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July 2008 in Black Lamb

Volume 6, Number 7 — July 2008

July 1st, 2008

The All-Psychology Issue

This All-Psychology Issue starts with the description of an insidious condition afflicting millions: Lost World Syndrome. In our page 2 feature, Stupid & Psyche, Cervine Kauffman urges women not to become emotional cripples. Rebecca Owen proposes an exciting new television program in You heard it here first! In Oogy boogly witch doctors Greg Roberts contends that the discipline of psychology has not produced anything worth thinking about.

David Maclaine (Clueless) alleges that America has repeatedly ignored psychology when it’s uncomfortable with the data. Former convict Dean Suess outlines the various ways criminals ignore their responsibility in Victim mentality. Psychologist Gillian Wilce describes her life in the field in Psychology and me. In The proper study, Cate Garrison professes to know nothing about psychology and insists that you can find all you need in the poetry of Alexander Pope. New father Stephen Starbuck examines a three-year-old’s reading preferences in Up to Snuffy. In World of mules, Ed Goldberg wonders if there is any longer such a thing as “abnormal.” Elizabeth Hart catalogues a lifelong battle between her id and superego in Hello darkness my old friend. In So what else is new? Toby Tompkins wonders whether psychoanalysis is anything but a scam. In studying psychology, Rosemary McLeish discovers that she never got close to understanding What makes us tick. Evelyn Bartlett (The truth hurts) describes a situation from King Lear in her own family. In Crazy in the country, Bud Gardner says that rural folks are even nuttier than city denizens. Rod Ferrandino (Why “why”?) wonders why human beings are so uncomfortable with ambiguity. Basketball coach Dan Peterson reveals the secret to successful sports psychology in Simplicity. Leslie Russell (Elusive angel) avers that making art, like psychology, is a way to comprehend the human spirit. Actor William Bogert (My life) remembers a time when the stage and the movies came calling at the same time. Our Honorary Black Lambs column honors Oliver Sacks, Raymond Chandler, and Gerard Manley Hopkins on their July birthdays. Our Literary Sampler features a dozen superb extracts from authors mentioned in this issue. Bridge columnist Trixie Barkis describes a rare “psych” bid that turned out well in Crime without punishment. Our Wretched Excess column offers another extraneous consumer product: You’re Welcome Notes. Advice columnist Millicent Marshall shows Compassion in decrying the cruel names we have for people with mental deficiencies. And Avram Kahn proffers another challenging Black Lamb Word Puzzle. •

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