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Forum: Evolutionary Psychology April 3rd, 2007, 04:46 AM
Replies: 3
Views: 11,139
Posted By alexandra_k
Re: What Psychiatrists Do

lol.

I'd just like to add that some side-effects are very welcome indeed. Prozac, for example, has a side affect of weight loss that was partly responsible for the popularity of the drug (and...
Forum: Cognitive Therapy November 22nd, 2006, 06:12 AM
Replies: 11
Views: 18,892
Posted By alexandra_k
Re: CBT with Borderline Personality Disorder

It might be that some treatment approaches are better able to facilitate good therapeutic alliance than others.

I agree that there are limits. From memory... People with borderline personalitly...
Forum: Evolutionary Psychology November 19th, 2006, 08:44 PM
Replies: 2
Views: 7,840
Posted By alexandra_k
Re: God v Science, and Dawkins’s “atheism”

Groan.

Dawkins seems determined to give atheism a bad name with all his hostility and rhetoric... It is a shame :-(

I found Dennett to be a little more clear and a little less hostile too...
...
Forum: Cognitive Therapy November 15th, 2006, 03:14 AM
Replies: 5
Views: 11,417
Posted By alexandra_k
Re: OCD and CBT

Yeah. If you try specifically not to think of a certain thought then it tends to make the thought worse (an ironic process).

I guess it would be good to have a number of strategies in your tool...
Forum: Cognitive Therapy November 3rd, 2006, 10:19 AM
Replies: 11
Views: 18,892
Posted By alexandra_k
Re: CBT with Borderline Personality Disorder

To the best of my knowledge... What therapy comes out as the most 'empirically validated' is highly dependent on what diagnosis you are trying to treat...

I do agree, however, that therapists...
Forum: Cognitive Therapy October 31st, 2006, 08:21 AM
Replies: 4
Views: 11,518
Posted By alexandra_k
Re: CBT with Borderline Personality Disorder

The floodgates have indeed opened!

Journal of Clinical Psychology 2006, Volume 62, Issue 4

Special Issue: Putative Mechanisms of Action in the Psychotherapy Treatment of Borderline Personality...
Forum: Evolutionary Psychology October 28th, 2006, 10:20 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 16,336
Posted By alexandra_k
Re: Evolutionary Psychology and Mental Dysfunction

Lol. Yeah, internet addiction, I've read a thing or two about that ;-)

It is a controversial notion that was originally introduced as a joke but it is taken fairly seriously now. Substance...
Forum: Cognitive Therapy October 28th, 2006, 10:08 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 30,604
Posted By alexandra_k
Re: Relapse and recurrent major depression

Thanks.

I guess that with the study you mentioned I'm concerned that if the experimental group and the control group weren't matched for other factors that could be relevant to prevent relapse...
Forum: Cognitive Therapy October 28th, 2006, 06:18 AM
Replies: 3
Views: 13,181
Posted By alexandra_k
Re: attachment therapy/disorders/theory

Yeah, I'd be interested to know what kinds of problems you are talking about too. Do you mean such things as oppositional defiance (in the sense of, violence, swearing, etc. Impulse control...
Forum: Cognitive Therapy October 28th, 2006, 06:05 AM
Replies: 12
Views: 30,604
Posted By alexandra_k
Re: Relapse and recurrent major depression

What was 'treatment as usual' in the control group for the study, do you remember?

I have heard that it is 'common knowledge' that staying in anti-d's helps prevent an episode...

But I had also...
Forum: General Discussion October 28th, 2006, 05:57 AM
Replies: 2
Views: 8,424
Posted By alexandra_k
Re: diagnosis

> i have a patient 40 yr old who is intellegent and hardworking, hes is seemingly sober and composed but he thinks he is madly in love with a girl since a long time. hes constanly hounds and harasses...
Forum: General Discussion October 28th, 2006, 05:51 AM
Replies: 3
Views: 10,809
Posted By alexandra_k
Re: Self Absorbed

Well... This is just my unprofessional guess so take it or leave it as you see fit...

Typically... I find that people who are keen to talk themselves up do that because they feel inferior or...
Forum: General Discussion October 28th, 2006, 05:48 AM
Replies: 12
Views: 39,915
Posted By alexandra_k
Re: Medicating children with ADD

I think that ADHD isn't a natural kind.

