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A blog by Leon Oudejans

Complexity vs simplicity

Parental alienation

A friend asked me to include parental alienation in my recent blog The people we love the most can hurt us the most. This sensitive topic needs a separate blog. If only for this 2022 Guardian article, entitled: UN to investigate use of ‘parental alienation’ tactic in custody cases. "Parental alienation is a pathological phenomenon in which a child is convinced...

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The paradoxical origin of misogyny

Contemporary views on misogyny are quite simple: men are sexist and responsible for misogyny. No further action - let alone research - is deemed necessary. The objective fact that (nearly) all men are raised by their mothers does not even raise any suspicion. "According to a new study by researchers at the University of the Basque Country in Spain, mothers...

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Is it better being alone than being with the wrong one?

I heard the phrase above ("it's better being alone than being with with wrong one") in Cold Feet, a series rated 8.2 in IMDb. This phrase has quite some hits on the internet. Nevertheless, a recent scientific study disagrees: "Even an unhappy marriage is better for you than being alone" (Times-2023). This remarkable difference may well relate to the difference...

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Life is really simple, but we insist on making it complicated.

My blog title is a phrase that is attributed to Chinese philosopher Confucius (c. 551 – c. 479 BCE). Someone at Quora wonders what is meant by it as "I am definitely not trying to make my life complicated." That addition poses an interesting perspective: why do we insist on making life complicated? First and foremost, I agree with the observation by...

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Conscience vs consciousness

A few weeks ago, two people asked me if I meant conscience rather than consciousness in my draft blog. No, I did not. In my view, there is a clear distinction: all people have consciousness but some people appear to have no conscience (eg, criminals, psychopaths, sociopaths). Both conscience and consciousness have something in common: we know that we do not know...

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Civilians (as a nickname)

In the 1980s, I fulfilled my (then-mandatory) military service. I tried to apply at a department that would benefit my skill set. The reply I received spoke volumes: "Why? Do you have a medical deficiency?" It was just the start of living in another world, in which they refer to us as civilians. Recently, I listened to an interview in which an adult actress refers...

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