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  • Dr Art Becker-Weidman · AWeidman · Talk · Email · Welcome and editing helper

Glad to have you on board! Jason Bessey - Jaywin (talk for Jaywin) 19:17, 3 September 2006 (UTC)

Perhaps you'd like to add one or more of these categories to your user page...Category: Psychology Wikians by interest. Jason Bessey - Jaywin (talk) 19:23, 3 September 2006 (UTC)

Some more pages of possible interest

Jason Bessey - Jaywin (talk) 20:31, 3 September 2006 (UTC)


Dr. Becker-Weidman Talk 13:51, 21 November 2006 (UTC)

Thanks for your input

Just to say we appreciate your quality input. Do you have anymore references for the pages that you have done. eg more of Bowlby's Biblio. and do you know where any of this is available "full text" so we can link to it? Dr Joe Kiff - User:Lifeartist (talk) 17:38, 21 November 2006 (UTC)

Thanks for getting back to me. What we are trying to do here is to gather together all the relevant references, say on Bowlby, and then to try to link these to Full text copies where available. Often in gathering the references together you can see that this leads to the creation of additional pages, say for example "criticisms of Bowlby", the "application of his theories in clinical practice" etc. We can go into more depth than a WP type encyclopedia building a professional resource for psychologists. There must be many different aspects of attatchment theory researched and we should have a page on each one. Try and use APA syle for references. The numbering of references is best avoided as this makes it difficult when we come to break articles up. come back to me if you need more advice.Dr Joe Kiff - User:Lifeartist (talk) 22:58, 21 November 2006 (UTC)


I'm using explorer version 6.0.2900.2180 and have no problems. I think thats the uptodate version? Have you tried setting the "skin" in your preferences. I use monoblock, thats the default, but you might find one of the others improves the situation. If that fail you might like to raise the issue on the Forum at Wikia or on the IRC channel at Wikia. Hope that helpsDr Joe Kiff - User:Lifeartist (talk) 13:16, 25 November 2006 (UTC)

    • Yeah, I have the same problem. I upgraded to IE7 a few weeks ago, but I've only had the "tab-overlap" problem for a few days...weird! I posted a question about it over at the Wikia Help Desk [1]. Jason Bessey - Jaywin (talk) 16:04, 25 November 2006 (UTC)

More activity

Sorry for the delay in replying but we have had a holiday weekend here.

I think in the long run the national societies will have an important role to play in the furtherance of the project. This is an ideal oppurtunity for them to develop a free and publicly accessible summary of research and theory for each area of the discipline where there is a substantive literature. This would meet many of their ambitions for making our knowledge publically accessible. The key moves here, guaranteeing the accuracy of the material, are that eventually:

A) Editing of the wiki becomes restricted to professionals B) That pages are peer reviewed and then locked, while improvements and updates proceed on a working copy. The peer reviewed pages can then be properly referenced. Probably only the societies could organise and coordinate this. I have had preliminary contact with the APA through the international section as I feel one of the many strengths of the project in the long term will be the translations into the languages of the world. I havent done more on this front, partly due to a lack of time. But I also feel that it is worth developing the structure of the site further before expecting professional contributors to work on it, particularly aligning it with the APA thesaurus. However I would welcome any efforts others might make to spread the word in professional circles. Dr Joe Kiff 16:36, 28 August 2007 (UTC)

that sounds really good. Love to help here. Dr. Becker-Weidman Talk 18:52, 29 August 2007 (UTC)
Excellent. So do you have any ideas about how we might procede?Dr Joe Kiff 23:07, 29 August 2007 (UTC)
Yes, I think beginning to only allow editing by professionals or requiring peer-review is very important and edits by known persons. I'd suggest inviting professionals in to edit. For example, asking those registered (and who are professionals and identified) to invite two others. I can certainly ask some of my colleagues to contribute and register if that would help. How does that sound? Dr. Becker-Weidman Talk 01:47, 19 September 2007 (UTC)


Query for you on the RAD talkpage. Thanks Fainites 14:40, 21 September 2007 (UTC)

Dear Dr Becker-Weidman,

you have not replied to my request on the RAD talkpage that you validate your sources for the statement that 'these children are likely to develop RAD' as I cannot find this statement directly or by implication in the two chapters from Cassidy and Shaver that you cite. Please provide the exact pages/passages/context that you rely on. You have also removed another editors sourced edit without discussion. Please discuss the reasons for your removal on the talkpage. Thank you.

Fainites 22:24, 27 September 2007 (UTC)

I did reply on the talk page that I was providing a summary and paraphrase, not a direct quote. I cleaned up the article some by removing lines that were unclear or not relevant. cheers. Dr. Becker-Weidman Talk 22:30, 27 September 2007 (UTC)

You have not really replied to my query as neither chapter you cite supports a summary or a paraphrase unless I am missing something. Please indicate the pages or paragraphs you are relying on to support the statement you make, as Lyons Ruth does not mention RAD at all and Greenberg only in a historical context. Also removing an editors recently added sourced quote with the edit summary 'cleanup' does not really count as cleanup I think you'll agree. It is not 'cleanup' just because you may disgree with the content.Fainites 22:45, 27 September 2007 (UTC)

You are still not replying to the query about your claim that these two chapters support your edit, yet you keep replacing the edit. Please provide the evidence/page numbers/passages that these chapters support what you say about RAD. Saying you've already answered is not acceptable as you have not. Fainites 18:35, 28 September 2007 (UTC)


I note that you redirected Attachment therapy to the Attachment disorder page rather than the Attachment Therapy page, having first put your rewritten Attachment disorder article onto the Attachment therapy page. I have corrected this so that now Attachment therapy, with or without capitals goes to the Attachment Therapy page. Fainites 15:16, 28 September 2007 (UTC)

ACT etc.

I put the minimum of information on my user page and did that only at Joe's request. You may have some insight into why I did that. As for the IRS form, I've passed your request along-- I don't have the document. I assume you mean to provide yours for the Center-- or are you for-profit? J.M. Unsigned comment left by User:Jean Mercer 17:20, 21 October 2007 (UTC)

Sorry, but I don't understand what you mean by, "You may have some insight into why I did that" (meaning not put your substantial affiliation with ACT in your description of self...maybe you can explain what you mean? Dr. Becker-Weidman Talk 20:48, 23 October 2007 (UTC)
I've yet to hear from your group regarding providing their 990 form as required by the IRS. Perhaps you can expedite this. Dr. Becker-Weidman Talk 23:02, 27 October 2007 (UTC)

Hello from Tom Michael

Hi Dr Weidman,

Thanks for welcoming me back, it was a great graduation ceremony yesterday. I'm very glad to see that since I was last working on this project we have attracted more professionals such as yourself. I am applying for my PhD today, so am just starting my career.

I have tidied up the list of papers on your page and fixed the link to the graduation hat. I am thinking of creating a userbox to contain all the information of peoples degrees, work experience, professional qualifications etc so that the site looks more standardised, and as an easy template for people who are new to Wiki's but an old hand in psychology.

Thanks for being part of this project.


Tom Michael, BSc Mostly Zen Baby tao.jpg (talk) 10:41, 24 October 2007 (UTC)

The Washington Post

Hello, What does The Washington Post has anything to do with psychology?--Janarius 15:14, 25 October 2007 (UTC)

Nothing, really. I got carried away with eliminating red-links by adding articles. Probably fine to just delete that one. I'll be more careful in the future. Dr. Becker-Weidman Talk 15:39, 25 October 2007 (UTC)
I found another way to eliminating red-links wihouth creating articles, if they are unrelated to psychology. I changed the links into like this: "wikipedia:Title of article|title of article" (with the double square brackets in place of the quotation marks) where it simply refer to wikipedia.--Janarius 13:39, 26 October 2007 (UTC)
Very cool. I wonder, in instances such as these, do you think it better to link to wikipedia to just to removed the double-bracket links and eliminate the red-link? I don't have a strong feeling either way. It does occur to me that if the link isn't really related to psychology, maybe just eliminating the red-link may be better...if the reader is directed to wikipedia, we may loose the reader to browsing that site after following the link. What do you think? Dr. Becker-Weidman Talk 19:11, 26 October 2007 (UTC)
I agree that removing the double-brackets seems best in order not to distract the readers from the article they're reading. In any case, most articles here are copied from wikipedia, so complete rewrites for these articles would eliminate most red-links and is more appropriate for this wiki.--Janarius 14:17, 28 October 2007 (UTC)
That's true, but it's also a huge amount of work. Unless an article is clearly in the psychology area, I think it would probably be better to leave such links to wikipedia and sort though them once in a while for the ones that really need to be rewritten. Another approach might be to link to a historical version of a wikipedia article where the content is at least reasonable. Hkhenson 14:36, 5 December 2007 (UTC)

