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Another Hiatus

August 1, 2017

We’re going on another international cruise. On our last international cruise Trump was running for the Republican nomination. This was extremely embarrassing. Now that he’s President, it’s more than embarrassing. We shall be ashamed to admit we are Americans.

During his absence, HM strongly recommends “NO IS NOT ENOUGH: Resisting Trump’s Shock Politics and Winning the World We Need” by Naomi Klein. It provides an enlightening analysis of how this disaster occurred, and, more importantly, provides ideas on how we can recover from this disaster.

 

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Mindfulness-Based Cognitive Therapy

July 16, 2016

This post is an attempt to address the question raised in the immediately preceding post, “If Antidepressants Don’t Work Well, Why Are They So Popular?”  The current post is based upon an article titled “Is Mindfulness the Future of Therapy?” by Barry Boyce in the August 2016 issue of Mindful magazine.

Before proceeding further, here are some facts.  16 million adults are affected by depression.  In 2014, nearly 16 million adults aged 18 or older in the US had at least one major depressive episode in the past year.  According to the World health Organization depression is the leading cause of disability for women of all ages.

There have been previous posts on mindfulness and on cognitive behavioral therapy,  MIndfulnesss-Based Cognitive Therapy (MBCT) is a combination of the two.. The therapy provides insight as well as skills to use this insight.  An overly simplistic view is that people are taught how to think their way out of depression.  To learn more about MBCT  go to mbct.com.  The goal is to have effective online therapies

Currently, there is a shortage of trained MBCT therapists, but resources are available and many of the resources can be found at mbct.com.  Psychologists suffer from the western bias in education.  In previous posts I’ve discussed problems stemming from the western bias in education, which ignores wisdom from in east.  When I was a graduate student, a big research question was whether we could control our own autonomic nervous systems (heart rate, for example).  When I pointed out that there were Buddhists who could do this par excellence, I was told that they were using some sort of trick.  Well the trick was  meditation, and the powerful effects of meditation have only been appreciated recently, largely as a result of interaction with the Dalai Lama.

So, unfortunately, in spite of its popular press, there are many psychologists who do not appreciate its possibilities.  And even among those psychologists who do appreciate its possibilities, many do not practice mindfulness themselves.  The situation is a bit analogous to when it was officially recognized that smoking contributes to lung cancer.   Doctors, who were smoking, had to tell their patients to stop.

HM is fairly confident that psychologists will increasingly come on board to the mindfulness wagon and Mindfulness-Based Cognitive Therapy will become more widespread.

So the answer to the question “If Antidepressants Don’t Work Well, Why Are They So Popular?”  is that there is a current shortage of resources to provide MBCT.  However, even if these resources become plentiful, there will still be people resorting to antidepressants because a pill, even if it is ineffective, provides a quick answer.  The situation is a tad analogous to the Myers-Briggs Type Indicator (enter this into the healthy memory search blog to find the post), which continues to be used in spite of its ineffectiveness.

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The Healthymemory Blog is Going on a Brief Hiatus

January 3, 2016

But as there are well over 600 posts, there is a plentiful supply,  I suggest that you use the healthymemory blog search block to search for posts of interest.  Should you be looking for recommendations I would suggest:

myth
Davidson
Kahneman
Stanovich
economics
mindfulness

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The Benefits of Turning Right

December 21, 2015

Astute readers might well question what this post has to do with a healthy memory.  Having a blog offers one certain liberties for venting on certain topics.  One of my pet peeves is being stuck behind a driver making a left turn.  I wonder if the driver has actually though through his destination, and if there is not a better route turning right.

While reading “Why the Net Matters” I encountered a study done by UPS.  Having their riders take efficient routes saves money for the company, so they have done detailed studies and developed algorithms to guide their drivings into take the most efficient routes.

The finding that caught my eye is that in the case of left turns time is lost waiting for traffic to pass.  Not only time is lost, but fuel is wasted.  What the research found is that one left turn is as costly as three right turns.

I am not asking you to weight making right turns more heavily just to mitigate my personal aggravation, but to save time and fuel costs for yourself.

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Gone to APS

May 23, 2013

That is, the Convention of the Association for Psychological Science. The program is quite impressive with many interesting sessions. Unfortunately, some interesting sessions overlap meaning that I shall not be able to go to all the sessions I want to attend. I believe there will be some interesting and thought provoking healthymemory blog posts resulting from my attendance.