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Psychiatry, Spirituality and Culture
Ravi Chandra M.D., D.F.A.P.A.
Narcissism poses dangers to all relationships, and when it is advanced in authority leads to the abuse of power. The country's founders were aware of the darker dangers posed.
A recent panel on homelessness for the Brown Club of San Francisco featured local alumni experts and offers insight into this significant predicament of society.
Two Bay Area visual art exhibits highlight women's stories, and stories of survival.
Mass shootings occur with alarming regularity. White Nationalist terrorism has motivated several. What underlies this violence? And how can self-compassion and compassion help?
"Luce" is a movie that will make you uncomfortable in all the right ways about race in America.
Can we make some sense of the latest senseless tragedy? As I see it, narcissism/tribalism and nihilism underpin the ideology of White Nationalism.
Narcissism exists, but we are not as polarized as the media and leaders proclaim. Here are antidotes to narcissistic relational problems and our needs for closure and certainty.
A Buddhist psychiatrist's view of cyberbullying, social media toxicity, and rejecting hate spirals.
A recent article showcased "Instagram therapy." What are the problems and potential dangers of this new medium?
Kevin Durant went down, but the Dubs won. What Steph Curry said can set the tone for leadership in sports and in the world.
"All In My Family" is a documentary by Hao Wu that deals with family dynamics, fatherhood, and gay rights in China.
"The Farewell" by Lulu Wang, starring Awkwafina, is based on the true story of an Asian American family dealing with a matriarch's terminal diagnosis.
The controversy over Joe Biden and inappropriate touch misses a more dangerous culprit: the quick-to-anger synapses of social media. Also: the science of touch.
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.
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.