Removal of link

No, You did okay. Looks like spam to me anyway.--Janarius 15:18, 29 October 2007 (UTC)

RE:Speedy Deletion

Alright, in that case I can set one up. That may happen tomorrow though, as I'm working on a term paper tonight. ChristineTalk 00:14, 30 October 2007 (UTC)

Everything is all set up for speedy deletions. I've created Template:D which can be added to pages to be deleted. It can be added to a page with:
{{D|Page is spam/broken redirect/unused image (etc.)}}
Any page which uses this template will be added to Category:Speedy deletion candidates which should be checked at least on a daily basis. ChristineTalk 02:29, 30 October 2007 (UTC)

RE:Speedy Deletion Process

Sorry, a bit of spying I suppose. The purpose of speedy deletion is simply for it to be speedy, immediate. This applies to spam and unused images. If you think discussion should go on about, say, an unused image, discussing what article to place it on should just go on the talk page, but otherwise it should be deleted immediately. AfD's (Articles for Deletion) are the deletions that should really be discussed and have a special process, where admins and the community must agree. I'm not sure if you guys have that though.. =\ ChristineTalk 18:25, 31 October 2007 (UTC)

Thanks for chiming in. Yes, you make a good point and an important distinction. I agree with your thinking here. Speedy deletion should be immediate by an administrator. I don't think we have an AfD process, but we should get one in place so that we are prepared. Dr. Becker-Weidman Talk 19:17, 31 October 2007 (UTC)
Do you want to look into that Art and set it up Dr Joe Kiff 23:27, 31 October 2007 (UTC)
OK. Dr. Becker-Weidman Talk
I've written this on a category talk page, but maybe these are better. I found Template:Proposed deletion and Category:Pages proposed for deletion after (of course) I created similar pages and templates titled "Afd" and "Articles for deletion." Which name do you prefer? ChristineTalk 00:31, 1 November 2007 (UTC)
I prefer the template "Articles for deletion" since this is clearer for the novice user. This is great work, thank are a gem! regards.Dr. Becker-Weidman Talk 00:36, 1 November 2007 (UTC)

Archiving and deletion policy

As I understand it the way to archive pages is to create sub-pages. We dont have a policy on it but it would be worth drawing one up for clarities sake. I dont know if WP has one we could adapy. The same too for page deletion policy. Lets see what you can come up with. Thanks Dr Joe Kiff 06:53, 5 November 2007 (UTC) Looks good to me Art. Go ahead on the redlinks and we can adapt those pages too. Thanks Dr Joe Kiff 07:43, 10 November 2007 (UTC)

OK, I've fixed all the redlinks and will now move on to the linked pages that also have redlinks to fix those. Dr. Becker-Weidman Talk 15:24, 10 November 2007 (UTC)



After you log in, you simply type what you want to say in the bar at the bottom of the screen, and hit enter. After a second or two, you're message should appear on the screen where everybody else who is logged in can see it.

However, I have heard that the chat doesn't work very well for some people with certain browsers. I can't remember which ones. I use Internet Explorer, and I've never had a problem.

I don't imagine you'll find people on the Psychology Chat very often. You're best bet would probably be to schedule one with other Psychology Wikia users. If there's a certain time you'd like to schedule one, I would suggest posting a time to chat, (perhaps with some suggestions on what topics you'd like to discuss), at a forum I just created:

Forum:Schedule for Psychology Wikia Chat

You could then go to various user talk pages to let people know about your posting at this forum.

Hopefully this helps :) Jaywin 19:51, 30 November 2007 (UTC)

Most cool. Thanks very much. Dr. Becker-Weidman Talk 23:13, 30 November 2007 (UTC)


I noticed you pulled Hazing over from Wikipedia. That article is a *mess* in its current version, it's been subjected to a number of uncorrected vandalisms. I suggest going back 20 versions or more to a decent version. Hkhenson 03:46, 5 December 2007 (UTC)

That would be fine with me if you think that would be an easier place to begin editing. Do you want to do that or would you prefer I do that? Dr. Becker-Weidman Talk 13:09, 5 December 2007 (UTC)

A note on Caps

Hi Art. I've noticed that capitalizations are causing a problem. The format is to capitalize the first word and use lower caps for remaining words unless it is a proper name. So Working Memory redirects to Working memory etc. Its always worth checking if the lower case article exists as it can be an opportunity to update or improve it. Dr Joe Kiff 22:44, 16 December 2007 (UTC)

Ah, I see that now. Thanks for the "heads-up" on that. I will note that and be more careful in the future. Dr. Becker-Weidman Talk 22:49, 16 December 2007 (UTC)

How to contribute

Hi Art. It seems a long time since we have communicated. I have just had my head down working on developing the structure. Danny has given us pause for thought though. How can you help - or more appropriately how could we make it clearer how people could help? I've appreciated your work on the red links, are there other things you would like to do? Could this page be improved? What do you think? Dr Joe Kiff 20:11, 19 February 2008 (UTC)

Yes, I guess we've both been quite busy. If you think my continuing work on the redlinks is helpful and a good use of my time, I will continue...if you think I could be doing something else that would be of greater significance for the site, I'm happy to work on that instead. I will look at the Tasks to do list to see what else might grab my attention. However, I'd like to use my time in a way that you think will most advance the site. Regards. Dr. Becker-Weidman Talk 19:49, 20 February 2008 (UTC)
I find routine tasks are good for when I am tired but look to do more involved tasks when I feel fresh. Do you feel you could work more in depth on areas that you are familiar from in your work. Perhaps sort out sections on assessment in child clinical psychology or other things that interest you, that you are familiar with, and where your professional expertise can be brought to bear? Dr Joe Kiff 23:50, 20 February 2008 (UTC)
OK, that sounds like a good plan. I'll focus on time on the clinical assessment of children articles (fixing, and adding content and new articles where necessary), as well as attachment theory, child welfare, and adoption/foster care issues. I'll leave the red-link fixing for those times I only have a few minutes. Best regards Dr. Becker-Weidman Talk 12:41, 22 February 2008 (UTC)
Hi Art. It looks as if that page has been deleted now. Dr Joe Kiff 07:45, 3 March 2008 (UTC)

IPP Employment perspective

Dr Becker,

This POC would have nothing to do with Employment. It is an idea, that requires a LOT of work, to create an infrastructure, and then would have applications. Not sure, if i am making sense to you, since the terms i am using are from Software development, but they are applied to psychology.

I am curious to know your interest in this subject, or if you have any insight/advice

Thanks, Nbismut 16:33, 15 April 2008 (UTC) Kamal.

No, I don't quite understand all you've written. I only wrote my comment to encourage you to write an article in my role here as an admin and to welcome you to this site and encourage participation. Dr. Becker-Weidman Talk 18:11, 15 April 2008 (UTC)

Mr. Mike

Dr. Weidman, my e-mail address as per your request: I previously entered my e-mail when I registered to make edits. While much of my knowledge, as a gay man regarding female sexuality, might be considered anecdotal, the vast majority of my assertions were gained from my participation as a volunteer in a five year gender study co-ordinated by a local psychotherapist/sex therapist. During this study a necessary element involved the reading of related books and reports regarding sexual subject matter. I will certainly be happy to add the necessary citations where possible. Please correct me if I've gained the incorrect idea: it is permissible to note the author but not any copyrighted material. Look forward to hearing from you. Mr. Mike Muller 602-790-7920

You can cite author and relevant citation information (journal, volume, page, publisher, etc.) You can put in quotes from publications, so long as you provide citations sufficient for others to be able to find the source and read it. I would suggest you provide citations and sources for all the material you added to the article...if the material is merely your own opinion, then you can place it on the article's talk page...or I can more it for you.
Please check your registration. When I tried to e-mail you, we have you listed with no e-mail address.
Finally, be sure to sign your comments with the four "~" ok?Dr. Becker-Weidman Talk 00:27, 30 May 2008 (UTC)

removal of my edits to Acmegenisis

I am more than a little miffed at finding two of my edits removed. If this has been done because I have not followed proper protocols, please forgive me. I have only just begun to use a computer on a regular basis. If, as I suspect, my assertions are being rejected due to disagreement on your part, I have a problem with that - one that can I hope we can resolve without delay. I realize that many of the ideas I post, as garnered from my five year participation in an aforementioned gender study, are quite radical and even political in their juxtaposition to accepted sexual norms. This will not stop me from sharing these findings, no matter how uncomfortable they might leave many, especially hidebound heterosexual men, feeling. As a lifelong Gay male I found the gender study not only liberating for the women seated next to me, but quite invigorating for my own efforts to exist independent of the invasive patriarchal control with which straight men in our society try to set the sexual rules and mores for all of us. I do not expect to find my ideas thus truncated or outright removed. Am I correct that this page belongs to all people of independent thought? Or have I, once again, inadvertently stumbled up yet another biased attempt to deny the scientific reality that many would prefer to ignore for their own ego-saving or religious reasons. I have noted that large swaths of the article have absolutely no citations, whatsoever - are they contained off page in another document that I am unaware of? I will follow your advice and look into the various tools that you have directed me to. I appreciate feedback. I do not wish to find my entries removed, however, based on procedural or other oversights on my part. I look forward to your reply... MR. MIKE Mr. Mike 18:31, 31 May 2008 (UTC)

