantages of this technology, many of us believe that our increasing reliance on smartphones is having deleterious effects on our social fabric.   Most of us wouldn’t wish to…

HOW TO MAKE YOUR RELATIONSHIP LAST BY BREAKING UP

In the west, there is a rather common trajectory to how many relationships form and dissolve. It goes something like this…   You meet someone great – through mutual friends, the internet, or at the office. If luck is on your side and the timing is right, there is a mutual chemistry between the two of you to coalesce the…

LIFE IS A NEVER-ENDING RECOVERY

A woman once visited a friend of mine – a Dharma Teacher – for meditation instruction. He showed her how to sit, how to maintain good posture, and he even gave her a mantra to use to stay present when her mind would inevitably begin to wander. They sat together for ten minutes.   When the sitting period finished, the…

5 EXAMPLES OF DEFENSE MECHANISMS IN SOCIAL PREJUDICE AND DISCRIMINATION

Social justice movements and psychoanalytic therapists don’t often realize they both share a common aim: “to raise consciousness.” Social justice activists have historically emphasized social awareness, whereas psychoanalytic therapists have focused on the individual’s self-awareness. In this post, I aim to apply the psychoanalytic concept of defense mechanisms to five areas of social discrimination and prejudice. As the old adage…

DEATH IS YOUR ONLY OBLIGATION

You know those days where you ask yourself, “what is the point of all of this?” Maybe you need to have more of those days.   Why is it only when we are on our deathbeds that we finally get it? In my late teens, when I was a certified nursing assistant working in a nursing home, I sat at…

THE TRUTH ABOUT CHANGE (…AND WHY NOBODY WANTS TO KNOW

If you think about it, we humans are a pretty dissatisfied bunch…and that has done a world of good for civilization. Can you imagine what the world would be like if our ancestors remained satisfied with the harsher conditions of life that we’ve averted today? The human propensity toward change has favored the world we have now, replete with advancements…

Scapegoating: A Chilling Truth About Human Behavior

When it comes to interpersonal conflict, humans have long preferred to blame other individuals or groups rather than look at their own behavior. Social psychologists call this scapegoating. Scapegoating is when an individual or group selects another person or group to bear the responsibility of a conflict – a conflict that at least one other person besides the accused bears…