Author Archive | Ellen Kenner

Psychologizing and the Art of Smearing

Imagine being told that you use “mental gimmickry” and exhibit a “non-evidence-based mental process” when you’re expressing your political ideas. John J. Colby (“Robitaille doesn’t understand people,” Commentary, Sept. 24) alleges this about Rhode Island Republican gubernatorial candidate John Robitaille while curiously ignoring a wealth of information about his character. Robitaille’s background will let you […]

The Rational Basis of Sex: Psychological Visibility (Part 2 of 4)

Let us take a closer look at what such admiration consist of by grasping the concept of psychological visibility. Every person holds fundamental ideas about himself. Take Tom who thinks “It’s important to make healthy, honest choices in my life. I want to feel proud of the way I’m leading my life.” He values, not […]

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