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Scapegoat

Child of Narcissists Goes from 'Death-Dealer' to Healer

Julia Hall | Posted 06.06.2016 | Healthy Living
Julia Hall

Charlotte was seven years old when she became in her words the "death dealer" on her family's makeshift farm. At her mother's insistence, the family m...

The Terrible Dilemma of the Golden Child in the Narcissist Family: Part I

Julia Hall | Posted 05.23.2016 | Healthy Living
Julia Hall

If you are familiar with the narcissist family system you know there is typically a scapegoat and a golden child. The scapegoat is the cause of all th...

Tolstoy Was Wrong: Narcissistic Unhappy Families Are Kind of All Alike

Julia Hall | Posted 04.22.2016 | Healthy Living
Julia Hall

In Anna Karenina, Leo Tolstoy famously said that all happy families are alike but that each unhappy family is unhappy in its own way. Speaking as the ...

Crucifixion of Jesus: Scapegoating, Discrimination and the Cross

Grace Ji-Sun Kim | Posted 03.25.2016 | Religion
Grace Ji-Sun Kim

As Easter approaches, Christians turn their thoughts and spirits toward the crucifixion and resurrection of Jesus.

Carl Jung and Donald Trump

Carol Smaldino | Posted 02.26.2016 | Impact
Carol Smaldino

As it turns Carl Jung (psychiatrist, psychoanalyst) might be one of the least surprised by the seemingly unstoppable rise of Donald Trump in the polls...

Religious Stereotyping Is Bullying

Warren J. Blumenfeld | Posted 06.03.2016 | Religion
Warren J. Blumenfeld

Fortunately, many good people of Phoenix -- Muslim and non-Muslim alike -- intervened against the stereotyping and the bullying perpetrated by Ritzheimer and his malevolent and misguided followers.

Let's Stamp Out Stigma

Jane Simon, M.D. | Posted 06.17.2015 | Healthy Living
Jane Simon, M.D.

To scapegoat and stigmatize people with psychological problems may discourage them from seeking treatment and result in a backlash including the occurrence of an increased incidence of violent episodes.

More on the O'Reilly/Stewart Brouhaha: The Right-Wing Urge to Kick Down

Andy Schmookler | Posted 12.22.2014 | Politics
Andy Schmookler

On the right, it's not only the rich who seem drawn to this distorted fantasy. This I know from years discussing politics with a conservative audience in my part of Virginia.

Were the Doves Wise or Foolish?

Boria Sax | Posted 04.06.2014 | Religion
Boria Sax

On January 26, 2014, Pope Francis I sat at a window in front of a crowd and released two doves of peace, which were immediately attacked by a seagull and a hooded crow. People speculated, usually with a bit of humor, that the incident might presage a coming apocalypse.

Adam, Eve and the Serpent

William B. Bradshaw | Posted 11.21.2013 | Religion
William B. Bradshaw

The story of Adam, Eve, and the serpent in the garden of Eden is found in chapters 2 and 3 of Genesis, the first book in the Bible. Whether you inter...

Know Your Safe-Goat: A Tip for Holiday Survival

Mark O'Connell, L.C.S.W. | Posted 12.05.2014 | Healthy Living
Mark O'Connell, L.C.S.W.

As opposed to a family scapegoat -- an immediate family member at whom we direct unprocessed anxiety or anger -- a "safe-goat" is a person far enough outside our immediate family system at whom we can direct unprocessed anxiety or anger without inflaming conflicts between present members.

11 Scapegoats In History

Charlie Campbell | Posted 04.16.2012 | Books
Charlie Campbell

The blame game is one of mankind's oldest rituals. After disaster, we invariably look for someone whom we can hold responsible.

The Murder of Mental Health Caring

Carol Smaldino | Posted 08.17.2011 | Impact
Carol Smaldino

The American Dream was to include everyone, even the tired and the poor, and those without benefit of private rehabs or psychiatric facilities.

Goodbye Luis Castillo

Jon Chattman | Posted 05.25.2011 | New York
Jon Chattman

Sorry Kermit, it's actually quite easy being green. It's being a Mets fan that's really difficult. Some great news came out of camp when GM Sandy relieved fans of the misery that has been Luis Castillo.

Weekly Audit: The Real Legacy of Reaganomics

The Media Consortium | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
The Media Consortium

By Lindsay Beyerstein, Media Consortium blogger Sunday marked the 100th anniversary of the birth of B-movie actor-turned-conservative president, Ronal...

Don't Speak: Helen Thomas and the Culture of Blame

Carol Smaldino | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Carol Smaldino

It is wrong to shame Helen Thomas, who, throughout her life has been one of the only people to dare to offend those who needed it.

Murdoch and Fox Portray Black Men as Terrorists on 24

Ronald B. Robinson | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Ronald B. Robinson

The first two Presidents on 24 were Black men. The first was assassinated and the second was responsible for allowing nuclear bombs into the country, causing mass destruction.

Walking the Last Mile to Recovery

Ned Goldreyer | Posted 05.25.2011 | Comedy
Ned Goldreyer

The economy is not a rational system: It is a scam run by an elite who control the masses through indecipherable rules. Get it? It's a religion, and a religious problem requires a religious solution, i.e. something crazy.