Kanye West

  1. Introduction

For one of my final year modules at university, I had to write a clinical report on a celebrity who had been suffering from a formally undiagnosed mental illness. We had to diagnose the disorder, describe the processes that cause it and create treatment plans tailored to the celebrity. As Kanye’s mental health has been in the media a lot recently, I thought I would choose him and share a few sections of my report on my blog for people to learn about his situation.

Before I start, there are few disclaimers I would like to point out:

  • Kanye’s personal information has been taken from public websites, however information regarding clinical mental health have been taken from academic peer-reviewed journals – all of which are referenced.
  • Despite my best attempt at being professional and fair, I am NOT a qualified clinical psychologist. This has been a taken and adapted from an academic piece of work to be informative about mental health and Kanye’s situation.

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It is not okay to punch Nazis

This is a follow on from my post, why we fear “the other”. It contains no psychology or education per se; just my opinions on what is currently happening within my social media sphere.

The issue

I have seen many videos on Twitter and Facebook of black people punching and viscously attacking racist and prejudice “Nazis”. Not only this, I have seen self-proclaimed socialists and liberals celebrating the act and even encouraging it. I am here to say it is NOT okay to attack a Nazi, or any other racist, prejudice, homophobic, sexist individual.

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Why we fear the “other”

Over the last year, I have seen a wave of racism and prejudice towards immigrants and refugees that I have never seen in my life time. It has always amazed me that people can sit and watch innocent people die whilst they try and escape their country to make a better life for themselves. With the executive order from Donald Trump banning entry to people from a select few countries, I want to understand the reasoning behind what appears to be selfish and evil behaviour, and work out what can be done to end it.

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Why is everyone addicted to Pokémon GO?

It has been a week since Pokémon GO was released in the UK, and it has taken the country by storm. People of all ages have been totally addicted to it, running around cities catching Pokémon. But why? What makes this game so additive to play. So addictive, that it even gets the laziest of people outside of the house for a few hours. As with most human behaviours, the answer lies within the brain and our natural tendency to get easily addicted to things.

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The psychology of creativity

Many of my friends have the ability to draw brilliant pictures, create incredible music or write beautiful literature. As a psychology student, I’ve always wondered what separates these creative people from us mere mortals. What goes on inside their brain’s that allows them to open up and create? Is it something mystical, or is it a real physical phenomenon that can be measured

Before we go into this, we need a quick brain anatomy refresher to understand which parts of the brain deal with creativity.

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Jamais vu

If you have read my blog before, you would know that I’ve written about déjà vu and presque vu in the past (I’d highly recommend reading those posts if you haven’t). However, there is a third “vu” that people might not be aware of; jamais vu.

Key facts

  • Jamais vu is the sensation of something familiar suddenly becoming strange and foreign, despite its familiarity.
  • Jamais vu comes from the French, “never seen”, which describes the person feeling as if they’ve never seen or experienced a familiar stimulus.
  • The best example of this is where a word is repeated over and over again until that word suddenly seems strange. This leads to people questioning whether the word is even a word. Try it now! Say the word orange 25 times and you’ll start to lose all familiarity with the word. That feeling is known as jamais vu.

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Presque vu

If you are an avid reader of my blog, you might have read a post I wrote on déjà vu, and how there were other types of “vu” that I might explain in the future. Well today’s post introduces the second instalment in the “vu trilogy”; Presque vu. Much like déjà vu, presque vu has a number of theories that try to explain it and a few of them will be highlighted throughout this post.

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Obsessive Compulsive Disorder

Some mental illnesses in the social media aren’t taken as seriously as they should be. Depression is often described as just “being sad” and people who like things to be neat are said to have obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD). As a psychology student who learns about these disorders, it frustrates me that people aren’t educated. OCD is so much more than just being neat. Hopefully after reading this short post, people will understand how serious this illness is, and think twice before casually telling people they have OCD.

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