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Bob Dylan on Friends

Welcome to From Insults to Respect. Today’s topic, friends. Why are friends relevant to respect? Well, for a variety of reasons seeking to have at least one or two good friends that are respected in your community can serve to increase the respect community members have for you. The skills that led to why these respected people have become respected may very well rub off on you…

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Do Antidepressants Increase Risk of Adult Suicide?

According to the FDA, there has been a long-standing concern that antidepressants may have a role in inducing worsening of depression and the emergence of suicidality in certain patients during the early phases of treatment. Pooled analyses of short-term placebo-controlled trials of antidepressant drugs showed that these drugs increase the risk of suicidal thinking and behavior (suicidality) in children, adolescents, and young adults (ages 18-24)…

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Is Suffering a Symptom of Mental Illness?

In America, the polarization of opinions is incredible. Many Americans, for example, have enormous respect for President Trump, while many others have the polar opposite opinion. There is something similar to this when it comes to how Americans feel about psychiatrists. There are many people who hold the belief that psychiatrists are enormously helpful to our society by relieving suffering while others believe that psychiatrists…

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On Calling President Trump a Liar

A Bernie Sanders, John Kasich, Jeff Rubin Perspective

Recently (5/17/17), Senator Bernie Sanders and Governor John Kasich held a CNN nationally televised town hall style discussion. At one point, a questioner asked about President Trump’s frequent lying, at which point Sanders and Kasich had a fascinating exchange. It can be viewed for free on YouTube HERE.  It begins with Sanders turning to Kasich and asking him, “Is Trump a liar?” “Well,” Kasich replies, “sometimes…

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Is Life Worth Living?

A William James Perspective

When Professor William James took up today’s question over 100 years ago, he began with the following witty answer, “It depends on the liver.” He then quickly explained that the quip was not intended to be the serious answer the subject certainly deserves. He went on from there to say: “Without further explanation or apology, then, I ask you to join me in turning an attention, commonly…

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Is Depression a Genetic Disease?

Millions of people experience one or more episodes of depression during their lifetime. At such times, many fear that if news of this were to get out it would diminish the level of respect people have for them. Attempting to avoid the stigma of being viewed as having a mental illness, they shy away from revealing what they are experiencing. Some promote the idea that…

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ADHD: The Latest 2017 Research

Currently, in many countries a wide variety of children are being classified as having ADHD and placed on a regimen of consuming psychiatric drugs. Supporters of this trend often cast a disrespectful eye toward their critics while arguing that scientific research supports their position. Meanwhile, equally scientific minded individuals who have looked at the same research come up with a completely different set of conclusions….

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Doonesbury and the Nature of Payback

Welcome to From Insults to Respect. Today’s topic, “payback.” There are a couple of definitions for payback, so to be clear, I’m referring to a tactic involving punishing someone, or a group of people, for something done in the past. Synonyms include revenge, reprisal, retaliation, retribution, and vengeance. When discussing a topic such as this, it helps to utilize a vivid narrative that is not only illustrative, but also provides…

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Are Science and Religion Incompatible?

A William James, Albert Einstein Perspective

Welcome to From Insults to Respect. Today we take up the question, can the science minded and religious minded legitimately take up an attitude of mutual respect? There are, of course, people who fervently believe that opinions that do not rest firmly on the broad shoulders of scientific evidence are nothing more than superstition. Many of these individuals, as soon as they hear that a person…

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Trump and the Nature of Hate

Welcome to From Insults to Respect.  This week I was watching President Donald Trump’s first news conference since he became president. There, the remarks that I found most interesting had to do with his expressed outrage about how hateful the press has been toward him. The first time it came up, he was asked the following question by a reporter: “I just want to get you…

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