26 July 2017

The Goldwater Rule > It Could Get Messy, Very Messy

Arizona politics on occasion are certainly 'somethin' else' - oftentimes the butt of jokes, occasionally a cesspool of scandals and corruption, ongoing unbridled and under-regulated environmental wrangling gone wrong, sprawling suburbia creating a car-driven commuter culture, governors getting impeached, maverick and misguided immigration crack-downs, latter-day saints and sinners confessing to nothing, and 'rising-star politicians' who can't get onto the national stage: here's a flashback coming back to bite.
What brand of Republicanism is making its mark now Psych-ing out Trump? 
Crazy Talk: Cable News Cleared To Talk Trump's Mental Health
By Mark Joyella in Forbes 25.072017 @ 12:32 PM
Mebbe this is just blow-back for attacks on the media and CNN to be specific, here goes:
"This is going to get messy--very, very messy.
If there's one topic American journalists have never demonstrated an ability to cover with sobriety and nuance, it's mental illness. Smart reporters who would never resort to stereotypes, cliches and myths fall into all those traps when attempting to discuss a person's mental health.
But now, Stat reports, a leading mental health group has advised its members that the longstanding practice of refraining from commenting publicly on the mental state of public figures, known as the "Goldwater Rule," should be lifted.
In a statement, the American Psychiatric Association clarifies its stand:
APsaA is an autonomous mental health professional association which represents psychoanalysts from all mental health professions and academia. Our members include psychiatrists, psychoanalysts, psychotherapists, and social workers.
In an email to association members, our leadership did not encourage members to defy the “Goldwater Rule” which is a part of the ethics code of a different mental health organization, the American Psychiatric Association (APA).
Rather, it articulated a distinct ethics position that represents the viewpoint of psychoanalysts. The field of psychoanalysis addresses the full spectrum of human behavior, and we feel that our concepts and understanding are applicable and valuable to understanding a wide range of human behaviors and cultural phenomenon. 
The key here is commenting on human behavior responsibly. . .
So you'd better gear up for cable news segments with psychoanalysts and former White House communications staffers loudly arguing over whether the President of the United States is delusional, paranoid, obsessive-compulsive or mentally fit for office...
. . . if psychiatrists, liberated from the 1960s-era Goldwater Rule, feel empowered to accept invitations to talk about President Trump's mental health by scrutinizing his tweets, speeches or watching video of him sliding his water glass on a table, well "responsible" isn't the word that's on the tip of my tongue.
READ MORE > https://www.forbes.com  

Related content:
'Goldwater Rule' Still In Place Barring Many Psychiatrists From Commenting On Trump
Link > http://hppr.org

Leading Psychiatrist Warns That Trump Is A Real Threat To The World
Link > http://leftoverrights.com

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