More about vacations…

The summer is winding down.  Most, if not all of the European population has returned from vacation.I ran across another article, the other day, highlighting an important difference between European and American vacation-time.  I want to share it here, because it fits with my experience of things.My first summer in Denmark was magical.  The weather was amazing (we still talk about it) and I learned how to press that “off” button for two whole weeks in a row.  However, another…

The APA’s Statement about the Shooting of Michael Brown

It’s important to realize that prejudice these days, is often not even a conscious process.  While blacks, and other minorities enjoy equality in a number of areas, worldwide, what lingers, are semi-conscious judgments about worth,and presumed innocence or guilt. The APA released this statement about combating stereotypes.  http://www.apa.org/news/press/releases/2014/08/michael-brown.aspx

Definition of perversion

Some of you know that I teach Psychology of Human Sexuality to American University students.  I was preparing for my class, which begins next week, when I came across this interesting video about paraphilias. Beware– the people in this video are very heady and academic, but they have interesting points about our definitions around sexuality, and the medicalization of sexuality in the late 19th century.  Have a look and see what you think.  How do we establish, in our society,…

When in Denmark… a treatise about time off from work

It is hard not to notice, as an ex-pat, the sheer number of Danish holidays that occur this time of year.  Some of my clients notice that I do not really observe them;  They seem too indulgent somehow, so I go into the office anyway.     Recently I have had a couple of client report having some inner conflict about the number of vacation days that they get, or the fact that their doctor has advised them to take some time…

Cybertherapy for New Zealand’s Youth

Cybertherapy Program Launched in NZ I have a few great passions:  Relationships, Family, Psychology, the American Southwest, and Technology.  Cybertherapy is the intersection of technology and Psychology and it’s been getting a lot of my attention lately. I just finished teaching a college course called “Virtual Selves” about this very topic. Today, I am posting about a program in New Zealand, that was recently launched, that uses cybertherapy to target troubled teens.  Its proponents claim that they are meeting youth…

One Psychologist’s Take on the Danes and Medication

I’ve never seen an official document outlining the Danes’ policy towards medication, but as an ex-pat, with experiences in both the US and Denmark (both provider and consumer), I imagine it to read something like this:  “We Danes believe that less medication is better”.  It’s probably a little more polished than that, but nevertheless, there is a lore, among ex-pats, that obtaining antibiotics is difficult, for example.  Many-a-sinus infection have we suffered through, at the mercy of the conservative Danish…

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