APA - American Psychological Association

"The student trained to reach decisions in the light of logic and of history will be disposed to recognize that, in a democratic country, governed as this is by the suffrage of its citizens, and given over as this is to the principle and practice of educating women, a distinction based on difference of sex is artificial and illogical." ~ Mary Whiton Calkins

My connections with APA began when my mentor encouraged me to apply for a position within a division. I applied and was elected to be the newsletter editor for The General Psychologist for Division 1 - The Society for General Psychology. Our mission is to create coherence amongst the diverse areas of the discipline of psychology ensuring that we acknowledge the contributions of the sub-disciplines of psychology into our research, theory and practice. I am primarily a practitioner-teacher and secondarily a researcher. And I am mirthful to be a member of Division 1 because my sub-disciplines are many. :-) I do not have a primary specialty in psychology. At heart, I am a generalist. And my areas are educational, humanistic, trauma, international, depth psychology and psychology of women. I do not possess the funds or time to be an active member of all these areas (or divisions) within APA. However, I believe my membership with Division 1 suffices to a degree. I am also a member of three other divisions.

As a generalist, I concur with Mary Whiton Calkins that distinctions based on any difference as artificial and illogical. Distinctions, as I perceive as a researcher are superficial if my clients/patients/students do not perceive these distinctions in the same way, simply because their life experiences are different. As a result, their unique experience is inherent to them and I am there as a researcher/counselor/teacher to help them discern what they already possess. They have their eyes ~ beautiful eyes ~ and I hand them their glasses, designing lenses to help them see their world more clearly.

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"The individual has always had to struggle to keep from being overwhelmed by the tribe. If you try it, you will be lonely often, and sometimes frightened. But no price is too high to pay for the privilege of owning yourself." ~ Friedrich Nietzsche

"I do take my work seriously and the way to do that is not to take yourself too seriously." ~ Alan Rickman

"We categorized, labeled, and measured ourselves and then made a niche to match. The niche became our boundary, so that our aim became filling niches instead of fulfilling our lives." ~ Virgina Satir