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Why I Don't Trust Psychologists, Thanks to Idaho State University

Jocelyn Eikenburg | Posted 05.24.2016 | Education
Jocelyn Eikenburg

(Photo by Paula Silva via Flickr.com, licensed under a Creative Commons License) "Maybe you could talk to a counselor about that." That's what a go...

A Young Girl, A Book And A Teacher

Christina Pacella | Posted 04.19.2016 | Education
Christina Pacella

It's not a secret. Reading is food for the mind and for the soul. The earlier children come into contact with books the better!

Images: How They Help and Hinder

Jane Simon, M.D. | Posted 03.25.2016 | Healthy Living
Jane Simon, M.D.

Success often depends on our ability to present a socially acceptable image. Ideally, our social image aligns with our authentic self or essence.

Psychologists Are Not Immune to Prohibition On Diagnosing Famous Figures

Ethics & Society | Posted 03.09.2016 | Healthy Living
Ethics & Society

As consumers of the media, it is not uncommon to "diagnose" public figures with various mental disorders, depending on their representation in the press. But for psychologists and psychiatrists, is doing so unethical?

The CIA's Torture Experiment

Robert Jay Lifton | Posted 10.29.2015 | Politics
Robert Jay Lifton

As physicians concerned with maintaining humane medical standards, we know that it is critically important to learn all we can about the psychological and historical conditions conducive to medical evil.

An $81 Million Betrayal of Medical Ethics

Donna McKay | Posted 10.14.2015 | Politics
Donna McKay

Mitchell and Jessen conducted unethical research in an attempt to test the purported safety and effectiveness of their tactics. Engaging in torture-related experiments on human beings violates the absolute prohibition against torture and ill-treatment in both domestic and international law.

Not Just About the Psychologists

Brigadier General (Ret) Stephen N. Xenakis, M.D. | Posted 09.08.2015 | Impact
Brigadier General (Ret) Stephen N. Xenakis, M.D.

The practice of torture requires that the torturer depersonalize the victim. But such a degrading and dehumanizing attitude cannot be contained in prisons or the closed environments of the war zones. The psychological and working boundaries are permeable.

Who's Lying Now and Who Cares? Convicted Felons or Un-convicted Prison Guards?

Carol Smaldino | Posted 08.21.2016 | Impact
Carol Smaldino

We won't move all that much in terms of our human climate, until we realize that our cruelty, through being an active participant or a bystander, transforms us for the worse. Dehumanizing prisoners dehumanizes us all.

To Ensure No Harm, Shouldn't a Psychologist Be in the Interrogation Room?: The APA Ban on Torture

Carla Seaquist | Posted 08.13.2016 | Politics
Carla Seaquist

Finally: Last week, after a ten-year internal struggle, the American Psychological Association voted to ban its member psychologists from any involvement in national security interrogations and, more to the point, in torture.

5 Steps to Choosing Torture: Psychologists Breaking Bad

Daniel Griffin, Ph.D. | Posted 07.24.2016 | Science
Daniel Griffin, Ph.D.

There are literally hundreds of empirical studies and well-thought-out concepts that explain why people do dumb things. But none of this excuses the despicable choices made by psychologists within the APA. They knowingly caused harm to other human beings.

Justice Matters: Holding People Who Torture to Account

Widney Brown | Posted 07.14.2016 | Impact
Widney Brown

In short, there is a problem with justice in the United States. Government resources are used to protect the privileged, and crimes are largely excused when they are committed by police, private security contractors, members of the U.S. military or intelligence agents.

What It's Like Living With Synesthesia

Marianne Kuzujanakis M.D. M.P.H. | Posted 06.09.2016 | Healthy Living
Marianne Kuzujanakis M.D. M.P.H.

Synesthesia in its true sense is not a mental health condition, artificially-induced condition, nor anything more than an inheritable trait, much like hair color and height.

