For Shame, Psychologists

first_imgA psychologist points out the flaws in his field, including useless tropes that have utterly failed for decades.Dr. Thomas Scheff is ashamed of psychology for not understanding shame. Therein lies a conundrum. In his article for the UC Santa Barbara Current, “The Shame of Psychology,” Scheff vents his feelings about why “the inability to address emotion is holding back the field of psychology.”Scheff lists some examples of pop-psych failures that were accepted truths not long ago. In a recent paper in the Review of General Psychology, he identified “Three Scandals in Psychology” that morphed into tropes (common knowledge) in the public mind.Aggression catharsis: This is the idea that venting your anger is good for you. Wrong.Scheff recalled that venting was an accepted therapy for many years, despite its evident failure. Working as a marriage counselor decades ago, he was encouraged to use venting in his practice. “My teachers told me that the way to deal with angry people was to have them beat on a pillow with a tennis racquet and yell at the pillow,” he said. “It never worked. I never had one client who was helped by that.”Stigma: Psychologists are clueless about shame, Scheff says. Curiously, he points out that psychologists and the public have a “shame about shame” as if it is a bad thing, without even knowing what it is:Stigma, which has been studied extensively, is another area that most psychologists get wrong, according to Scheff. The problem, he explained, is that stigma usually is defined as a mark of disgrace as a result of some humiliation. However, he argued, stigma is a certain kind of shame that is actually an emotion — something science poorly understands. “Scholars are just as confused by emotions as the public,” he said. “They’re studying an emotion, but they don’t know it, because it’s hidden in modern societies.”Self-esteem:  Another false trope is that self-esteem is good for you. Psychologists even have scales to measure it; how useful are they?Scheff has a harsh assessment of the study of self-esteem. He noted that over the past 50 years more than 20,000 studies have used some 200 self-esteem scales. Their failure, he said, is clear; the scales’ ability to predict behavior is less than 5 percent.Scheff points to the case of Tycho Brahe, who was extremely meticulous in his measurement of planetary positions, but never saw the big picture: that the planets orbit the sun. He was captive to the trope of his day that everything orbited the earth. Psychologists are committing the Brahe error today, he thinks, because they are similarly trapped in false pictures of human behavior. “[P]sychology and the public will progress only after the meaning and ramifications of emotions are addressed,” he advises. But with a track record as bad as what he just described, what confidence can anyone have that his suggestion is not a new false lead?As you can see, psychology joins cosmology and paleoanthropology as two of the most wrong-headed fields of human endeavor whitewashed by the good name of “science.” Remember how cosmologists were so wrong that they had to work hard at it? (6/20/15) Remember Tattersall’s lambasting of the “contingencies, false starts and diversity of opinions” in his field that are so unreliable, Science Magazine said that if they were to start over without any preconceptions, the field would look entirely different? (6/24/15).Now this UC Santa Barbara psychologist has exposed the wrongness in his field (not news; see past articles). Did you get this? 20,000 studies on self-esteem over five decades have all failed! They were utterly useless. Did you catch the fact that all of Scheff’s teachers all told him to get people to vent their anger, yell, and beat pillows with tennis racquets? Not a single person was helped by it!  Not one!  Why would anyone pay money to these charlatans? The field is wracked by scandals, too (5/22/14).  The public needs to vent all right; vent against the phonies until they are ashamed and stigmatized out of business.“So take my advice and we’ll do better,” Scheff thinks. Look, Tom, thanks for the exposé, but why don’t you and all your fellow know-nothings quit while you’re behind and do something really useful for people. Preach the word. (Visited 42 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0last_img read more

Inclement weather hampers AN 32 mission

first_imgInclement weather on Saturday hampered rescue efforts to retrieve the mortal remains of 13 air-warriors who were on board the IAF aircraft that crashed in the mountains of Arunachal Pradesh, an IAF spokesman said. Shillong-based IAF spokesman Ratnakar Singh said the rescue operation, which commenced early Saturday morning, could not progress due to the weather.The Cheetah and the ALH helicopters are on standby and waiting to commence operations.There were low clouds accompanied with rain, the spokesman said in a statement.The IAF is making all efforts to retrieve the mortal remains.Families updatedThe personnel had been in constant contact with the families of the victims and they were being updated regularly about the rescue operations. They were also being explained the challenges being faced by the rescue team, he added.The AN—32 transport aircraft of the Air Force with 13 IAF personnel onboard went missing on June 3 after taking off from Assam’s Jorhat. The aircraft was headed for Mechuka Advanced Landing Ground (ALG) in Arunachal Pradesh when it lost contact with ground authorities at around 1300 hours.After a massive search and rescue operation for eight days, during which assets from several agencies were deployed, the wreckage of the aircraft was located by a Mi—17 chopper.(With inputs from ANI)last_img read more

