"...Practice lets us execute a task while using less and less active brain
processing. It makes things automatic. When performers master one aspect of
their work, they free their minds to think about another aspect. This may be why
many of us have our most creative thoughts while driving or brushing our teeth.
Rote learning and conceptual thinking often feed synergistically on each other,
freeing our brain capacity for those tasks that require the maximum amount of
attention and creativity..."
10/24/12. The unintended side-effects of affirmative action --- a hidden problem in plain sight. When your temperament does not match your business --- life looks bleak.
"...years of 'happy talk' about the educational value of diversity have obscured a terrible fact: If you place students who are less academically prepared in classes where most of the students are more academically prepared, the gap will be punishing and possibly humiliating to the less prepared students..."
If you are a mental health clinician - or a consumer - and you
want to understand psychiatric disorders --- buy this book.
This book is
based on the pioneering work "Perspectives of Psychiatry," by Paul R. McHugh,
M.D. and Phillip R. Slavney, M.D. who inject conceptual clarity and the
ingredients to understand how life alters minds in a field rife with beliefs,
myths, opinions, cultural fads, and cockamamy theories. The core idea of the
"Perspectives" is that one single method cannot explain all psychiatric
Margaret S. Chisolm, M.D. and Constantine G. Lyketsos, M.D.
present "A Step-by-Step Guide to Applying 'The Perspectives of Psychiatry." In
other words, these authors offer guiding receipes to understand individuals -
not using checklists -- but by applying a comprehensive psychiatric evaluation
and treatment recommendations from each of the four perspectives: how life can
be altered by what a patient HAS (diseases such as schizophrenia), what a
patient IS (dimensions that vary along personality traits and intelligence),
what a patient DOES (behaviors such as drug addiction), and what a patient
ENCOUNTERS (life-story such as grief).
Drs. Chisolm and Lyketsos discuss
the concepts behind the "Perspectives" approach, and then present nine case
histories, discussing evaluation, differential diagnosis and treatment
strategies through the lens of each of the four perspectives.
applied this approach for many years in my psychology practice to the benefit of
my patients, myself, and my students. I eagerly await the next volume of these
guidelines that focuses on understanding the psychiatric disorders of children
Do yourself a favor and learn the ideas in this book ---
mental health is a well-known area with much disagreement about what is known
well. This book will do much to reduce the muddle-headed and simple-minded
approaches to understanding the mind --- replacing this fuzziness with
conceptual clarity, comprehensive understandings, and ideas to improve mental