I deleted material after you had added and edited your previous additions and assumed that since you did not have citations and sources for those previous addition, that none existed. As you say, much of what you added is your own personal experience. Such comments are quite appropriate on the talk page. As I also suggested on your talk page, please read carefully the instructions for new users as mentioned in the Welcome message at the top of your talk page. It is very important to have citations and references for material that is of a "scientific reality." Finally, as I also suggested, it may be more helpful if you put suggested additions on the talk page for review and comment by other editors and, once strengthened and supported, this material can be added. This will avoid having to remove material based on procedural and other editing problems. As always, feel free to contact me by e-mail, once you have activated your e-mail here. Dr. Becker-Weidman Talk 19:50, 31 May 2008 (UTC)

help with picture edit

I'm wanting to get the pic on top of all the text in the box, please help if this is possible.

Chrisgj 01:21, 16 August 2008 (UTC)

The nature of that info box is such that the pic goes at the bottom. There is no way to change that unless you deleted the pic from the box and add the pic as a separate you want (or want me) to do that? Dr. Becker-Weidman Talk 02:53, 16 August 2008 (UTC)

If you think it will look good, yes I appreciate your help, thanks a lot. Chrisgj 04:29, 16 August 2008 (UTC)

Thanks much for your help. I decide just to have the pic since it looked cluttered with the pic on the left and the other stuff wasn't really needed.Chrisgj 20:15, 16 August 2008 (UTC)

revisions to mind-body problem

Hello. I'm deleting them again. It is misleading to equate the "mind-body problem" with dualism. To then say that dualism has been overcome by French structuralism makes no historical sense at all.

I did leave the other paragraph that you added, to reflect the view that of many scientists.

This article had a call on it for an expert to edit it. I'm an expert and I edited it. Since this article is in the philosophy section, perhaps you will listen to a philosopher on this?

Ghwiki 19:13, 24 October 2008 (UTC)

Links with commas

Hi Art. My apologies for the confusion over the links with commas. At one point I was overzealous and thought that was the way to go, but it has left a bit of a cleanup operation behind it. The problem is that had their been a wiki called Approaches we would have ended up on that wiki. I first notice the problem when I was doing links off the India article and ended up working on the India wiki!! Generally I now use the format xxxx - xxx but only where the alternative is too wordy or cumbersome eg Depression - epidemiology rather than epidemiology of clinical depression. This has the advantage of listing neatly in the category section. Depression - epidemiology, Schizophrenia - epidemiology etc. The approaches links are best changed to the vanilla version as per humanistic psychology as that aligns better with the thesaurus and any links and refs can be incorporated into the bottom of the article if necessary. Dr Joe Kiff 14:45, 30 November 2008 (UTC)

Joe, that makes sense and is more consistent. Sounds good. regards, art, Dr. Becker-Weidman Talk 01:24, 1 December 2008 (UTC)

I'm having a break

Hi Art Just to let you know I am away for a weeks break. I would have emailed but my provider has been down. Just in case you wondered where I was. Dr Joe Kiff 23:41, 20 February 2009 (UTC)

Hello Dr. Art

My name is Kalinka. I'm a student in Dobrich, Bulgaria. Now I'm studying the science - Artifical intellegence. I write the course project and I want to know some things. Have a relations between expert system and psychology? Have a relations between cognitive science and methods on Expert system?

Kind regards, Kalinka

Sorry, but I don't understand your questions. Dr. Becker-Weidman Talk 21:33, 21 February 2009 (UTC)

Good day!

Why the other people understand me? I asked you - Have a any relation between methods for creating an expert system and cognitive psychology?

Excuse me, if I disturbing you!

Kind regards!!!

No, you are not disturbing me, I just don't understand your question, "Have a any relation between methods for creating an expert system and cognitive psychology?" If I try to understand your question, I'd guess you are asking if there is a relationship between creating expert systems in computers and the field of cognitive psychology. If that is the question, I'd say yes. Dr. Becker-Weidman Talk 12:41, 22 February 2009 (UTC)


Hi maybe you could take a look at my kokology page/kokology page discussion --Scatterp 13:38, 9 March 2009 (UTC)

not sure what you mean by "opaque" could you give me more detail on that i agree it really needs some more simplified writing but want to do that after i have everything detailed there i am currently working on independent references or citations to support the statements any input you can give would be great its hard since its all japanese --Scatterp 22:58, 11 March 2009 (UTC)

I mean not clear or easily understood. Once you have re-written the article and have references added, I'd be glad to read it and make specific suggestions and edits. Dr. Becker-Weidman Talk 23:15, 11 March 2009 (UTC)

Great thanks --Scatterp 13:06, 13 March 2009 (UTC)

complex systems theory and double bind

--Margaret9mary 23:02, 25 March 2009 (UTC) --Margaret9mary 20:11, 26 March 2009 (UTC)== Double Bind and Cybernetics/Complex Systems Theory ==

In 1959, in Minimal Requirements for a Theory of Schizophrenia (1959)*, G Bateson said, "... the proposed hierarchic classification of learning and/or context is an ordering of what to the Newtonian looks like chaos (my emphasis)..."--and Bateson had been working with cybernetics/complex systems theory since 1942, seeing it as a paradigm or metascience that increased understanding, including in the behavioral sciences.

L. Bale says "...many scholars and practitioners of the social/behavioral sciences, as well as the humanities (myself included) were first introduced to cybernetics through Bateson's particular understanding of the cybernetic paradigm. Yet, he seldom offered his audience more than a cursory reference to the key principles underlying cybernetics. Thus the purpose of this essay is both: to present the fundamental principles underlying what is now often referred to as the 'first' cybernetics..." (op cit p. 2)

Complex systems theory helps us understand the interdependence of the parts of a message and so it helps understand double binds. Hence my statement that double bind theory is more clearly understood in the context of complex systems theory.

*in Minimal Requirements... Bateson says, "My purpose, therefore, in the present lecture is not so much to discuss the particular theory of schizophrenia which we have been developing at Palo Alto. Rather, I want to indicate to you that this theory and others like it have impact upon ideas about the very nature of explanation....a discussion of the implications of the double bind theory for the wider field of behavior science and even, beyond that, its effect upon evolutionary theory and biological epistemology." As an interdisciplinary scientist, Bateson often looks beyond his immediate subject.

Got your message. Will do

--Margaret9mary 21:54, 26 March 2009 (UTC)You were the one who changed it. I Wanted to run it by you.

P.S. I'm not a computer person. Computers have very exacting rules and my brain doesn't work that way. So if I'm in too much of a hurry I make mistakes and interfere with its programming. And one of the few people here on this campus who really knows the ins and outs is the head of the virtual campus who has no knowledge or interest in double bind theory. so I'm pretty much on my own. Any assistence from you would be greatly appreciated.--Margaret9mary 22:19, 26 March 2009 (UTC)

What would you like?
Dr. Becker-Weidman Talk 00:05, 27 March 2009 (UTC)
I've made numerous changes in the Wikipedia version of Double Bind since the Psych Wiki transfered the updated version on Jan 6, 2009. Is there an easy way to transfer those changes from Wikipedia to Psych Wiki and vice versa?--Margaret9mary 23:12, 31 March 2009 (UTC)
Not that I am aware of, except by copying the entire article over. Dr. Becker-Weidman Talk 23:50, 31 March 2009 (UTC)

Featured journal articles

I'm glad to see you guys like the idea. Check out Psychology Wiki:Featured journal article nominations. We can discuss how to go about this on that page's discussion page if you'd like. Jaywin 19:40, 30 March 2009 (UTC)

The "Featured Journal Article" discussion is still ongoing, if you'd like to chime in. :-) Jaywin 13:11, 2 April 2009 (UTC)

Main Page sandbox

Hello again

Thank you for your answers!

