“Nobody had the freedom to spontaneously use their imagination. This was the order of things.” – In Laplatia

Hi there! My name is Alexandre A. Loch. I'm a psychiatrist and a writer and this is my blog. Here you'll find some posts about literature, about psychiatry/ psychology/ psychoanalysis, and the intersection of them. You'll also find information about my book, Laplatia, a thrilling dystopia published by Black Rose Writing.

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Why is the number of suicide bombers increasing?

 Have you ever heard about the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam? The Tigers were a group that fought for an independent state in Sri Lanka. They were very organized and even had their own air force. Until 2009, when it was terminated, the movement used terrorism as an important war tactic and had killed the most people in the world…

Truths and lies on the internet: case report of a suicide broadcast over the web

Recently the British Journal of Psychiatry, one of the highest impact journals in psychiatry, published a case report about a young Swedish man who committed suicide and decided to broadcast his death over the Internet. At 11:51 AM on October 11, 2010, the 21-year-old created the thread “hanging” on a Swedish forum called Flashback. This forum is known to be…

Creativity might be related to unethical behavior

Creativity generally consists of two components: mental flexibility (the ability to find different solutions for the same problem) and divergent thinking (thinking “outside the box”—the ability to think beyond what is usually considered). In some situations (such as ethical dilemmas), a person’s creativity can be tested. In these situations, an individual has to weigh the desire to satisfy his or…

Virginia Woolf and the bipolar disorder

Many wonder if there is any relationship between creativity and mental disorders among writers. For they are often afflicted by such disorder, as was the case of Ernest Hemingway, plagued by depression, and as was also the case of Virginia Woolf. According to Katerina Koutsantoni, Virginia Woolf seemed to have foremost a genetic predisposition to the development of mood disorders:…

The production of literature

The production of literature has always been the matter of scientific interest, usually involving different areas of knowledge. How do authors produce their works of fiction? The best and most obvious answer is that there are no rigid rules. But an American researcher interviewed five writers, and proposed to outline some common denominators of literary writing. Two of them were…