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Critical Psychology Articles
Published in the American Psychologist

Why does the American Psychological Association's primary journal, American Psychologist, publish so many articles critical of mainstream psychology?

  • Is the work so good it can't be ignored?
  • Are the gatekeepers closet radicals?
  • Is APA trying to show how open-minded it is, giving us lip service but ignoring the substance of what we have to say?
  • Are the articles not really as critical as the authors think?

Whatever the cause, here's a list of several dozen American Psychologist articles that, to one degree or another, criticise mainstream psychology's institutional or theoretical business as usual.

Including a couple of my own.

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to articles I've left out!

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Albee, G. W. (1982). Preventing psychopathology and promoting human potential. 37: 1043-1050.

Albee, G. W. (1986). Toward a just society: Lessons from observations on the primary prevention of psychopathology. 41: 891-898.

Albee, G. W. (1996). Revolutions and counterrevolutions in prevention. 51: 1130-1133.

Argyris, C. (1975). Dangers in applying results from experimental social psychology. 469-485.

Bevan, W. (1982). A sermon of sorts in three plus parts. 37: 1303-1322.

Bevan, W. (1991). Contemporary psychology: A tour inside the onion. 46: 475-483.

Bevan, W. & Kessel, F. (1994). Plain truths and home cooking: Thoughts on the making and remaking of psychology. 49: 505-509.

Bramel, D., & Friend, R. (1981). Hawthorne, the myth of the docile worker, and class bias in psychology. 36: 867-78.

Buss, A. R. (1975). The emerging field of the sociology of psychological knowledge. 30: 988-1002.

Caplan, N., & Nelson, S. (1973). On being useful: The nature and consequences of psychological research on social problems. 28: 199-211.

Ceci, S. J., Peters, D., & Plotkin, J. (1985) Human subjects review, personal values, and the regulation of social science research. 40: 994-1002.

Chavis, D., Stucky, P., & Wandersman, A. (1983). Returning basic research to the community: A relationship between scientists and citizens. 38: 424-434.

Clark, K. B. (1971). The pathos of power: A psychological perspective. 26: 1047-1057.

Cronbach, L. J. (1975) Beyond the two disciplines of scientific psychology. 30: 116-126.

Cowen, E. L. (1991). In pursuit of wellness. 46: 404-408.

Cronbach, L. J. (1975). Beyond the two disciplines of psychology. 116-127.

Cushman, P. (1990). Why the self Is empty: Toward a historically situated psychology. 45: 599-611.

DeLeon, P. H. (1986). Increasing the societal contribution of organized psychology. 41: 466-474.

Denmark, F., Russo, N.F., Frieze, I.H. & Sechzer, J. (1988). Guidelines for non-sexist research. 43: 582-585.

Deutsch, Morton (1979). Education and distributive justice: Some reflections on grading systems. 34: 391-401.

Eagly, A. H. (1995). The science and politics of comparing women and men. 50: 145-158.

Elms, A. C. (1975). The crisis of confidence in social psychology. 30: 967-976.

Edney, J. J. (1980). The commons problem: Alternative perspectives. 35: 131-150.

Fowers, B. J., & Richardson, F. C. (1996). Why is multiculturalism good? 51: 609-621.

Fancher, R. E. (1988). Henry Goddard and the Kallikak Family photographs: “Conscious skulduggery” or “Whig history”? 42: 585-590.

Finison, L. J. (1976). Unemployment, politics, and the history of organized psychology. 31: 741-755.

Fox, D. R. (1985). Psychology, ideology, utopia, and the commons. 40: 48-58.

Fox, D. R. (1993). Psychological jurisprudence and radical social change. 48: 234-241.

Gergen, K. J. (1985). The social constructionist movement in modern psychology. 40: 266-275.

Gergen, K. J. (1994). Exploring the postmodern: Perils or potentials? 49: 412-416.

Hare-Mustin, R. T., Marecek, J., Kaplan, A. G., & Liss-Levinson, N. (1979). Rights of clients, responsibilities of therapists. 34: 3-16.

Hare-Mustin, R. T. & Marecek, J. (1988). The meaning of difference: Gender theory, postmodernism, and psychology. 43: 455-464.

Harris, B. (1979). Whatever happened to Little Albert? 34: 151-160.

Hedges, L. V. (1987) How hard is hard science, how soft is soft science? 42: 443-455.

Hermans, H. J. M., Kempen, H. J. G., & van Loon, R. J. P. (1992). The dialogical self: Beyond individualism and rationalism.

Hillerbrand, E. (1987). Philosophical tensions influencing psychology and social action. 22: 403-15.

Hogan, R. (1975). Theoretical egocentrism and the problem of compliance. 30: 533-540.

