An alternative to the APA’s new sexist guidelines for working with men and boys

The APA's Division 51 (Men and Masculinities) recently released their guidelines for working with men and boys. While guidelines on this topic are much needed, the APA's contribution leaves room for improvement. In this article I will outline issues with two of their 10 guidelines: Guideline 1 of the APA guidelines suggests that "masculinities are constructed based on social, cultural and contextual norms". However although it is true that masculinity is, in part, constructed, it is also partly innate. What is the evidence that masculinity is, in part, innate? Well, sex differences in cognition and behaviour are found worldwide, and their universality suggests something that transcends culture. Moreover, most of these clearly map onto masculinity. For example, the tendency to being more competitive, aggressive (physically), and interested in sports than women maps onto the male gender script of being a...

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Aprende a sufrir para sufrir menos

Las personas siempre intentamos construirnos una vida segura y tranquila donde queden excluidos los riesgos y por supuesto, el sufrimiento. Hay quien va más allá de este simple principio y, por miedo a sufrir o a experimentar cualquier emoción negativa, se olvida precisamente de vivir. No hace mucho te hablamos por ejemplo de algo muy común que está ocurriendo hoy en día, personas que tras sufrir un desengaño amoroso, una traición o una pérdida, elige incluso el "no volver a enamorarse". Se cierra puertas y, en cierto modo prescinde el vivir una parte de esa vida tan importante para el ser humano. Pero ahora bien, cada uno de nosotros somos libres para tomar nuestras propias decisiones y el modo en que deseamos pasar nuestros días, sin ser juzgados o criticados. Con esto, solo queremos dejar claro un aspecto. No podemos...

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BEST OF THE WEB: Damning: US Justice Dept. fired chief medical expert after he privately told their lawyers vaccines can cause autism

Today we investigate one of the biggest medical controversies of our time: vaccines. There's little dispute about this much-- vaccines save many lives, and rarely, they injure or kill. A special federal vaccine court has paid out billions for injuries from brain damage to death. But not for the form of brain injury we call autism. Now-we have remarkable new information: a respected pro-vaccine medical expert used by the federal government to debunk the vaccine-autism link, says vaccines can cause autism after all. He claims he told that to government officials long ago, but they kept it secret. Yates Hazlehurst was born February 11, 2000. Everything was normal, according to his medical records, until he suffered a severe reaction to vaccinations. Rolf Hazlehurst is Yates' dad. Rolf Hazlehurst: And at first, I didn't believe it. I did not think that,...

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Plants actually know when they are eaten and send distress signals

Just because plants do not have brains it doesn't mean they cannot have feelings. Plants can feel distressed as in a way they have a type of nervous system. Plants Warn Each Other If They Are Attacked Biologists have found out that if the leaf of a plant starts to get eaten it is able to give off a warning to other leaves. They do this by using similar signals to animals in distress. Biologists are continuing to study the mystery of how plants are able to take to each other. ...

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Five revelations for finding your true calling, according to psychology

"Look. You can't plan out your life. What you have to do is first discover your passion-what you really care about." Barack Obama, as quoted by David Gergen (cited in Jachimowicz et al, 2018). Last Saturday, the first of two BPS career events took place - "perfect for anyone looking to discover where psychology can take them in their chosen career." A second follows in London on Dec 4. If, like many, you are searching for your calling in life - perhaps you are still unsure whether psychology is for you, or which area of the profession aligns with what you most care about - here are five digested research findings worth taking into consideration: There's a difference between having a harmonious passion and an obsessive passion If you can find a career path or occupational goal that fires you...

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