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To Be Young and Unhappy

The pressures on young people today. One of the hallmarks of feminist therapy is the insistence that pain not be privatized. First described by the useful and perhaps necessary trope that “the personal is political,” feminist psychology dismisses common boundaries…
Ellyn Kaschak
November 27, 2019
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What Is Shame?

It has become popular among politicians and comedians. Feminist psychology and feminism in general have been at the forefront of the discussion of the dynamics of shame. Shame is used in many cultures as a behavioral and psychological system of…
Ellyn Kaschak
September 18, 2019
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What Is Mental Illness and Who Has It?

Are mass murderers mentally ill? Are the white supremacist shooters mentally ill? The answer to this question rests on a foundation of observations and cultural assumptions. In reality, the term “mental illness” is an aspiration rather than a reality used…
Ellyn Kaschak
August 19, 2019
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Gender and Transgender

What is a woman? What is a man? I am among those psychologists and other professionals who introduced the use of the term “gender” into the lexicon of the social sciences 50 years ago—in my case and by those feminists…
Ellyn Kaschak
July 24, 2019
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What If You Can’t Forgive?

Sometimes, forgiveness seems impossible. You, someone close to you or that you loved has been abused, raped or even murdered. You are severely traumatized and are advised that forgiving the perpetrator will help you heal. Do you forgive them? What…
Ellyn Kaschak
July 1, 2019
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What Is Feminist Therapy?

Why has it developed and continued? Feminism is the simple belief that all people deserve to be considered equal in all realms. It is the perspective that we allow false beliefs about gender differences to divide us, and it is…
Ellyn Kaschak
May 22, 2019
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Psychotropic Medication

What does science really know? Norway has announced the opening of the first psychiatric hospital where medication will not be used as a means of treatment. This experiment should be acknowledged and applauded. Contemporary Western psychiatry is built on the…
Ellyn Kaschak
March 29, 2019
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Women’s Sexuality Close Up

The fluidity of romance and desire As a result of the second and third waves of the feminist movement, many women have felt freer to examine and express their sexuality. Before this time, it was simply assumed that heterosexuality centered…
Ellyn Kaschak
January 30, 2019