German Shepherd Mom Tires Out Her Pups In The Most Adorable Way Possible (It is adorable! She alternates between bouts where they can't possibly catch up to her and bouts where they can, clever doggie!)
Scientists Invent a Pen That Can Detect Cancer in Seconds
For Centuries, People Celebrated a Little Boy’s First Pair of Trousers
“Do Sign Languages Have Accents?” (Video, or you can read the transcription)
Is there a single food that you can survive on forever?
The island people with a climate change escape plan
Here’s why you should pay attention to this weekend’s German election
There is meddling in Germany's election — not by Russia, but by U.S. right wing
What A Doctor Calls A Condition Can Affect How We Decide To Treat It
When the Idea of Home Was Key to American Identity
Parents Who Pay to Be Watched (OMG.)
Colombia partners with locals in order to stop cocaine production, US warns it may not be enough
Behind the scenes, Zimbabwe politicians plot post-Mugabe reforms
Iraqi Kurds set to vote on independence, panicking neighbors and Washington
What is behind clashes in Ethiopia's Oromia and Somali regions?
Facebook’s war on free will
Facebook Enabled Advertisers to Reach ‘Jew Haters’
The basic physics of climate change have been known for more than a century, but it is in recent decades that the fundamental science of global warming has solidified
The Minuscule Importance of Manufacturing in Far-Right Politics
Stop acting surprised, America: Donald Trump is a white supremacist
In Month After Charlottesville, Papers Spent as Much Time Condemning Anti-Nazis as Nazis
The Republicans Aren't Even Pretending This Is About Healthcare Anymore
Christians in U.S. Military ‘Serve Satan’ If They Tolerate Other Religions, Air Force Chaplain Says
Making war illegal changed the world. But it’s becoming too easy to break the law
Anatomy of terror: What makes normal people become extremists?
He's gotten a lot better at being in the same room as the cats without freaking out, and even a little better at not barking and lunging at the familiar cats we see on our walks. (Not as good as with his own roommate cats, but you can't have everything.)
This is great because, with winter coming, Callie wants to go back to being an indoor-outdoor cat, emphasis on indoor - she doesn't like cold weather!
Looks like it's going to be overcast all week, and next week too. Well, fuck. I'm putting my lightbox back on.
Superheroes for the Jewish New Year
There Never Was a Real Tulip Fever
The 11 sisters of Siervas are a rock band like 'nun' other
Scientists Once Dressed Frogs in Tiny Pants to Study Reproduction
In Alaska’s Far-Flung Villages, Happiness Is a Cake Mix
Octlantis is a just-discovered underwater city engineered by octopuses
How Two Lesbians Fought the Nazis With a Typewriter
Meet Nazo Dharejo: The toughest woman in Sindh
In a First for the Nation, Portland Police End Gang List to Improve Relations With Blacks and Latinos
The Rust Belt Needs Legal Immigration
That Awkward Moment When Your Twin Brother Is A U.S. Citizen At Birth, But You’re Not
Lawsuit targets searches of electronic devices at US border
New hope for limiting warming to 1.5 C
This Department Is the Last Hideout of Climate Change Believers in Donald Trump’s Government
Child care choices limited for those working outside 9-to-5
St. Louis sees third day of protests after officer's acquittal
ICE Detained This Trafficking Victim on Her 18th Birthday. Why?
Hurricane Maria is following Irma's path and getting stronger
The Sci-Fi Roots of the Far Right—From ‘Lucifer’s Hammer’ to Newt’s Moon Base to Donald’s Wall
Graceful menace: States take aim at non-native swans
New Mideast realities require support for Kurds
What is at stake in Iraqi Kurdish vote for independence?
Iraq says may use force if Kurdish referendum turns violent
And now she's claiming she didn't ever ask for this in the first place. Yeah, right. I get that she wants to spend time with her friends, but - dude, she spends hours with them every single day. She can take a day off and maybe make some new friends, something she frequently claims she wants.
