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1 week ago

Two complementary views of peacemaking: the Palestinian-Israeli case.

The Palestinian-Israeli dispute is an archetypical example of an

intractable conflict: a protracted, violent, drawn-out struggle in which

generation after generation is socially conditioned to continue

fighting. The phenomenon perpetuates a destructive evolutionary

mechanism: almost every element that benefits the conflict survives,

while whatever operates against it becomes extinct. In order to change

this progression, a beneficial revolutionary process is required that

would bring the peace process to the point of no return, a place where

extremists, radicals and "professional" spoilers cannot stop

the progression toward resolu

2 weeks ago

15 Signs You May Have Adult ADHD

About 4 percent of adults have attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD), and many others have never been diagnosed. (About half of kids with ADHD still have it in adulthood.)

A diagnosis can be important. Adults with ADHD tend to have lower incomes as well as higher rates of accidents, unplanned pregnancies, and substance abuse than those without it, says Martin W. Wetzel, MD, an assistant professor of psychiatry at the University of Nebraska Medical Center, in Omaha.

Here are 15 signs of adult ADHD.

Celebrities with Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder

Signs You May Have Adult ADHDChildren with ADHD can be overly energetic, but adults may just feel edg

3 weeks ago

Psychology - InfoBarrel

Psychology Brain ImagePsychology is the scientific study of behavior and mental processes. Such study can involve both animal and human behaviors. When applied to humans, psychology covers everything that people think, feel, and do.

Psychologists use the systematic method, the use of a systematic method of asking and answering questions about why people think, act, and feel as they do reduces the chances of coming to false conclusions.

As psychologists go about their systematic and scientific study of humans and animals, they have several goals. Overall, psychologists seek to do four things.

Describe - The first goal for any scientist or psychologist is to describe or gather information about the the behavior being studied studied and to present what is known.

Explain - Psychologists are not content simply to state the facts. Rather, they also seek to explain why people or animals behave as they do. Psychologists use hypothesis, an educated guess. It is a researchers prediction about what the results of a study are expected to be. As they study, more complex explanations called theories are constructed. A theory is usually a complex explanation based on findings from a large number of experimental studies.

Predict - The third goal of psychologist is to predict, as a result of accumulated knowledge, what humans will think or feel in various situations. By studying descriptive and theoretical accounts of past behaviors, psychologists can predict future behaviors.

Influence - Some psychologists seek to influence behavior in helpful ways.

To ensure that data are collected accurately, psychologists rely on the scientific method. In psychology, facts are based on data. The data obtained from methods such as experiments, surveys, and case studies. This means psychologist reach their conclusion by identifying a specific problem or question, formulating a hypotheses, collecting data through observation and experimentation, and analyzing from the data.

Although psychologists use the scientific method to test and support many theories, many questions about behaviour remain unanswered , but new theories and technological developments are constantly generating new questions and new psychological studies.

There are many different psychologists such as clinical psychologist, industrial/organizational psychologist, counseling psychologist and engineering psychologist. Some are involved in applying psychological principles rather than discovering them.

Some psychologists conduct studies with a long-term goal of finding out more about human or animal behaviour by doing basic science, or research. Other psychologists are more interested in discovering ways to use what we already know about people to benefit others, they view psychology as an applied science and use psychological principles to solve more immediate problems.

1 month ago

4 Ways Social Media Can Undermine Girls and Women

Teenage girls and adult women are often emotionally bruised when social media becomes their North Star for finding meaning and purpose in life. There are limits to what social media can positively provide and female users who do not understand these limits may struggle in a variety of ways. Here are four myths about social media.

1. Social media is an emotional support network. Girls learn language earlier than boys and speak about their emotions with greater facility beginning as early as toddlerhood. This emotional awareness and verbal aptitude means that by elementary school they are acutely in tune with relationships. They want to be liked and too often as they mature, are relent

1 month ago

Apartheid's Colonial Health and Mental Disorders: Fractured Consciousness and Shattered Identities

Whenever I write about the past Apartheid regime's deeds on the African people, these are not merely notes as to the evilness or badness of the system, which it was, it is about the long term effects and affects these deeds, mistreatment or however one chooses to characterize, on the African population for generations and centuries on end, up to until today; also, a very important point worth noting is that this is written from an African point of view.

When we deal with the History and story of African people in South Africa or anywhere in the world(Diaspora) we ought to listen to their accounts from their own perspective, maybe in so doing, this will hasten the healing of societies,

1 month ago

Albert Low - Renown Zen Master by Jakob Jelling

Albert Low is a Zen master and the author of a numerous books, some of which were published in many countries around the world.

Albert now resides in Canada, but has also lived in South Africa, England, and the United States. He holds a bachelor's degree in Psychology and Philosophy; he is a trained counselor. In 2003, he earned the degree of Doctor of Law at Queen's University in Ontario.

Albert Low was born in England, in 1928. In 1947 - 1949, he served in the Royal Navy. In 1954, he and his wife Jean immigrated to South Africa. In South Africa, Albert started to work in the local monopole news agency - the Central News Agency. Soon he took the post of senior personnel executive. At the same time, he was giving numerous lectures on how to organize business management creatively. His children Anita, Stephen and John were born in South Africa.

Albert left South Africa in 1963, due to his non-acceptance of the apartheid system. He moved to Ontario, Canada, and started working in a large utility company, also as a personnel executive. He continued giving seminars and lectures on the topics that interest him the most - creativity and Zen. During this time his book "Zen and Creative Management" was released - it sold around 75,000 copies. From 1955 to 1966 Albert Low was studying Zen Buddhism. In 1966 he started to practice Zen Buddhism under the guidance of a renowned Japanese master. As time went by, he decided to switch to a new master. In 1976, he left the utility company where he worked, and became an editor at a journal. In 1979, he moved to Montreal, where he became a probationary teacher. In 1986, he was authorized to become a Zen master by his teacher.

Throughout his life, Dr. Low has been studying human nature, psychology, creativity, and spirituality; he has a vast knowledge of Western psychology. He provided spiritual and creative counseling for many years. He has given a number of interviews on radio and television, including the CBC. Albert Low is an author of 11 books, and a contributor to 3 other books. Most of his books can be found in English and French, and many can also be found in Spanish, Portuguese, German and other languages too.

His latest book is "The Origin of Human Nature". His other books include: "Hakuin on Kensho the Four Ways of Knowing", "Creating Consciousness", "The Butterfly's Dream", "The World A Gateway: Commentaries on the Mumonkan", "To Know Yourself", "Zen and the Sutras", "Zen and Creative Management", "The Iron Cow of Zen", "Zen Meditation, plain and simple", and "Hakuin's Chant in Praise of Zazen".

Albert talks about some of his books on YouTube. His books can be found in hardcover and in the form of eBooks. Albert is also an author of a number of teishos.

Today, Albert Low is the director of the Montreal Zen Center, where he teaches over 200 students; he teaches his students spirituality and psychological aspects.

2 months ago

Talk therapy may help tough-to-treat depression | Reuters

NEW YORK (Reuters Health) -- People with long-lasting depression may benefit from talk therapy when other treatment methods such as antidepressant drugs alone aren't working, suggests a new study. But the topic needs more research, the authors say - and they also point out that talk therapy isn't accessible or affordable for everyone.

About 15 million adults in America suffer from major depressive disorder - serious cases of depression that last more than two weeks - in any given year, according to the National Institute of Mental Health. Most people wh