Category Archives: Ask the Psychologist
For 24 years, I directed what became the INTERNATIONAL COMBAT STRESS CONFERENCE and based on what I learned, from all the people who spoke at the conference and those who attended, I was able to write a book about Veterans and Combat Stress called “Invisible Scars”. The book was written to help save lives and […]
I have heard some people complaining that this past year was quite negative and not looking to much positivity in 2021. I sent out to a few friends, what I have written earlier in the day and some responded that I should send this out as an ASK THE PSYCHOLOGIST 21ST ISSUE. ONE PERSON RESPONDED, “These are […]
This year, with the COVID 19 Flu outbreak, many people have been experiencing depression and inquiring about the best way to deal with their depression. One of the things that I have been telling people is that depression is a normal way the body deals with any type of loss. When people experience a loss, […]
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 […]
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 […]
(Previous issues of Ask The Psychologist can be found on the Editorial page of www.bartpbillings.com) 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 […]
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 […]
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 […]