Irving will wear no. 11 with Celtics

first_imgDon’t miss out on the latest news and information. The Celtics retired No. 1 for founder and original owner Walter Brown. They retired No. 2 for former coach and general manager Red Auerbach.In all, the Celtics have retired 21 numbers, with Paul Pierce’s No. 34 next in line for the TD Garden rafters.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSBoxers Pacquiao, Petecio torchbearers for SEA Games opening Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Cleveland Cavaliers’ Kyrie Irving, left, drives to the basket against Boston Celtics’ Al Horford, from the Dominican Republic, in the second half of an NBA basketball game, Thursday, Dec. 29, 2016, in Cleveland. APBOSTON, Massachusetts—Newly acquired guard Kyrie Irving will wear No. 11 in Boston because the Celtics already have retired the numbers he wore in college and with the Cleveland Cavaliers.Irving wore No. 11 at two New Jersey high schools before switching to No. 1 at Duke. He wore No. 2 with the Cavaliers for the first six years of his NBA career.ADVERTISEMENT LATEST STORIES Pagasa: Storm intensifies as it nears PAR MOST READ Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss PLAY LIST 02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games Robredo should’ve resigned as drug czar after lack of trust issue – Panelo Hotel says PH coach apologized for ‘kikiam for breakfast’ claim Lacson: SEA Games fund put in foundation like ‘Napoles case’ Trump signs bills in support of Hong Kong protesters Celebrity chef Gary Rhodes dies at 59 with wife by his side SEA Games: PH squash team brings in second bronze Ethel Booba on hotel’s clarification that ‘kikiam’ is ‘chicken sausage’: ‘Kung di pa pansinin, baka isipin nila ok lang’ NATO’s aging eye in the sky to get a last overhaul View commentslast_img read more

‘My name is Lou Vincent and I am a cheat’

first_imgThe full text of Lou Vincent’s statement to the NZ Herald:My name is Lou Vincent and I am a cheat.I have abused my position as a professional sportsman on a number of occasions by choosing to accept money through fixing.I have lived with this dark secret for many years, but just months ago I reached the point where I decided I had to come forward and tell the truth.It’s a truth that has rightly caused uproar and controversy in New Zealand and around the world.I have shamed my country. I have shamed my sport. I have shamed those close to me. For that I am not proud.I lost faith in myself and the game. I abused the game I love. I had to put things right. Speaking out. Exposing the truth. Laying bare the things I have done wrong is the only way I can find to begin to put things right.The time has come for me to now face them like a man and accept the consequences, whatever they may be.I could not live with my wrongdoing any longer, and after meeting my future wife Susie, after learning what unconditional love really is, I felt strong enough to tell her what I’d done, and she has helped me take the painful steps to telling my parents, my wider family, and then the authorities.I am proud of those I love. Especially my immediate family and friends. Their strength, support and forgiveness has enabled me to address some deep and uncomfortable issues in my life.advertisementI can finally look my children in the eyes and tell them that honesty is the best policy, even if it feels like the hardest thing to do at times.I now believe in myself as a person again and do not wake up every morning hating myself.Today is the day I offer my deepest apologies to the public and the cricketing world, to the loyal fans, to the dedicated coaches, staff and all players past and present.I apologise to the and thank the ACSU [Anti-Corruption and Security Unit] for their help and support, which is out there for all players and it has helped me a great deal. Chris Morris and his legal team, and all associations that have handled this sensitive situation with professionalism and respect.The people who know me know I am vulnerable. But they also know I am not stupid and that I know what is right and what is wrong.I do suffer from depression but it is absolutely no reason or excuse for all that I have done wrong.I used to think mistakes were the actions of bad people. I now know even good people can make the worst of mistakes. My actions, I will regret for the rest of my life.For sport to prosper, it is up to the players to police the game, because they are the ones that will ultimately lose out if they allow themselves to be used as pawns to make money.No one should ever be put in that position. And no one should ever allow themselves to forget what sport is about and let money rule their decisions.The decisions I made were wrong. Players must be better than that. Above reproach. For the fans. For the sport.For the first time in a very long time I feel positive about the future because I am finally becoming the man I wanted to be. I have to face up to my wrongs to make them right.I have kept my head down for too long now. This is my time to man up to my mistakes and today I can stand with a better conscience because I know I’m doing the right thing.It is entirely my fault that I will never be able to stand in front of a game again. It is entirely my fault that I will not be able to apply my skills in a positive way to help future cricketers.But it is entirely possible that I can use this moment to convince others not to be tempted by wrongdoing. To do the right thing for themselves, for their families and friends, and for the sport they love.I accept my punishment and I thank you for [reading] my statement.last_img read more

