In a 1961 study called Disasters and Mental Health: Therapeutic Principles Drawn From Disaster Studies, the sociologist Charles Fritz pondered: “Why do large scale disasters seem to produce such mentally healthy conditions?” Fritz noted that disasters often seemed to bring out the best in people – calm, courage, organization, interconnectedness, self-sacrifice – while these virtues Read more…

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This is an interview I did by email with Aaron Beck, the inventor of Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT), back in 2007, before I started this blog, when I was looking at the relationship between liberalism and social anxiety. My thesis is that social anxiety is a product not just of an individual’s thinking, but of Read more…

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