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If we agree this is a problem, whose responsibility is it to fix it?

Is there a moral and ethical responsibility for those who push for major public health policy change to share the evidence on which their proposal is based with relevant stakeholders?

That principle could translate into advocates…

My cup ran over with criticisms of a very important study of the effects of social media on teen girls’ mental health, without my getting beyond the abstract. …

All thumbs (Wikimedia)

After the Facebook whistleblower Frances Haugen testified before a Senate subcommittee, Americans panicked about smartphones and social media destroying the lives of our teens. The alarm Haugen sounded resonated with lots of concerns that the public already had about this twin threat.

Many parents were already putting the blame on…

Apology (Mark Tulin, Unsplash)

Two rival groups emerging out of the rubble of the American Association for Suicidology and fight for who keeps the name of the organization. They trade accusations that the leader of the other group had a conflict of interest because of an undisclosed intimate relationship.

Is this what really caused…

Brown’s Iron Bitters — the best tonic, Mrs. Langtry, the Jersey Lily (Boston Public Library -Public Domain

Writing about the trauma-informed therapy of Bessel van der Kolk (BvK) and the polyvagal theory of Stephen Porges is not as rewarding as some people encouraged me to believe it would be.

Some advocates of evidence-based treatment express alarm about the powerful influence that BvK and Porges held over what…

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Are we entering a Renaissance in psychotherapy or descending into the Dark Ages? Something profound seems to be happening but I get mixed signals as to what it is.

Therapy methods previously thought to be securely based on the best evidence are being disparaged — outright trashed. Therapists are urged…

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My Facebook memories of a couple of days ago reminded me that exactly five years ago, I was complaining again in the way that gets me in so much trouble.

This time, I was bothered by therapy training courses that provide downloadable certificates of completion. A framed certificate on the…

GOYA Entierro de la Sardina (Real_Academia_de_Bellas_Artes_de_San_Fernando,_1812–14) Public Domain

I was savagely cybermobbed by Deserae L. Stage, a woman who didn’t know me. Apparently, she was offended by a single tweet I made about a routine political appointment on the eve of President Biden‘s election. …

Samuel Levi Schwarz. My Life by Leon Trotsky, Dutch edition. 1930 (The Memory of the Netherlands. public domain)

It is difficult for targets of cybermobbing to make sense of what is going on, while it is happening. …

New Orleans November 2018 Homeless under Pontchartrain Expressway (Source: Wikimedia)

Anyone who wants to get into a discussion about cancel culture and cybermobbing must contend with a lot of people who will express strong opinions but who have no familiarity with what you are talking about.

Or you must put off a meaningful exchange of ideas until you can resolve…

James C. Coyne

Socially conscious Clinical Health Psychologist. Skeptic debunking hype and pseudoscience. Defender of freedom of expression without undue fear of reprisal

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