engaged in attempting to deny human rights to homosexuals who wish
to change their life style through consultation with psychologists.
demeaned women by referring to men who have had cosmetic surgery done on
their genitals so that they resemble female genitals as her and she and
calling them by their chosen female names. Real women are not the result
of surgery and the surgically altered males are not women.
For a real laugh read this from the General Principles: Because
psychologists scientific and professional judgments and actions may
affect the lives of others, they are alert to and guard against
personal, financial, social, organizational or political factors that
might lead to misuse of their influence. (Principle A) If one believed
this, one would believe that APA is not political and is in the
mainstream of thought in the US. Lawsuits and testimony before Congress
hardly qualify as nonpolitical.
are a couple of more laughable quotations: Psychologists seek to promote
accuracy, honesty, and truthfulness in the science, teaching, and
practice of psychology. In these activities psychologists do not steal,
cheat, or engage in fraud, subterfuge, or intentional misrepresentation
of fact. (Principle C) [emphasis added] APA has misrepresented or
distorted the research on abortion, affirmative action, and
homosexuality. To what extent the misrepresentation was deliberate or
simply a strongly held bias is irrelevant; the results, in terms of the
reputation of social science, is the same. Another principle that APA
violates is Psychologists respect the dignity [undefined] and worth
[undefined] of all [emphasis added] people, [This of course is patent
nonsense, all includes every rapist, murderer, terrorist, pedophile
etc.] and the rights of individuals to privacy, confidentiality, and
self determination [unless they are homosexuals, women. or people who
don't want to submit to the tyranny of nondiscrimination]
Psychologists are aware of and respect [undefined] cultural; individual,
and role differences, including those based on age, gender, gender
identity, racer, ethnicity, culture, national origin, religion, sexual
orientation, disability, language, and socioeconomic status and consider
these factors when working with members of such groups. (Principle
E) Contained within this principle is the germ of the disease from
which APA suffers. Since such vital words such as dignity, worth and
respect are undefined, one cant know for sure what this principle is all
about. But, how does one respect all individuals and at the same time
attack an individuals beliefs by promoting group rights which would deny
the individual control over his own rights. APA has abandoned the
individual for the group. This has been done despite the fact that the
only thing we know for certain about human beings is that every one is
unique. The promotion of group as the primary unit of concern for APA
ignores the fact of mans uniqueness and in fact dehumanizes the very
animal for which APA is supposed to have so much respect.
Psychologists are aware that special safeguards may be necessary to
protect the rights and welfare of persons or communities whose
vulnerabilities impair autonomous decision making. (Principle E)
[emphasis added] Group
as APA's primary concern also dehumanizes human beings by denying
each mans ability and responsibility for deciding how his life will be
lived. APA denies the individuals ability to chose and decide.
This is basically why the question of the need for an APA code of ethics
arises. It is clear that APA considers the groups that it protects are
impaired and vulnerable in a way which is never identified except to say
that these impaired people are not able to make decisions.
code one is held responsible for the decisions one makes. But how is
this possible when APA policy seems to promote the notion that
adolescents cannot decide not to have sex; homosexuals cannot decide not
to have sex nor can they decide to seek help in changing their
lifestyle; people who oppose abortion or same sex marriage must be at
least irrational and probably fundamentalist Christian bigots who are
not able to make decisions and who must have the correct decisions
imposed upon them and whose worth and dignity seem to
deserve no respect.
might be noted that all these APA notions reflect its adoption of a
leftist, collectivist perspective which calls for conflict between
groups. Since the Marx/Lenin originally predicted revolutionary conflict
between classes soured., new conflicting groups must take their place.
This collectivist thinking and the substitutions made can lead to some
interesting consequences with respect to enforcement of an ethics code.
Some psychologists are members of these vulnerable groups. Since members
of these groups are impaired with respect to autonomous decision making;
can they be held individually responsible for violating the ethics
code in the same way as individuals who do not belong to a vulnerable,
impaired group? Is there really one code for impaired groups and one for
know for sure is that each impaired group has its own division in APA or
a separate organization which celebrates its impairment or there is both
a division and an organization.
section of the code says: In their work-related activities,
psychologists do not engage in unfair [emphasis added; and term
undefined] discrimination based on age, gender, gender identity, race
ethnicity, culture, national origin, religion, sexual orientation,
disability, socioeconomic status, or any basis proscribed by law.
violated this repeatedly in its promotion of affirmative action.
Affirmative action is unfair [if by this is meant giving one group
preferential treatment over another] because it gives preferential
treatment to one group over another i.e., a variety of minorities vs. a
majority some of whom are also members of an impaired group, women vs.
men, homosexuals vs. nonhomosexuals. etc. Take for example, a
Caucasian lesbian. If the issue is race she could be considered an
oppressor, if the issue is sexual behavior she could be considered a
Furthermore, APAs brand of affirmative action has led to a sense of
entitlement among victim groups. Among the most recent examples are the
demands of some victims of the Katrina hurricane that they are entitled
to government provided housing, food, clothing and any other
necessities of life; and the law schools suit to be able to refuse to
allow military recruiters on campus but insist that they are also
entitled to receive government money. They do not want to be held
responsible for the actions of their schools. The reason they say they
want to ban recruiters is because of the Don't ask Don't tell
homosexual policy of the military. Of course, there are too many
examples of Black citizens believing that there are no Black criminals.
The most recent one is the Williams execution in CA. The LA city council
had been fearful of riots if he was executed. When was the last time
there was a riot by Whites over an execution or unjustified police
killing, or police brutality.
development of a victim mentality is crippling. It stunts the growth of
individual initiative and individual responsibility APA has
participated in stunting the psychological growth of many of our
quote from the Code 3.06: Psychologists refrain from taking on a
professional role when personal, scientific, professional, legal,
financial, or other interests or relationships could reasonably be
expected to (1) impair their objectivity, competence, or effectiveness
in performing their functions as psychologists or (2) expose the person
or organization with whom the professional relationship exists to harm
APA has violated both of these injunctions.
It has engaged
in political activity on behalf of legislation, and it has engaged in
legal activities on behalf of some impaired groups. In the process of
both these activities it has misrepresented research by not reporting
research results contrary to the bias which it holds.
scientific reality through its editorial policies.
I believe APA
exposes itself and psychology to harm by risking the loss of public
confidence in and l respect for psychological science and practice
through its leftist, collectivist, exploitive practices and its
obviously prejudiced policies and misrepresentations.
return to the original question: Can APA be held responsible for
violation of its own code of ethics? Can members of Council be held
responsible for violation of the code? APA does not publish the names of
council members and how they vote on policy issues that come before
council. Therefore there is no way to hold those members responsible for
their actions. APA leaves it to the council members to report to their
constituents. The council members often dont report their votes or
they bury them in a long report on other council business.
bureaucrats like to say that they are only carrying out the policy
endorsed by council. APA represents all its members and at present, all
professional psychologists. That being the case the organization should
be responsible to all its members and not rationalize its behavior as
simply carrying out orders.
1. APA Ethical
Principles of Psychologists and Code of
Conduct 2002. APA