Monthly Archives: July 2013

Coffee does it cause or decrease depression?

OK, all you coffee drinkers get excited but not too excited and do not increase your current consumption of more than 2-3 cups of coffee a day routine.

Let us talk about the recent studies, “Coffee and Depression: Coffee as an Anti-depressant? “Coffee may prevent depression scientist say”.

Sounds great.  Good news!

Now for the Bad news! There are just as many studies that say, “The hidden dangers of caffeine: How coffee cause exhaustion, fatigue and addiction”, “Coffee and depression – a cause and also a remedy”.

The recent study from Harvard indicates that coffee “acts like an anti-depressant by accelerating the neurotransmitters such as serotonin, dopamine and noradrenaline”. But in simple terms they refer to the hormones in your brain that keep you energetic, happy and healthy.

It affects your neurotransmitters. It provides a burst of energy and increases your serotonin, which anti-depressants increase if you are low in this hormone.  It also increases your endorphins’ to push yourself through the day, although exercise also has this affect.

Watch out. There is a crash coming in a few hours later and temporarily ends the burst of energy. It can lead to exhaustion.  Coffee consumed too late in the afternoon may lead to the sleep problems and depravation.

The good new! A Harvard longitudinal study from 1988-2008 with over 200,000 men and women and a previous study of about 130,000 nurses in 1993, found that coffee drinkers were 1/3 less likely to commit suicide having an anti-depressant affect.  Another Harvard study, hoping to dispute the study on nurses found the aforementioned to be true.

Psychiatrists point out depression is a serious medical issue and cannot be resolved by simply by drinking coffee.

Coffee drinkers, of which I am one, can drink our coffee just drink it in moderation.  It does have a mild anti-depressant effect on our neurotransmitters.

WGBB Streetwise Show 7-20-13

Dr. Wendy James

It’s a Boy! What Challenges will Prince William & Kate Middleton’s Royal Baby Face Under the Microscope of the Public Eye?

This child will never be raised as any normal child would be and he should not be.

This child is the third in line and will most likely become the King of England.  Everything in this child’s life will be highly regulated, as it should be because at one time in his life he will be King.  Every minute of his life will be documented and scrutinized by his future subjects through the media from his first presentation to the public until the day he dies.

The good news for this child is that British royalty has had centuries to perfect the raising of a Monarch whose purpose in life is to lead and serve his subjects.  He will never have the choice of being a doctor, lawyer, social worker, there is only one career path for this child and that leads to the throne, to serve in the armed forces of Britain and be King.

This child will never be able to determine his own fate in the world it is set in stone.

The reason the world, the whole world is watching and interested is because this is one of the longest benevolent, constitutional monarchies in the world.

Although the royal family has married non-titled commoners, such as Kate and Diana, the people of Britain don’t want their King to be common, but extraordinary and, above all things, royal.  William was trained, as will be their son, to care about his subjects. He has inherited a responsibility to do so, and thus so will be his destiny from today forward.

No psychologist can determine the psychological effects of royal training on a child, because the royal family is secretive in nature and would not submit to psychological testing. There is not a statistically significant pool to allow psychological analysis; therefore I would not presume to do so.

Sex on Campus: She Can Play that Game, Too

I was taught not to talk to strangers, now we have girls having sex with strangers.

First let me give you the facts of a study I conducted with executive women in Fortune 100 and 500 companies in a variety of industries. The topic of my doctoral dissertation was “Perspectives of Executive Women: Life Choices and Balancing Career with Marriage and Children”.

The women, I interviewed were in their 40s – 60s because it takes a 8-10 years for any junior executive, male or female, to gain the experience to move up the corporate ladder to earn a top executive position.

These executive women did it all.  They were married and had their first child in their 20’s, the majority having 2 -3 children.  Most remained married to their first husband.  Their husbands helped them with the children, jointly addressing scheduling priorities while pursuing their individual careers.

The women handled career, marriage and children by employing prioritization, time management skills and being the best employee, the best mother and the best wife, they could be.

Relationships are important and we learn to experiment and learn to build them in college, while studying, learning and developing skill sets for our future careers.

In a male dominated society women have always been a mystery.

We like it that way.

It is that irresistible allure that we, as women, have developed and perpetuated for millennia. That mystery has always helped us to level the social/sexual playing field, solidifying our place of power in society.

What is the long-term benefit for women when they engage in unemotional sex?  Women are, by nature, nurturers, enjoy being pursued and who control how men treat them.

Virtue is important and is what we should be teaching our daughters.  To get respect you must earn respect, in relationships and at work with your male co-workers.

Our relationship with men is the means by which we enhance our esteem, our confidence by which, along with our intellect and skills, we achieve our success.

Women need not only sex but also love and romance.  We want to be the only woman in our man’s life.  We want a man that loves and adores us as we love and adore him.

We can have it all!


The Psychology of Mob Mentality and Violence

One dog may bark at you but it’s more likely that a pack will attack you.

We are not exempt from that behavior because we are human and not canine. As evidenced by dogs operating in a pack environment, human society is based on group dynamics.

As humans, we have instinctual responses that are exacerbated by group influences.

What we might not do as individuals we may do as part of a group.  People may lose control of their usual inhibitions, as their mentality becomes that of the group.

You have never heard of a peaceful riot.  Riots are by definition violent in nature.

All a riot is, is violent group behavior. The larger the group the greater the amplification of that group behavior.  If the group behavior is peaceful, exemplified by Martin Luther King and Ghandi, the group behavior is peaceful and orderly.

If the group behavior is violent, the larger the group the more magnified the violence.

A mob mentality phenomenon has occurred throughout human history, whether witch burning, religious zealotry, political protests or reaction to perceived racial micro aggressions.

Three psychological theories address crowd behavior.

First is Contagion Theory, proposes that crowds exert a hypnotic influence on their members that results in irrational and emotionally charged behavior often referred to as crowd frenzy.

Second is Convergence Theory that argues the behavior of a crowd is not an emergent property of the crowd but is a result of like-minded individuals coming together.  If it becomes violent is not because the crowd encouraged violence yet rather people wanted it to be violent and came together in a crowd.

Third is Emergent-Norm Theory that combines the two above arguing that a combination of liked-minded individuals, anonymity and shared emotions leads to crowd behavior