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Contingencies of Reinforcement in Pizza Parlors and Psychoanalysis: Toward an Application of the Principles of Reward in Overcoming Resistance to Psychoanalytic Treatment

Contingencies of Reinforcement in Pizza Parlors and Psychoanalysis: Toward an Application of the Principles of Reward in Overcoming Resistance to Psychoanalytic Treatment
Ernst von Krankman, Ph.D.
In both the pizza parlor and psychoanalysis businesses, the business owners have been traditionally faced with the problem of motivating the clientele to return. This is a dilemma particularly as both […]

On the Application of Clinical Psychology to Statistics: A Psychodiagnostic Case Study of the “the Standard Deviation”

On the Application of Clinical Psychology to Statistics: A Psychodiagnostic Case Study of the “the Standard Deviation”
Charles G. Middlestead, M.A.
University of Maryland
 

Once upon a time there was a family of statisticians called the Numburrs. They lived in an upper middle-class community, a safe town, where there was a low crime rate and small deviations. Eigen, […]

Etal Tells All: An Exclusive Interview With the World’s Most Prolific Scientist

Etal Tells All: An Exclusive Interview With the World’s Most Prolific Scientist
Mike Dubik, M.D., and Brian Wood, M.D.
Eastern Virginia Medical School
 

As everyone knows, there is no more frequently referenced author in the sciences, arts, and humanities than Etal. Although often quoted, he is rarely seen outside his mythical ivory tower. Dr. Etal has granted us […]

Streamlined Treatment in the Era of Managed Care: The Fast-Food-for-Thought Therapy Approach

Streamlined Treatment in the Era of Managed Care: The Fast-Food-for-Thought Therapy Approach
Jane P. Sheldon, Ph.D.
In our hectic, fast-paced world, clients cannot always afford the time it takes for traditional therapy. Additionally, managed care companies have shown a growing reluctance to pay for therapy services that require more than a few sessions of treatment, This has […]

Psychometric Infallibility Realized: The One-Size-Fits-All Psychological Profile

Psychometric Infallibility Realized: The One-Size-Fits-All Psychological Profile
David A. Levy, Ph.D.
Pepperdine University
 

Throughout the 20th century, reliability and validity have been the dual goals of psychological testing. Although these standards were adequate for the clinician of yesteryear, they have failed to keep pace with the ever-growing demands of modern society. As we stand at the threshold of […]

“Life to Go”: The Relationship of Country Music to Psychopathology

“Life to Go”: The Relationship of Country Music to Psychopathology
James M. Stedman, Ph.D.
University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio
Victor S. Alpher, Ph.D.
University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston
 

“I’m gonna live fast, love hard, die young, and leave a beautiful memory.” . . . “Jack Daniels, if you please, knock me to my […]

Short-Term Cognitive Therapy for Authors of Rejected Manuscripts

Short-Term Cognitive Therapy for Authors of Rejected Manuscripts
[Editor’s Note: Have you ever wondered just how articles truly come about? The article below has a very interesting backstory. The authors initially submitted a different article to the Journal of Polymorphous Perversity®, and the Editor rejected the article. Shortly thereafter, the same authors submitted a new article […]

Maximum Security Amusement Parks (M-SAPs): A Modest Proposal for the Treatment of Adolescence

Maximum Security Amusement Parks (M-SAPs): A Modest Proposal for the Treatment of Adolescence
Lawrence G. Calhoun, Ph.D., W. Scott Terry, Ph.D., and Arnie Cann, Ph.D.
University of North Carolina at Charlotte
As we have argued elsewhere (Calhoun, Cann & Terry, 1988), and as everybody already knows, adolescence is a disease. While it apparently is not contagious, it can […]

A Subjective Assessment of the Oral Doctoral Defense Process in Psychology: I Don’t Feel Like Going Into It, If You Want to Know the Truth

A Subjective Assessment of the Oral Doctoral Defense Process in Psychology: I Don’t Feel Like Going Into It, If You Want to Know the Truth
Holden Caulfield, Ph.D.
If you really want to hear about it, the first thing you’ll probably want to know is what my independent variables were, and what I was measuring, and what […]