Fears About Ageing and Old Age: The Root of Negative Attitudes Towards Older People

Ageism, a form of prejudice and discrimination based on age, was originally formulated by the psychiatrist Robert Neil Butler in 1969 to refer specifically to prejudicial attitudes towards older people, old age, and the ageing process; discrimination against older people; and the stereotyping of older people. Nowadays, ageism applies as a general term for prejudices…View Post

Why Are People Often Reluctant to See a Psychiatrist?

People living with mental illness may be eager to seek relief for their condition yet decide to avoid visiting a psychiatrist. Of course, psychiatry is not the only field that deals with the treatment of mental health conditions but it is the institution that specifically exists to diagnose, prescribe treatment for, and treat conditions that…View Post

Is Toxic Masculinity Even a Term Worth Using?

‘Toxic masculinity’ is a term that is commonly used to refer to the negative aspects of masculinity. The use of the term has risen in popularity, with some people finding it illuminating and legitimate, while others believe it has become a way to demonise men. In some sense, ‘masculinity’ has become a dirty word. It…View Post

Viewing Psychiatry Through the Lens of Cinema

Cinema both reflects and influences public attitudes and beliefs. It is, therefore, a particularly useful medium in which to assess how we view certain institutions and professions in society. Psychiatry is one of those institutions and professions that people can have very strong opinions about, and which is regarded by many as a force in…View Post

Why Does Jordan Peterson Appeal to So Many Young Men?

Jordan Peterson is a Professor of Psychology at the University of Toronto and has been a clinical psychologist for 20 years. In the past few years, however, he has turned into an extremely popular public intellectual and speaker, with his book 12 Rules for Life: An Antidote to Chaos (2018) becoming an international best-seller. It’s…View Post