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(R)Evolutionary Theories

For Valentine’s Day, let’s look at Evolution in relation to Psychology Month. Psychiatric symptoms are manifestations of ancient adaptive strategies that are no longer appropriate, but can be understood and treated in an evolutionary and development context. That’s the premise of the book Evolutionary Psychiatry by Anthony Stevens and John Price, published in 1996 & [...]

Shrinks

“Psychiatry enables us to correct our faults by confessing our parents’ shortcomings.” (Laurence Peter) Jeffrey A. Liberman includes this tongue-in-cheek quote in his book Shrinks: The Untold Story of Psychiatry. Published in 2015, Shrinks comes with Liberman’s strong credentials: Chairman of Psychiatry at Columbia University; Director of the New York Psychiatric Institute. Shrinks begins with [...]

Spellbinding

Catherine Ford’s Opinion column in today’s Calgary Herald newspaper reminded me of a radical book on mental health treatment that I read two years ago. Here’s the review of the book, which I posted at that time. At 450 pages, Brain-Disabling Treatments in Psychiatry: Drugs, Electroshock and the Psychopharmaceutical Complex by Peter R. Breggin, MD [...]

A Little Research on Mental Illness

These findings are from a blog post I wrote two years ago, but the situation probably hasn’t changed much since then.  On the internet, I found pages of information about mental illness, including this commonly quoted statistic: One in five Canadians has a lifetime chance of mental illness, according to The Mood Disorders Society of [...]

Silence, Stigma, Psychiatry and LSD

Since the Government of Canada has established February as Psychology Month, I’ve decided to re-run my blog post reviews of psychology books, from two years ago. I’m finding it interesting to revisit the messages in these books. Here’s the first review: Inside the Mental: Silence, Stigma, Psychiatry, and LSD by Kay Parley. At 179 pages [...]

February is Psychology Month

Two-three years ago I read eight books on modern psychology as research for my novel, To Catch a Fox. I posted reviews of the books on my blog and now hate to see all that effort lost in cyberspace. Since the Government of Canada has established February as Psychology Month, I’ve decided to re-run my [...]

Multiple vs Single POV novels

For those who missed it, here’s my January 12th post on my publisher BWL’s website Author Blog. I wrote my first two novels entirely from the perspective of my sleuth, Paula Savard. My third novel, To Catch a Fox, which BWL will publish next month, shifts between five point-of-view characters. While working on this new [...]

Peter Rabbit & friends wish you a happy holiday season

Happy Holidays! How better to enter into the spirit of the season than to reminisce about my trip last spring to the land of Beatrix Potter and Peter Rabbit. For those who missed it earlier this month, here is the post I wrote for the Dec 12th Books We Love Author Blog. Beatrix Potter, author [...]

Canadian Battlefields of Northern France

On Remembrance Day this year, I reflected on my trip to the Canadian battlefields of northern France in my post on my publisher’s website. Here is the post, for those who missed it. Yesterday, November 11, marked the 100th anniversary of the formal end of World War 1. The occasion led me to remember my [...]

William Wordsworth’s Beloved Homes

England’s Lake District was a highlight of my trip to Britain last spring. Earlier this month, on my publisher’s author blogspot, I recalled my visits to the homes of poet William Wordsworth. This is what I wrote: I’ve wanted to visit England’s Lake District since my university days, when I took a course in Romantic [...]

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