Keeping a Man on Third Base and Other Lessons From Male Friendship

Karen Angel | Posted 03.08.2015 | Women
Karen Angel

Why do men and women relate so differently to their same-sex friends? Experts who have studied this area have a few theories.

Garth the Great

Reese Schonfeld | Posted 02.22.2015 | Media
Reese Schonfeld

David helped to create the modern electoral process. He used television brilliantly; he helped introduce the slickness and trickery that is used by almost all political operatives as they seek to elect their candidates. He was smart, he was tough and for the last 30 years, he was my friend.

Psychologists Prescribing Medication Is a Bad Idea

Scott Mendelson, M.D. | Posted 09.15.2014 | Healthy Living
Scott Mendelson, M.D.

Psychiatrists are often criticized for a reductionist approach to mental illness. We are accused of "throwing pills" while ignoring the social, cognitive and spiritual aspects of our patients. However, the use of medications by psychologists with only rudimentary understanding of physiology, pathophysiology, and pharmacology is another form of reductionism that should be soundly criticized.

What? Spoilers Enhance a Mystery or Thriller?

Mark Rubinstein | Posted 06.14.2014 | Books
Mark Rubinstein

For mystery, suspense and thriller novels, viewing the plot as "(almost) irrelevant" seems an extraordinary stretch. Frankly, I find that conclusion preposterous.

Searching for a Great Psychotherapist

Michael J. Tansey | Posted 04.29.2014 | Healthy Living
Michael J. Tansey

The notion of acknowledging the need for professional help and calling a perfect stranger regarding matters that are deeply personal is a very hard thing to do. This does not make all that go away, but be well aware that the first phone call for virtually everyone is daunting.

Message to the ADHD Medical Community: Is Medication the Only Answer?

Elaine Taylor-Klaus | Posted 02.22.2014 | Healthy Living
Elaine Taylor-Klaus

Professionals know that there is no magic formula for "fixing" ADHD, and that active management is key for long-term success. Let's share that little secret with parents, shall we? The futures of their children are at stake.

The 'Golden Rule' of the Helping Professions

Ross A. Rosenberg | Posted 02.04.2014 | Healthy Living
Ross A. Rosenberg

As people who are entrusted with so much responsibility, professional helpers should conduct themselves according to a standard that prohibits them from providing services that they themselves need.

It's the Touch, Not the Tweet: 3D Communication

Tom Alderman | Posted 06.15.2013 | Business
Tom Alderman

Whether she knows it, or not, Yahoo's CEO Marissa Mayer has tapped into a relatively new concept of human behavior that's capturing the imagination of some behavioral scientists.

The Misunderstood Face of Giftedness

Marianne Kuzujanakis M.D. M.P.H. | Posted 06.10.2013 | Healthy Living
Marianne Kuzujanakis M.D. M.P.H.

Contrary to common stereotypes, giftedness is not synonymous with high academic achievement. The gifted student archetype, while expected to be a mature classroom leader, does not fit all gifted students.

Mental Illness, Patient Confidentiality and Gun Control

DJ Jaffe | Posted 03.19.2013 | Healthy Living
DJ Jaffe

The requirement to discretely disclose individuals who are mentally ill and potentially violent could reduce stigma by helping to lower violence rates.

WATCH: Coping With The Connecticut School Shooting

The Huffington Post | John Stephens | Posted 12.14.2012 | Parents

Psychologists Jeff Gardere and Peggy Norwood joined HuffPost Live hosts Marc Lamont Hill and Abby Huntsman to discuss how those affected by Friday's d...

Would You Like A Therapist With That Bank Account?

Mother Jones | Erika Eichelberger | Posted 06.11.2012 | Money

Maybe money can buy happiness--if your bank comes with a therapist. The unhappy Scrooge McDucks of the world no longer have to rely on their butler...

Don't Leave Your Shrink Out Of This Discussion

Reuters | Posted 05.05.2012 | Money

By Mitch Lipka March 5 (Reuters) - When it comes to family squabbles over money -- particularly contentious ones involving inheritances -- yo...