Diagram of socially acceptable identities and deviant identities
Stop the Stigma

Racism, Prejudice, and Implicit/Explicit Beliefs

Last week I reviewed White Fragility by Robin DiAngelo. There were some important concepts that she alluded to but didn’t clearly explain, so I decided to do a post, from a social constructionist viewpoint, about how stereotypes and prejudice develop, and why the difference between implicit and explicit beliefs is important. Our societies create categories… Continue reading Racism, Prejudice, and Implicit/Explicit Beliefs

Book cover: 21 Lessons for the 21st Century by Yuval Noah Harari
MH@H Book Reviews

Book Review: 21 Lessons for the 21st Century

21 Lessons for the 21st Century by Yuval Noah Harari was recommended to me by Nick of Fiction & Ideas after I reviewed Timothy Snyder's book On Tyranny. This will be even less of review than I usually do; more of a mental chewing over what I read. The opening line was, "In a world… Continue reading Book Review: 21 Lessons for the 21st Century

book cover: Nobody's Normal by Roy Richard Grinker
MH@H Book Reviews

Book Review: Nobody’s Normal

Nobody's Normal: How Culture Created the Stigma of Mental Illness is written by Roy Richard Grinker, an anthropology professor at The George Washington University. Autism and cross-cultural psychiatry are listed as areas of expertise on his faculty page. He's the father of an autistic daughter, who he refers to a number of times throughout the… Continue reading Book Review: Nobody’s Normal

What Is... Series (Insights into Psychology)
Insights into Psychology

What is… Consumer Culture

In this series, I dig a little deeper into the meaning of psychology-related terms.  This week's term is consumer culture. Caramel (Learner at Love) mentioned in a recent post that she'd seen pictures of luxury vehicles accessing food banks. It got me thinking about the pressures to consume newer, bigger, shinier things, and how some… Continue reading What is… Consumer Culture

book cover: The Unapologetic Guide to Black Mental Health by Rheeda Walker
MH@H Book Reviews

Book Review: The Unapologetic Guide to Black Mental Health

To be clear right from the start, as a white chick, I'm not the intended audience of The Unapologetic Guide to Black Mental Health by Rheeda Walker.  It's not that it's not relevant, but the author is clear that I'm not who she's trying to speak to. This books is written by a Black woman… Continue reading Book Review: The Unapologetic Guide to Black Mental Health

The social factors in mental illness that interact with our biology to shape our experiences
MH@H Mental Health

The Social Factors in Mental Illness

While there is debate over the roles of biological susceptibility and psychosocial factors in triggering the onset of mental illness, it's also worth giving some thought to how the illness experience is shaped by social factors vs. biologically-based symptoms. Once we are ill, we experience symptoms that are influenced by neurophysiological processes, regardless of whether… Continue reading The Social Factors in Mental Illness