The largest professional body of psychologists, the American Psychological Association, may be weathering this latest storm, but the exposure of its decade-long supoort of torture—despite vehement member opposition—has some psychologists calling for an examination of all the “epistemological and material” violence that psychology inflicts on masses of people.
Being the "queen of self-pathology" didn't give me or anyone around me very much to relate to or make a life with. I learned I didn't have to be a victim of the world’s craziness, but could play with the craziness, build with it, and grow.
Nobel Laureate Tim Hunt 's comment that "girls" shouldn't do science with men went viral.—and opened up an important dialogue on the institutional sexism of the natural sciences and medicine. But that's not the whole story...
What would happen if we could talk to a professional about the pain we're feeling without being boxed into the illness frame? Or choosing a diagnosis? What would we say? What would we learn? Participate in this national survey and be part of the discovery.
People in schools are trapped in an authoritarian educational bureaucracy beholden to corporate and political interests. But they’re also trapped by a culture that insists we (especially the professional knowers among us) must know what we’re doing or we wouldn’t be doing it.
What will be the future of mental health? That's the question confronted by leading experts who are working to broaden what it means to help those in emotional pain, inform the public of options that already exist, and create new tools for leading a happier life.
What is a normal, garden-variety human being? How does one go about being human? Without robust answers to these questions, discussions of abnormality or psychopathology will be fatally constrained in their ability to bring about lasting and effective solutions. Finding normal & understanding how it is achieved & maintained is perhaps the most pressing issue of our times.
Most therapy (of both the talk and drug varieties) is built on the assumption that discovering why you’re feeling a certain way is the secret to feeling better. It’s time to examine this assumption—in therapy and the rest of our lives. We might be surprised at how we feel when we loosen the hold causality has on us.
"Do we need to relate to people in emotional pain as having brain disorders or a chemical imbalance?" Therapists are going out on the streets to ask ordinary people what they think about diagnosis. Not everyone's bought the mental health establishment's package.
Exciting developments are afloat in the ongoing challenge to give practitioners and their clients more choices in how to deal with emotional distress than biologically-based diagnosis. They're coming from psycholgoists themselves and from a new breed of performance activists.
Discovery happens at the borders. People talk. Ideas meet. Something new emerges. Old paradigms weaken. Creativity abounds. Welcome to the border crossing, where psychology meets culture, theatre meets therapy, play meets learning—and the discovery-in-practice is that human development is the performing of who we’re becoming.