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  1. Created: Sun, 12 Oct 2014 19:02 Last updated: Mon, 13 Oct 2014 14:00
    muir A Psychological Angle on The Ghost and Mrs. Muir Mrs. Muir and her ghost (public domain) Halloween season is here, and T.V. stations are playing films they feel are relevant to this season which includes films about ghosts. There are a number of romances involving ghosts, and one that stands out for... Read more..

  2. Created: Sun, 12 Oct 2014 18:59 Last updated: Sun, 12 Oct 2014 19:00
    (Psychological Paradoxes & Puzzles — 10) A Paradox from the Theory of Evolution Read more..

  3. Created: Sun, 12 Oct 2014 18:56 Last updated: Sun, 12 Oct 2014 18:56
    (Psychological Paradoxes & Puzzles — 9) A Paradox regarding Thinking, Depression, & Cheerfulness Read more..

  4. Created: Sun, 12 Oct 2014 18:48 Last updated: Sun, 12 Oct 2014 18:53
    (Psychological Paradoxes & Puzzles — 7) Still more "In-Out" Paradoxes Read more..

  5. Created: Sun, 12 Oct 2014 18:46 Last updated: Sun, 12 Oct 2014 18:51
    (Psychological Paradoxes & Puzzles — 6) "Inside" and "Outside": Paradox, Puzzle, Psychological Meditation? Read more..

  6. Created: Sun, 25 May 2014 12:25 Last updated: Wed, 28 May 2014 13:30
    The Law of Perspectives: There are two Global Perspectives on Life. “Life is good with painful moments” and “Life is painful with pleasant moments.” Read more..

  7. Created: Sun, 25 May 2014 16:27 Last updated: Wed, 28 May 2014 13:36
    Two Opposite Perspectives on Negative Feelings and Negative Emotions One view of our Negative Feelings and Negative Emotions that is current in psychology is found in many of the classes psychologist take for what we call our “Continuing Education.” It can be stated as follows: Read more..

  8. Created: Wed, 09 Apr 2014 16:57 Last updated: Wed, 09 Apr 2014 18:42
    A Psychological Approach to the T.V. Series, "Mad Men." It is April 9, 2014, and it is four days until the beginning of the seventh and last season of the T.V. series, Mad Men. By the time the series is complete, there will have been, roughly, seventy five hours of the program. If a person wanted to... Read more..

  9. Created: Sat, 29 Mar 2014 22:04 Last updated: Sun, 27 Apr 2014 12:17
    The Unconscious: The Idea of The Unconscious Freud thought there is an area of our minds that is unconscious. We all speak of consciousness and unconsciousness, but Freud spoke of an area that he called the Unconscious. The Unconscious is filled with ideas, thoughts, feelings, fears and anxieties,... Read more..

  10. Created: Wed, 21 Aug 2013 13:19 Last updated: Sat, 15 Mar 2014 18:28
    Introspection If you shut your eyes and notice things going on in your head, chest, and other parts of your body, you are introspecting. Some people are very good at this and will immediately understand exactly what I mean by it. Others won't understand, either because they don't like to introspect... Read more..

  11. Created: Mon, 09 Dec 2013 20:18 Last updated: Mon, 28 Apr 2014 16:49
    Humphrey Bogart in The Petrified Forest film trailer A Psychological Question about the Film "Casablanca" from the 1936 film "Petrified Forest" (photo in the public domain) My question is: Why was Humphrey Bogart chosen to play Rick in the film, "Casablanca"? There must have been commercial reasons involved in the producer, Hal Wallis' choice of... Read more..

  12. Created: Sun, 08 Dec 2013 15:35 Last updated: Sun, 16 Mar 2014 18:51
    1-seeing What is Seeing? We all perceive the world, and most of us see all day long and depend on our seeing, but most people rarely give seeing a second thought. There are doctors and medical researchers who study the eyes and the parts of the brain involved with vision in order to help people with sight... Read more..

  13. Created: Mon, 23 Sep 2013 12:49 Last updated: Thu, 02 Oct 2014 22:17
    imgSrv.jpeg The Error of George Berkeley's "Tree in the Park" Argument The so-called Tree in the Park Argument or Master Argument of the Irish philosopher, Bishop George Berkeley (1685-1753), has been analyzed and rejected by most philosophers, but it remains intriguing to many lay people. The following is Berkeley's... Read more..

  14. Created: Wed, 28 Aug 2013 13:28 Last updated: Fri, 17 Jan 2014 13:32
    Ambivalence: Any two different organisms have different needs. At times they may function in harmony to get both of their needs met; at times they can't or won't. Read more..

