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Constructing Understandings in a Confusing World
Jonathan D. Raskin, Ph.D.
Some therapists don't return calls from prospective clients. This is not just unprofessional, it's also unethical.
How can humanistic psychology help us navigate the post-pandemic world?
Access to weapons seems to predict gun violence much better than does having a mental disorder.
Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene hung a sign in the Capitol saying there are only two genders. Psychologists disagree. Here's why.
The non-polarized way forward is perhaps the most difficult path. It requires us to loosen our own constructions — and to engage openly and honestly with others.
Exhibiting empathy and openness while resisting hostility is hard, especially in today’s culture. Can conceding that we all get hostile sometimes help?
What are the psychological and social implications of abdicating our responsibility to hold ourselves and others to high standards?
College is all about letting go of one’s fear-driven doubts and presumptions in order to entertain new possibilities. How do you do that?
The DSM-5 continues to be the primary diagnostic manual for mental illness. Can one of these alternative unseat it in a diagnostic game of thrones?
The FDA just approved a totally new kind of antidepressant in nasal spray form. Some doctors are thrilled, others concerned. Here are the basics you need to know about esketamine.
The video game industry and gamers have objected to the addition of a new gaming disorder diagnosis in the ICD-11. Do they have a point?
We often try to persuade others by making them see the error of their ways. But making others wrong is rarely a successful strategy. What might we try instead?
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.