Serious Satire

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It is a pleasure to have two humorous pieces in one issue of the usually sober American Psychologist. I enjoyed the article “Adventures in Implied Psychology” by Frank Landy (see record 1979-24949-001), but I was much more amused by the seemingly serious piece, “Humanistic Psychology and the Humane but Tough-Minded Psychologist,” by Michael Wertheimer (see record 1979-22531-001). It is instructive to us all to see satire masked as scholarship pretending to take a serious look at a major area of American psychology. Those of us in the field, of course, were most amused by the tacit assumption that real psychology is something that is rigid and undertakes no interior change, but it may be necessary to point out to same of the other readers that although the article was vastly amusing, it was totally irrelevant to the several thousand members of the Association of Humanistic Psychologists. Keep up the good work. We are looking forward to a similar silly piece on behaviorism that will, of course, suggest that the initial definitions of Watson and Skinner are now made hopelessly vague and diffuse by the meanderings of later writers. (PsycINFO Database Record (c) 2006 APA, all rights reserved)

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