10 Badass Trees That Refuse To Die
The Making of the Modern American Recipe
Marilyn Monroe and the Potato Sack Dress, c.1951
DNA triggers shape-shifting in hydrogels, opening a new way to make 'soft robots'
The Spanish Royal Philanthropic Expedition to Bring Smallpox Vaccination to the New World and Asia in the 19th Century
Stopped at US border, Haitians find 'Mexican dream' instead
How Pants Went From Banned to Required in the Roman Empire
Just squeeze in—researchers discover when spaces are tight, nature loosens its laws
In Amish Country, the Future Is Calling
Children Used to Learn About Death and Damnation With Their ABCs
The Problem With Free Menstrual Pads
Tillerson says U.S. could stay in Paris climate accord
The Commuter Parking Benefit Is Seriously Hurting Cities
Dylann Roof requests new attorneys, declaring appeal team his biological enemies (Relevant quote: “The lawyer appointed to represent me at my federal trial was David Isaac Bruck, who is also Jewish. His ethnicity was a constant source of conflict even with my constant efforts to look past it.” All his lawyers deserve medals and a fruit basket. Maybe some booze. They earned it after putting up with him!)
US people of color still more likely to be exposed to pollution than white people
Breastfeeding Behind Bars: Do All Moms Deserve the Right?
When Does the Right to an Attorney Kick In?
Why Many Deaf Prisoners Can’t Call Home
Unbudgeted: How the opioid crisis is blowing a hole in small-town America's finances
See jerkface bacteria hiding in tumors and gobbling chemotherapy drugs
Myanmar Follows Global Pattern in How Ethnic Cleansing Begins
Rohingya Muslims being wiped off Myanmar's map
Three killed in stampede for aid near Rohingya refugee camp
Bangladesh warns Myanmar over border amid refugee crisis
The Ominous, Massive Military Exercises in Eastern Europe
On Brexit's campaign against anti-corruption efforts (and yes, I wrote that as intended):
Title: When Good Men Behave Badly: Change Your Behaviour, Change Your Relationships
Author: David B. Wexler, Ph.D.
ISBN: ISBN-13 978-1-57224-346-0
“When Good Men Behave Badly” focuses on men’s feelings of helplessness, powerlessness, and perceived threats to identity that can lead to acting badly in otherwise good men with good values, who want to make good choices instead of being emotionally hijacked by their limbic system. It offers these men acknowledgement and an understanding of their emotional life with the goal of equipping them with new behavioural options.
CONTENT WARNING: This book contains examples of domestic violence and examples of derogatory language
This is a self-help book for middle-aged, white, cis-men written by a middle-aged, white, cis-man. On the one hand, this framing is useful because this to create a tone of (white) men talking to (white) men about shared experiences which may be difficult for women (and others) to have sympathy for when they are on the receiving end of the described bad behaviour. On the other hand, the advice is very binary oriented (men and women only), heteronormative (heterosexual and monogamous assumptions), and doesn’t discern between different groups of men (one size fits all *sigh*). It doesn’t specifically state that it is about white men, but with a white man on the cover… it doesn’t do anything to move away from white men as the default. I’m agender, I don’t exist in this book.
Speaking of the cover… I hate it. My edition has a white man in a dress shirt holding flowers behind his back. My mind jumps to the assumption that the man is in the “doghouse”. A focus group somewhere may have determined that this is brilliant marketing, but it makes me cringe. The irony of the cover is that the book warns of the importance of perception by telling the story of one of the author’s clients, who had a great session with him, but never returned to therapy after the author recommended a book that had the phrase “verbal abuse” in the title.
“When Good Men Behave Badly” is a relatively short book (199 pages + references) that overviews and introduces a selection of ideas, explanations, exercises, and suggestions. It uses examples heavily (see content warning) and fiction examples which may be dated (I don’t recognize most of them, but that didn’t make much of a difference to understanding). This is introductory material. If you want to go into the topics in depth you will have to follow up with other material  or seek out a therapist familiar with men’s issues.
1. Good Men and Broken Mirrors — Introduces mirroring, broken mirrors, and twinning through the concept of selfobjects (someone or something that helps us feel cohesive). How the broken mirror experience can trigger acting out.
