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Constructing Understandings in a Confusing World
Jonathan D. Raskin, Ph.D.
Have you ever ended a call by saying "I'm gonna have to let you go?" Let's examine why this is a small example of existential bad faith.
In this contentious time, how do we maintain our sense of being “right” while entertaining alternative viewpoints?
Gaming disorder is not the only controversial change in the new ICD-11. Let's review some others.
Are we exaggerating the role of individual defects in suicide, while overlooking the powerful impact of sociocultural circumstances?
Why do mental health professionals disagree so strongly over the issue of antidepressant effectiveness? What is their disagreement about?
Do psychologists know anything about this guy that everyone else can’t see just by paying attention?
American mental health professionals are often quite unfamiliar with aspects the ICD-10, despite its relevance to their work. Here is some basic information to help them.
In asserting that they can share their power equally with clients, therapists mean well but are misguided. Here's why.
I believe that psychotherapists are experts at interpersonal communication. We talk to people and, in so doing, help them have transformative conversations.
Feeling ethically unmoored in the era of "post-truth" and "alternative facts?" Perhaps constructivist psychology can help!
Ringing in the 22nd International Congress on Personal Construct Psychology with a post and some links on the basics of personal construct theory.
Is Donald Trump out of his mind? From a context-centered therapy perspective, not a bit. Sadly, he’s all too much in it.
From the perspective of personal construct theory, President Trump's "alternative facts" exemplify hostility. But he's not alone. We all get hostile sometimes. It's human, but bad.
Why are graduate students generally required to gets "B's"? Is a "B" in grad school the same as a "C" in undergrad?
Maybe you don’t have a permanent and context-free personality. Maybe you have numerous identities, which vary from situation to situation.
You can never get inside other people’s heads because all you ever really know is the built up internal representations in your own head.
When people tell us they’re happy, we automatically assume we know just what they mean.
What is constructivism and why blog about it?
Jonathan D. Raskin, Ph.D., is a professor of psychology and counselor education at the State University of New York at New Paltz.