The beautiful and the ugly…of human nature 3 août 2017
Auteur: Camillo Zacchia
Titre du blogue: Psychospeak with Dr.Z
Hi folks, I know I’ve been away a while but I haven’t gone anywhere. I am no longer at the Douglas Institute but plan to keep blogging for many years to come I hope. This blog will probably move at some point but so far let’s stick with the status quo. Yesterday I published this [...]

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Preserving death or prolonging death? 24 mai 2017
Auteur: Camillo Zacchia
Titre du blogue: Psychospeak with Dr.Z
Sorry for my long absence but here is something I published yesterday in the Huffington Post. It is a follow up to an earlier post (How would you like to die, Sir?): PRESERVING LIFE OR PROLONGING DEATH? Let’s cut to the chase – should we allow euthanasia? A Quebec man – Michel Cadotte – is [...]

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I am the son of immigrants 31 janvier 2017
Auteur: Camillo Zacchia
Titre du blogue: Psychospeak with Dr.Z
What more can be said about Donald Trump’s America that hasn’t been said? It isn’t even about him in particular. It’s about the mentality he represents. That enough people share his thinking is what’s most disturbing. Give me your tired, your poor / Your huddled masses yearning to breathe free / The wretched refuse of [...]

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Bell Let’s Talk: Part 2 24 janvier 2017
Auteur: Camillo Zacchia
Titre du blogue: Psychospeak with Dr.Z
For last year’s Bell Let’s Talk Day I listed some reasons why we should be more open about our mental health struggles. But what happens when we do open up and seek treatment? (Published Jan 25, 2017 in the Huffington Post) Here is just a partial list of some of the biggest issues we might [...]

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Can we learn from history? 22 décembre 2016
Auteur: Camillo Zacchia
Titre du blogue: Psychospeak with Dr.Z
Sorry, folks. It took a while to find my writing discipline again. Here is something I published yesterday on the rising trend of identity politics in the Huffington Post. (See: Tribalism Remains Mankind’s Most Dangerous Instinct) CAN WE LEARN FROM HISTORY? Here’s a disturbing thought. If human nature produced the atrocities of the last century, [...]

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The High School Mantra: I’m a freakin’ loser! 27 septembre 2016
Auteur: Camillo Zacchia
Titre du blogue: Psychospeak with Dr.Z
Last March the Huffington Post was running a series on youth mental health. For that series I wrote an article about the theory of mind (the ability to imagine another person’s thoughts) and how the lack of this ability can impact children’s behaviour. This makes them point out differences in classmates because they are oblivious [...]

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I can still touch my ceiling! 3 août 2016
Auteur: Camillo Zacchia
Titre du blogue: Psychospeak with Dr.Z
Hi folks, I decided to take the easy way out and honour the Rio Olympics by dragging out an old post. It was originally published in this blog in 2012. (I can touch my ceiling…and other great Olympic feats!). A slightly updated version (with unfortunately a much more bland title chosen by them) was published [...]

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Black Man, Dead Man 14 juillet 2016
Auteur: Camillo Zacchia
Titre du blogue: Psychospeak with Dr.Z
I published this in The Huffington Post following the events in the US last week: (See What Is Feeding Gun Violence, Racism and Anger). BLACK MAN, DEAD MAN Last week’s death toll: two black men following what should have been routine police interventions – or even non-interventions – and five white officers gunned down by [...]

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Killing made easy 16 juin 2016
Auteur: Camillo Zacchia
Titre du blogue: Psychospeak with Dr.Z
Hi, I published this article in the Huffington Post this week in the aftermath of the massacre in Orlando. (see: If You Think ‘Guns Don’t Kill People’ You Are Missing The Point) KILLING MADE EASY The National Rifle Association in the United States, and other gun owner lobby groups constantly proclaim the “Guns don’t kill. [...]

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Screwed up parents, screwed up kids 5 mai 2016
Auteur: Camillo Zacchia
Titre du blogue: Psychospeak with Dr.Z
Screwed up parents, screwed up kids!* (Chers lecteurs Francophones. SVP, voir la note plus bas. Merci) Screwed up parents almost always produce screwed up kids but screwed up kids don’t always have screwed up parents. Wouldn’t it be nice if we had the ability to ensure our children turned out well-adjusted, functional and happy? I [...]

