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Psychiatry, Spirituality and Culture
Ravi Chandra M.D., D.F.A.P.A.
Loneliness is an epidemic, and part of our human condition. How do smartphones, dating apps and social media contribute? What can help, this Valentine's Day especially?
What is the psychological state of our union? Reflections on immigration and the Asian American identity, in particular.
Social psychologist Dacher Keltner's work shows that indeed, power corrupts. To what extent is racism a relational deficit resulting in empathic and mentalization deficits?
Let's make the Year of the Pig the Year of Compassion: A pig encounter made a friend swear off pork, and a climate conference had me (mostly) swear off meat.
San Francisco seems to have taken a dive in the everyday kindness of the street. Here's a six-point plan to "Make San Francisco Nice Again"!
President Trump has violated the Twitter TOS. Moreover, his outsize, intrusive impact on the collective psyche needs to be reined in.
President Trump's rhetoric can be seen as psychological violence against survivors, and has the hallmarks of authoritarian propaganda.
"A Whale of a Tale" is a new feature length documentary that highlights the tensions that arose after the Academy Award winning documentary "The Cove" was made.
The hot new breakout movie is fun, and also informative about the Asian American psyche, both within itself and in the controversy it generated.
The new indie feature For Izzy showcases individuals and families dealing with autism and addiction, and finding healing in relationship. Here's an interview with the principals.
David Sedaris admits on PBS NewsHour that, basically, he doesn’t understand what women want. Understanding han, soul and psyche in the Trump era.
How mindfulness helped save the boys and their coach trapped in the Thai cave. Mindfulness and compassion might just save the world!
Junot Díaz is accused of inappropriate behavior with women, and is also a victim of sexual abuse. Examining the links of abuse, perpetration, and healing.
A narcissistic attachment to opinion, coupled with our very real divides and changes, are problematic, for real life and the internet.
The tragic deaths of Kate Spade and Anthony Bourdain are reminders of the importance of mental health, and the continuing prevalence of stigma. We can do better.
A joke made on "Roseanne" set the media buzzing recently. "They're just like us," she said. Well - we're not all the same. But we are, too.
Curious about how social media is affecting you? Dr. Chandra, author of Facebuddha: Transcendence in the Age of Social Networks, invites you to the Social Media Detox Challenge!
"Oh Lucy!" is a wonderful movie, nominated for a Spirit Award for best debut feature. Here's an interview with Bay Area filmmaker and director Atsuko Hirayanagi.
There is a clear public health rationale for gun control. Here is the research. An excerpt from a new book on gun psychology, "Guns Are Not Our God! The NRA Is Not Our Church!"
Some psychology and biology of the dog-human bond, and thoughts on the Year of the Dog.
Is social media making us more narcissistic? Studies suggest we are exposed more to narcissists online - and the medium itself may promote narcissistic relating.
Former Facebook insiders as well as researchers are raising red flags about social media. Here's what you need to know to make your decision about using social media.
Thi Bui and Bao Phi are winning acclaim for their individual and collaborative works. "A Different Pond" and "The Best We Could Do" are vital in this era of immigrant-bashing.
More on the Aziz Ansari-Grace incident.
The New Yorker's "Cat Person" short story seemed to be a prelude to the current Aziz Ansari story. What can we learn about power and vulnerability in the Trump era?
Mark Zuckerberg is changing the Facebook Newsfeed, again. He claims it's to help users' mental health and make Facebook a force for moral good. Don't believe the hype.
There is no war on Christmas. Happy Holidays is just more inclusive and respectful. Hannity and President Trump are using religion in service of their political goals.
We are living in highly polarized, traumatized, and mistrustful times. Here's how you can avoid turning Thanksgiving into Thanksblaming.
Mark Zuckerberg's vision is total transparency. But this has serious consequences for health professionals and the doctor-patient relationship, and even the ability to form a self.
Ravi Chandra, M.D., F.A.P.A., is a San Francisco-based psychiatrist and writer.
Psychiatry, spirituality and culture from the perspective of an Asian American psychiatrist in San Francisco.