Category Archives: Ask the Psychologist

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 […]

Ask the Psychologist Issue #9: Researchers Studying Ultraviolet Technology to Dampen Virus

Much of the article below was originally Published in the Pittsburg Post Gazette by DON HOPEY) Based on current research, the below information is something that should be explored for a safe return of students to schools. If “far UVC light” it is safely developed, students can return to school with no changes from past school procedures. […]

Ask the Psychologist Issue #8: How do you know if People in the Media are Telling the Truth

 The University Of Scranton is a Jesuit College in Pennsylvania that required, when I attended, all its students to basically minor in philosophy. Many of us complained about having to take all these classes at the time, since we didn’t immediately see how it would help us get a job when we graduated. But as […]

Ask the Psychologist Issue #7: How The Media Creates Victims In Our Society

I have been asked the question; Does the media teach people destructive behavior?  In 1985, I started to write a book (Which I now intend to finish) after observing first hand how the media creates victims in our society. At the time, I was attending a murder trial of a sibling, that I won’t get […]

Ask the Psychologist Issue #6: Reasons People Join Gangs that Inflict Human Suffering

I have been asked many times, why do people join hurtful gangs that inflict human suffering ?  This question is even more relevant now that we are watching riots on TV, in many parts of the our country, where hurtful behavior is being demonstrated, by what can be called gangs; one that is mentioned often […]

Ask the Psychologist Issue #5: Demonstration, Rioting and Looting, WHY

Some people are asking the question, what should happen to people who demonstrate and may cause injury to others or damage others property. First one needs to distinguish between a demonstration, rioting and looting, regardless what the media calls it. Demonstrations (Or Protesting) are a form of activism, usually taking the form of a public gathering of people […]

Ask the Psychologist Issue #4: Hydroxychloroquine, Azithromycin (Z-Pak), and Zinc Sulfate

Now that the President explained that his physician approved him taking zink and hydroxychloroquine to prevent him from contracting COVID-19, I thought the below information from a few noted physicians may be informative as to why his decision was made. It’s a crime medicine is being taken over by petty politics, which may prevent someone […]

Ask the Psychologist Issue #3: Symptoms of Being Confined at Home

People have been asking me if they are over-reacting to this world epidemic of COVID-19 and becoming overly paranoid.  So what is a definition of paranoia; Paranoia is the irrational and persistent feeling that people are out to get you. The three main types of paranoia include paranoid personality disorder, delusional (formerly paranoid) disorder and paranoid schizophrenia. Symptoms of being confined to your home […]

Ask the Psychologist Issue #2: Cognitive Dissonance

I have been asked recently, why so many people, at present, are so extremely divided on how they see the world, resulting in very angry exchanges. My prior Ask The Psychologist edition explains, why people who are angry, have such difficulty communicating; Recripical Inhibition (Below).  This current edition talks about how people get to that point. The Theory of […]