from Clinical/Therapeutic Issues
--D.O. Hebb, "What Psychology is About," American Psychologist, Feb. 1974.
"Psychological research cannot be conducted in a moral vacuum. Rather, it is a fundamentally moral enterprise designed to improve human welfare, which will inevitably tend to promote some ideals over others."
--Blaine J. Fowers, "Psychology as Public Policy: An Illustration of the Moral Dimensions of Psychology with Marital Research," Journal of Theoretical and Philosophical Psychology, Fall 1993.
"When we are tempted by fantasies of power to try to set the world in order, we need an occasional dose of scientific humility."
--M. Brewster Smith, Ph.D., "Toward Scientific and Professional Responsibilty," American Psychologist, Sept. 1954.
"As a discipline, psychology has seldom been noted for being deeply reflective about its most basic philosophical foundations, or the conceptual commitments that ensue from such foundations."
--Edwin E. Gantt, Ph.D. "Psychology as a Science? Creative Ways to Avoid Answering the Question," APA Review of Books, 1999.
"The business of deciding what's normal and what's psychopathology gets influenced by culture and politics. It's not hard science."
--Alvin Poussaint, M.D. Quoted in Emily Eakin, "Bigotry as Mental Illness Or Just Another Norm," New York Times, Jan. 15,2000.
"Science is not value free, and...social science...is...entwined with the values of the society in which...it would operate."
--Theodore R. Vallance, "Social Science and Social Policy: Amoral Methodology in a Matrix of Values," American Psychologist, Feb. 1972.
"In the absence of lesions, chemical influences, parasites, bacteria, viruses, or unequivocal genetic or brain anomalies, the decision as to what constitutes an illness is subject to the interpretation of existing research, and to personal opinion--i.e., it is a political decision."
--Ray W. Johnson, Ph.D., "American Psychology: The Political Science," Collected Papers from the NARTH Annual Conference, July 29, 1995.
"Since psychiatry, as a discipline, has no coherent view of man, it has no rational basis for argument regarding the conclusions of religion as to the nature of personality, and the sources of behavior."
--Royden C. Astley, M.D., "The Nature of Conflicts Between Psychiatry and Religion," Charles Rolo, ed., Psychiatry in American Life, 1963.
"Although many of us wish it were otherwise, the mental health professions are far from having a robust conceptual model of normal and abnormal behavior...Attempts to define and differentiate normal and abnormal behavior have been the subject of intense debate in the psychological literature for at least 60 years."
--Richard L. Bednar and Scott R. Peterson, Self-Esteem: Paradoxes and Innovations in Clinical Theory and Practice, American Psychological Assn., 1995.
"At bottom, we all yearn for an overarching and seamless sense of order and purpose."
--Daniel X. Freedman, President, the American Psychiatric Association. Quoted in Jacqueline Swartz, "Psychiatrists Urged to Confront Larger Issues," APA (American Psychological Association) Monitor, Aug. 1982.