2. The Power of Women — What men are taught [by toxic masculinity] to expect from women and how emotional dependancy on women for missing needs can lead to resentment or withdrawal, and a perception that they have power over men.
3. Fathers and Sons: Curses and Blessings — How fathers may expect sons to be positive mirrors, react to them as broken mirrors when they don’t measure up, and what this does to boys.
4. Midlife, Affairs, and Projections —What people do when there is a gap between what is and what they expected in their life. This talks about self-awareness, distress tolerance, taking responsibility and how these can help when it feels like something is missing.
5. Men’s Brains —What it is like to be hijacked by your limbic system and the effects of anger. Some strategies for dealing with these.
6. Odysseus, Relational Heroism, and Imaginary Crimes — How to be a Relational Hero through self-awareness, preparation, and doing things differently. How to let go of Imaginary Crimes.
7. Guy Talk —How men talk to themselves and other men, and how that sets the frame for behaviour.
8. What Women Can Do —For those women who read the book, a short chapter on dealing with men (and raising boys) within the context of the author’s “good men” hypothesis with some concrete “try these” ideas. It also recognizes that there are men who are dangerous and not just behaving badly.
This is a book about how toxic masculinity fucks over men.
“When Good Men Behave Badly” presents itself mainly as a relationship repair guide, but it is more about how men can have better relationships with themselves through self-awareness, emotional regulation, and understanding the influences of masculinity in themselves… improved romantic and family relationships is a (very positive) side-effect of being able to navigate one’s internal landscape without being capsized or swamped. I think it is important to healing and growth that men have acknowledgement of their feelings of helplessness, powerlessness, and missing needs, and I like that this book acknowledges this as something that women do for men while at the same time pointing out that disowning responsibility for those needs ultimately undermines the ability to get them met. I like that the author manages to navigate recognizing the subjective reality of these feelings while disassembling the idea that it is women’s job (and men are helpless) to emotionally regulate men. The author strongly believes in men’s positive ability to learn how to regulate and manage their emotional needs well.
That said, as an agender person who is regularly misgendered as a woman, I’m struggling to find a way to get this book into the hands of the men I think who would benefit from it (possibly even enjoy it), without giving the impression that I think they are broken and harmful people. The book goes in a much different direction than that, but that doesn’t matter if first impressions means they don’t get past the cover. Even beyond the usual problems with giving self-help books to people, I think it may be especially difficult, due to the topic, for a woman to give this book to a man without it being potentially perceived (accurately or inaccurately) as shaming. That is unfortunate.
I think, therefore, that this is a book for men to read and then share with other men in an act of twinship mirroring.
 One of Wexler’s areas of specialty is domestic abuse. He has a number of other books on the topic as well as a book about men in therapy, which (according to the blurb I read) apparently does deal with groups of men other than white cis-men.
 Such as the work of Terrence Real (author of “I Don’t Want To Talk About It” a book on male depression) which is quoted and referenced in this book.
 Being known as someone who reads a staggering number of self-help/psychology books does help diffuse this “I’m giving this to you because you’re broken” vibe, but still… “Hey! I found this fabulous book on [insert taboo topic here] that I think you will love and get lots out of!” isn’t a great party topic for most people. My friends have figured out how to run with it, but they are also used to seeing books on conflict or trauma (for example) on my coffee table.
 Self-help books don’t make good gifts folks. They are specifically aimed at fixing people and giving them will *always* have an underlying message that needs to be managed. I love self-help books but there are books on my shelf that just sit there unread specifically because of the framing of their gifting.
Disclaimer: I am not a therapist, a doctor, or a professional reviewer. I do, however, own and enjoy reading a staggering number of self-help books and I have opinions. Lots of opinions. One of these opinions is that the underlying assumptions in “self-improvement” and “self-help” books should be unpacked. These reviews may or may not do that, but I will try to acknowledge both some of the potentially useful and potentially problematic aspects of the books I review.
Noting the first four episode titles per trekmovie.com:
- The Vulcan Hello
- Battle at the Binary Stars
- Context is for Kings
- The Butcher's Knife Cares Not for the Lamb's Cry
Some attention-getters as episode titles go, yes?