opinion Dr. Phil Kronk Guest column Published 12:00 PM EST Jan 25, 2019 Patient: Dr. Freud, Could my dog benefit from psychoanalysis treatment?” Freud: “No. I don’t allow dogs on the couch.” A joke. We don’t really know if Sigmund Freud, the founder of psychoanalysis, actually allowed dogs on his analytic treatment couch. However, we do know, that in his later years, he allowed his last dog, a beloved chow named Jo-Fi, to be in the room while he treated patients. Pets have a special place in our lives, and psychologists have explored that special relationship with humans. A recent January article in the journal, Psychoanalytic Psychology, written by JoAnn Ponder, Ph.D., explored the role of dogs in our lives. In the past, psychologists have written about how dogs are used as a vehicle on which we could project and identify our wishes and fears. Other psychologists wrote of dogs as companions, helping us deal with such … [Read more...] about Dr. Phil Kronk: The psychology of pets
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Linda Rodriguez McRobbie, The Washington Post Published 7:51 am PST, Friday, December 28, 2018 Almost all societies have celebrated the change in the year, no matter what calendar they've followed, from ancient Babylonia to imperial Rome. Almost all societies have celebrated the change in the year, no matter what calendar they've followed, from ancient Babylonia to imperial Rome. Photo: Ullstein Bild/ullstein Bild Via Getty Images Photo: Ullstein Bild/ullstein Bild Via Getty Images Image 1 of / 8 Caption Close Image 1 of 8 Almost all societies have celebrated the change in the year, no matter what calendar they've followed, from ancient Babylonia to imperial Rome. Almost all societies have celebrated the change in the year, no matter what calendar they've followed, from ancient … [Read more...] about Five myths about New Year’s Eve
Anthony Borrelli Binghamton Press & Sun-Bulletin Published 8:08 AM EST Dec 3, 2018 She was a 14-year-old girl spending time on an online social networking site chatting with four or five teenage boys. The back-and-forth began to fill with sexually-charged language and the girl was encouraged to perform sexual acts in front of her webcam. But this Michigan teen — who ended up performing on camera — didn't realize who was on the other end: adult men who were well-practiced in a national conspiracy to entice girls to sexually perform over the internet. FBI agents spent months investigating and in February indictments were unsealed against nine suspects. Broome County resident Christian Maire, 40, was identified as the leader of this internet sexual exploitation ring. What's chilling about what the men got the 14-year-old to do in mid-2015 is that it could happen to just about any vulnerable young person who spends time networking with … [Read more...] about Online predators: How to safeguard your children over the internet
opinion Dr. Phil Kronk Guest column Published 6:17 PM EDT Sep 28, 2018 This is the fifth and last column about the psychology of the mob and the harm it can do to a country by establishing totalitarian forms of government. I have shared the writings of two individuals, Hanna Arendt (1906-1975) and Isaiah Berlin (1909-1997.) Arendt is famous for her studies of totalitarian governments in Germany, Russia and Italy during the Second World War. Berlin shared the one important thing that he felt caused totalitarian governments to flourish. Arendt wrote how the German masses became a mob once they found a leader who promised them a place in the world and a call to make them great and powerful again. This involved the use of false propaganda, which they could never disbelieve. Seemingly infinite repetition made any falsehood palatable. Propaganda and terror became too sides of the same coin. The leader created a central fiction, acted as though he was … [Read more...] about Dr. Phil Kronk: The psychology of the mob, the fox and the hedgehog
Dr. Phil Kronk Guest column Published 4:00 p.m. UTC Aug 31, 2018 Could it happen here? Here, in a nation that started by getting rid of a king? And, then, by writing a constitution that promised a democracy that could never support another king? The discipline of psychology has studied the psychology of the mob and the masses, as well as the dangers that follow when a powerful leader uses them to establish a totalitarian form of government. Is it slowly happening here? Perhaps, not that slowly. And if so, are we morally obliged to raise our awareness, our voices, perhaps, even some day our second amendment right to bear arms? Totalitarianism is a form of government that is the opposite of every American value we cherish and every American tradition that comforts us. Totalitarianism mocks and devalues every drop of blood shed by our soldiers in every past and ongoing war. Totalitarianism is a form of government where the state regulates every aspect of public and private life. … [Read more...] about Dr. Phil Kronk: The psychology of totalitarianism: time to beware again?