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On lady ‘staches and why kids can be so cruel 24 mars 2016
Auteur: Camillo Zacchia
Titre du blogue: Psychospeak with Dr.Z
Hi, this was published in my Huffington Post Canada blog on March 3, 2016 (SVP, voir plus bas pour la version Française) On lady ‘staches and why children can be so cruel “Miss, how come you have a moustache like a man?” Did you ever hear a six-year old say something like this to a teacher? [...]

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Eulogy to a janitor 10 février 2016
Auteur: Camillo Zacchia
Titre du blogue: Psychospeak with Dr.Z
Giuseppe Zacchia 1923-2016 Please honour this remarkable human being by sharing his story to the people that matter in your lives. It was published in the Huffington Post on February 9, 2016, Eulogy to a Janitor. ________________________________________________________________ Chères lecteurs et lectrices Francophone: Après plusieurs années de déclin physique mon père est décédé le 1 février. J’ai [...]

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Et comment désirez-vous mourir, Monsieur? 10 décembre 2015
Auteur: Camillo Zacchia
Titre du blogue: Psychospeak with Dr.Z
Voici la version Française de mon billet du 24 septembre: Nous mourrons tous, un jour. Si nous avions notre mot à dire sur la façon dont cela se produira, qu’est-ce que la plupart d’entre nous choisiraient? Dernièrement, j’ai commencé à poser directement cette question à des clients, des amis et des membres de ma famille; [...]

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I just don’t know how to be happy 7 octobre 2015
Auteur: Camillo Zacchia
Titre du blogue: Psychospeak with Dr.Z
I JUST DON’T KNOW HOW TO BE HAPPY (SVP, voir plus bas pour la version Française) Why are some people more prone to depression than others? The answer is far from straightforward. Many people are sad because their lives aren’t going well. Failed relationships and employment problems account for many of these. But plenty of [...]

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How would you like to die, sir? 23 septembre 2015
Auteur: Camillo Zacchia
Titre du blogue: Psychospeak with Dr.Z
We are all going to die. If we had a say in how it happened, what would most of us choose? Recently I began asking clients, friends and family members this straightforward question and the results of this unscientific survey are very telling. Of the fifty or so people I have asked, all but three [...]

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Random thoughts 14 août 2015
Auteur: Camillo Zacchia
Titre du blogue: Psychospeak with Dr.Z
(SVP, voir plus bas pour la version Française) I’ve been writing this column for ten years now. I often get random thoughts that turn into columns and stories but many others just sit there as just that – random thoughts. They don’t look like they will ever develop enough to be any more than the [...]

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Smooth rocks and plastic rings 22 juillet 2015
Auteur: Camillo Zacchia
Titre du blogue: Psychospeak with Dr.Z
SMOOTH ROCKS AND PLASTIC RINGS (SVP, voir plus bas pour la version Française) Why do we always seem to come home from vacation with a pocketful of smooth rocks or seashells we picked up at the beach or cheap plastic rings we bought at an amusement park? I don’t know about you but I have [...]

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Can I do more? 7 juillet 2015
Auteur: Camillo Zacchia
Titre du blogue: Psychospeak with Dr.Z
CAN I DO MORE? (SVP, Voir plus bas pour la version Française) Can I do more? This question is a trap if I ever heard one. Can I do more to help my parents? Can I do a better job on this assignment? Can I eat better? These types of questions are endless and the [...]

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Science and marketing: Strange bedfellows 23 juin 2015
Auteur: Camillo Zacchia
Titre du blogue: Psychospeak with Dr.Z
(SVP, voir plus bas pour la version Française) Here’s something I published today in the on-line version of Metro. Someone who read it asked me if it meant I was against all ‘Soft’ sciences. I’m not sure what is meant by that word but I am not for or against anything per se. Science simply [...]

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How many fingers? 2 juin 2015
Auteur: Camillo Zacchia
Titre du blogue: Psychospeak with Dr.Z
How many fingers? (SVP, voir plus bas pour la version Française) Every once in a while, when talking to a client, I briefly hold up two fingers. I then ask the person how many fingers I held up. He or she quickly says, “Two.” It’s a simple question and people never hesitate when answering. But [...]

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