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Ravi Chandra M.D., D.F.A.P.A.
Curious about how social media is affecting you? Dr. Chandra, author of Facebuddha: Transcendence in the Age of Social Networks, invites you to the Social Media Detox Challenge!
"Oh Lucy!" is a wonderful movie, nominated for a Spirit Award for best debut feature. Here's an interview with Bay Area filmmaker and director Atsuko Hirayanagi.
There is a clear public health rationale for gun control. Here is the research. An excerpt from a new book on gun psychology, "Guns Are Not Our God! The NRA Is Not Our Church!"
Some psychology and biology of the dog-human bond, and thoughts on the Year of the Dog.
Is social media making us more narcissistic? Studies suggest we are exposed more to narcissists online - and the medium itself may promote narcissistic relating.
Former Facebook insiders as well as researchers are raising red flags about social media. Here's what you need to know to make your decision about using social media.
Thi Bui and Bao Phi are winning acclaim for their individual and collaborative works. "A Different Pond" and "The Best We Could Do" are vital in this era of immigrant-bashing.
More on the Aziz Ansari-Grace incident.
The New Yorker's "Cat Person" short story seemed to be a prelude to the current Aziz Ansari story. What can we learn about power and vulnerability in the Trump era?
Mark Zuckerberg is changing the Facebook Newsfeed, again. He claims it's to help users' mental health and make Facebook a force for moral good. Don't believe the hype.
There is no war on Christmas. Happy Holidays is just more inclusive and respectful. Hannity and President Trump are using religion in service of their political goals.
We are living in highly polarized, traumatized, and mistrustful times. Here's how you can avoid turning Thanksgiving into Thanksblaming.
Mark Zuckerberg's vision is total transparency. But this has serious consequences for health professionals and the doctor-patient relationship, and even the ability to form a self.
The "Me Too" campaign on social media highlights the prevalence of misogyny, sexual harassment and assault. But our online engagement may take us farther from resolution.
Is social media use a race to the bottom of our brainstems?
In what ways might racism be considered a mental illness? How might this understanding help us treat those who suffer from pathological bias?
The 37th San Francisco Jewish Film Festival offered insight and history. An Inconvenient Sequel, The Young Karl Marx, Citizen Schein, 1945 and Paradise were highlights.
A review of Sandberg's Option B, and some lessons from Buddhism about grief and mortality.
Evergreen State College was recently in turmoil. There were accusations of racism and bullying along with threats and a show of riot police. What's underneath the hysteria?
UCSF showcased a panel of scientific leaders at their Stand Up For Science day. What does this tell us about diversity in science, and about social media?
Interview with "Cries from Syria" director Evgeny Afineevsky about the Syrian crisis and the vicarious trauma involved in viewing hundreds of hours of carnage.
The most popular posts of 2016-2017 in The Pacific Heart!
Guest blogger Nicole Hsiang explores Asian American perfectionism and its consequences.
Is Donald Trump the Fisher King? Are we all like the Grail Knight, forgetting to ask the crucial question?
Many of us are in the grips of difficult emotions triggered by the presidency of Donald Trump. But can we have compassion for him? And can this be transformative?
Charles Vogl's new book "The Art of Community: 7 Principles for Belonging" is a great read and resource for those of us interested in growing community.
Here are three novels that can grow your compassion!
Guest blogger Nicole Hsiang spoke with Asian American men about the bamboo ceiling and success at work.
What are the internal and external barriers facing Asian American men seeking therapy? A guest blog by Nicole Hsiang, MFT.
Machiavelli proclaimed it was "better to be feared than loved." Social Psychologist Dacher Keltner has a different view. Which view will dominate in Trump's presidency?
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.