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Comment by Scott McGreal on August 27, 2012 at 3:13am

I didn't give it any thought before you mentioned it, but Freud is pretty dated as the face of psychology. Featuring different faces would be a fun idea. 

Comment by Robert W. Herrmann-Keeling on August 10, 2012 at 12:30am

Well, now that I've been a member for abut two weeks, I guess that gives me the right (or nerve?) to enquire why the poster child for this site is Freud. Is it possible to have a different photo each month, for example? Wolpe? Lazarus? Adler? Jung? Genet? and others? Just asking.

Comment by Robert W. Herrmann-Keeling on July 30, 2012 at 10:56am

Hi...just joined this web site and this group. Am wondering if there are any other Adlerians here. I'm the only one in Connecticut, and it gets lonely! For more on me and what I do (if it's OK to post an URL)...please, I'm new here...

Comment by Ian Mason on June 9, 2012 at 10:48am

The idea that anything could be "weeded out" from the human genome is ridiculous. To quote Edison "we know one-thousandth of one percent" and trying to fiddle around with something so complex while being so ignorant is REALLY playing God.

On top of that, the idea that humans "need putting right" is Nazism, pure and simple.

Comment by Gary Berg-Cross on June 9, 2012 at 8:59am

Early Social Darwinism had primitive notions of fitness and that biology was destiny. Interestingly, the word "eugenics" was coined in 1883 by Darwin cousin scientist Francis Galton. Galton wanted to promote the ideal of perfecting the human race by, as it is often put, weeding out "undesirables" while promoting "desirables." This may have seen simpler in Galton's day before we knew the mechanics of genetics, although there were efforts to study identical twins to see how much intelligence is inherited. If you take an Intro Psych course today you might learn about how the early English studies actually fabricated data. We know a lot more today about the essentially interactive nature of intelligence emerging in the environment.

But there seems to be a new version of Social Darwinism disguised "as deficit-reduction plan, it’s really an attempt to impose a radical vision on our country. It’s nothing but thinly veiled Social Darwinism. It’s antithetical to our entire history as a land of opportunity and upward mobility for everyone who’s willing to work for it"

See "Social Darwinism Version 3.2" at

Comment by alexa penzner on October 31, 2011 at 2:43pm
tenken - interesting about argentina - they need to work out all that trauma as a nation - and talk about it a lot. freudian therapy is good for that.  it does get stuck, though, in the miasma of one's problems - leading a person out of this has changed.
Comment by alexa penzner on October 31, 2011 at 2:35pm
yeah, susan, that's true for getting into psychology, but it is not always pure freudian psychoanalysis anymore.  it is important to completely (as much as one can) understand oneself to help others and understand how therapy really works.
Comment by Susan Stanko on October 31, 2011 at 1:35pm
I think my best friend had to be psychoanalyzed as part of her Education Psychology program to get her Masters.
Comment by Tenken on October 31, 2011 at 12:17pm
Comment by Tenken on October 31, 2011 at 12:16pm
The only one I know for sure is Argentina.

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