Howard, G. (1985). The role of values in the science of psychology. 40: 255-265.

Humphreys, K., & Rappaport, J. (1993). From the community mental health movement to the war on drugs: A study in the definition of social problems. 48: 892-901.

Kanfer, R. H. (1979). Personal control, social control, and altruism: Can society survive the age of individualism? 34: 231-239.

Kimble, G. (1984). Psychology’s two cultures. 39: 833-839.

Kipnis, D. (1987) Psychology and behavioral technology. 42: 30-36.

Lott, B. (1985) The potential enrichment of social/personality psychology through feminist research and vice versa. 40: 155-164.

Mahoney, M. J. (1985) Open exchange and epistemic progress. 40: 29-39.

Manicas, P. T., & Secord, P. F. (1983). Implications for psychology of the new philosophy of science. 38: 399-413.

McHugh, M. C., Koeske, R. D., & Frieze, I. H. (1986) Issues to consider in conducting nonsexist psychological research: A guide for researchers. 41: 879-890.

Mednick, Martha T.S. (1989) On the politics of psychological constructs. 44: 1118-1123.

Miller, G. A. (1969). Psychology as a means of promoting human welfare. 24: 1063-1075.

Miller-Jones, D. (1989) Culture and testing. 44: 360-366.

Moghaddam, F.M. (1987). Psychology in three worlds: As reflected by the crisis in social psychology and the move toward indigenous third-world psychology. 42: 912-920.

Morin, S.F. (1977) Heterosexual bias in psychological research on lesbianism and male homosexuality. 19: 629-37.

Morin, S.F. and Rothblum, E. (1991) Removing the stigma: Fifteen years of progress, 46: 947-949.

Morawski, J. G. (1982). Assessing psychology's moral heritage through our neglected utopias. 37: 1082-1095.

Nelson, G., & Walsh-Bowers, R. (1994). Psychology and psychiatric survivors. 49: 895-896.

Payton, C. R. (1984). Who must do the hard things? 39: 391-397.

Pepitone, A. (1981). Lessons from the history of social psychology. 36: 827-836.

Perloff, R. (1987) Self-interest and personal responsibility redux. 42: 3-11.

Prilleltensky, I. (1989). Psychology and the status quo. 44: 795-802.

Prilleltensky, I. (1997). Values, assumptions, and practices: Assessing the moral implications of psychological discourse and action. 47: 517-535.

Proshansky, H. M. (1972). For what are we training our graduate students? 27: 205-212.

Rieff, R. (1968). Social intervention and the problem of psychological analysis. 23: 524-531.

Riger, S. (1992). Epistemological debates, feminist voices: Science, social values, and the study of women. 47: 730-740.

Sampson, E. E. (1981). Cognitive psychology as ideology. 36: 730-743.

Sampson, E. E. (1985) The decentralization of identity: toward a revised concept of personal and social order. 40: 1203-1211.

Sampson, E. E. (1988). The debate on individualism: Indigenous psychologies of the individual and their role in personal and societal functioning. 43: 15-22.

Sampson, E. E. (1989). The challenge of social change for psychology: Globalization and psychology’s theory of the person. 44: 914-921.

Sanford, N. (1965). Will psychologists study human problems? 20: 192-202.

Sanford, N. (1982). Social psychology: Its place in personology. 37: 896-903.

Sarason, S. B. (1978). The nature of problem solving in social action. 33:370-80.

Sarason, S. B. (1981). An asocial psychology and a misdirected clinical psychology. 36: 827-836.

Sarason, S. B. (1984). If it can be studied or developed, should it be? 39: 477-85.

Schacht, T. E. (1985). DSM-III and the politics of truth. 40: 513-21.

Shore, R. P. (1982). Servants of power revisited. 37: 334-35.

Smith, M. B. (1973). Is psychology relevant to new priorities? 28: 463-471.

Smith, M. B. (1990). Psychology in the public interest: What have we done? What can we do? 45: 530-536.

Smith, M. B. (1994). Selfhood at risk: Postmodern perils and the perils of postmodernism. 49: 405-411.

Spence, J. T. (1985) Achievement American style: The rewards and costs of individualism. 40: 1285-1295.

Tyler, F. B., Pargament, K. I., & Gatz, M. (1983). The resource collaborator role: A model for interactions involving psychologists. 38: 388-98.

Unger, R. K. (1985). Epistemological consistency and its scientific implications. 40: 1413 -1414.

Varela, J. A. (1977). Social technology. 32: 914-923.

Wachtel, P. L. (1980). Investigation and its discontents: Some constraints on progress in psychological research. 35: 399-408.

Waterman, A. S. (1981). Individualism and independence. 36: 762-773.

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