Hello aweidman

I have received the message that you do not like my edits. I strongly disagree with some of the deletions of my edits, while others may be appropriate. You stated that my edits oversimplified material, and I overall would say that you are wrong in that I use a much more understandable and wiki friendly format by using specific lingusitic tools. Just one example, of which is a quite common mistake, is in my revison of a sentence structure in the "love" article. I changed beginning of the sentence quote "The word love" to "Love", because "The word" adds no informational value to the sentence or the concept of love. I believe this is an informational site, and I find it odd that you don't appreciate changes that articulate the specific points of an article. I know there are countless examples of this nature that I could address, but I don't think it would be worth my time, so take this into significant consideration. You also stated that I delete important material, which may or may not be true, but is also a very subjective statement on your part. I am not saying that you are completely wrong, but I think that you are wrong in the majority of the cases that you would use as justification of "the deletion of important material". I would like to have my edits respected more than what has been, because I can be a valuable help to this site if you would give me the opportunity. Thank you for your time.Joshlepaknpsa 14:36, April 24, 2010 (UTC)

I am sorry you were offended. That was not my intention. I may have been too hasty in some of the revisions as I was a bit rushed that day. Maybe we could take each one article by article? Would that help?

Dr. Becker-Weidman Talk 23:27, April 24, 2010 (UTC)

I understand that your intentions were for the good of the articles, but mine were also for the benefit of those who seek information from these articles. I appreciate your apology and I would be glad to go over any article in part or in whole that you would like to discuss with me. I want to stress that I make edits very carefully and I go over my changes word for word with great consideration. I realize that many users do not take the time or energy that I do in making revisions, and it bothers me some. I would like to know what you require in order to accept my revisions, and how I can get my revisions respected by the moderators of this site. Joshlepaknpsa 13:26, April 25, 2010 (UTC)

I'd be glad to. Which article shall we begin with? I'll enjoy working with you. Thanks. Dr. Becker-Weidman Talk 13:39, April 25, 2010 (UTC)

I would like to know what you think about my edits to delusion, I thought I had a very powerful definition of the concept.Joshlepaknpsa 14:05, April 25, 2010 (UTC)

A message from John Bradshaw - Please have the courtesy to not delete the content of my pages

I am not sure why you feel it was appropriate to delete the content of my page - however I feel your actions are totally unwarranted. i am replacing the page and would appreciate a phone call from you () my office or my email prior to you editing or deleting it again. As you know, it takes an extraordinary effort of time and money to place the contents on the webpages. I can assure you that any material I place on the web if my own copywrite as I retain all of or releases to all of my interviews. Don't you have anything better to do? I can see no notification of your reasons to change my page as require by WIKI Please try to be respectful - I can assure you that I work just as hard as you and am still working at age 76. Sincerely, Oktobuy 05:11, May 15, 2010 (UTC)John Elliot Bradshaw, Sr.

Your article would seem to be more appropriate for your user page and not an article. I am recommending that it be moved to your user page. Dr. Becker-Weidman Talk 09:08, May 15, 2010 (UTC)

Hi Dr Art

I have just created a new page

I would surely appreciate any help that you or anyone else can give me to make it better.

Porkchoptze 08:37, June 16, 2010 (UTC)

re recent changes

Hi Art I work in the monobook skin. Select this in your preferences/skin. This always seems so much clearer to me. On the left hand panel there, under "navigation" is the "recent changes" link that seems to be working OK now. Thanks for all your help.Dr Joe Kiff 08:24, October 22, 2010 (UTC)

where to get the attachment story completion test

where do i order this test....thank you .....marty

I believe I sent you material already via e-mail. Dr. Becker-Weidman Talk 21:04, October 29, 2010 (UTC) and the page on this site also explains it: Dr. Becker-Weidman Talk 21:07, October 29, 2010 (UTC)

neurology and attachment

A Question-- After reading the entry on Attachment--is it clear that what Harlow's rhesus infants showed indications of was extreme neurological deficits?--Margaret9mary 02:59, November 5, 2010 (UTC)

Maybe, what do you mean? Dr. Becker-Weidman Talk 16:36, November 5, 2010 (UTC)
Over ten years ago I saw photos in relation to Harlow's work which compared normal neurological development and the consequences of extreme social/sensory deprivation. It may have been Harlow's work but I couldn't say. What it showed were two photos of neurological connections, one resembling a tree with thousands of branches and twigs and the other looking like a tree with all but the scafolding branches lopped off.
And I have an intense eiditic memory dating from the first time I saw the film of Harlow on public television--not like the still photos, you could see how the babies moved. Since I'm very visually and kinesthetically oriented it stayed with me. It wasn't so much fear as the poverty of neurological connections that made it difficult for them to respond to strange new things around them--(and of course that would cause fear).--Margaret9mary 20:07, November 6, 2010 (UTC)
Probably not Harlow. Point me to the picture and I'll take a look. Certainly lack of stimulation will affect specific parts of the brain and the extent and complexity of neuronal connectivity. Dr. Becker-Weidman Talk 07:39, November 7, 2010 (UTC)
Sorry for the delay in responding.
Too much time has passed for me to remember where I saw those photos, but Harry Harlow had scores of grad students and post-grad researchers working with him over the years, and many of them--and others--followed up on the leads he gave. Deborah Blum may be just a science journalist, but for Love at Goon Park, she interviewed as many of Harlow's ex-students and colleagues she could find. It's a primary source for information on Harlow.
It would take considerable work to research all the work that has been done in the last 30 years, but easily accessible and brief articles, even those written before, are an indication of the direction taken. Of course brain imaging of all types has been done in recent years.
Steve Suomi is chief of the Laboratory of Comparative Ethology, part of NIH. William A. Mason, another, is at UC-Davis.
Mary Carlson, a neurobiologist at Harvard Medical School, has studied the Romanian orphans (a tragic confirmation of what Harlow demonstrated in socially isolated rhesus infants). She edits columns for The Science of Mother's Day--for laypeople. I haven't confirmed she was a student of his but she was at the University of Wisconsin at Madison in the mid-1960s and I think got her PhD there).
In a brief article in Psychology Today (Dec. 1979) Alienation of Affection, Dr. James W. Prescott says, "What Harlow could not know at the time of his dramatic experiments in the late 1950s and 1960s was that these behavioral disturbances were accompanied by brain damage. More recent studies suggest that during formative periods of brain growth, certain kinds of sensory deprivation--such as lack of touching and rocking by the mother--result in incomplete or damaged development of the neuronal systems that control affection, for instance, a loss of the nerve-cell branches called dendrites" (and refers to the vestibular and somesthetic systems), "And this portion of the brain is one of those most susceptible to "shaping"..." He lists 9 researchers in the field.
A summary of a Time-Life Documentary Rock A Bye Baby (1970) says, "...maternal-infant isolation that leads to sensory deprivation can cause developmental brain damage. These facts show that mother love has a neurobiological basis that is essential for life." and has a 3-page biography.--Margaret9mary 01:23, November 17, 2010 (UTC)


please make an article on it and include a gallery of random pictures.

for me, please insert a picture of a penguin with the caption "Penguins have nothing to do with this article."

--Death[[2]] 05:47, December 12, 2010 (UTC)

can you please also help me fix my sig. so that that picture shows up next to my username?


Hi, Thanks for your contribution on the individualistic and collectivist culture page. It has help me a lot with my studies. I read somewhere that Cognitive behavioural therapy more orientated to individualistic culture. What is in CBT that makes it more suited to western culture that needs to be adapted to suit cross cultural?


Hi, Thanks for your contribution on the individualistic and collectivist culture page. It has help me a lot with my studies. I read somewhere that Cognitive behavioural therapy more orientated to individualistic culture. What is in CBT that makes it more suited to western culture that needs to be adapted to suit cross cultural? Naz11 19:47, January 8, 2011 (UTC)

I'd never heard that. I'm not sure that is an accurate statement or characterization. Can you point me to a reference or citation? Dr. Becker-Weidman Talk 09:57, December 13, 2010 (UTC)
Hi here is the link. I have sent another message but i dont it worked. If it does show up please feel free to delete it. I look forward reading what you think. Thanks Naz11 19:47, January 8, 2011 (UTC)
I see the link and article, but is says nothing about "individualistic" or "collectivistic" culture. Please elaborate. Dr. Becker-Weidman Talk 01:41, January 6, 2011 (UTC)
It's somewhere in that link, it saids "Cognitive-behavioral therapy originated within Western culture and seems to be oriented toward Western or individualistic types of cultures."

