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"Psychotherapy: Lives Intersecting" IS unique in its field....As a therapist, teacher, researcher, husband, and father [Louis Breger] has learned many things and gained much wisdom in a 50 year career. In this professional memoir, he is passing it on, and telling the truth to people who need to know. Continue reading
Posted Jul 18, 2012 at Accidental Blogger
Christine Overall: "The burden of proof — or at least the burden of justification — should therefore rest primarily on those who choose to have children, not on those who choose to be childless." REALLY? Continue reading
Posted Jun 24, 2012 at Accidental Blogger
The head of the Saint, the angels, the religious symbolism, and the landscape elements were for the benefactor who footed the bill, and for the priest-inspectors who looked for anything unholy or not according to the rules of religious art. The rest, the strange body form, was for the artist. Continue reading
Posted Jun 17, 2012 at Accidental Blogger
Psychology's Quest for Scientific Respectability By Norman Costa Ph.D. (Note: This article was originally published in two-parts in January and February of 2012 under the titles "Psychological Science: Mathematical Argument and the Quest for Scientific Respectability - Part 1 and... Continue reading
Posted Jun 9, 2012 at Accidental Blogger
The Colonel decided they had to destroy a concrete bridge, the only bridge on the only road that led straight to Graignes and the paratroopers. My father was part of a platoon, led by Lieutenant Frank Naughton, that was assigned to blow up the bridge. Continue reading
Posted Jun 6, 2012 at Accidental Blogger
Before legal status was granted to standing your ground, case law was clear in many jurisdictions, that the obligation of one who is threatened was to flee the scene before any use of harmful force. If not, then you could be liable for harm done to the attacker. Continue reading
Posted Apr 11, 2012 at Accidental Blogger
Fire fighters love to have their pictures taken. Police are very shy in front of the lens of a citizen's camera. Continue reading
Posted Apr 1, 2012 at Accidental Blogger
The Freedom Tower from different vantage points. Continue reading
Posted Apr 1, 2012 at Accidental Blogger
Remembering those who died in the attack on the Twin Towers takes many forms. Continue reading
Posted Apr 1, 2012 at Accidental Blogger
The gathering of people at Ground Zero, in New York City, the eleventh of September, 2011. Continue reading
Posted Apr 1, 2012 at Accidental Blogger
I have no words to address the actions of Sergeant Bales who did the shooting of civilians in Afghanistan, nor the horrors, nor the bereavement of the families. I do have words for the officers who have direct authority and control over the enlisted men and the non-commissioned officers in their charge. Continue reading
Posted Mar 19, 2012 at Accidental Blogger
Ellie Russo called me at 4 AM. Peter, her husband, just got a call from his brother, Rob. A nurse at his father's hospice said his condition changed, suddenly, for the worse. Tony Russo's death was near. She asked if I would drive Pete to be with his father. Continue reading
Posted Mar 4, 2012 at Accidental Blogger
What I have found so bothersome, and troubling, is the number of people in positions of power (corporate, military, politics, varied institutions) who cannot imagine that there own knowledge of the world is deficient. The two most obvious examples that come to mind are George W. Bush, and Sarah Palin. Continue reading
Posted Feb 27, 2012 at Accidental Blogger
Bob Glaser was among many psychologists who cautioned the public and educators about the limitations of testing. "In a report that called test results “fallible and partial indicators of academic achievement,” the panel [headed by Glaser] warned educators to avoid letting them become “the major goals of schooling.”" Continue reading
Posted Feb 17, 2012 at Accidental Blogger
What do Zeno's paradoxes have to do with test reliability? The issue is the nature of reality – at least as far as test theory is concerned. Thinking of abstractions as reality is a problem for psychological test theory. It is very hard not to imbue them with reality, especially when they are very useful and 'feel' so obvious and true. Continue reading
Posted Jan 24, 2012 at Accidental Blogger
"Validity is successful use for an intended purpose. Reliability is the expectation of validity based upon history of repeated use. Reliability is dependent upon validity. You cannot have a test that is reliable without it, first, being valid. For 100 years, psychological science got it backwards." Continue reading
Posted Jan 16, 2012 at Accidental Blogger
Can you name the creator of each of these 15 designs? Continue reading
Posted Dec 29, 2011 at Accidental Blogger
The real news was not the agreement on escorts and crossing guards, but a large sign put up by Cardinal George, in front of the Church. Continue reading
Posted Dec 24, 2011 at Accidental Blogger
Vaclav Havel wove theater into revolution, leading the charge to peacefully bring down communism in a regime he ridiculed as "Absurdistan" and proving the power of the people to overcome totalitarian rule. Continue reading
Posted Dec 18, 2011 at Accidental Blogger
"British author, literary critic and journalist Christopher Hitchens has died, aged 62, according to Vanity Fair magazine." Continue reading
Posted Dec 15, 2011 at Accidental Blogger
I found the poem so alluring....Each time I read it, I enjoyed it that much more, but...I was less and less certain of what Stevens was trying to do, to say, to get across. I think it is a religious poem,...Christian..., but he seems unsure about what he believes. No matter. I still Continue reading
Posted Dec 12, 2011 at Accidental Blogger
For the non-believer, should a hint of religion in a poem, or even an obvious reference, detract from the appreciation of the poetry? Continue reading
Posted Dec 5, 2011 at Accidental Blogger