Scars, Suffering, and Blank Slates, TOS: S1E9 “Dagger of the Mind”

Mental illness is often stigmatized and feared due to it being poorly understood.  The truth is that although we have made great progress in our recognition and treatment of many mental illnesses, there are still vast aspects of our brain function which are, for now, uncharted.  In a place where knowledge is lacking we often … More Scars, Suffering, and Blank Slates, TOS: S1E9 “Dagger of the Mind”

Authoritarian Assumptions, TOS: S1E5 “The Enemy Within”

A popular psychological theory suggests that we possess five major aspects of personality, which shape our character depending on the relative strength and weakness of each.  These traits (openness, conscientiousness, extroversion, agreeableness, and neuroticism) are not meant to function independently, but the Star Trek episode ‘The Enemy Within’ does just that.  After beaming aboard the … More Authoritarian Assumptions, TOS: S1E5 “The Enemy Within”