Media ‘Piling On’ and ‘Internet ‘Trolling’

Whenever a well-known person gets into serious self-inflicted trouble, like fiscal improprieties, sexual escapades, substance abuse or other unacceptable personal behavior, a predictable pattern of public reaction ensues. First the misadventure brings forth expressions of harsh criticism, disappointment and anger, and demands for confession of guilt and of remorse. But this is soon followed by an onslaught of  “piling on” in the […]

An Era of Incivility

We appear to be living in an era of incivility. There is constant spewing of aggressive comments and derogatory insults on radio and television, in political campaigns, in business and athletics, and certainly in the trolling blogosphere. Equally troubling, we often witness rudeness in our everyday lives, in the streets and stores, and even in many […]

“MAN PLANS AND GOD LAUGHS”

The adage in the title is translated from the original German (“Mann tracht un Gott lacht.”), and refers to the fact that, plan as we might, unpredictable events will still happen in our lives, for better or for worse. The randomness of life has challenged us since the dawn of humanity.  Most of us strive to bring […]

“Us” and “Them”

  May people live in insular worlds made up of “us” and “them.” The us people are more comfortable when they are among those with whom they share common backgrounds, customs, traits and values. When they are among the them people, they may feel a sense of unease, even of estrangement. The us people might […]

Political and Psychological Polarization are Toxic

Saul Levine M.D.Our Emotional Footprint Psychological and Political Polarization are Toxic       We are a politically paralyzed and polarized country, but is this more about our differing psychological perceptions?       Our democratic political system is acrimoniously divided. The politicians we elect hold diametrically opposed sentiments, with extremist views on the liberal left and […]

WHY “Keep Up With The Kardashians”?

Many Americans are passionate fans of the Kardashians, who are a well-known reality TV family made up of diverse “Beautiful People.” They are omnipresent in the media and avidly followed via their show, “Keeping Up with the Kardashians.” Why? They haven’t given the world new ideas, artistic works or musical performances, athletic achievements, literary contributions, scientific […]

THERE. ARE. NO. WORDS. Yet another Horrific, Hate-Filled, Armed Killing in America

Egregious. Evil. Unforgivable. Heartbreaking. Tragic. The United States, the wealthiest, most educated and successful, the most accomplished and democratic, and the most most generous and powerful nation in the world, has again been grievously assaulted and thrown into a state of shock. Yet another horrific mass shooting in America, perpetrated by an avowed hater armed with […]

Insults with a “Psychiatric Twist”

People have always used insults to describe persons they intensely dislike. But in this era of incivility fueled by social media and the internet, we are seemingly deluged with a flood of insulting remarks. Particularly in this bizarre election season, we’ve witnessed a “yuge” number of nasty ad hominem comments by and about the personalities […]

Our Identity: “Who Am I (Really)?”

“What’s It All About, Alfie?” That’s the title of a touching film from the late sixties about a young man trying to “find himself” (played by Michael Caine). Presumably, when young people “find themselves” they have developed a sense of what they’re all about, or their true “Identity.” “Coming of Age” is a similar theme often […]

The Skullduggery of Politicians

If you read your hometown newspaper (a big IF in the internet era) this morning, you learned about important people in power who, in plain parlance, “screwed up!” You may have read that some individuals in city or state government were charged with felonies involving fraud and “bought” favors. You might have seen articles about politicians on the […]