Psychology and Distress – The Story So Far
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People can take an active interest in their own psychology–indeed they can hardly avoid doing so–and even if the official channels of help still leave a lot to be desired, the labyrinths of professional mystique are not as impenetrable as they were. Psychology is a pretty serious and pretty complicated undertaking. There are, it is true, pockets in academic psychology where painstaking observational work is undertaken and ingenious experiments performed. A society which, even if inadvertently, creates distress in its members is highly likely to develop institutional systems for distracting attention from the more unfortunate consequences of its organization and absorbing their worst effects. There is certainly no evidence that the wider availability of psychological theories and techniques is leading to a decrease in psychological distress, and the burgeoning of such approaches is not founded on any scientifically established evidence of their validity and effectiveness.