Dr. O’s Rap


Dr. O’s Rap is a regular ShrinkRap feature, written by Dr. Owen James
Dr. Owen James is Clinical Director of Tri-City Psychology Services Inc. He received his PhD. in  Psychology from the University of Liverpool, U.K. ShrinkRap is a developing resource started in June 2007, and is regularly maintained by Dr. Owen James. He  currently is a registered and licensed psychologist in the province of British Columbia where he has been a practicing psychologist since 1992.


Laugh and the world laughs with you….


Every Tuesday evening I crave my fix of laughter. It comes courtesy of BBC Canada , with the BBC TV comedies of ‘Little Britain’ and ‘Gavin & Stacey’. I seem to laugh more at caricatures of Wales and Welsh people, which ironically is where I was born and raised, and I’m sure that at one time I would have been offended by people laughing at ‘us’. Laughter it seems necessitates some courage; goodbye reason and adios inhibition. It might even confer health benefits. However, I just can’t quite get my head around the idea of laugh clubs or laugh yoga whatever the health benefits, that said I am laughing more at the idea than any recent joke I have heard! So make sure you have a good laugh today and stop taking life too seriously.

Learning & Probability

As a teenager I used to enjoy watching horse racing. Apart from the beauty and power of the horses, what really intrigued me was how the bookies used to calculate the odds of a horse winning a race, or being placed in the top 3. Unbeknown to me I had discovered the sheer pleasure of what I later learned was called probability. I have continued to be intrigued by probability and statistical thinking since, particularly as it applies to people who are depressed or highly anxious. More recently, I have been conducting an experiment with the cleaner who looks after my house. I think you will find it interesting. There are two switches in my bedroom, but only one controls the light. The other controls my alarm clock. Both switches are next to each other. So my question to you all is this; in the last 10 weeks, how many times do you think the cleaner has turned off my alarm clock when she really meant to turn on my light. The odds are 50/50. At worst you might think, 5 times right, 5 times wrong. Would it surprise you that I am currently counting 10 times wrong, and 0 times right. So much for probability.

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