Believe It or Not, Nude Psychotherapy Used To Be A Thing—And Even The APA President Supported It

Believe It or Not, Nude Psychotherapy Used To Be A Thing—And Even The APA President Supported It

A few weeks ago, a friend of mine shared an article with me that offered a historical review of the “nude psychotherapy” movement in psychology. Wait—what? As I began to read it, I learned that in the 1960s and 70s, some psychologists were getting naked with their patients with the hope of getting them more in touch with their “true” or “authentic” selves.

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Sex Question Friday: How Do I Become A Sex Therapist?

Sex Question Friday: How Do I Become A Sex Therapist?

Every Friday on the blog, I answer sex questions submitted to me by actual college students. This week’s question comes from a reader of the blog who wanted to know what advice I have to offer the aspiring Dr. Ruths of the world.

I am currently a psychology student and I am looking into studying sex and relationship therapy for a career, which lead me to find your website on the Psychology of Human Sexuality. I was wondering if you have any advice for me in regards to graduate school or internship opportunities in the field.

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How Should We Deal With Scientific Fraud in Psychology?

How Should We Deal With Scientific Fraud in Psychology?
It was recently reported that a Dutch social psychologist, Diederik Stapel, published at least 30 papers in reputable scientific journals based on data he had completely faked. The full scope of Stapel’s academic misconduct is still being investigated and could possibly extend much further than this. How such widespread fraud went undetected for so many years has vexed the entire scientific community. As if that weren't enough cause for concern, a journal article just came out showing how easy it is for psychologists to manipulate real data in order to show almost any result they want [1]. Consequently, many people are rightly questioning what we can do to get a better handle on unethical research practices. In this article, I offer my own take on what we should do about this issue.
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How I Got Banned From Psychology Today’s Facebook Page: An Important Reminder of Why We Must Demand Higher Standards of Science Reporting in the Media

How I Got Banned From Psychology Today’s Facebook Page: An Important Reminder of Why We Must Demand Higher Standards of Science Reporting in the Media
A Psychology Today blogger recently published a post entitled Gender Differences in Personality are Larger than Previously Thought. The post began by stating “a new study confirms that men's minds come from Mars and women's from Venus” [emphasis added]. It then went on to discuss the “huge differences” that exist between the sexes and how “men and women belong to two different species.” Psychology Today was not alone in publishing such provocative claims—many other media outlets reported the same thing. But are these assertions warranted? That’s debatable. The research that formed the basis for the Psychology Today post [1] has been questioned by many in the psychological community, who have voiced concerns about the methods used to reach these conclusions. Furthermore, this particular study does not mesh with most published research in this area, which indicates that men and women are far more similar than they are different when it comes to personality.
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