Ghafoori (2004). Naz11 19:47, January 8, 2011 (UTC)

sorry, I don't see that; can you provide the specific quote and point me in that direction so I can see it? Also, please sign your quote with four "~" Dr. Becker-Weidman Talk 01:23, January 7, 2011 (UTC)
Ok I will look for it again. I googled that quote to confirm that is where i got it from and it did show up. It might just take a bit of time as my tired eyes are winning. Thank you. I will make sure I do that in future too. In the mean time do you agree with that quote? Naz11 19:47, January 8, 2011 (UTC)
Can you please sign your questions and comments so I know to whom I am responding? Thanks. Dr. Becker-Weidman Talk 01:49, January 7, 2011 (UTC)
You need to sign your posts with the four tilde's "'~'" please. Otherwise we can't tell who is posting very easily without doing some research. Dr. Becker-Weidman Talk 11:53, January 7, 2011 (UTC)
Sorry about that. I just notice an email and will make the relevant changes when i get back thanks. This is the first time i have done something like this. So please bare with me.
I am hoping that others who are reading this will understand that I am a student looking for some clarity. Thanks. Naz11 19:47, January 8, 2011 (UTC)
No problem, glad to help Dr. Becker-Weidman Talk 20:11, January 7, 2011 (UTC)
I was looking at the research again and I found the location of the quote. It is in the discussion section , 4th paragraph down. "The meta-analysis..." Naz11 19:58, January 8, 2011 (UTC)

A minor point and only one of several possible, and even more plausible, explanations. From the article A second possible explanation for this finding may be associated with the degree of similarity of the ethnicity of the therapist to the ethnicity of the subject. Previous research demonstrates that a high degree of match between the subject and therapist's ethnicity is correlated with more effective therapy outcomes (Carson et al., 1988). A third possible explanation for this finding may be that there were more Caucasian therapists than therapists from other ethnic backgrounds. The literature regarding cognitive behavioral treatment and ethnic variables as a focus is essentially silent. The results from this review further indicate that more research is needed in this arena. Dr. Becker-Weidman Talk 20:12, January 8, 2011 (UTC)

Thank you. Naz11 11:49, January 11, 2011 (UTC)

PPS Margaret9mary email

PPS. I sent you an e-mail 12-15-2010. After sending I noticed that I had accidentally gotten logged out. This is to confirm that I Margaret9mary am the one who sent it. --Margaret9mary 03:25, December 16, 2010 (UTC)

OKDr. Becker-Weidman Talk 01:41, January 6, 2011 (UTC)

Mail syndrome

Please let me know the reasons for the deletion. Thanks

Thank you for asking. I found no references or citations and nothing to suggest that this is a valid "syndrome." However, if I am wrong, please correct me.

Dr. Becker-Weidman Talk 21:19, January 30, 2011 (UTC)

I have no references or citations and nothing to suggest because it is new hypothesis and I labelled it as syndrome. It needs research to validate. I thought publishing it on Psychology wikia may give exposure in furthering research. If you cannot accept it please let me know where else can I publish?

I hope to see one of Psychology research Fellow pick this up and study.

Please advise.

thanks so much.

It would be helpful if you registered with a username and added an e-mail address to facilitate communication. Also, pls sign you posts on talk pages with the four tilde's "~"

I'll be glad to help you. Dr. Becker-Weidman Talk 13:59, January 31, 2011 (UTC)

Yes, I registered with my user name: peesay and have email address on file and signing my post as suggested.

Please let me know further. Thanks

Thanks for the note to reformat. Please help by sharing your feedback to the changes I am making. Also, how would I appropriately cite this topic, as I believe I am the first to open it?


DrLeeanne 21:20, February 6, 2011 (UTC)

Re Attachment

When I saw your note of Feb. 13, 2011 I wondered why you sent me such a message. My primary interest in editing anything on WP and Psychology Wiki is good science, and readability for non-experts. When it comes to taking any position I first listen extensively to various positions and seek to find any common ground that might exist--even between extreme opponents*.
I've been patiently waiting for progress to be made on Attachment theory since the mid-1990s after reading Bowlby's Attachment. In 2006-7 I did extensive further reading and thinking about it for a paper (and used WP for a starting point for reading). Not until Dec 2010 did I involve myself with the WP/Wiki articles.
In the last 2 months I've been "parsing" Bowlby's Attachment--examining how it's constructed, reading and rereading carefully, etc. One of the most obvious points was the importance for Bowlby of "control" systems theory--this is a scientific worldview,--see Bale, below (however it was clear Bowlby was struggling to put into words the implications of systems theory for attachment theory and I've long been aware of the difficulties)--In the Index under "feedback control of behavior" more than 160 pages are listed--over 2/5 of the book. To make a comparison, on Fainites urging I purchased the Handbook of Attachment. In the index of a book of nearly 1000 pages it has listed under "systems theory"--4 pages; under "feedback"--nothing. Clearly, Bowlby thought it central to his understanding and yet systems theory has been virtually left out of the Handbook.
Lawrence S. Bale has provided the best description of the paradigms of systems theory and of classic science in the first 8 pages of his article, Gregory Bateson, Cybernetics and the Social/Behavioral Sciences (1995)-- . (if this doesn't go through, the link is in the WP article on Gregory Bateson under Further Reading).
The greatest problem which has delayed the understanding of systems theory has been to translate nonlinear thinking into terms linear thinkers can understand. I first saw this difficulty in the late 1970s in Gregory Bateson's Steps to an Ecology of Mind.
  • Note--my first insight into common ground was during the Cold War when I realized that neither Americans nor Soviets wanted to die--the U.S. military had dubbed their position with the acronym MAD (mutual assured destruction).

The extremely long comments I wrote on the Talk page of the Attachment theory article on WP was my struggle to understand the conflict in views and how it could be remedied. But eventually it became evident that because my brain is wired to be a nonlinear, interdisciplinary thinker I was reading Bowlby with systems theory whereas apparently many people missed it.

I hope this goes far enough in explaining my position.Margaret9mary 00:35, February 18, 2011 (UTC)
Thanks for your comments. I'll look forward to hearing more from you.Dr. Becker-Weidman Talk 00:57, February 18, 2011 (UTC)
I left the following on Dr. Joe's page::
One of the reasons I posted the comments on Dr. Joe's page is that he did much of the editing on the Psychology Wiki article on Systems theory; it shows a much greater understanding of systems theory than the WP article.
What does one do when the scientific paradigm central to Bowlby's understanding of Attachment has been virtually ommitted from the Handbook of Attachment (and left out of the WP article)? And what does one do when so many others are still struggling to find a way to define (complex) systems theories in a comprehensible way?
Gregory Bateson was criticized for using too many metaphors, but let me offer one of my own.
Understanding attachment without including (complex) systems theory is like understanding a tennis match by watching only one of the players, and not watching the ball. One can study one player's actions exhaustively, but without seeing the ball and the other player and the resulting interaction one has missed most of it.Margaret9mary 23:21, February 18, 2011 (UTC)Margaret9mary 23:28, February 18, 2011 (UTC)
Good points, Margaret. The attachment system is a biologically based system that operates like a thermostat. Attachment behaviors (proximity seeking) are exhibited when the child feels a threat. Dr. Becker-Weidman Talk 22:22, February 20, 2011 (UTC)

A Question--and why it matters.

Yes, Bowlby recognized attachment as a biologically based system for which reason systems theory is an important and integral part of it.

::My question--why has Systems theory been virtually left out of Attachment theory?
Alas, I'm not exaggerating.
To put it bluntly, scientists are still trying to describe non-linear systems with linear concepts, and so decades have passed with little progress.
It's like trying to do modern physics without relativity.
After buying the Handbook of Attachment I looked over the articles. Didn't find anything specific referring to systems theory so I checked the index. Four (4) pages are listed under "Systems theory." Zero for "Cybernetics." Zero for "Complex systems." Etc., etc.
In Attachment the index lists over 160 pages under "feedback control of behavior." -all of Chapters 3 and 5, parts of two other chapters and more. It is central to understanding attachment.
I then took a closer look at the various Wikipedia articles on systems theory. The Psychology Wiki article is the best of them, especially the section--Features of Complex Systems in Nature (except it's missing "homeostasis").
But all of them suffer from trying to use linear concepts to describe non-linear systems.
And why does it matter?
To give the short answer--in systems theory you don't consider just the child's behavior.
The child has an attachment behavioral system within itself, but the mother-child dyad is also an attachment behavioral system. The child is a sub-system within that larger system. A mother (or other) who is securely attached is more likely to raise a child who is securely attached because attachment is a system that transmits attachment patterns--the "intergenerational transmission of attachment." (in Bretherton. Origins of Attachment, etc) Margaret9mary 02:26, February 24, 2011 (UTC)

All of the writers who describe attachment theory and those who do research discuss the concept that attachment does not reside within the person but is an interactional construct and, as such, seem to implicitly use a "systems" perspective. Bowlby does in his descriptions as do various other writers who discuss the attachment system and attachment behaviors and the function of each (system & behaviors),etc. Dr. Becker-Weidman Talk 02:35, February 24, 2011 (UTC)
I was wondering why there there seemed to be an editing conflict...a fast response! Hi! and Yes, attachment is an interactional construct. But why do you say "seem to implicitly use a "systems" perspective"? That sounds so uncertain--because it's true. A lack of a clear understanding of complex systems leads to inconsistencies. The ultimate implications are often missed. But this isn't just in the field of Attachment theory. This is a wide-spread problem in science.
To seemingly change the subject, I started out to edit the WP Attachment theory article in mid-Dec. and Fainites kept on interrupting. So I tried to say some things which, I thought, are very basic.
  • In mammals nursing creates proximity.
for example. And it was rejected out of hand. I would like to write a section on Infant Attachment--because it's the foundation of all further relations of attachment. I would include some basics of mammalian behavior--basic stuff that gets taught in first year biology. But if WP editors can't hear some basics what should I do? I thought it would be better to work out some understandings on the Talk pages first.Margaret9mary 03:01, February 24, 2011 (UTC)
Implicit because it is not explicitly stated. Dr. Becker-Weidman Talk 22:54, February 24, 2011 (UTC)
Try making suggested proposed additions, changes and deletions first on the talk page to elicit comments and improvements. Dr. Becker-Weidman Talk 22:54, February 24, 2011 (UTC)


Hi, Dr Art.

