THE OUTLAW

MACHIAVELLIANISM….

‘Machiavellianism’ is a term that social and personality psychologists have used to describe a person’s, “tendency to be unemotional, and therefore able to detach him or herself from conventional morality in order to deceive and manipulate others.” Machiavellianism is, according to the Oxford English Dictionary, “the employment of cunning and duplicity in statecraft or in general conduct”, deriving from the Italian Renaissance diplomat and writer Niccolò Machiavelli, who wrote Il Principe The Prince, among other works. A USEFUL TACTIC TO AVERT FURTHER ACCUSATION? The word has a similar use in modern psychology where […]

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LITTLE ALBERT….

In 1920, in the early days of psychology (Freud had only stopped prescribing cocaine to his patients a couple decades earlier), a man by the name of John B. Watson did an ‘experiment’ to prove that fear was a learned behaviour. So what better way to find out than to condition a 11-month old baby boy to learn to fear rabbits? Watson, who was a respected Johns Hopkins researcher, managed to get his hands on an infant and began by […]

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THE ‘MONSTER’ STUDY….

  I have never been a fan of Psychology, I feel it comes a poor second to Psychiatry in the scale of fake Sciences.. The following account may go some way towards explaining why I feel this way about this particularly disturbing ‘discipline.’ The 1939 Psychological experiment conducted in Davenport, Iowa on a group of kids at an orphanage that infamously came to be known as the ‘Monster Study’, wasn’t even conducted by a psychologist. Dr. Wendell Johnson was a […]

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THE WELL OF DESPAIR….

‘Man’s inhumanity to man,’ is a phrase often used to describe the abject cruelty that people seem to inflict on each other with impunity. But mankind, I hesitate to say humanity given the context of this article, does not restrict his pathological need to inflict pain and horror on his own species alone. For example, our primate cousins get to have the tops of their heads removed to induce strokes and are taught to self-inject cocaine and morphine until they […]

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