India vs England: 4th Test, Day 2- As it happened!

first_imgIndia won the toss and elected to bat first against EnglandWelcome to the coverage of Day 2 of the 4th Test between India and England from the Old Trafford Cricket stadium in Manchester.Scorecard | Day 1 It’s official, play has been abandoned for the day. The weather has come to India’s rescue, though there is still a lot of time left in the Test match. The forecast for tomorrow is fine, but Hurricane Bertha is apparently heading towards the UK on Sunday. Bhuvneshwar Kumar began the day well by accounting for nightwatchman Chris Jordan before dismissing a well set Ian Bell. Varun Aaron bowled exceptionally well and knocked over Moeen Ali. Joe Root and Jos Buttler though batted positively after lunch to increase England’s lead to 85. The rain came down heavily in the post-lunch session and flooded the outfield. Though it stopped spitting after a while, a lot of damage was already done near the boundary rope. The groundstaff tried their best but couldn’t quite ensure that it is bone-dry and safe enough for the players to continue play. Tomorrow is an important day for both sides and more important for the hosts considering that they have the upper hand at this stage. GOOD NEWS: It has stopped raining and the covers are coming off! We could have some play today, especially with the sun popping out. The umpires will have a pitch inspection at 17:00 local time. RAIN UPDATE: It is pouring down heavily at Old Trafford. The long delay is about to get longer. There are heavy puddles of water by the edge of the boundary. An arduous task awaits the groundsmen. advertisementBAD NEWS: It has started raining at the Old Trafford cricket ground. The umpires have decided to halt play and the players are walking off the field. Stay tuned for more updates!! With Jos Buttler(22) and Joe Root(48) at the crease, England are currently at 237/6 after 71 overs.NINE RUNS off the over!!66.3 overs: FOUR!! Joe Root goes for the drive and gets a bottom edge past the wicket-keeper for a boundary. That brings up the FIFTY-RUN PARTNERSHIP between these two!! With Jos Buttler(19) and Joe Root(31) at the crease, England are currently at 215/6 after 65 overs.FIVE RUNS off the over!!64.2 overs: FOUR!! Jos Buttler leans into the drive and sends it scurrying through covers for a boundary. That was SWEETLY TIMED by Buttler!! With Jos Buttler(14) and Joe Root(31) at the crease, England are currently at 210/6 after 64 overs.India’s first innings in #IndvsEng match~Total number of balls Faced by MS Dhoni is~ 133 BallsRemaining 10 Indian Batsman~ 147 Balls Shanaya (@Sinceere_Angel) August 8, 2014EIGHT RUNS off the over!! Ravindra Jadeja will bowl from the other end for India.With Jos Buttler(13) and Joe Root(24) at the crease, England are currently at 202/6 after 63 overs.ONE RUN off the over!! Joe Root and Jos Buttler are out in the middle for England while Pankaj Singh will start the proceedings for India.And, we’re back!! LUNCH: So India have won a session after Lord’s. Cue for wild celebrations in their camp! They had gone 16 sessions without winning one, since this one. It was all started off by Bhuvi who got the nightwatchman Jordan out with a short ball, then removed Bell with a beautiful outswinger. Aaron came to the party and produced a brute to dismiss Moeen Ali as India went on the attack, sensing blood and more wickets. But Buttler and Root have stayed firm since Moeen’s dismissal and have seen it through till lunch. The lead is 49 and India would be hoping to restrict it to as less a figure as possible. The post-lunch session should be another cracker, with overcast conditions still prevailing – which gives the bowlers a fair crack. With Jos Buttler(13) and Joe Root(23) at the crease, England are currently at 201/6 after 62 overs.ONE RUN off the over!!Ravindra Jadeja will bowl the FINAL OVER BEFORE LUNCH for India. FOUR RUNS off the over!!60.5 overs: FOUR!! Jos Buttler gets a stride forward and drills it past mid-off for a boundary. With Jos Buttler(7) and Joe Root(21) at the crease, England are currently at 193/6 after 58 overs.Just overheard dhoni saying “jaagega tu, do din hogaye” to sir jadeja on the stump mic! Gotta love this guy #IndvsEng #banter #dhoni Mandela Kiran (@mandela86) August 8, 2014THREE RUNS off the over!! FINALLY, Ravindra Jadeja comes into the attack for India. Took him 57 overs though!! With Jos Buttler(3) and Joe Root(17) at the crease, England are currently at 185/6 after 55 overs.Indian bowlers don’t forget,you still have the ROOT cause of all problems there at the crease.There is buttler too.Get em out soon!