email@example.com (Rob Clark) wrote:
>diane richardson has been claiming for weeks
now that the american psychiatric association has completely discredited the idea of
"mind control." she quotes nothing at all to support this bald
>i have quoted a test recommended by the dissociative disorders workgroup as "95% accurate" which includes a whole section
on cultic experiences, including brainwashing and thought reform. the DSM-IV definition does not specifically mention cults, but it does mention thought reform, indoctrination and brainwashing. further, the definition submitted by the workgroup on dissociative disorders did, in fact, include the word "cultists" directly in reference
>considering this, i think i have established a rebuttable presumption that diane richardson is FOS, and that the APA in fact recommends a test for the differential diagnosis of dissociative disorders which
>so far, diane's "proof" for this is a three-part post of a
"kook conference." i'm not impressed.
>put up or shut up, diane. where is your OFFICIAL STATEMENT OF THE APA that there is no such thing as "mind control?"
I quote the concluding paragraphs from a memorandum from the APA Board
of Social and Ethical Responsibility for Psychology (BSERP) to Members
of the Task Force on Deceptive and Indirect Methods of Persuasion and
Control, dated 13 May 1987. The Task Force on Deceptive and Indirect
Methods of Persuasion and Control was headed by Dr. Margaret Singer.
The subject report was authored by Dr. Singer:
"BSERP is unable to accept the report of the Task Force.
In general, the report lacks the scientific rigor and evenhanded
critical approach necessary for APA imprimatur. The report was
carefully reviewed by two external experts and two members of
the Board. They independently agreed on the significant deficiencies
in the report.
The Board cautions the Task Force members against using their
past appointment to imply BSERP or APA support or approval of
the positions advocated in the report. BSERP requests that Task
Force members not distribute or publicize the report without
indicating that the report was unacceptable to the Board."