Who Is Responsibe for Your Teenager’s Behavior? Good Enough Boundaries and Love are the Most Important Guides
One day, a thirteen-year-old boy was walking down the street, or maybe he was on his bike, or watching a movie, or doing homework, or playing ball. He could have been doing anything. His morphogenic time clock kicked in and turned on his testosterone pump. It wasn’t noticeable at first blush. But soon he was sleeping more. He got grumpy. He finally started growing and put on some height. His genitals grew and became active, with a mind of their own. Hair appeared over his lip, on his face, under his arms, and around his genitals. His voice began cracking.… Continue reading
I have stayed away from speculations about Robin Williams’ suicide. I don’t know what pushed him over and neither do you. The autopsy showed that he had not been drinking or using illegal drugs, but he was taking prescription drugs. And what were they? It is important to take note that two of these prescription drugs were antidepressants. And he began taking Seroquel a week before he committed suicide. This is very suspicious. Antidepressants have been implicated in suicides by children and by adolescents. It is already established that that they embolden people to act on suicidal tendencies. The black… Continue reading
There’s a suprisingly good article in the New York Sunday Review – “A Natural Fix for A.D.H.D.” , by Richard A. Friedman. The only difference I have with the author, is that he does not go far enough. He has it right and then he pays homage to amphtetamines. At the end, he says, “This will not eliminate the need for many kids with A.D.H.D. to take psychostimulants.” There should be NO kids on amphetamines. See my blog on “How do our children get Misdiagnosed with so-called ADHD?” and “Reflections on “The Selling of Attention Deficit Disorder”.
The treatment for schizophrenia and manic-depression have shockingly deteriorated throughout my professional lifetime, dating back to 1971. During the hopeful period of deinstitutionalization, it seemed like we were turning the corner. We had expected that patients would return to the community. There they would have individual and family therapy; housing; assistance with working; and help with activities of daily living, when necessary. Finally, an enlightened age, finally. It didn’t happen. So many became homeless. As Allen Frances documented, we have closed a million psychiatric beds and locked up a million psychiatric patients in prison. – “Psychiatry and Recovery: Finding… Continue reading
“Scientists find secret of reversing bad memories“, published in the ‘Telegraph’ from an article in ‘Nature’, extends a dangerous trend in neuroscience – It makes false and non-credible promises from research. The troublesome aspect of this article is that it promises that optogenics – pulses of blue light that trigger neurons to fire – can manipulate the brain and magically treat PTSD and depression. This false promise misleads a gullible and susceptible public who are drawn to this kind of magic. And this seductive claim is actually made to seem plausible and scientific.It extrapolates from flashing the… Continue reading
The last of the four genetic elements of temperament is Participant/Observer. We have addressed the other elements – Internalizer/Externalizer, Introvert/Extrovert, and Active/Passive - as they digest maternal Nurture. The orientation as Participant or Observer determines how one relates to the people and scenarios of the play of consciousness as a whole. A Participant is naturally oriented to be immersed in and emotionally involved with others. He easily and naturally engages through feeling. The natural orientation of an observer, on the other hand, is to process at a distance, rather than be immersed in the feeling relatedness of… Continue reading
The Creation of a Bully, The Creation of Anxiety: How an Active or Passive Temperament orients our personality.
The third genetic temperamental attribute is Active/Passive in the writing of our ‘play’ of consciousness. We have already seen the influences of “Internalizer/Externalizer” and “Extrovert/Introvert” on the fielding of maternal “Nurture”. Active/Passive orients the impact of the protective experience of the mother on her child. An individual with an ‘Active’ temperament naturally operates as the possessor of aggression and primarily identifies with the Protector persona. An individual with a ‘Passive’ temperament does not operate as the possessor of aggression and primarily identifies as a Protectee persona.
One can readily tell whether a child is… Continue reading
Introversion/Extroversion – The Nature/Nurture Question – Nature. The Play of Consciousness is oriented from the point of view of ‘self’, or ‘other’.
This post will continue to address the contributions of ‘nature’ in the Nature-Nurture question. We have seen the contribution of ‘nurture’ in “The Nature-Nurture Question – Nurture” where the limbic system processes the survival maternal environment in the service of the organism. Likewise, we have seen in “The Nature-Nurture Question – Nature.” that the influence of ‘nature’ is not defined by genetic physiological brain mechanisms, as is commonly believed. Rather, the role of ‘nature’ is defined by our genetic temperament, which is composed of four pairs of elements that field and digest the impacts of ‘nurture’… Continue reading
We have seen the role of ‘nurture’ in “The Nature-Nurture Question – Nurture”. We will now turn to the other half of the dynamic – ‘nature’. It is a commonly believed fallacy that the role of ‘nature’ in human beings is defined by genetically determined physiological brain mechanisms. As a result, it is believed that certain genes or gene clusters determine behavior; or neurotransmitters like serotonin cause depression; or localized areas of cortex or parts of the amygdala and limbic system create behaviors and psychiatric symptoms. These prevalent ideas are faulty as they confuse the parts for the… Continue reading
The Nature-Nurture Question – Nurture – The function of the limbic system is to map our nurture experience into the cortex.
The Nature-Nurture question is the big question, It is central for psychiatry, neuroscience, and child development. And of course, the answer is… it is not either/or, but both. But this answer is insufficient on the face of it. We need to understand what nurture really means. And what are we talking about regarding nature? And how do they actually work together?
Unfortunately the exciting explosion of brain science has led to a confusion and faulty assumption about the what constitutes ‘nature’. The operating belief is that specific brain nuclei, neurotransmitters, cortical locations, and genes directly determine our behavior. And whatever… Continue reading