Thank you for your kind words, Dean Middleburgh. To come back to your question, the short answer is: I don’t know, because I focused on schizophrenia rather than depression or anxiety.
The longer (more general) answer is the following.
Dichotomous thinking is indeed stressful. It is as if we have to make decisions about what side we are on all the time. Life is a process, just as we are, both mentally and physically. I find it personally easier to look at things in a fluid manner, without wanting to cling to a certain opinion that pops up in my head.
“To use cognitive incision, you must listen closely to the speaker”
Genuinely listening is what, in my view, is key in these situations, as it opens up the dialogue. Not listening to retort or react, but listening to also understand the undercurrent of energy and emotions that comes with the spoken word.
As I recently wrapped up my article “Are Biological Processes Experts in Quantum Physics?”, in which I look at both DNA mutations and photosynthesis, I also started reading about epigenetics and I stumbled upon your article.
Thank you for writing this insightful piece. I have been studying and being involved in the…
Thank you for writing this instructive and insightful piece. I appreciate your efforts to highlight cooperation throughout both nature and social life. This concept of interconnectedness is what drove me towards a career of both international conflict resolution and writing.
“The necessary first step is to avoid denial.”
As you are pointing out, most of the simple denial/minimizing/projection happens between the ears. There is, to some extent, a gap between us, humans, and the environment we live in. As if we are cut off from the planet.
“Adequate atmospheric data to attempt to predict future temperatures have only been acquired during the last 40 years.”
Thermometer measurements go back to 1850, and, in some cases, even to 1753. Prior to that, proxies are used to go back thousands or hundreds of thousands of years. The most accurate proxy is the ice core…
“Danieli and Bezo both say one of the most important steps is to acknowledge and discuss the atrocities.”
Psychologically, this is a huge and essential part in the healing process. I have been involved in international conflict transformation for some years, and this is always one of the recurring comments. People who have…
“Maybe she was pretty amazing? Presidential even?”
Definitely so. She is so amazing and presidential that, even if I’m not American, I had to write about her policies on national security and peacebuilding (and got it published in The Brussels Times).