What is it about?

In the absence of practice guidelines for operational psychology (those working with national security, defense, or public safety personnel), some politically-motivated practitioners attempted to draft their own. Lacking appropriate expertise to do so, the author has provided a review of their efforts, identifying the many faults and failures associated with their draft document "the Brookline Principles".

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Why is it important?

In the absence of critical thinking and analysis, most psychology practitioners risk assuming these draft guidelines are well-constructed and conceived.


The critical analysis here is an attempt to highlight the targeting of applied psychological practitioners, as seen through the attempts of politically-motivated elements within the APA that have been aiming to malign the practitioners and practices of operational psychology. This is dangerous, destructive, and unprofessional. It may be that these elements are well-intended, but they are poorly informed and ill-equipped to draft such guidelines.

Mark Staal

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This page is a summary of: Applied psychology under attack: A response to the Brookline principles., Peace and Conflict Journal of Peace Psychology, July 2018, American Psychological Association (APA), DOI: 10.1037/pac0000333.
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