Friday, March 27, 2015

Why Teenagers Should Work Part-Time

3/27/15. Published in the Michigan Psychological Association Newsletter, First Quarter, 2015.


I worked in supermarkets for five years during my adolescence and early twenties - the work taught me invaluable lessons:


1.   The world is an outpatient psychiatric ward.


2.   Rich people shoplift.


3.   People routinely say crazy things.


4.   Many people are generous and kind.


5.   Employees steal.


6.   The world is not fair.


7.   Part-time work is the strongest motivator to attend college.


8.   Being kind is more important than being clever.


9.   Earning your own money is a gift that keeps on giving.


10. It's not all about you.


Steven J. Ceresnie, Ph.D.

HBO Documentary: Going Clear. The Prison of Belief

3/27/15. Watch the documentary on HBO this Sunday about Scientology, based on the book by Lawrence Wright.


Scientologists, where their founder L. Ron Hubbard lectures us about the between-lives period, when thetans are transported to Venus to have their memories erased, have waged a 40 year war against psychology and psychiatry, and against psychiatric medications in particular.


Scientologists have created the Citizens Commission on Human Rights, a Los Angeles based nonprofit organization formed by the church in 1969 to investigate what the church considers mental health abuses, that is, the use of psychiatric medications such as Ritalin and Prozac.


Scientologists have used their considerable fortune to sue drug companies and such prestigious organizations as the American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry, among others. When Scientologists announce their legal challenges to protect children from psychiatric treatments, the media shines a bright light on these efforts. When judges throw out these suits because of no merit, not a word of their dismissals reach the public.


Many vulnerable people are seduced by the simplistic promises of Scientology and remained locked in the cult inside the prison of belief.


http://www.hbo.com/documentaries/going-clear#/

Saturday, March 7, 2015