August 20, 2017

Author: Dr. Rachel Kitson

Truth, Information, and Choice: Truth in the Age of Trump

  • by Dr. Rachel Kitson
  • May 22, 2017
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How Humans Make Decisions and Ascertain Truthz in the Age of Data Smogizzle Donald Trump, as both a candidate and now as president, has played so fast and loose with the facts that it has called into question how we as a culture think about important issues of truth. This article is one of a […]

Feeling Depressed? Maybe it’s Time to Take a Break From Facebook

  • by Dr. Rachel Kitson
  • December 27, 2016
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Technology impacts the way we think about, understand, and interact with the world.  Undoubtedly there are some implications for how this impacts our psychological well-being.  There are a number of ways in which technology enhances our lives: it provides increased access to information, allows for the forging and maintenance of relationships, helps make learning and […]

A Psychologist’s Perspective on the Kanye vs. Trump Presidential Candidacy

  • by Dr. Rachel Kitson
  • December 14, 2016
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Well, Kanye has done it again, complicated and conflicted man that he is: blown up the VMA’s with yet another borderline coherent, questionably profound, and at times maniacal, bizarre-o rant. The world is your stage, Mr. Yeezy, and we are all awaiting your next move. After being awarded the VMA Video Vanguard Award, and deservingly […]

Why We Love and Love to Hate the Kardashians

  • by Dr. Rachel Kitson
  • December 13, 2016
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Reality television, and its many iterations, is hard to avoid if you spend any time engaging in what has surely become one of America’s favorite pastimes: watchin’ the boob tube—well, scratch that, it’s more likely watching Netflix or Youtube at this point. Regardless, reality TV itself now covers a range of niche to ridiculous subjects […]

A Psychologist’s Perspective on Kanye West

  • by Dr. Rachel Kitson
  • December 2, 2016
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A Psychologist’s Perspective on Kanye West Kanye West is an interesting psychological case study for many reasons (yes, this is the thesis statement to which I finally resigned myself).  He’s probably most well-known for his controversial stunts, disorganized/grandiose rants, and the eclectic mix of celebrity pals, fans, and nemeses he attracts. Most are aware of […]

A Psychologist’s Perspective on the Relationship Between Creativity, Celebrity, and Mental Health

  • by Dr. Rachel Kitson
  • August 18, 2015
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Much has been said and written about the connection between mental illness and creativity. Many of our favorite artists, musicians, and comedians tend toward absurdity, loose- thinking, lowered inhibition, immodesty, and flair. This informs their work and inspires fandom. The link between madness and creative ingenuity has been a long-standing interest of mine. There are […]

A Psychologist’s Perspective on the Kardashians: All About Kim K.

  • by Dr. Rachel Kitson
  • July 15, 2015
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There would be no Kardashian empire without Kim. While Kris, as momager, may have fueled the ‘enterprise,’ Kim has been the face and body behind its branding. What intrigues me about an otherwise vapid celebrity is the fact that Kim, in my mind, simultaneously worships and mocks our culture. Similar to Duchamp’s commode (no offense […]

Mark McGrath is Not Dead: Dying in the Digital Age

  • by Dr. Rachel Kitson
  • March 10, 2015
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Social media is changing the way we express grief and experience death. We seem to both feel increasingly comfortable sharing more about our personal lives on the internet while also establishing relatively arbitrary or digitally dictated social mores around what is acceptable. The issue of permanence is now both a mortal and digital concern. How […]

A Psychologist’s Perspective on Taylor Swift: Part 2

  • by Dr. Rachel Kitson
  • January 13, 2015
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So, last week I put it out there that T. Swift has some of what I affectionately and respectfully referred to as Aspie traits. The thing about understanding and identifying Asperger’s is this: if you’ve met one person with Asperger’s, you’ve met one person with Asperger’s. That’s to say that people with Asperger’s have some […]

What You Need to Know about Facebook’s 56 Gender Options

  • by Dr. Rachel Kitson
  • March 12, 2014
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(Some of) what you need to know about sexual orientation and gender identity & why language and terminology is important! Recently, Facebook increased the drop down selection from 2 to 56 options regarding a person’s ability to identify as being a certain gender or sexual orientation (Full list here).  To some, this may seem like […]

A Psychologist’s Perspective on Taylor Swift: Part 1

  • by Dr. Rachel Kitson
  • March 21, 2013
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I’ll start off by saying that overall and from what I know, I really like and respect Taylor Swift. I think she is extremely talented and driven, and like a girl’s girl in the best sense. There is also something appealing and charming about the extent to which she seems somewhat oblivious or at least not entirely motivated […]