[ExI] Current Psychology

Michael Schock mschock at berkeley.edu
Fri Jul 30 18:56:52 UTC 2010

  Hi Sabrina, Stathis, et al.,

As Stathis mentioned, CBT is the dominating psychological discipline in 
the western world.  Positive Psychology, as an outgrowth of CBT, seems 
to be gaining traction in the west (and east: 
http://preview.tinyurl.com/2cnamzb).  There's a Harvard booklet on 
Positive Psychology that acts as a good starting-off point, actually.  
See http://preview.tinyurl.com/2eemetb.  Of course, there's always 
Wikipedia:  http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Positive_psychology.  In 
essence, the western psychological community has spent too much time 
focusing on negative aspects of humanity (e.g. the DSM) whereas positive 
psychologists believe attention should be focused on positive traits and 
the enhancement thereof.  I speculate that Positive Psychology will work 
rather well as a psychological overlay upon any sort of collective 
intelligence that humans might develop, with a biological substrate or 
otherwise.  This is my first post!  Hope I'm replying according to 
protocol.  :)

Michael J. Schock
B.A. Physics | UC Berkeley | May 2010
mschock at berkeley.edu | mschock.info

> Message: 12
> Date: Fri, 30 Jul 2010 19:48:18 +1000
> From: Stathis Papaioannou<stathisp at gmail.com>
> To: ExI chat list<extropy-chat at lists.extropy.org>
> Subject: Re: [ExI] Current Psychology
> Message-ID:
> 	<AANLkTinAhy7QO+Oe2S+D4-WBBkjMES1fLdn_DfwF70tk at mail.gmail.com>
> Content-Type: text/plain; charset=UTF-8
> 2010/7/30 Sabrina Ballard<sabrina.ballard at hotmail.com>:
>> The Western Psychological profession as a whole seems to be very out of
>> touch. They still cling to clearly outdated modes from Freud, while physical
>> medicine seems to be moving forward in its models. Is this my subjective
>> interpretation, or are any of you able to access information that would
>> confirm and/or deny this feeling.
>> Is there some benefit to Western Psychology in clinging to the ideas of
>> Freud and Jung? Are other models too flawed to take their places?
> Clinical psychology at least in English-speaking countries is
> dominated by Cognitive Behavioural Therapy, while psychiatry is
> dominated by biological psychiatry, involving the use of physical
> therapies such as medication. There are still some psychoanalytic
> therapists who base their work on Freud and his disciples, but they
> are rarer.

-------------- next part --------------
A non-text attachment was scrubbed...
Name: smime.p7s
Type: application/pkcs7-signature
Size: 3585 bytes
Desc: S/MIME Cryptographic Signature
URL: <http://lists.extropy.org/pipermail/extropy-chat/attachments/20100730/3d60c97f/attachment.bin>

More information about the extropy-chat mailing list