  15. Created: Fri, 23 Aug 2013 10:57 Last updated: Sun, 16 Mar 2014 18:49
    What is an Archetype? — The Connection of Archetypes with Ideas and Universals The word archetype was introduced into psychology by the Swiss psychiatrist, Carl Jung. Though the word has entered popular jargon and is used by many in the profession, it has negative connotations for many. A clear... Read more..

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  1. Created: Fri, 06 Apr 2012 21:24 Last updated: Thu, 27 Mar 2014 14:24
    Tiger Woods, Us, and the Legendary Tiger Woods   Read more..

  2. Created: Wed, 23 Feb 2011 21:21 Last updated: Wed, 26 Feb 2014 01:24
    The Law of Limited Knowledge: 1. No matter how smart you are, there is always someone smarter. It follows there is no way, through smartness, to make sure you are not being outsmarted. 2. No matter how sure people are they're right, they may still be wrong. Certainty is a state of mind. It is,... Read more..

  3. Created: Wed, 28 Mar 2012 13:10 Last updated: Sun, 16 Mar 2014 17:01
    The Law of Psychological Compensation: Carl Jung thought dreams were often compensations for the attitudes of consciousness. In my experience, there is truth in this view. And the truth seems so widespread that I have come to think of it as a psychological law. I will try to put the difficult idea... Read more..

  4. Created: Sat, 23 Jul 2011 13:17 Last updated: Thu, 31 Jul 2014 00:49
    Cueva Super Nova-smaller The Deer as a Symbol Published in Rock Art Papers, Volume 11. Ken Hedges, Editor. San Diego Museum Papers 31,1994 (145-156). Thomas R. Hersh
    Los Angeles, California Introduction

    The deer is a common image in rock art of all ages. For example, it is a principal Upper Paleolithic... Read more..

  5. Created: Fri, 25 Mar 2011 16:01 Last updated: Sat, 15 Mar 2014 13:39
    Complexes: Complexes: An Introductory Comment The idea of complex was introduced early in the history of psychology and was used extensively until fairly recently. I find it to be useful still, but I divide it up into two concepts. What used to be called complex, I call simple complex. And I add... Read more..

  6. Created: Thu, 21 Mar 1991 21:49 Last updated: Mon, 17 Mar 2014 14:50
    A Psychological Study of the Mandala in Early Jewish Holy Literature Paper given before the American Academy of Religion, March 21, 1991 and then, later for a sub-division of the American Psychological Association. Read more..

  7. Created: Wed, 09 Feb 2011 15:50 Last updated: Mon, 16 Dec 2013 14:33
    Psychological Types: A mouse that can't tell a snake from a branch will die. A snake that can't tell the smell of a mouse from the smell of a leaf will also die. We too need to discriminate between things or we'll die. As soon as we're born we can discriminate the breast and the nipple. We... Read more..

  8. Created: Tue, 15 Mar 2011 18:37 Last updated: Sun, 16 Mar 2014 17:03
    mormontemple Law of Condensation:  Freud introduced the idea of condensation in his Interpretation of Dreams. Dreams, he found, condensed many aspects of the dreamer's experience into a single image.  An image from a dream of one of my patients is a good example. The dream consisted of a single image.... Read more..

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  1. Created: Wed, 01 Jun 1994 18:19 Last updated: Mon, 17 Mar 2014 15:07
    A Response to Kahn and Hobson
    The following is a critique of the article Self-organization and the Dreaming Brain by David Kahn and J. Allan Hobson that appeared in The Harvard Mental Health Letter of May, 1994 (Volume 10, Number 11). Read more..

  2. Created: Sun, 29 May 2011 23:58 Last updated: Mon, 17 Mar 2014 14:49
    A Psychological Approach to Rock Art: Some General Remarks Published in Rock Art Papers, Volume 8. Ken Hedges, Editor. San Diego Museum Papers 27,1991 (131-140) Read more..

  3. Created: Wed, 27 Jul 2011 14:52 Last updated: Mon, 17 Mar 2014 14:46
    "DIRTY" HANDS Tom Hersh Published in: Bio-Dynamics: Summer 1983: Number 147, pp 46-48.
    Farming and Gardening Association, Inc.
    Richmond Townhouse Road
    Wyoming, Rhode Island 02898 Read more..

  4. Created: Fri, 27 May 2011 16:09 Last updated: Wed, 08 Oct 2014 16:03
    Rock Art and Golems Thomas R. Hersh
    Los Angeles, California Published in: Rock Art Papers, Volume 9. Edited by Ken Hedges, San Diego Museum Papers No. 28. Copyright © 1992. San Diego Museum of Man, 1350 E1 Prado, Balboa Park, San Diego, CA 92101. (171-182.) Read more..

  5. Created: Fri, 24 Dec 1993 17:56 Last updated: Mon, 17 Mar 2014 15:02
    Do the Menendez Brothers Reside in Many of Us? Human nature: Few children murder their parents with shotguns, but there are subtler ways of getting rid of people. Read more..

