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Neuroscience backs up the Buddhist belief that “the self” isn’t constant, but ever-changing

While you may not remember life as a toddler, you most likely believe that your selfhood then—your essential being—was intrinsically the same as it is today.<p>Buddhists, though, suggest that this is just an illusion—a philosophy that’s increasingly supported by scientific research.<p>“Buddhists argue …

Consciousness

How psychopaths can save your life

The right balance of ruthlessness and cool can make people heroes rather than killers, says psychologist Kevin Dutton<p>I once met a man who told me this: “In the operating theatre I am reborn: as a cold, heartless machine, totally at one with scalpel, drill and saw. Emotion is entropy and seriously …

Psychology

Psychedelics Could Trigger A 'Paradigm Shift' In Mental Health Care

Is American medicine on the brink of a psychedelic revolution?<p>It's seeming more and more likely. A scientific review of the existing research into the therapeutic applications of psychedelics, published last week in the Canadian Medical Association Journal, highlights the enormous potential of …

Johns Hopkins University

We Need to End This Particular Mental Health Taboo

If there’s one thing Americans don’t like to talk about, it’s mental health issues and the medications associated with them. There is, it seems, an …

The Psychological Toll Of The Syrian Refugee Crisis

The nearly 12 million Syrians -- half of them children -- who have fled their homes to protect themselves and their families have seen unspeakable violence, both during the war in Syria and during their escapes.<p>These experiences are understandably traumatic, but their long-term effect may be even …

Mental Health

People With Mental Illness Need a Say in Their Own Future

People don't choose to live with mental illness, mental illness chooses them. I did not choose the life I was born into. I did not choose to be born …

Does psychoanalysis have a role in modern mental health care?

<i>Psychoanalysis has been widely criticised and largely obscured from the mainstream treatment of mental illness. Why do these three psychoanalysists</i> …

Mental Health