#indvsengadvertisement Shikhar Saini (@shikharskr) August 8, 2014FIVE RUNS off the over!!54.6 overs: FOUR!! Joe Root hangs back and flays the cut shot past backward point for a boundary. That was BEAUTIFULLY TIMED by Root!! With Jos Buttler(1) and Joe Root(12) at the crease, England are currently at 178/6 after 53 overs.Pleased to know that @VarunAaron and @BhuviOfficial are upping the ante and causing serious damage to English batting! #bravo #IndvsEng 🙂 Sam Christy Varghese (@samchristyv) August 8, 2014TEN RUNS off the over!!Jos Buttler comes to the crease for England.That was FAST & FURIOUS from Aaron!!52.2 overs: That’s OUT!! Varun Aaron has bowled Moeen Ali on a fiery inswinger. Ali was a tad too early in the shot as the ball swings past his bat and pad to rattle the stumps. Moeen Ali departs after scoring 13 runs off 27 balls with two boundaries. Another BLOW for England!! With Moeen Ali(10) and Joe Root(9) at the crease, England are currently at 160/5 after 48 overs.TWELVE RUNS off the over!!i dont think mooen ali is struggling with short balls batting nicely #IndvsEng srextasagar (@srexta) August 8, 201447.6 overs: FOUR!! Moeen Ali rocks back and smacks it towards square leg for another boundary. BACK-TO-BACK BOUNDARIES for Ali!!47.5 overs: FOUR!! Moeen Ali leans forward and flicks it through midwicket for a boundary. With Moeen Ali(1) and Joe Root(4) at the crease, England are currently at 145/5 after 46 overs.Another wicket down #indvseng @BhuviOfficial showing his potential.. divyanshu rai (@the_divyanshu) August 8, 2014FOUR RUNS off the over!!44.2 overs: FOUR!! Joe Root picks the length early and steers it towards third man for a boundary. EASY PICKINGS for Root there!!That’s a WICKET MAIDEN by Bhuvi!!Moeen Ali comes to the crease for England.Bhuvneshwar Kumar is ON A ROLL here!!43.4 overs: OUT!! Bhuvneshwar Kumar has got Ian Bell out caught by the wicket-keeper. Bell was forced to play at it and gets an outside edge through to MS Dhoni behind the stumps. Ian Bell departs after scoring 58 runs off 82 balls with eight boundaries and a six. BIG WICKET for India!! With Ian Bell(58) and Joe Root(0) at the crease, England are currently at 140/4 after 43 overs.FOUR RUNS off the over!!Joe Root comes to the crease for England.Bhuvneshwar Kumar STRIKES AGAIN for India!!41.4 overs: That’s OUT!! Bhuvneshwar Kumar has got Chris Jordan out caught at midwicket. Jordan goes for the pull but gets a top-edge that goes straight towards Varun Aaron who takes it comfortably. Chris Jordan departs after scoring 13 runs off 22 balls with three boundaries.38.6 overs: FOUR!! Chris Jordan waits for it and steers it towards third man for a boundary.SIX RUNS off the over!!36.4 overs: FOUR!! Chris Jordan rocks back and clouts the pull towards deep square leg for a boundary.Pankaj Singh will bowl from the other end for India.FOUR RUNS off the over!!35.6 overs: FOUR!! Ian Bell goes on the backfoot and crashes the cut past backward point for a boundary. CRACKING SHOT from Bell!!advertisementIan Bell and Chris Jordan are out in the middle for England while Bhuvneshwar Kumar will start the proceedings for India.Toss: India won the toss and elected to bat first against England.Changes: India have made three changes with Gautam Gambhir, Ravichandran Ashwin and Varun Aaron replacing Shikhar Dhawan, Rohit Sharma and Mohammed Shami. On the other hand, England have decided to play the same team from the last Test match.Teams(from):England: Alastair Cook, Sam Robson, Gary Ballance, Ian Bell, Joe Root, Moeen Ali, Jos Buttler, Chris Jordan, Chris Woakes, Stuart Broad, James Anderson.India: Murali Vijay, Gautam Gambhir, Cheteshwar Pujara, Virat Kohli, Ajinkya Rahane, Mahendra Singh Dhoni, Ravindra Jadeja, Ravichandran Ashwin, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Varun Aaron, Pankaj Singhlast_img read more