If you take a bunch of people with a dx of ADHD then some of them benefit from medication and they probably wouldn't benefit as much from other...
Forum: Evolutionary Psychology October 28th, 2006, 05:38 AM
Replies: 10
Views: 16,336
Posted By alexandra_k
Re: Evolutionary Psychology and Mental Dysfunction

Hey, thanks for that. I've never really looked at Blogs before... I had a look at that one and from that one there were links to other ones... So I had a look at those too... And spend a good...
Forum: Evolutionary Psychology October 28th, 2006, 05:37 AM
Replies: 10
Views: 16,336
Posted By alexandra_k
Re: Evolutionary Psychology and Mental Dysfunction

Hey James,

> Wakefield has something to sell: be cautious.

Do you know something I don't? My understanding is that he is a Social Worker... He has written close to 20 papers on his 'harmful...
Forum: Evolutionary Psychology October 23rd, 2006, 02:01 AM
Replies: 10
Views: 16,336
Posted By alexandra_k
Re: Evolutionary Psychology and Mental Dysfunction

Hey. Thanks for your response.

I did find something in the archives about this topic...
:-)

> There is probably no dependable relationship between what a person does and what is called crazy....
Forum: Evolutionary Psychology October 19th, 2006, 11:42 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 16,336
Posted By alexandra_k
Evolutionary Psychology and Mental Dysfunction

Objectivists maintain that whether someone is mentally disordered is determined by facts about the individual.

Subjectivists maintain that whether someone is mentally disordered is determined by...
Forum: Evolutionary Psychology October 15th, 2006, 05:55 AM
Replies: 12
Views: 16,673
Posted By alexandra_k
Re: Relationship with mother leaves its mark on the brain

I've been led to read some of the stuff on the neurobiology of attachment too... Fairly interesting. There is some stuff on the attachment styles of infants (secure, disorganised etc) and the...
Forum: Evolutionary Psychology July 21st, 2006, 04:33 PM
Replies: 67
Views: 48,112
Posted By alexandra_k
Re: free will, determinism, and morality

<the modules of the brain, testosterone and meds show that the will is not free

only because you insist on holding onto an incoherent notion of 'free will' that people (when surveyed) actually...
Forum: Evolutionary Psychology July 20th, 2006, 01:18 AM
Replies: 47
Views: 40,331
Posted By alexandra_k
Re: Emotions versus Reason?

>> Alex: The problem of focus is why perceptions seem to refer to the state of the world whereas pain seems to refer to the phenomenology.

> When you ask why “perceptions seem to refer to the...
Forum: Evolutionary Psychology July 19th, 2006, 11:41 PM
Replies: 47
Views: 40,331
Posted By alexandra_k
Re: Emotions versus Reason?

> For example, unless you’re actually doing real neuroscience research, I’d not be terribly concerned about “giving away for free stuff that [you] might be able to get published (and properly...
Forum: Evolutionary Psychology July 19th, 2006, 08:20 PM
Replies: 67
Views: 48,112
Posted By alexandra_k
Re: free will, determinism, and morality

Er...

What I found to be most interesting was their saying that there seems to be psychological evidence for the folk having two quite different conceptions of free will.

Both of us were...
Forum: Evolutionary Psychology July 19th, 2006, 07:08 AM
Replies: 47
Views: 40,331
Posted By alexandra_k
Re: Emotions versus Reason?

< often, just adhering to the general rule that “less is more,” can be helpful. Try it, you may like it, and find in the long run that you’ll accomplish much more.

There is a difference...
Forum: Evolutionary Psychology July 19th, 2006, 12:18 AM
Replies: 47
Views: 40,331
Posted By alexandra_k
Re: Emotions versus Reason?

Yeah it is expensive ("Gut Reactions") because it hasn't come out in paperback yet. I'm not sure about buying it... Prinz is interesting at providing a 'big picture' view which is interesting, but...
Forum: Evolutionary Psychology July 18th, 2006, 09:51 PM
Replies: 67
Views: 48,112
Posted By alexandra_k
Re: free will, determinism, and morality

maybe... we are both wrong:

http://www.ucl.ac.uk/~uctytho/dfwNichols.html

:-)

(you can get back to the main pages from there too. the paper is long, but well worth a read.)
Forum: Evolutionary Psychology July 17th, 2006, 10:49 PM
Replies: 47
Views: 40,331
Posted By alexandra_k
Re: Emotions versus Reason?

> saying that there is a rationality in emotion misses the point entirely.

I meant a fairly loose sense of 'rationality' as 'appropriateness'. If you feel intense fear because the garden hose...
Forum: Evolutionary Psychology July 17th, 2006, 10:11 PM
Replies: 47
Views: 40,331
Posted By alexandra_k
Re: Emotions versus Reason?

