Category

Blog

Blog

The Importance of Touch

And of asking permission first I have been just finished reading about the Untouchables in India. These are people who are treated in a cruel and hurtful way based on a caste system thought up by the human mind. It…
Ellyn Kaschak
March 10, 2018
Blog

Mental Illness and Shame

Why are America's streets filled with the homeless, instead of its attics? Not so many years ago, family members who had psychological problems were considered a shame to the family and were often hidden away from friends and the public…
Ellyn Kaschak
February 9, 2018
Blog

Stress Can Kill

But can it be avoided? According to a recent survey by the American Psychological Association, 63 percent of Americans cite national politics as a major source of stress, in addition to the more perrenial sources, such as income and finances…
Ellyn Kaschak
November 2, 2017
Blog

Me Too!

Why is this post going viral at last? In the early 1970s, we American feminist psychologists took a bold and daring step. We decided to believe what women told us had happened to them. The stories of sexual assault and…
Ellyn Kaschak
October 16, 2017
Blog

What Do We Understand About Mental Illness?

It's not what we think it is. I have written before about the epistemology involved in the psychological emulation of the medical illness model. As we in the profession are overcoming the Cartesian idea of duality, also known as the…
Ellyn Kaschak
September 28, 2017
Blog

Faux Feminism

As feminism becomes more accepted, it can be used for unintended purposes. When I came to feminism and feminist psychology, it was part of what we then called a liberation movement. It had grown out of the Civil Rights movement…
Ellyn Kaschak
September 7, 2017
Blog

Why Are Periods of Solitude So Important?

What makes music is not just the notes, but the spaces between them. Solitude and silence are as important to the human experience as is meaningful activity. By this, I do not mean being alone with Facebook or Twitter, but…
Ellyn Kaschak
August 10, 2017
Blog

Loneliness and Dis-Connection

Do social networks help us feel connected or disconnected? Human loneliness in Western cultures has been a topic of concern long before the advent of the personal device or social networking. Philip Slater, for example, penned an important analysis in…
Ellyn Kaschak
July 18, 2017