suicide and aggressive-impulsive behavior, blue lake wallpaper, to be human in the late 20th century

You have to go back to the classic Greek tragedies to read the first romanticized suicides. Something worth mentioning since so many people have a tendency to blame slick glossy magazines and Hollywood for so many societal ills. Teen boys who attempted suicide more like to abuse partners as adults

According to the study’s authors, David Kerr of Oregon State University and Deborah Capaldi of the Eugene-based Oregon Social Learning Center, the magnitude of the association between a suicide attempt and injury of a partner was surprising: 58 percent of youth in that study group who attempted suicide went on to injure a partner, compared to 23 percent of young men who did not attempt suicide.

“The study began when these men were kids, before anyone knew who was going to become violent,” said Kerr, an assistant professor of psychology at OSU who studies youth suicide, depression, and health-risking behaviors. “That is quite different from research that starts with violent men, or women from a domestic violence shelter, and tries to look back in time for explanations.”

The study also did not rely on just one source of information, such as men’s own reports of aggression. Instead, the researchers had data from official domestic violence arrest records, women’s own reports of injury, and live observations of the couples.

The researchers controlled for other problems suicidal youth can have which are also linked to violence to partner, such as aggression, depression, substance use, and family abuse history. The researchers still found that young men who attempted suicide were more aggressive toward their partners.

[  ]…“Conventional wisdom portrays men’s violence to women as more cold, controlled and calculated,” she said. “The findings of this study indicate that for some men violence is related to a history of impulsive aggression that includes self-harm as well as aggression to others.”

Capaldi added that this finding is consistent with a growing body of recent work indicating that both men and women who are physically aggressive toward a partner have histories of problems with aggressive and impulsive behavior.


Near-Record 49% Say Democratic Party “Too Liberal”. That sounds about right. Every day brings a couple hundred hours of far Right – what some have called smiley-faced fascism(pdf) or soft fascism programming from radio and TV. Thus anything that is pro-labor, pro-environment, pro common good or pro social justice seems too liberal. The Right deserves credit for realizing their goal of making the abhorrent, bizarre , greedy and cruel, mainstream.

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What is a human being in the late 20th century?

The thesis is rooted in identity theory from the late 20th century. The conclusion is that two pools can be identified in the contemporary discussion. One describes human beings as individuals with a solid core; the other focuses on how subjects are portrayed and established in a social context.

‘The studied texts reveal the weaknesses inherent in both pools’, says Hermansson. ‘There is also an air of both old-fashioned romantic clichés and contemporary popular psychology. All in all, my thesis shows that human beings are depicted in partly new ways. Subjects in the novels are all locked into the individualistic perceptions of individuals being strong and autonomous, at the same time as they portrayed as highly insecure and unable to maintain meaningful social relations. Similar to the novels they are part of, the subjects do not adhere to a traditional line of development.’

In broad terms capitalism and art benefit from the on-going struggle. Preserving self identity and the freedom that goes with that along with the isolation and loneliness versus giving up part of oneself to make a life with another person moves us to buy books and theater tickets. Some seem to enjoy the angst at least during some part of their lives. Some find a way, a lifestyle or coping mechanism to get past the immediacy or weight of life’s trials. At the dark and extreme end are the cult-like groups that claim to have all the answers or good old liquor. The last two are not recommended.

Dear John Boehner (R-OH), It might be too late, but it has come to the attention of some observers that your head has been up your posterior for so long that the oxygen deprivation has greatly diminished your ability to distinguish reality from fantastical visions – Boehner Lies About Bush Tax Cuts and Deficits

“Reagan,” Dick Cheney famously said in 2002, “proved deficits don’t matter.” Until, that is, a Democrat is in the White House. And it so was on Friday, when House Minority Leader John Boehner (R-OH) insisted the Bush tax cuts did not help produce a hemorrhage of red ink from the U.S. Treasury. Of course, the national debt didn’t just double during Bush’s tenure. As it turns out, the Bush tax cut windfall for the wealthy accounted for almost half the budget deficits during his presidency and the lion’s share over the next decade.

As The Hill reported Thursday, Rep. Boehner in his discussion of the deficit conveniently omitted mention of the Republican mismanagement which helped produce it. Claiming increased spending to fight the Bush recession is “scaring the hell out of the American people,” Boehner wrongly declared:

“It’s not the marginal tax rates … that’s not what led to the budget deficit. The revenue problem we have today is a result of what happened in the economic collapse some 18 months ago.”

“We’ve seen over the last 30 years that lower marginal tax rates have led to a growing economy, more employment and more people paying taxes.”

Leave aside for the moment that President Bush authored the worst eight-year economic record of any modern president or that John Boehner like other Republicans is trying to give the GOP credit for the Clinton boom (which also occurred during a time of higher tax rates. John Boehner’s myth-making notwithstanding, it was precisely the Bush tax cuts which devastated the Treasury.

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