Im Neelam doing my M.Phil. My research area is irrational beliefs. Can you please help me regarding relevant documents. I ll be grateful.

I'd be glad to help. Why don't you either telephone me or e-mail me. That info in on my website at

Dr. Becker-Weidman Talk 22:32, February 23, 2011 (UTC)

Attachment and systems theory

After thinking and reading further about Attachment I realized that Bowlby's application of Systems theory to Attachment along with the present misunderstandings concerning Systems theory (under its various names) has greatly complicated something instead of providing the dynamic order that would make it simpler to understand.

Meanwhile I read your 2010 article Treatment for Children with RAD: DDP.In it you mention that in a healthy relationship "the parent regulates the infant's states of arousal to maintain homeostasis." (and that DDP is to help restore this). Also, that a mother's attachment classification is a major influence in the child's, that this argues "for a non-genetic mechanism for the transmission of attachment patterns across generations." I agree with this and believe that Bowlby was trying to convey this. He said that attachment began as a protection from predators, but evolution is very good at piggy-backing other uses on a behavior. So nursing and proximity, homeostatic regulation and learning all become a part of attachment. Bowlby mentions attachment in rat babies. It's an indication he understood that attachment was a long time evolving before it adapted to the specialized needs of large-brained Homo sapians. So I will write on Infant attachment soon, but the issue of Systems theory needs some work first. That sounds like I've bitten off more than I can chew, doesn't it? But Systems theory is not the nightmare of complication that it seems to be at present.Margaret9mary 23:59, March 5, 2011 (UTC) 

Thank you. Yes, the systems theory material does seem like a lot to try to manage in one go. I agree that a more focused approach right now, on infant attachment, may be much more manageable. Keep up the good work. Dr. Becker-Weidman Talk 16:59, March 6, 2011 (UTC)
Jean Mercer just e-mailed me a copy of her 2010 article, Attachment theory and its vicissitudes: Toward an updated theory--which clarifies what Fainites told me that attachment theory had changed somewhat. But ultimately the problem is that the definition of [feedback] control systems that Bowlby had originally included has been left out. And the WP/Wiki articles on Complex systems illustrates that the problem originates in the lack of understanding of non-linear systems.
Meanwhile I've been reading David Bell's The Dynamics of Connection, which has an excellent description of the Evolution of the Brain and the Evolution of Attachment in Chapters 3 and 4. Starting with reptiles, and going step-by-step of what needed to develop to reach human attachmentMargaret9mary 23:46, March 8, 2011 (UTC)

Please explain

Please explain why you reverted my changes to Zick Rubin. "Unhelpful" is insufficient.

Note that your protection of this page would not prevent me from reverting your reversion, since I'm a registered user. As a matter of courtesy, I will refrain from doing so until we've discussed the issue. I would ask that you show similar courtesy to me and other Wikia users by providing a clear explanation of every reversion. This Wiki cannot function without communication between users, and your habit of making unexplained reversions contradicts this principle.

Documenting your changes need not be onerous. If you're removing vandalism (which seems to account for most of your revisions) all you need to do is add the word "vandalism" to the edit summary.

Isaac32767 02:08, March 14, 2011 (UTC)

Your comments seemed unreferenced and the # of reverts exceeded policy. I would suggest that cooler heads prevail if all suggested edits are first put on the talk page for discussion and consensus building. Dr. Becker-Weidman Talk 11:05, March 14, 2011 (UTC)
With all due respect, the only not cool head appears to be yours. You assumed that Rabin's attempts to correct his own dale of death (!) were vandalism and kept reverting his changes his changes without explanation. Then you did the same thing with my changes. Which were not unsourced "comments" but well-sourced biographical information.Isaac32767 01:15, March 15, 2011 (UTC)
Dr. Rabin was not registered nor did he identify himself as the person in the bio. With all the reverts/edits/changes, over a dozen in one day, by various unregistered users, it seems the best course is to protect the page. If you'd like to suggest any improvements to the article, please do so on the talk page and when consensus is reached, those can be added to the article. Thanks for your comments and I look forward to reading your suggestions on the article talk page. Dr. Becker-Weidman Talk 11:26, March 15, 2011 (UTC)
Please read these pages before performing any more reversions. Help:Reverting (I put a garbled link to one of these in my last summary.) Isaac32767 05:09, March 16, 2011 (UTC)

Good advice, I hope all read that and begin making suggestions for article improvement on the talk page so that a consensus can be developed. I look forward to reading your suggested improvements. Dr. Becker-Weidman Talk 11:27, March 16, 2011 (UTC)

Systems theory (biology)


None of the various WP and Psychology Wiki articles on Systems Theories describe biological systems that are non-linear, with information systems of feedback and homeostasis. All of the articles confuse linear systems and non-linear systems--biological (living) systems and man-made, artificial systems. Trying to explain non-linear systems in linear terms makes them so impossibly complicated noone can fully understand them.

Some form of 'disambiguation' is needed. This confusion has been going on for over 60 years and an understanding of biological systems is long overdue. Please forgive me for advocating for an end to this confusion.

Linear systems, preferred by engineers because of their relative simplicity and ease in prediction and control, are one directional-- A -> B -> C -> D -> (billiard balls or the domino effect), whereas

Non-linear systems are A <-> B, A <-> C, B <-> C etc. They have the potential of being extremely complex, but have their own internal system of parameters. We don't have to control them. All we have to do is understand how they function in a healthy manner, respect those requirements and let nature do the work.

A simple example is our circulatory system. Blood carries oxygen, water, nutrients, immune system components, waste, etc. All of these systems are subsystems--semi-autonomous, maintaining their own homeostasis; yet they interact and maintain an overall homeostasis. And this is but one subsystem in the overall system of the body. We can study each sub-sub-system but its impossibly complicated to follow the whole of it at one time. Again, we don't have to control them or predict precisely. They are self-regulating. "The principle of homeostasis is...the foundation of all modern physiology" (from the first paragraph of the Introduction to a first-year college textbook of physiology).

More complicated examples include ecosystems--everything from local ecosystems to the whole biosphere.

Biological systems do not function like hard science--chemistry, physics, etc. Biological systems have their own "uncertainty principle." They are reciprocal, self-regulating, self-correcting and even self-healing and self-replicating.

My sources include Gregory Bateson (Steps to an Ecology of Mind) who recognized that the same principle of non-linear systems applied to human relations and social systems (cultures) and John Bowlby (Attachment)who saw that they applied to infant attachment in mother-child relationships. Neither of them gave a full, easy-to-reference definition, but mentioned the underlying principles, often in asides. Marston Bates (The Forest and the Sea) is another source, a book-length explanation of ecosystems.Margaret9mary 03:31, March 16, 2011 (UTC)

Again, please excuse me for advocating for an end to this confusion. What can be done about it?Margaret9mary 03:16, March 16, 2011 (UTC)

Maybe you can begin by putting suggested edits on the talk pages for review and discussion by editors. Dr. Becker-Weidman Talk 11:26, March 16, 2011 (UTC)

Hot potato?

Do you think that what I wrote above is irrelevant? Or is it a hot potato noone wants to deal with? Or is it a muddle noone knows how to straighten out?

