Jason Cohen, Psy.D, M.A.
Licensed Clinical Psychologist

Hello and welcome to my blog. My name is Jason Cohen, Psy.D., M.A., and I am a Licensed Clinical Psychologist practicing in San Luis Obispo,CA. I hope you find this information educational, helpful, and/or interesting. If there is a specfic area you would like me to address or you have a question, do not hesitate to contact me. In addressing your questions, I will be sure to word responses in a way to maintain your privacy. You are also encouraged to post a comment.  

*Please note that topics presented and discussions occuring within this blog: 1) are of a general nature and therefore may have limited relevance to specific situations, 2) do not constitute a professional relationship between Dr. Cohen and those reading blog material or posting comments, and 3) should not substitute consultation with a mental health professional.


More on the FDA Spying Scandal

posted by Dr. Cohen on August 06, 2012 0:31 as General

An effort by the FDA to spy on its own scientists was foiled when 80,000 pages gathered during the operation were accidentally published on the internet. The FDA recently said it is transparent and respects the rights of a whistle-blower. However, the FDA used software to track every keystroke of 21 people, with particular interest in 5 scientists who the FDA suspected of going public about the safety of devices designed to identify breast or colon cancers. Four of these scientists lost their jobs. The scientists are suing the FDA stating that the FDA's spying operation captured private emails sent on private networks and on private equipment to their attorneys, each other, one member of Congress, and the media. Senator Chuck Grassley (R-Iowa), who is leading the investigation, said that the spying operation was authorized in writing by the FDA's head lawyer.



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Telling Lies Part 1 of 3

posted by Dr. Cohen on August 01, 2012 1:23 as Deception

A lie is when one person intentionally attempts to mislead another. Deceptive behavior begins in the first year of life. There is an adaptive quality to lying and we are taught this at an early age. Children are reminded to show appreciation when they are not at all appreciative; adults offer false compliments out of social nicety. For the most part, these fibs are devoid of malicious intent and actually allow for more harmonious interactions. Take a look at what the world may look like with complete honesty:

Believe it or not, the average person is lied to anywhere from 10 to 200 times per day. Spouses lie on average in 1 out of 10 interactions with their partner. College students lie to parents in 1 out of 5 interactions on average. Men tell 8 times as many lies when compared to women ...


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