Thursday, April 29, 2010

My Waiting Room Magazine Selection

About two years ago, I started receiving a lot of magazines for my waiting room that I never ordered. At first, I thought I would get two or three promotional issues and then be asked to subscribe. That never happened. I never paid for the magazines, and they never stopped coming to my office. Here is a list of my waiting room offerings (the titles with asterisks are the ones I ordered and pay for):

American Cowboy
Car And Driver
Natural Solutions
*Real Simple
AARP, The Magazine
*The New Yorker
Architectural Digest
National Geographic
The Sporting News
Boy's Life
Men's Health
Road and Track

Thanks to some unknown benefactor, I am willing to bet that I am the psychologist in Denver with the most spectacular array of pre-therapy and pre-assessment reading materials. Nationally, I would put my waiting room magazine selection in the top ten!

Thanks for reading-- Max Wachtel, Ph.D.

Thursday, April 1, 2010

Reality Stars Willing to Kill?

Here is a link to a Washington Post article about a French documentary that convinced a number of people they were on a game show. These people then administered what they thought were potentially lethal electrical shocks to "contestants." Of course, the whole thing was a sham, but it highlights what Milgrim discovered in the 1960's: people are willing to engage in some pretty extreme behaviors. And, we already know people will do amazingly stupid things in order to get onto a reality show.

Reality Show Contestants Willing To Kill

Here is a link to some video: Willing To Kill Video

Thanks for reading-- Max Wachtel, Ph.D.


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