  6. Created: Mon, 25 Jul 2011 21:49 Last updated: Fri, 02 May 2014 21:29
    The Phenomenology of Belief Systems Published in Journal of Humanistic Psychology, Vol. 20, No. 2, Spring 1980, pp.57-68 and in Religious Humanism, Volume 14, Number 4, Autumn 1980, pp.178-187. Read more..

  7. Created: Fri, 04 Mar 2011 18:22 Last updated: Mon, 17 Mar 2014 14:54
    Dances with Wolves: A Psychological Review (Published in the Los Angeles Times, March 18, 1991) Psychologists analyze conflicts within people, and so it might seem they would not have much to say about Dances with Wolves, a film about conflicts between people--between Indians and U.S. cavalry soldiers. ... Read more..

  8. Created: Mon, 01 Jun 1998 14:14 Last updated: Mon, 17 Mar 2014 14:47
    A Healthy Mind in a Healthy Body by Thomas Hersh, Ph.D. Published in: Santa Monica Organic Garden and Nutrition Club Bulletin, June 1998. Volume 37, Number 2, pp. 1-2. Read more..

  9. Created: Thu, 02 Jun 2011 16:44 Last updated: Sun, 16 Mar 2014 18:44
    On the Problem of Determining the Simultaneity of Mental Processes and Brain Processes Read more..

  10. Created: Mon, 30 May 2011 00:07 Last updated: Sun, 16 Mar 2014 18:42
    "The Silence of the Lambs": A Psychological Review Psychologists are not trained to evaluate the artistic merits of a film, but we may try to analyze a film very much as we analyze other products of the human psyche such as dreams or myths.  In fact, a film, in so far as it "grips" people, is a... Read more..

  11. Created: Mon, 30 May 2011 16:35 Last updated: Sat, 27 Sep 2014 14:24
    Freud's Irma Dream and the Possibility of Biochemical Pathways from Diseases to Dreams Published in Dreaming: Journal of the Association for the Study of Dreams, Volume 5, Number 4. December, 1995 (267-287) Read more..

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  1. Created: Sun, 20 Apr 2014 13:21 Last updated: Sun, 20 Apr 2014 13:21
    Short idea (159): Almost everything that is happening has never been imagined by anyone. Read more..

  2. Created: Thu, 17 Apr 2014 13:41 Last updated: Thu, 17 Apr 2014 13:41
    Short idea (158): I can think of 5 roots of anxiety: Ignorance, Knowledge, Cowardice, Attachment, and Chemical Interactions. Read more..

  3. Created: Sun, 13 Apr 2014 14:00 Last updated: Sun, 13 Apr 2014 14:00
    Short idea (157): You can't trust anyone completely or count on anyone completely — not even yourself. This can be a hard fact to swallow and adjust to. Read more..

  4. Created: Fri, 11 Apr 2014 13:59 Last updated: Fri, 11 Apr 2014 13:59
    Short idea (154): Good Action along with periods of Silence and Aloneness can be a shield, a refuge, and a hospital for a weary, lost, bloody soul.  Read more..

  5. Created: Fri, 11 Apr 2014 13:55 Last updated: Sun, 13 Apr 2014 14:02
    Short idea (156): Many people would be just as sad if there were only one religion as if there were only one type of food or one type of tree or one type of person. Read more..

  6. Created: Mon, 02 Dec 2013 18:56 Last updated: Fri, 11 Apr 2014 20:13
    Short idea (143): Anger is like a storm: You can't prevent or stop or control it, but you can do your best to weather it and keep down the damage. Read more..

  7. Created: Mon, 02 Dec 2013 18:56 Last updated: Wed, 19 Mar 2014 20:18
    Short idea (153): There are many reasons to have censorship in movies. For example, it can be awful to see abuse and killing in films, and many would like a censor to keep these things out of what we and or children see. One reason not to censor is that films are an expression of the psyche and soul... Read more..

  8. Created: Mon, 02 Dec 2013 18:56 Last updated: Fri, 11 Apr 2014 20:10
    Short idea (147): It is easy to have bad motives and to try to cover them over with warm smiles and expressions of care and concern and with promises to always be helpful. So it is possible to be doing very bad things and to appear like an angel. We all fall for this. It is also possible to be doing... Read more..

  9. Created: Mon, 02 Dec 2013 18:56 Last updated: Fri, 11 Apr 2014 20:11
    Short idea (148): We all have good tendencies, and we all have bad tendencies. We all have saintly tendencies, and we all have evil tendencies. We all even have godly tendencies, and we all even have demonic tendencies. A tendency we have that isn't always good and can be evil or even demonic is... Read more..

