There's been a lot of talk over the last while about freedom of speech, with some people feeling that their freedom of speech, or freedom of speech in general, is being limited. I thought I'd chime in on the matter, although I'm perhaps a bit late to the party. Freedom of speech speech is considered… Continue reading What Does Freedom of Speech Actually Mean?
On the 11th hour, of the 11th day, of the 11th month, the guns of World War I fell silent in 1918. On Remembrance Day, we honour all of those who have laid down their lives, before and after, in service of our freedom. Lest we forget.
In this series, I dig a little deeper into the meaning of psychology-related terms. This week's term is the psychology of tyranny. This post comes from a suggestion by Meg as a follow-up to a post I did recently on lack of awareness about the Holocaust and Holocaust deniers. History is filled with tyrants causing… Continue reading What Is… the Psychology of Tyranny
PublicDomainVectors The other day I saw an excellent article by Andy of Eden in Babylon on Entitlement and Patriotism. He contrasted the entitlement of people complaining that the pandemic lockdown violated their freedom as patriotic Americans with the self-sacrifice of people in uniform that serve their country and defend its values. In Canada, we may… Continue reading I Am Not Free to…
As U.S. states like Alabama, Kentucky, and Georgia are passing laws restricting abortion and gearing up to challenge the Roe v. Wade decision in the U.S. Supreme Court, I look on from north of the border with dismay and disgust. I wouldn't want to live in a country where limited reproductive rights could mean that… Continue reading Reproductive Rights: My Body Is My Own
Battered, Tattered, But Not Shattered: Finding The Strength In What Remains is a memoir by Marie Abanga. This is part of a series of memoir accounts, and focuses on her abusive marriage and how she rebuilt her life afterwards. I always enjoy Marie's unique way with words, like this gem: "I know I have the guts… Continue reading Book Review: Battered, Tattered, But Not Shattered
In this series, I dig a little deeper into the meaning of psychological terms. This week's term is autonomy. While autonomy falls more under the umbrella of philosophy than psychology, it also has significant implications when it comes to mental health and mental health care. The philosopher Immanuel Kant identified several key elements of autonomy,… Continue reading What Is… Autonomy in Mental Health Care