Yes Fred. If I had more time I would post shorter posts. May seem paradoxical but the process of clarifying and editing and saying things simply is the most time consuming of the lot...
Forum: Evolutionary Psychology July 17th, 2006, 10:00 PM
Replies: 67
Views: 48,112
Posted By alexandra_k
Re: free will, determinism, and morality

I agree with your characterisation of moral responsibility. In those cases I cited before (tied to a chair / not tied to a chair etc) then you would make 'morally responsible' and 'not morally...
Forum: Evolutionary Psychology July 17th, 2006, 07:41 AM
Replies: 67
Views: 48,112
Posted By alexandra_k
Re: free will, determinism, and morality

Clarification of points of difference (I do find these useful!)

YOU: It is too counter-intuitive to say that we have discovered that free will requires causation, we are better off saying that we...
Forum: Evolutionary Psychology July 17th, 2006, 07:30 AM
Replies: 46
Views: 38,075
Posted By alexandra_k
Re: Selling Evolution

Not so very much accidents...

Mutation plays a very small part to evolution by natural selection...

Mostly you have inheritence and differential fitness...
Forum: Evolutionary Psychology July 17th, 2006, 07:26 AM
Replies: 47
Views: 40,331
Posted By alexandra_k
Re: Emotions versus Reason?

> The current paradigm asserts that we are the thinking animal. That we use our reason, our intellect, to make behavior choices. That if we make bad choices, that means we don't think good. Probably...
Forum: Evolutionary Psychology July 14th, 2006, 10:26 AM
Replies: 67
Views: 48,112
Posted By alexandra_k
Re: free will, determinism, and morality

> You think that it is too counter-intuitive for us to revise our concept of free will so that free will just is a certain kind of causation.

> I think it's more than counter-intuitive, I think...
Forum: Evolutionary Psychology July 14th, 2006, 09:56 AM
Replies: 47
Views: 40,331
Posted By alexandra_k
Re: Emotions versus Reason?

Why do you post those kinds of posts Fred?

Margaret, I'm sorry if what I said sounded harsh... I didn't mean to be... There is a lot of dispute... I'm just struggling to understand what you are...
Forum: Evolutionary Psychology July 14th, 2006, 01:35 AM
Replies: 47
Views: 40,331
Posted By alexandra_k
Re: Emotions versus Reason?

Though... It might be possible that they have 'proto concepts' or something like that... coarse grained concepts. Some theories of concepts say that to have a concept involves being able to...
Forum: Evolutionary Psychology July 14th, 2006, 01:28 AM
Replies: 47
Views: 40,331
Posted By alexandra_k
Re: Emotions versus Reason?

> Me: I am trying to paint a picture of a different paradigm of how the mind works. To do that I am challenging the definitions that we commonly use - the conventional wisdom on these things -...
Forum: Evolutionary Psychology July 14th, 2006, 12:35 AM
Replies: 67
Views: 48,112
Posted By alexandra_k
Re: free will, determinism, and morality

Okay. Did you follow what I said about conceptual revision? Sorry... I probably tried to cover too much ground in one post.

Clarification of points of difference:

The common sense notion of...
Forum: Evolutionary Psychology July 13th, 2006, 11:07 AM
Replies: 67
Views: 48,112
Posted By alexandra_k
Re: free will, determinism, and morality

An analogy:

Descartes radical scepticism... What moral should we take from that?
IF knowledge requires certainty then the only thing we can be certain of is the cogito therefore we can't have...
Forum: Evolutionary Psychology July 13th, 2006, 10:52 AM
Replies: 67
Views: 48,112
Posted By alexandra_k
Re: free will, determinism, and morality

> Wow, I think we're finally getting somewhere.

:-)
Yep.

> Quantum uncertainty seems real as far as we can test, so, for all 'practical' purposes, there seems to be some rolling of dice.
...
Forum: Evolutionary Psychology July 13th, 2006, 09:49 AM
Replies: 67
Views: 48,112
Posted By alexandra_k
Re: free will, determinism, and morality

Er... I'm not sure how much it helps discussion to parody / caricature / scoff at other peoples views, rather than attempting to engage with them.

Do you think that Margaret caricatured your...
Forum: Evolutionary Psychology July 13th, 2006, 02:05 AM
Replies: 47
Views: 40,331
Posted By alexandra_k
Re: Emotions versus Reason?

Hey. I'm sorry I don't have the time to put more thought into my posts. If I had more time I would try and edit them more for syntax and spelling and clarity and succinctness... I really am sorry...
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