Today's front page story in The New York Times details the complicity of psychologists in the CIA's torture program. It draws on a Senate report released in December. Psychology Today blogger Roy Eidelson and co-author Trudy Bond addressed the issues in December when the report was first released. I spoke with Eidelson today and his words couldn't be more timely. "In all cases," Eidelson says, "involvement in torture is always a violation of a psychologist's professional ethics (in the U.S. at least). Even the American Psychological Association will state this directly. In part, the problem is that the APA leadership knowingly decided to go with the Bush Administration's illegitimate 'definition' of torture, rather than sticking with decades-old international law. And they claimed that psychologists were 'safety officers' so that their presence purportedly prevented torture from taking place. This, of course, was untrue, but it served to give psychologists a 'seat at the … [Read more...] about Psychologists and Torture, a Shameful Saga
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Coaching Diverse Clients Source: WIX Free Images It has been profound to witness how the deaths of Ahmaud Aubrey, George Floyd, and Breonna Taylor (to name a few) have sparked an international call to action to end oppressive, unjust treatment, institutional racism, and police brutality against people of color, in particularly Black men. Because of these events, coaches are becoming increasingly aware of how negative cultural engagement and social identity threat can impact goal attainment and hinder facilitating the coaching process. This is leading to a worldview awakening and practice necessity for coaches to wear an ally hat in conjunction with their coaching hat. The behavioral and social science fields have already known about the influence of cultural experiences and social identity in all facets of our lives (e. g ., work, institutions, social interactions; Steele, 2011). Furthermore, many companies are modifying their policies on inclusion and diversity, and … [Read more...] about Are We Ready for Cultural Sensitivity Coaching?
iPhone Has New Privacy Controls Source: Tracy Le Blanc/Pexels Tim Cook tweets Source: RE Petty This blog post is by Joe Siev and Richard Petty. Apple’s new operating system for its popular iPhone makes it easier for people to avoid being tracked by companies that want to deliver personalized messages. Tailored advertising can range from receiving an unsolicited letter, email, or text addressed to you by name to a highly targeted banner ad based on your recent online search history. In today’s digital economy, ads frequently use behavioral data (our clicks when web surfing) to identify and target us in numerous ways including by our gender , race, and even those shoes we searched for this morning. For internet users, this kind of personalization is everywhere. Surveys show that many consumers have reservations about targeted advertising that might cause them to avoid such ads and resist their influence. Given how widespread personalized advertising … [Read more...] about Does Personalized Marketing Work?