The British Psychological Society

This series of posts examines the current situation of crisis that exists within the British Psychological Society (BPS). The series is a collaboration with the team at BPSWatch. I am reposting here content originally published at BPSWatch. Readers may also be interested in the posts here, here and here. How much does the future ofContinue reading “The British Psychological Society”

Psyche in Mythology and the British Psychological Society of Today

Psyche/ˈsʌɪki/the human soul, mind, or spirit “their childhood made them want to understand the human psyche and to help others” Similar: soul spirit(inner) self innermost self(inner) ego true being essential nature life force vital force inner man/woman persona identity personality individuality make-up subconscious mind intellect anima pneuma Opposite: body Wikipedia the fountain of knowledge inContinue reading “Psyche in Mythology and the British Psychological Society of Today”

Wessely School Report

In a series of ten posts, I have reviewed ten major planks in the Wessely School’s psychosomatic approach to ME/CFS. This St Patrick’s Day ‘end of term report’ indicates my grades as an independent assessor of the School’s performance to date. The bulk of the assessed work was completed prior to the COVID-19 pandemic. HoweverContinue reading “Wessely School Report”

ME/CFS and CBT – a basic error

For more than three decades, the Wessely School has searched for empirical support for its psychosomatic approach to CFS. That search has been in vain. I show here, here and here that the theoretical assumptions of the Wessely approach lack support and have fallen. The drive to show CBT and GET are effective treatments hasContinue reading “ME/CFS and CBT – a basic error”

“The whole mess started very early in his career”

Hans Eysenck’s False Claims Began in the 1950s and 60s Evidence from Joachim Funke of the Psychologisches Institut, Universität Heidelberg shows that Hans Eysenck’s scholarly output was untrustworthy from the very beginning of his career. In the 1950s and 60s Eysenck positioned himself as the ‘enfant terrible’ of psychoanalysis. Eysenck claimed the evidence in supportContinue reading ““The whole mess started very early in his career””

A New Ponzo Illusion (or something more?)

Most visual illusions are produced using carefully contrived drawings or gadgets to fool the visual system into thinking impossible things.  Recently,  waiting at a train station, I encountered a real-life Ponzo illusion. The Illusion The traditional form of the Ponzo illusion is produced by drawing a pair of receding railway lines. The context suggests differentContinue reading “A New Ponzo Illusion (or something more?)”

Cochrane Catastrophe

Peter Gøtzsche’s Expulsion Triggers Mass Resignation The Board of a prestigious scientific organisation, The Cochrane Collaboration,  recently suffered a mass resignation.  This post documents the reasons why, using the words of the organisation itself. The board has been reduced from 13 to 6 members, following a vote to expel a founding member  for the first time inContinue reading “Cochrane Catastrophe”

Special issue on the PACE Trial

Critique by Keith Geraghty and Special Issue Editorial in the Journal of Health Psychology (July 31, 2017) I reproduce here my Editorial from the Special Issue of the Journal of Health Psychology on the PACE Trial. The issue contained an incisive critique of the trial by Dr. Keith J Geraghty (pictured). Keith Geraghty’s landmark paper,Continue reading “Special issue on the PACE Trial”

Post-Traumatic Growth

Post-Traumatic Growth  Experiences of life disruption, threat, distress, or adversity can lead to positively evaluated “growth” (Tedeschi and Calhoun, 1995). It has been observed for centuries that benefit finding and posttraumatic growth (PTG) can follow the occurrence of traumatic events including accidents, warfare, death of a loved one, and cancer diagnosis and treatment (Stanton, 2010).Continue reading “Post-Traumatic Growth”

The PACE Trial: A Catalogue of Errors

What was the PACE Trial? Rarely in the history of clinical medicine have doctors and patients been placed so bitterly at loggerheads. The dispute had been a long time coming. Thirty years ago, a few psychiatrists and psychologists offered a hypothesis based on a Psychological Theory in which ME/CFS is constructed as a psychosocial illness. AccordingContinue reading “The PACE Trial: A Catalogue of Errors”