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The Meaning of Life part 1

The Meaning of Life part 1

What is the meaning of life? A young man, Patrick barely 21, posed this question to me the other day. His original complaint was of anxiety and panic attacks. Associated with this was worry, procrastination and pessimism. The advantage of the latter for him is that you never get disappointed. Expect the worst and if it doesn’t happen at least you were prepared. Murphy’s law.

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The Psychodynamics of Xenophobia and Racism

The Psychodynamics of Xenophobia and Racism

I have been contemplating the recent shooting in South Carolina and can conclude without much intellectual effort, that many (white) Americans are still as racist towards blacks as they were in 1861. In addition they really ask only two things of their political representatives: keep our taxes low and don’t touch our guns. The subject of guns is for another essay.

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Why We Love Psychopaths

Why We Love Psychopaths

The sociopathic creed: “Remorse is alien to me. I have a penchant for deceit. I am generally free of entangling and irrational emotions. I am strategic and canny, intelligent and confident, but I also struggle to react appropriately to other people’s confusing and emotion-driven social cues”

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Law and Psychiatry part two

Law and Psychiatry part two

I wrote in an earlier article about the complexity of the interface of psychiatry and the law. I think the following three cases will provide further insight. One case is civil, two are criminal. The latter describe the psychiatric defences in more detail.

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Random Reflection on Law and Psychiatry  part 1

Random Reflection on Law and Psychiatry part 1

Law and Psychiatry part 1
Posted by Allan Seltzer MD on Jun 13th, 2015 in Uncategorized | 0 comments

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I have been involved as an expert witness in both civil and criminal legal proceedings. Most of my past testimony has however been in a criminal setting and primarily focused on sentencing.

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