Growing From Depression

“Growing from depression” is a short, easy read on the subject of the depressive experience and how to make best use of and grow from that experience. The book is written by Dr. Neel Burton, who is a psychiatrist as well as a philosopher, and an exceptionally good writer.
“If I had more time, I [...]

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Le mouvement de désinvestissement des énergies fossiles : une nouvelle phase de mobilisation pour le climat ?

Le mouvement de désinvestissement des énergies fossiles, né en 2010 aux États-Unis, s’est propagé rapidement dans les universités américaines avant de regrouper d’autres appuis, comme des organisations religieuses, des villes ou des fondations philanthropiques. Dans la mesure où il repose sur le principe d’auto-organisation, il se caractérise par une forte coordination, qui elle-même se traduit par la mise à dispositions d’outils, parmi lesquels un argumentaire à tonalité éthique et économique. L’arrivée récente du mouvement en Europe pose la question des difficultés liées à sa diffusion d’un contexte à un autre. En prenant l’exemple de sa diffusion timide en Belgique, nous illustrons la diversité des contextes nationaux qui conditionne nécessairement les stratégies de ce mouvement.

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Psychotherapy, East and West

Reading philosophical texts can be daunting- sometimes the terminology and words are dense and sometimes you have to re-read multiple times to understand what the writer means. But reading original sources can be highly enriching too.
So when I came across an opportunity to read and review [...]

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Entre controverses environnementales et projets d’aménagement: le paysage à l’épreuve des sens

Coordination du numéro : Vincent Battesti (Centre national de la recherche scientifique, UMR 7206), Élise Geisler (Agrocampus Ouest, UMR ESO), Christophe Mager (Université de Lausanne), Laurent Matthey (Université de Genève) et Éric Duchemin ([VertigO]/Université du Québec à Montréal, Canada).

Dans les années 1990, quand le paysage fait son retour dans le champ de la pratique aménagiste, à titre d’« alternative » (Marot, 1995) à certaines dérives de l’urbanisme moderne, la question du sensible est un champ émergent des sciences sociales, qu’elles soient de l’environnement ou de l’aménagement. On commence alors à questionner les « ambiances » ou les « atmosphères » (cf. travaux du CRESSON à Grenoble, réseau international Ambiances). On cherche à comprendre ce qui détermine les qualités d’un lieu. On souhaite identifier des déterminants de l’attachement à un espace donné, réinterprétant les découvertes, déjà anciennes, des approches phénoménologiques de l’espace (on pense ici à la huma...

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The ABCD of Personality Structure

Regular readers of The Mouse Trap would be aware of my ABCD model of psychology whereby all psychological phenomena are explained in terms of Affective, Behavioral, Cognitive and Dynamic/Desire dimensions.
The affective dimensions is also related to sensory processes; the behavioral dimension to [...]

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The Evolution of Altruism And Its Relationship to Personality

Altruism, put simply, is helping others or cooperating with others, even if it is costly to self. Of course, something like that cannot evolve, unless there are benefits too, associated with such acts of apparent selflessness.

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The Four Sub-Types of ADHD

Recently, I wrote a post about the four neural sub-types of depression. That classification was based on resting stage fMRI comparing depressive patients with controls; I hope someone does similar studies for other psychiatric conditions.
The current post is an attempt to delineate what may come [...]

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Do Cultures Have Personality?

When people talk about culture and personality, the normal top-of-the-mind concern is whether cultures affect personality and if so to what extent?
Personality, or enduring individual differences in thinking, feeling, motivations and behavior among have been shown to be partly heritable and under [...]

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The Four Neural Sub-Types of Depression

Regular readers of The Mouse Trap will be familiar with my obsession with knowing how nature is carved at its joints or in other words what are the natural categories or basic kinds.
This translates into thinking a lot about what are the fundamental drives, basic emotions and personalty traits and [...]

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The Four Shades of Dark

People since time immemorial have been fascinated by the problem of evil; some consider it a philosophical (why does evil exist?) and religious problem (Why does god allow evil if he is omnipotent and benevolent?) while some others have taken a more scientific approach.

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Basic Needs, Basic Beliefs, Basic Pathologies

Kahneman in his book ‘Thinking fast and slow‘ elucidates the two type of thinking processes involved- a system I consisting of fast, intuitive processing, and a system II consisting of slower, more deliberate processing. Lesser known is the fact that a similar dual process theory of personality [...]

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Agricultures urbaines durables : vecteur pour la transition écologique

Le colloque international « Agricultures urbaines durables » propose six sessions scientifiques, chacune avec des sous-sessions et des tables rondes avec les différents acteurs (agriculteurs, chercheurs, élus, étudiants, associations, consultants). Le colloque vise une valorisation scientifique et pédagogique multi-supports.

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Different Frames, Different Outcomes, Different Emotions

Most readers I presume are familiar with the work of Kahneman and Tversky on how statements framed in either loss or gain lead to different outcomes; however this is not a post about prospect theory. Instead this is about a different type of framing: whether the goals you set for yourself are in [...]

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Self-reflective Consciousness and Existential Concerns

I am currently reading ‘A life worth living‘ and found the introductory chapter by Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi quite stimulating and inspiring.
In that chapter, Mihaly claims that human brains are unique in lieu of their ability to give rise to self-reflective consciousness (I believe that many [...]

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