psychiatry and its contribution to human freedom
This title is meant to be a little sardonic. I am not sure about if or whether. Psychiatry in the United States has come to mean the peddling of pharaceuticals. The pharmaceutical companies have become extremely powerful presences in psychiatry, and since they wish to make as much money as possible they have pushed a proliferation of drugs for every human condition, many of which seem to be normal human conditions. Sadness, shyness, cyclothymia, and others.
So what is to be done. What are the real contributions of psychiatry to humanity. For me, humanity is synonomous with human freedom, and human freedoms seem to be losing out to bureaucracy, induced fear, and corporate interests.
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The Oxfam report prompted Anand Giridharadas to tweet: "Don't be Pinkered into everything's-getting-better complacency."
- A new report by Oxfam argues that wealth inequality is causing poverty and misery around the world.
- In the last year, the world's billionaires saw their wealth increase by 12%, while the poorest 3.8 billion people on the planet lost 11% of their wealth.
- The report prompted Anand Giridharadas to tweet: "Don't be Pinkered into everything's-getting-better complacency." We explain what Steven Pinker's got to do with it.
Moans, groans, and gripes release stress hormones in the brain.
Could you give up complaining for a whole month? That's the crux of this interesting piece by Jessica Hullinger over at Fast Company. Hullinger explores the reasons why humans are so predisposed to griping and why, despite these predispositions, we should all try to complain less. As for no complaining for a month, that was the goal for people enrolled in the Complaint Restraint project.
Participants sought to go the entirety of February without so much as a moan, groan, or bellyache.
- Facebook and Google began as companies with supposedly noble purposes.
- Creating a more connected world and indexing the world's information: what could be better than that?
- But pressure to return value to shareholders came at the expense of their own users.
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