Why are so many people drawn to conspiracy theories in times of crisis?
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Psychiatry, Spirituality and Culture
Ravi Chandra M.D., D.F.A.P.A.
A guided meditation and the tools of mindful self-compassion can help address difficult emotions generated by oppression.
Rhetoric and propaganda by political leaders amplifies polarization and dehumanization. This leads to the danger of cruelty and violence.
Health, community, and society in the time of COVID-19.
After watching Jonathan Swan's interview with President Trump, I have a few thoughts as a psychiatrist about the relational qualities and thought processes on display.
Cultural overwhelm and political propaganda are the preludes for the losses that people sense.
It also seems tied to our individualistic culture in the throes of change.
How helpful is the dialogue around "privilege?" Does it trigger too much defensiveness? Is it the right kind of confrontation and provocation? Does it even match reality?
Why might racist incidents particularly impact Asian Americans psychologically?
Langston Hughes' poem "Harlem" is relevant today. Consider its words, and understand the times we live in.
Have you felt more intense loneliness during the COVID-19 crisis? Here are some tips and insights to help you get through.
Many have been using the war metaphor for coronavirus. That takes us away from a deeper understanding of the illness and the world.
Have you experienced PRGS? Mild, Moderate or Severe? Tell your story in the comments section.
Both President Trump and Joe Biden's campaigns launched attack ads tying the other candidate to China. The politics of blame will endanger Asian Americans.
Dr. Satsuki Ina's life work has been in understanding the traumatic psychological effects of Japanese American incarceration in WWII. She's now an activist on migrant detention.
We're dealing with difficult emotions born from uncertainty, vulnerability, and precarity. How can we work with these, and perhaps even generate compassion?
Terms like "Chinese Virus" and "The Kung Flu" spread racism and xenophobia, adding another level of threat and vulnerability for Asian Americans.
Coronavirus precautions and anxiety are driving many therapists to telehealth. What are the pros and cons? Are telehealth and self-quarantine warranted? What is social distancing?
How do political leaders manipulate emotion and identity to achieve their aims? A leading expert in political psychology weighs in, and also opines on the presidential primaries.
Cathy Park Hong's "Minor Feelings: An Asian American Reckoning" explores the erasure and devaluation of Asian American women and her own artistic and political growth.
Bong Joon Ho gave a remarkable speech of generosity, gratitude, and common humanity at the Oscars this year. Here's a recap of the important lessons for all of us.
As a psychologist, I see the parallels between our national predicament and the drama of the abused family. How might we break free?
A new book by cult and mind control expert Steven Hassan.
Narcissism poses dangers to all relationships, and when it is advanced in authority leads to the abuse of power. The country's founders were aware of the darker dangers posed.
A recent panel on homelessness for the Brown Club of San Francisco featured local alumni experts and offers insight into this significant predicament of society.
Two Bay Area visual art exhibits highlight women's stories, and stories of survival.
Mass shootings occur with alarming regularity. White Nationalist terrorism has motivated several. What underlies this violence? And how can self-compassion and compassion help?
"Luce" is a movie that will make you uncomfortable in all the right ways about race in America.
Can we make some sense of the latest senseless tragedy? As I see it, narcissism/tribalism and nihilism underpin the ideology of White Nationalism.
Narcissism exists, but we are not as polarized as the media and leaders proclaim. Here are antidotes to narcissistic relational problems and our needs for closure and certainty.
A Buddhist psychiatrist's view of cyberbullying, social media toxicity, and rejecting hate spirals.
Ravi Chandra, M.D., F.A.P.A., is a San Francisco-based psychiatrist and writer.
Psychiatry, spirituality and culture from the perspective of an Asian American psychiatrist in San Francisco.