I wrote something brief that was reverted immediately; I wrote on Talk pages and was ignored. I came across an unresolved discussion on the Talk page of Complex system which was similar to my position. It provides sufficient evidence that Nonlinear Systems are not understood by many in the fields of systems theory. And one only has to read the dozen or so articles on WP and Psychology Wiki that involve systems theory--and are made unnecessarily complicated by linear thinking--to suspect that that is the problem.
Linear thinking is used by engineers, in the hard sciences and by scientists using the classical paradigm of science of the 1800s. Nonlinear thinking is needed for studying living systems in biology.
Bateson described nonlinear thinking as an ordering of what to the Newtonian looks like chaos..." Nonlinear systems have patterns that are not precise cycles. They have negative feedback and positive feedback and they have negentropy that overrides the second law of thermodynamics.
P.S. What is Wikia? Its format looks like WP and Psychology Wiki but you and Dr. Joe are not listed among the administrators.Margaret9mary 02:00, March 18, 2011 (UTC
See your talk page.Dr. Becker-Weidman Talk 10:56, March 18, 2011 (UTC)


Is Attachment theory a multidisciplinary theory? Is the human attachment behavioral system a part of evolution? Is it a part of a continuum of mammalian behavior? Is the capacity for social behavior established genetically but adaptable to different cultural systems or is attachment behavior in humans primarily determined culturally?

Jean Mercer emailed me her article Attachment Theory and its Vicissitudes (2010), which reviews developments in Attachment theory. She mentions an abandoning of ethological analysis and says that Attachment theory "gradually found to be incapable of generating testable hypotheses that could explain puzzling observations." However her article doesn't explain specifically why these decisions were made.

These raise many questions. When Bowlby was first assembling the concepts of Attachment theory in the 1950s he had no empirical studies to back it up but Harry Harlow was doing lab experiments with rhesus babies that were an early confirmation of AT and Mary Ainsworth soon developed the Strange Situation. Why are present-day Attachment researchers unable to develop testable hypotheses? If attachment is a continuum of mammalian behavior with the larger human neocortex why is ethology being abandoned?

I'd been puzzling over Attachment theory for over 2 months before I realized that Human "systems theories" are very different from Ecosystems which are part of an interactive unitary biosphere and spent over a month in that chaotic mess.

I bought the Handbook of Attachment--1000 pages of smalltype without a clear definition of what Attachment involves. I read a number of the articles and no wonder there are such problems! Inge Bretherton's article said more years ago.

The most notable aspect of Bowlby's theory was his capacity to see the whole of the puzzle and identify the pieces and how they fit together--evolution, ethology, ecosystems theory (even if he didn't use that term, his insistence on ethology made that clear). And ultimately there seems to be a lack of Neutrality in the WP/Psychology Wiki articles--an abandoning of Bowlby's insights and eliminating them. That raises even more questions.Margaret9mary 23:22, April 6, 2011 (UTC)

Attachment Behavior is proximity seeking behavior, in simple terms. Dr. Becker-Weidman Talk 23:42, April 6, 2011 (UTC)
I didn't ask you this, but whether attachment theory is part of evolution.
i.e. Is the potential for attachment, like the potential for language, genetically determined but must develop postnatally?
I have been aware of nonanswers for months and wonder what is going on in the field of attachment theory. It seems that much isn't being discussed openly--like a hostile divorce instead of goodwill efforts to work through differences.
Jean Mercer's comments of changes due to the difficulty of generating testable hypotheses is serious. Long ago Gregory Bateson recognized that the behavioral sciences were in danger of getting stuck in a dead end that would prevent errors from being corrected and progress from being made (see the Intro to Steps to an Ecology of Mind) and it seems that has happened. Finding how to get unstuck is of vital importance.
But is this due to ideological/worldview disputes, or power struggles, or to methodology?
Thanks for your comments and questions and concerns. Dr. Becker-Weidman Talk 00:41, April 9, 2011 (UTC)


Hi Art. Yes I am now back from my travels. Just settling back into our routine at home. I am looking forward to another stint of work on the wiki. Thanks for all your help. Dr Joe Kiff (talk) 09:00, May 4, 2013 (UTC)



Nursingxmajor (talk) 00:08, August 8, 2013 (UTC)

Thank You

sure, just provide reliable sources and that would be fine. Dr. Becker-Weidman Talk 01:16, May 19, 2013 (UTC)


I see that you deleted the page on Educational Trauma.  Is there any place where I could please see it?  I was using it as a template for an article I am writing for Huffington Post.

Thank you!

sorry the page was deleted because it really was not relevant and several parts had no support and other parts belonged on other pages. I'd suggest that when you are writing an article for personal use you do so on you own page or in a word document. This encyclopedia is really just for encyclopedia articles. I am sorry your work had to be removed. best regards. Dr. Becker-Weidman Talk 01:07, July 12, 2013 (UTC)

Lee-Anne Gray, PsyD


Sorry for not signing the last talk page.  May I see the Educational Trauma page you just deleted?  It doesn't need to re-appear as a wiki, but it was a template for my article.

Sincerely, 20:41, July 11, 2013 (UTC)Lee-Anne Gray, PsyD

why was my stuff on the executive system rolled back? Im new to this so i don't really get this. Giac0 (talk) 17:13, August 29, 2013 (UTC)

Oh and also the personality stuff. I think the five factor model really needs more treatment (which i was trying to add) since most undergrads will be studying this and not the other theories as much.Giac0 (talk) 17:17, August 29, 2013 (UTC)

I thought i did reference using the numbers? I.e:

A spate of recent studies has explored genetic and environmental influences on the development of the executive system. On one hand, some researchers have claimed that 99% of the variance in executive function is caused by genes, whilst other researchers have isolated environmental correlates of executive function and claimed that these are important to its development. One should note that, whilst estimates of hereditary are not perfect and often misinterpreted [1], environmental correlates of executive function (e.g. parenting style) may not be causational. Giac0 (talk) 18:57, August 29, 2013 (UTC)

several of your additions did not have such go ahead and add back your material, just do be sure to put in the citations as you did above. Thanks for your edits. Dr. Becker-Weidman Talk 19:40, August 29, 2013 (UTC)

Taking a break

Hi Art I have emailed you about the details of my upcoming holiday to your @cnc. account. Dr Joe Kiff (talk) 15:25, December 7, 2013 (UTC)

Got it. I'll be watching each day and take care of things while you travel. Dr. Becker-Weidman Talk 15:37, December 7, 2013 (UTC)

How do I access your article on the psychology of nuns? I found the table of contents only. Do I need to purchase? Please advise

Psychology blog

Hi AWeidman. My name is Brandon Rhea and I'm a Senior Community Manager at Wikia. The reason the link was removed from Psychology blogs was because we received a copyright complaint alleging that the content within the website that the link is for violates the complainer's copyright. We determined that the link violates our Terms of Use and elected to remove it. Please don't restore the link. If you have any questions about this, feel free to let me know. Thanks! - Brandon Rhea(talk) 23:51, June 26, 2014 (UTC)

Hello AWeidman, I really require help for AP Psychology in high school. I have a test coming up and I have a few concerns I hope that you may be able to clear up for me. First can you clarify the difference between resting and action potential. And also I need examples of Somatic and Autonomic Nervous System as well as Sympathetic and Parasympathetic Nervous Systems.

You might find your answers on the various pages such as Autonomic nervous system, Somatic nervous system, Sympathetic nervous system, and Parasympathetic nervous system. Dr. Becker-Weidman Talk 12:09, October 14, 2014 (UTC)

DEFT wiki

Hi there. I have no idea if this is how I'm supposed to communciate with you about this please forgive me if I'm not using the proper channel...I'd like to create a page for Dynamic Emotion Foucsed Therapy, a experiential dynamic therapy recognized by the international experiential dynamic therapy association. I attempted to use the description of DEFT that is listed on the IEDTA site. It is very similar in style to both the EDT and ISTDP descriptions on psychology wiki but was deleted for lacking citations. Neither EDT or ISTDP pages have citations. Susan Warshow, the developer of DEFT has been referenced in published works but I didn't see anything like that listed on EDT or ISTDP pages so I didn't realize I needed to fit that in some place. Please look at the description I would like to use for DEFT and EDT (which is on psychology wiki) below and tell me how I can improve DEFT so I can create a page for it. I can add organizations and external links if that is all that is needed. Thank you!! Bridget Quebodeaux


Susan Warren Warshow has developed Dynamic Emotion Focused Therapy (DEFT) based on an integration of Intensive Short-Term Dynamic Psychotherapy (ISTDP) and other models of therapy/schools of thought including Positive Psychology, CBT and Gestalt (among others). Decades of clinical observation of the effect of unregulated shame reactions on the therapeutic alliance and outcome led to further development of carefully crafted, shame-sensitive interventions and embodied responses aimed at regulating and transcending inhibitory and defensive affects as well as self-hurting defenses. This enables a process of accessing and integrating deep affect.

As with ISTDP, treatment involves:

Processing of unconscious complex feelings towards past and current figures and consolidating the insights that result; exploring practical application.

Distinguishing self-harming from self-enhancing parts of the self. Developing capacity for self-care.