  10. Created: Mon, 02 Dec 2013 18:56 Last updated: Fri, 11 Apr 2014 20:14
    Short idea (144): One type of injury, like a cramp, can be helped by exercising it and by not giving in to it. Another type, like certain sprains, require the opposite. These require immobilization and no movement and are dependent on time to heal. It may be that sometimes these never heal; the best... Read more..

  11. Created: Mon, 02 Dec 2013 18:56 Last updated: Fri, 11 Apr 2014 20:10
    Short idea (145): One image of love that comes down to us from ancient times is of a cute little chubby infant, Cupid, shooting one of his tiny arrows into someone's heart. This image appears In paintings and on greeting cards and in T.V. advertisements selling gifts for happy lovers. But the image of... Read more..

  12. Created: Mon, 02 Dec 2013 18:56 Last updated: Fri, 11 Apr 2014 20:10
    Short idea (146): Every century is unique. Every decade is unique. Every year is unique. Every day is unique. Every moment is unique. Every thing is unique. Every event is unique. For example, every breath is unique. It is also true that we often feel that everything is the same, tedious, and boring... Read more..

  13. Created: Mon, 02 Dec 2013 18:56 Last updated: Fri, 11 Apr 2014 20:08
    Short idea (149): Over the last few years I have spent a lot of time thinking about the psychology of Anxiety. If I had to sum up my thoughts at this point in time about what is Anxiety I would say: Anxiety = Future. Read more..

  14. Created: Mon, 02 Dec 2013 18:56 Last updated: Sun, 02 Mar 2014 18:22
    Short idea (150): Following his quadruple bypass heart surgery, former president, Bill Clinton, was interviewed by Diane Sawyer on October 28, 2004 for her program, Primetime Live. President Clinton spoke about his changed values with respect to the political "game," and he added, "I thought, you know,... Read more..

  15. Created: Mon, 02 Dec 2013 18:56 Last updated: Sun, 23 Mar 2014 15:13
    Short idea (151): Last week there was a video on the Internet from Australia that was receiving a lot of hits. It was of a life and death struggle between a pond python and a crocodile. The fight lasted over four hours. The python won and wound up eating the crocodile. I think that unless a person knows... Read more..

"Big" Dreams

  1. Created: Tue, 18 Mar 2014 22:26 Last updated: Tue, 18 Mar 2014 22:26
     "Big" Dream 6 (March, 2014) (from the series of "Big" dreams) This dreamer is a high-powered businessman who was stressed from his work in finances. He had the following dream (personal details of which I have omitted) which, if nothing else, served to relax him. Read more..

  2. Created: Tue, 13 Aug 2013 14:17 Last updated: Sat, 15 Mar 2014 18:15
    "Big" Dream 5 (January, 2014) (from the series of "Big" dreams) This dreamer was touched by the following dream but was not sure if it was about him alone or had some bigger implications. Read more..

  3. Created: Tue, 19 Mar 2013 15:52 Last updated: Sat, 15 Mar 2014 18:07
    Explanation of the "Big Dream" Section When Carl Jung, the psychiatrist and student and colleague and friend of Sigmund Freud, spoke to a member of a tribe in a remote part of Africa (to which no white man had ever gone), he was told that there are small dreams and big dreams.  Read more..

  4. Created: Tue, 19 Mar 2013 17:15 Last updated: Sat, 15 Mar 2014 18:09
    "Big" Dream 1 (March 19, 2013) (from the series of "Big" dreams) This is a dream that came to my attention. I am not sure if it was a pure dream or one of those dream-fantasies that occur while lying in bed, half awake and half asleep. It occurred about one week ago.  Read more..

  5. Created: Tue, 13 Aug 2013 14:17 Last updated: Sat, 15 Mar 2014 18:10
    "Big" Dream 2 (August, 2013) (from the series of "Big" dreams) This is a dream of a patient who was involved in a family dispute that was very troubling to him. It involved his extended family. The members of this family are prominent and are used to being respected, listened to, and even obeyed.... Read more..

  6. Created: Tue, 13 Aug 2013 14:17 Last updated: Sat, 15 Mar 2014 18:12
    "Big" Dream 3 (September, 2013) (from the series of "Big" dreams) This is not a "big" dream in the sense of its subject being of importance to more than the dreamer. This was not the feeling of the dreamer of me. Rather it is big in the sense that it seems to have a "message" that the dreamer felt... Read more..

  7. Created: Tue, 13 Aug 2013 14:17 Last updated: Sat, 15 Mar 2014 18:13
    "Big" Dream 4 (November, 2013) (from the series of "Big" dreams) This Dream felt like a very big dream to the dreamer. I present it as a kind of quiz. The quiz question is: "Is it a big dream or not?" Read more..



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