April 9, 2012

Psychology Tomorrow Magazine Kickstarter Campaign {featured news}

Over this past winter, the Intelligent Lust column by Dr. Stanley Siegel, LCSW, gained a large group of followers at  Psychology Today until one post got censored. Then his entire column was removed. Stanley re-posted all his posts at his website, including the one that caused this firestorm, which received over ten thousand readers' visit. Titled Sex Worker or Therapist?, the post addresses the often very therapeutic aspects of sex work as expressed by clients. Interviews with sex workers and escorts also reveal the care they invest in creating positive, healing experiences.

Stanley has more than 40 years of experience as a practicing psychotherapist. He is also the author of several books, including most recently Your Brain on Sex: How Smarter Sex Can Change Your Life. And he is the former Director of Education at New York’s renowned Ackerman Institute for Family Therapy. Objecting to censorship, Stanley has now launched a Kickstarter campaign to support his Psychology Tomorrow, an online magazine that will openly explore the cutting edge of psychology:
Psychology Tomorrow Magazine will explore the practice of psychology as an art in all its complex possibilities. Going against the current trend in psychology to pathologize human behavior through medical and scientific explanations, the magazine will instead emphasize the creativity of the therapeutic process for both patients and therapists.

As daring, Psychology Tomorrow will go a step further by looking at the relationship between psychology and contemporary visual arts, photography, fashion, writing, dance and video. Our understanding of human behavior depends as much on our appreciation of creative self-expression as it does scientific research.
Visit the magazine's Kickstarter campaign online to learn more from Stanley speaking in a video message and providing more background text. Explains Stanley:
While an understanding of the science of psychology is the accepted basis for treating patients, a wider appreciation of psychology as art informs my practice. A therapist’s job may be less to cure a problem than to identify, respect and even revere how it solves or rectifies life’s dilemmas. Much of the satisfaction from my work is the inspiration I derive, from seeing over and over again, how imaginatively and often unwittingly we address each others' fears, loyalties and love.

Therapy, then, is about decoding and honoring the creativity of the mind rather than the codification of behavior into diagnostic categories. Only then can it achieve reverence for the power of the human spirit.
The Kickstarter campaign ends on Apr 25, 03:08pm EDT. Pledging is easy and is a powerful way of showing your support. It can cost you as little as $1.

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