Moment-to-moment tracking of physiological sensations, including careful attention to manifestations of anxiety and shame.

Mobilization of will to attend to the self.

Accessing and resolving toxic guilt over feelings.

EDT on psychology wiki

Experiential Dynamic Therapy is a structured and empirically proven method of accelerated psychotherapy. It involves bringing patients to the direct experience of buried feelings, impulses, and emotions, using a range of techniques, and then enabling them to re-structure their lives positively. Its theoretical foundation draws on dynamic principles, attachment theory, and neuro-affective research. Controlled studies demonstrate effectiveness. It is applicable to a wide range of patients, including those suffering from chronic conditions and personality disorders. Therapeutic results are outstanding at long-term follow-up.


See alsoEdit

External linksEdit

Bquebodeaux (talk) 15:08, October 25, 2014 (UTC)

Bridget quebodeaux 10/24/2014

Hi there, I would like to resubmit for the DEFT page, I sent you a message that was not a response from my talk page but hopefully you got it. This is the ISTDP page I was referring to. In addition to the EDT page, this one seems to have no citations. I was trying to match this, but maybe I shouldn't...

Bquebodeaux (talk) 15:21, October 25, 2014 (UTC)

you will need citations for statements; otherwise it is just advertising. Dr. Becker-Weidman Talk 22:00, October 29, 2014 (UTC)


I have a question regarding intrinsic or extrinsic morals. For this scenario would it be intrinsic or extrinsic? Thanks ahead of time.

A man steals money to buy a ring for his wife.

not sure what you are asking nor am do I know who is asking, please sign your posts. Dr. Becker-Weidman Talk 01:25, January 17, 2015 (UTC)

Can you tell me WHY you keep deleting my page on misophonia? 14:03, February 18, 2015 (UTC)

Healthy multiplicity

I was wondering what you think about this article, Healthy multiplicity, specifically if the topic is relevant to this wiki. I'm no professional but I think it's a weird fringe theory bordering on mysticism (and pseudopsychology, if such a thing exists). That article was deleted on Wikipedia, and the relevant AfDs are here:

At the bottom of that second link I picked apart three specific sentences/claims, that are still in this article here, and showed how they were original research/synthesis, i.e. those claims were not supported by the sources that were given (the Wikipedia article referenced three books, the article on this Wikia doesn't have those references but the claims are the same).

Basically it's a load of hokey, but I don't know what kind of rules you have here and what kind of material is tolerated. And sorry if I'm totally wasting your time with this, I haven't been to this wiki before and you seem to be the only active admin/person with any authority around here. —Akadriatalk 15:58, February 27, 2015 (UTC)

thanks for the pointer. The article is now deleted. Dr. Becker-Weidman Talk 16:31, February 28, 2015 (UTC)

Why did you do that? 12:22, March 1, 2015 (UTC)

I meant to delete is gone now Dr. Becker-Weidman Talk 12:51, March 1, 2015 (UTC)
  1. Visscher, P.M. et al. (2008) Heritability in the genomics era- concepts and misconceptions. Nature reviews Genetics, 9, 255-266


Hi, please remove the block on this user. He was just trying to help mop up the vandalism. Thanks, Ajraddatz (Talk) 23:27, May 15, 2015 (UTC)

but his revision included some inappropriate material. Dr. Becker-Weidman Talk 12:44, May 16, 2015 (UTC)
See the difference between BZ's last edit and my fix. Dr. Becker-Weidman Talk 12:47, May 16, 2015 (UTC)

what the heck?

I just joined Psychology Wiki and started a page on my (well-known) specialty

that, dark personalities. The topic has accumulated over a thousand citations

in recent years.  

Immediately, you deleted it.  Who are you and what gives you the right to

destroy my entry?

Del Paulhus

Professor of Psychology, University of British Columbia.  

You will need to add material in the format of this wiki along with acceptable citations and references. I'd recommend you read the tutorial before beginning editing; you will find it most helpful.
best regards Dr. Becker-Weidman Talk 12:09, May 27, 2015 (UTC)
You deleted my entry because it wasn't finished?   I give up.
Will go back to Wikipedia.  You're out of control, Dr. Art.  
Dpaulhus (talk) 19:45, May 29, 2015 (UTC)
I don't see any entries by you here. The only entries you seem to have are these on my talk page. Dr. Becker-Weidman Talk 09:42, May 30, 2015 (UTC)

Good day, Mr.! Why the article "axiogenesis" was deleted? Thanks


Why did you revert my edits in romantic love? I really hope it was erroneous. Carl26 (talk) 22:44, March 14, 2016 (UTC)

Oh, and by the way, I also want to write how the word "romance" got coined, as well. Carl26 (talk) 22:48, March 14, 2016 (UTC)
seemed like a good idea since I'd not seen any citations. Dr. Becker-Weidman Talk 23:04, March 14, 2016 (UTC)
See Romance (love)#Historical definition of romantic love. Btw, I think Romance (love) and Romantic love should be merged. Carl26 (talk) 23:38, March 14, 2016 (UTC)
Thanks Dr. Becker-Weidman Talk 00:24, March 15, 2016 (UTC)

Hello AWeidman,

You just edited my page:

I don't mind it but its really strange that you, as wikia, ask me to fill in my profile just to then be removed.

Just saying that, why not simply give the option of filling those details?


Hi AWeidman,

Everything looks "normal" now - it's magic :D

But thanks for the reply, I really appreciate it!




I'm a part of the team of users monitoring this wiki for spam and vandalism, because we noticed it's often hit by vandals and spambots. I recently noticed there's a fair amount of linkspammers, which are users (I don't say "people" because they are often automated processes, also knows as bots, that do this) that edit a page only to add links to the product they are advertising. One very obvious example of spam would be User:Cmartin86, who uses their userpage only to advertise their website, not only on this wiki but on Depression Wiki as well. Linkspammers can be much less obvious, though. For example, some time ago started adding links to their website, and most of them were reverted but there are still traces of their spam in external link sections. Another example is (which seems to be a very similar IP to the first one), that also added links to their website.

As I noticed there's a lot of reversions and blocks going on here, I wanted to ask you first what do you think should be done about such cases and if I'm allowed to remove them, so I don't get my spam-reversion edits reverted and myself blocked. I'm also far from an expert in psychology, so I don't always know if a link was added by a spambot for advertisement or by a good-faith user because it's related to the wiki, so if you prefer me asking you every time I find a possible linkspammer if their links should be removed from the wiki pages that would also be fine.

Cheers! -- Cube-shaped garbage can 10:50, May 10, 2017 (UTC)

I check this site frequently (weekly), so I already review all your reverts. So, please just continue what you've been doing; which has been a fine job! I generally block spamers/vandalizers after I've reviewed your revert. Best,

Dr. Becker-Weidman Talk 11:12, May 10, 2017 (UTC)

Hm, I see. So I'm allowed to remove links like this? -- Cube-shaped garbage can 11:18, May 10, 2017 (UTC)
Yes...if I think the link should not be removed I'll revert it...but so far all your work has been just fine and I agree. Dr. Becker-Weidman Talk 23:40, May 10, 2017 (UTC)


Hi sir, I was wondering If you can give me bureaucrat rights here, cause I want to help expand this wiki. :) User:PyThonCATCher

You are free to edit and add material. You do not need bureaucratic rights. Let me know if there is anything else I can help with. Dr. Becker-Weidman Talk 13:44, December 31, 2017 (UTC)

About my health

Greetings! Sorry to randomly messaging you. Are u active on this wikia? Because I want to talk about my health. Reply soon pls. (The demon king finn Balor)

    • Can I talk about my serious mental illness in private? I m seeking some personal attention and I m kinda afraid of telling this to my parents. That's why I didn't looked for a doctor. Hoping for a reply soon :) (The demon king finn Balor)

You are needed

I've just marked four articles for speedy deletion as they are hate speech against the autism community. Can you please return and delete them? Thanks. HKPH (talk) 04:21, April 29, 2020 (UTC)

Vandal complaint

Hello! I am the author of a sensational page with the original name "Yaksha's Syndrome" (I am writing from another account, since I forgot the password from Шоманка). This article is a joke, but an attacker with the nickname Strange Pearl constantly rolls back my edit for no clear reason to me. 🧐 I'll ask you to sort it out and block the vandal. Link on my page:,_%D0%BD%D0%B0%D0%B9%D0%B4%D0%B5%D0%BD%D0%BD%D1%8B%D0%B9_%D0%B2_%D0%BC%D0%B0%D1%80%D0%B8%D0%B0%D0%BD%D1%81%D0%BA%D0%BE%D0%B9_%D0%B2%D0%BF%D0%B0%D0%B4%D0%B8%D0%BD%D0%B5 Link on vandal's account: