Most diseases don't differ depending on where you're from. Schizophrenia, however, is heavily dependent on your culture.
- Since schizophrenia is a disease of the mind, the cultural context it occurs in can have a serious impact on how it manifests.
- Cultures in which the family is more important will have delusions centered around their family, cultures in which religion is important often have religious delusions, and so on.
- This growing understanding of the cultural sensitivity of schizophrenia highlights how much our identities are dependent on the cultures we grow up in.
Schadenfreude has always been with us.
- Aristotle spoke of the emotion over two thousand years ago.
- The first appearance of the word in English speaking countries gave speakers a new way to express themselves.
- To this day, there is still some unease around the feeling.
The results contradict the popular assumption that men react far more strongly to pornography.
- The review examined the results of 61 brain-scanning studies that involved 1,850 people.
- The results of the review found no significant differences in how male and female brains respond to viewing visual erotic stimuli.
- Still, one of the researchers noted that there are sex-specific differences in sexual behavior.
It's a popular buzzword among the self-help community, but does trying to become self-actualized do any good?
- Abraham Maslow first came up with the hierarchy of needs many decades ago.
- At the top of this hierarchy was the idea of self-actualization, a human need to become all that we can possibly be.
- It's struck a chord outside of academic circles, but both pursuing this goal and the concept itself are a little problematic.
LSD may help us change our lives by spurring perspective shifts.
- Psilocybin trip may turn banal insights into "sticky" and "revealed truths" that change the way we live our lives.
- For instance, LSD may be able to help smokers cut their addiction. How so? By allowing them to have a perspective shift on its effects.
- Sometimes the insights made during psychotherapy, after years of counseling, can be made with an LSD trip in a single afternoon.