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Wednesday, December 23, 2009

Carol of the Bells

Thursday, December 03, 2009

A proposal to classifyhappiness as a psychiatric disorder

R P Bentall "A proposal to classify

happiness as a psychiatric disorder" JOURNAL OF MEDICAL ETHICS

18, 94-98 (1992). The abstract:


 

It is proposed that happiness be classified as a psychiatric

disorder and be included in future editions of the major

diagnostic manuals under the new name: major affective

disorder, pleasant type. In a review of the relevant

literature it is shown that happiness is statistically

abnormal, consists of a discrete cluster of symptoms, is

associated with a range of cognitive abnormalities, and

probably reflects the abnormal functioning of the central

nervous system. One possible objection to this proposal

remains--that happiness is not negatively valued.

However, this objection is dismissed as scientifically

irrelevant.

Monday, August 31, 2009

If playing World of Warcraft was an exercise, I'd be an Adonis

Seriously, I spend about 16 hours a week playing this game. Granted, I prolly lose a few pounds when things get intense, but not nearly enough! I should install a stationary bike with a built in desk for some of my gaming, that might help.