Letter to the Editor regarding ‘Defending and demonstrating the psychodynamic orientation in psychiatry’

Jeffrey C.L. Looi, Stephen R. Kisely, Stephen Allison, Tarun Bastiampillai

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Abstract


Behavioral scientists routinely publish broad claims about human psychology and behavior in the world’s top journals based on samples drawn entirely from Western, Educated, Industrialized, Rich, and Democratic (WEIRD) societies . . . Many of these findings involve domains that are associated with fundamental aspects of psychology, motivation, and behavior – hence, there are no obvious a priori grounds for claiming that a particular behavioral phenomenon is universal based on sampling from a single subpopulation. Overall, these empirical patterns suggests that we need to be less cavalier in addressing questions of human nature on the basis of data drawn from this particularly thin, and rather unusual, slice of humanity. (Henrich et al., 2010, p. 61)
Original languageEnglish
Number of pages2
JournalAustralian and New Zealand Journal of Psychiatry
DOIs
Publication statusE-pub ahead of print - 30 Aug 2022

Keywords

  • Combat disorders
  • Hysteria
  • Psychiatry

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