By Ellen Langer — 2001
Defends the failure of people to predict the future. Confusion between prediction and hindsight; how psychologists predict an outcome.
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As neuroscience, the scientific study of the nervous system, has revolutionized understanding of how the brain works, the implications for the understanding of our minds are immense.
Why are Buddhist concepts and techniques so popular lately?
How should we read psychoanalysis? Many of its great theorists – Sigmund Freud, Donald Winnicott, Jacques Lacan – trained as doctors, and their successors tend to follow the rigid formulae of academic papers.
James Hillman, who has died aged 85 from the complications of cancer, has been hailed as the most important US psychologist since William James.
When Hillman questions some of the basic tenets of psychology, audiences turn to him to come up with answers. Hillman retorts to such pleas in his dry New England style, "I don't have answers. I have questions."
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Alexander was a rare psychoanalytic pioneer who, despite a thorough grounding in classical Freudian theory, had the courage, vision, and flexibility to modify his thinking in the light of newer knowledge.
Psychology has an opportunity to continue evolving and meet the needs of a changing U.S. population—starting by countering the pervasive and damaging effects of racism.
In the midst of America’s racial reckoning, psychologists are playing a key role in rethinking bias, policing, and other issues. But psychologists say the field itself has its own systemic injustices to dismantle.
"Harvard-educated psychologist and bestselling author Melanie Joy exposes the psychology that underlies all forms of oppression and abuse and the belief system that gives rise to this psychology—which she calls powerarchy." - Marc Bekoff