Archive for January, 2013

How does a behavioral psychologist think?

January 17, 2013

All my professional life I was a professor of developmental psychology. I retired in 1998, four years before Dr. Daniel Kahneman, another professor of psychology, got his Nobel Price in – Economics – in 2002. I will speak at the University of Valencia this month on his research on the behavior of the economic man: Is he as rational as society believes? Behavioral Economics was born the moment empirical evidence replaced rationality in the decision-making about money. Hey, young dude, join me on the edge of discovery? Today is only 10 years since the new profession began and people associated with the Symposium (and here in Canada) are already thinking of Behavioral Politics, Behavioral Medicine, etc. as the next step in the evolution of solutions and human success. I want to thank Hippocrates for asking the question 2500 years ago: Should Medicine be rational or empirical. I also want to thank Plato and Aristotle 2400 years ago for asking the question: Should language be rational-logical or natural-empirical?

 

The beauty of adding behavioral in front of any name of a discipline is that solutions become clear. For example, for years as a psychologist I struggled with the issue, “Does man kills or do guns kill?” On the day I became a behavioral thinker the answer became clear. Man kills, not guns. As a behavioral psychologist I know very clearly that the problem is not a billion gun in every home, its behavior. American society needs to look at how it raises its kids! What behaviors are rewarded and what behaviors are punished by parents, schools, etc.

I just came from the mall. I saw a mother screaming at her daughter, “Don’t shout at me,” she screamed. You know something, dude, Buddha once said that the word perfect means awareness, not  the absence of errors. Now I understand what he meant. Hey dude, have a better day!

Schizophrenia

January 13, 2013

Schizophrenia  is a mental disorder characterized by a breakdown of thought processes and by poor emotional responsiveness.  Common symptoms include auditory   hallucinations, paranoid or bizarre delusions, or  disorganized speech and thinking, and it is accompanied by significant social or occupational dysfunction. The onset of symptoms typically occurs in young adulthood, with a global lifetime prevalence.

I got this definition from Google and I agree with it. However, here is my problem. Some thirty years ago before I became a  “behavioral psychologist,”  the psychiatrist at Norwalk Mental Hospital in California showed me the file of a Schizophrenic patient. Later on I met the patient in the Day Room. The patient asked me if I could get a permission to take him out of the facility for a walk to meet his girl friend and go shopping with her. We did. His behavior appeared normal. Looking back I believe the fellow should have been diagnosed on the basis of his behavior and not how much dopamine and serotonin he had in his brain. I believe that a mild schizophrenic could pass as normal if behavior was more prominent in the decision-making process by psychiatrists and psychologists. I challenge my colleagues to debate this issue.

A well regulated Militia, being necessary to the security of a free State, the right of the people to keep and bear Arms, shall not be infringed.

January 11, 2013

Twenty precious three-year old children died so you and I can live the true meaning of the 2nd Amendment to the US Constitution. Yes, the true meaning, not the meaning given to the 2nd amendment by the Supreme court of the United States (SCUS), not the meaning given to the 2nd amendment by the National Rifle Association (NRA), not the meaning given to the 2nd amendment by Pierce Morgan, your dad or mine, and especially not the meaning given to the 2nd amendment by the American trial Lawyers Association (ATLA).  There is a new discipline called Behavioral Politics (BP). It is as young as the kids who were murdered, even younger than Behavioral Economics (BE) which were recently selected by President Obama to help solve the economic crisis (I will speak on that at the University of Valencia this month). Very few people in the United States have heard of any of these.

  • According to behavioral Politics a well-regulated militia is a private group of American citizens who form and registered a paramilitary organization. Being necessary to the security of a free State means that the mission of the group is to prevent a coup de eta’ in the United States of America. The right of the people to keep and arms shall not be infringed means that people in the militia and outside the militia keep their arms primarily to nip-in-the-bud any coup de eta starting small somewhere in the country.

The 2nd amendment does not say who can bear arms, what arms he/she can bear or whether the arms should be concealed or not. These issues are left to any of the three branches of government to decide. A great president would decree that assault rifles should be banned and that individuals who want to own a gun should produce a healthy behavioral profile and a certified fire arm training. A great Congress would vote such a presidential decree into law and a great Supreme Court would vote 7 to 2 to declare that the law is constitutional (there are always 2 jerks in any organization).

This wonderful solution will save lives if the voters will call their representatives at least one a week from now on till election day. Do you know what I am afraid of? I worry that a healthy behavioral profile (HBP) will be misinterpreted as an unacceptable racial profile and that nurses, parents, teachers and counselors will refuse to be interviewed to create the HBP because they are too damn to understand that it will save the lives of their kids in the future.

Narcissism.

January 9, 2013

Narcissism is preoccupation with one’s body and oneself. It’s healthy. Narcissism includes vanity, belief in one’s good looks and social abilities, selfishness, placing one’s interests above the interests of others (without hurting them), and greed, selfishness at the expense of others – this one is clinical.

Here is the shocker: Narcissism is beneficial to the individual and society unless it is clinical, a fact  that is omitted from the definitions of the word narcissism in dictionaries. What is “clinical”?  This word is 100% important to know for your good life! “Clinical” means that the behavior of narcissism interfere with your ability to “love and work” in society (Google “love and work” to learn what it means). You see, it’s all simple, if you are a psychologist, please don’t complicate the issue. I am a narcissistic psychologist (normal, not clinical). I treat my slim and trim body like it is a temple of God, I make money at 76 like I have a million tomorrows to spend it, I am very skillful socially, I write blogs and websites on everything, I am married to a smart and beautiful woman. I love myself. I adore my identity as narcissist.

Hey, my sweet friend, if you are an obese narcissistic normal, you will lose weight with less effort than the humble fat person will. You want to look sharp. You may feel that you look sharp after losing only 20 lbs. If you are narcissistic normal you talk about yourself a lot but in a way that attracts and entertains others (most people are boring). You accumulate nicer things than others do. You make a great teacher or politician because you love attention. You buy for yourself nicer things than you buy for others. You love to be a great teacher, counselor, tour guide, or what have you. I love narcissistic normals. I  avoid narcissistic clinicals. Hey, listen, the truth will make you free. You can now thank me for helping you understand how the bad part of culture tries to limit our self-love!