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Guiding Beliefs for Free APA

Psychologists for a Free APA is predominantly an organization of psychologists. The purposes of the organization are (a) to provide information and education for individuals, organizations and the public concerning the problems arising from the American Psychological Membership Associations public advocacy for social-moral-political issues not directly related to the purposes for which the Association was founded; (b) to oppose such advocacy; and (c) to support and promote activities designed to deter such advocacy.

Psychologists for Free APA supports:

The publication and dissemination of scientific research for the purpose of the advancement of science and the understanding of the social-psychological process. The most appropriate vehicles for the dissemination of scientific research are the scientific-professional journals of the social sciences.

Efforts on the part of the American Psychological Association to influence legislative bodies for the betterment of the science and the profession.

The right of psychologists as individuals and as groups to advocate and promote any social-moral-political issues in which they believe. Such individuals and groups, however, should speak for themselves not the American Psychological Association.

Psychologists for a Free APA believes:

That APA advocacy of social-moral-political positions is divisive for the organization in that APA pretends to knowledge which indicates that certain social-moral-political positions are better for society than alternative positions. APA advocacy ignores the fact that many members of APA do not share such a view of the social benefits of APA's stance and points to a contempt of the APA for such members.

That APA, acting on the pretense of knowing what is best for society, discredits the organization in the minds of and alienates the profession from the public it purports to serve. APA demonstrates its contempt for the democratic process and the citizens who constitutionally express their points of view when it attempts to influence elections or overturn results in which citizens vote against the "official" position of APA.

That by alienating a large part of the public through its advocacy, APA reduces the probability that citizens will seek consultation from professional psychologists.

That by assuming "rightness" and finality through its advocacy APA imposes closure on scientific and theoretical dialogue, thereby strangling a vital component of the scientific enterprise: A clean, unstained sharing of differences of point of view.

That no science can state how things should be but can only describe how things are under the conditions in which its research is conducted.

That in advocating particular social-moral-political positions APA disregards the potential impact of its position on the total social system in which it exists.

That by acting on the pretense that time, context and measurement bound social science research can predict which social-moral-political position will best serve the future needs of society, APA degrades social science research and reduces its credibility with the scientific community.

Psychologists for a Free APA proposes:

Changing APA bylaws to forbid APA representatives from engaging in any activity on behalf of social-moral-political issues not demonstrably of benefit to the science and the profession.

Engaging in activities to encourage and support opponents of advocacy who run for APA office.

Providing information to judicial and legislative bodies indicating that APA does not speak for its membership.


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