Ask The Psychologist Issue #19: Many people ask me, how can peoples judgment be so clouded they can’t separate facts from mistruths?

Coercive Persuasion or more commonly called brainwashing may be looked at to somewhat answer the question; how can peoples judgment be so clouded they can’t separate facts from mistruths? In 1985, I was attending a murder trial and observed the expert witness psychiatrist testifying for the defendant. For a half hour, he was asked questions by […]

Ask The Psychologist Issue #18: Understanding Negative Projection or Transference as a Possible Reason for Hurtful Behavior

Since we see so much negativity on various media outlets, the below issue will cover the negative side of the concepts described, although there is also a positive side. With all the angry exchanges we see every day on the news between politicians, news reporters, etc., how do we determine the reason they are so […]

Ask The Psychologist Issue #17: What is a Litmus Test to identify evil in people?

I have been asked many times by people, how do you identify evil in people and people who are basically evil. An article today, by a media news and opinion personality Bill O’Reilly, gives us all an idea on how to identify evil in our thinking, as well as people who are basically evil in […]

Ask The Psychologist Issue #16: The Loss Of Freedom and Its Effects On Human Beings

(Previous issues of Ask The Psychologist can be found on the Editorial page of The last issue of Ask The Psychologist (Issue 15) discussed how **Choice Theory Psychology’s higher human psychological needs are genetically possessed by all human beings (Unless there is a genetic defect), with the need to be FREE being one of the […]

Ask the Psychologist Issue #15: What are the Psychological Effects of Depriving Someone the Ability to be Involved with Others?

Recently, a person asked me, if her child was lacking the normal relationship with her friends at school and elsewhere, could it result in depression. As I mentioned in Issue 3 of, Ask The Psychologist; “Symptoms of being confined to your home and isolated from work and your community and general paranoia, can be exactly […]

Ask the Psychologist Issue #14: Gaslighting

According to the DSM–5, the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Health … we can cause symptoms of depression —  illnesses of the mind, that are caused by abuse, isolation, gaslighting. The below description of the psychological term, Gaslighting, relates to the topics in the previous Issues, 12 and 13 and will hopefully help people understand the larger picture discussed in these prior […]

Ask the Psychologist Issue #13: Why are so Many Media Outlets Providing Similar Biased Information?

I have often been asked by many people, Why are so many media outlets providing similar biased information? In Ask The Psychologist Issue 12, I was asked the question, How Do I know What To Believe in the Media?  The below would appear to answer most of that question (Why are so many media outlets providing similar […]

Ask the Psychologist Issue #12: A Free & HONEST Press In A Democracy

There have been a few additions to what I previously sent out as well as a response from a friend that I feel is worth sharing. RESPONSE: Quiet a point you have here Bart! You listen to a station n get influenced by what u hear. U change station n get a different outlook n […]

Ask the Psychologist Issue #11: An Appreciation Exercise to Combat Shelter In Place

I thought I would share the below with you during this time where so many people are being asked to stay home to reduce the spread of COVID 19. Over my many years of seeing patients, many with marital and family problems, I could see myself today ( Now retired), asking my patients to put […]

Ask the Psychologist Issue #10: Treatment Possibility for COVID 19 By Dr. Richard Bartlett

July 21, 2020 As a psychologist, I had many individual patients over the years that were fearful about various things but presently there appears to be mass fear about about one thing, contracting COVID 19. I fround the best way to combat fear is to restore hope that the problem facing a person can be […]

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