Armchair Psychology Damages Mental Health Profession and Democracy, Says Professor


While the cacophony of voices weighing in on the newly inaugurated U.S. president may be a testament to the vibrant culture of our country’s discourse, members of the mental health field would do well to restrain themselves from engaging in “armchair psychology,” said Celia Fisher, Ph.D., the Marie Ward Doty University Chair in Ethics, professor of psychology, and director of Fordham’s Center for Ethics Education.

The center’s staff wrote about the ethics of diagnosing from afar on March 7 and Aug. 16 of last year, and again on Jan. 30 of this year. To find out why it’s such a big deal, we sat down with Fisher. Listen below:


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