Jeffrey Longhofer, PhD., LCSW

RECENT BOOKS
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Oxford University Press Buy Now Read Reviews
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Columbia University Press Buy Now Read Reviews
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Psychodynamic Psychotherapy Palgrave MacMillan
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I blog on the daily news, mental health news, economics, mass incarceration. Please join in the conversation. I also have a list of my favorite blogs. Link to my Blog.
Forthcoming Book, with Jerry Floersch: Reimagining Social Work: The Crisis of Method and Neoliberalism
New Book by Joanna Bourke:
The Story of Pain: From Prayer to Painkillers
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American Psychological Association and Martin Seligman’s Positive Psychology Movement Under Fire: APA Supports CIA and Torture [read more]
New York Times Reports American Psychological Association Coverup of CIA and Torture [
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American Psychologist, Flagship Journal of the APA, Refuses to Publish Article on the Military and Psychology [
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Is American Democracy Broken? The Greatest Threats to US Democracy: The Koch Brothers [read more]
Erik Olin Wright and the Real Utopias Project
MUST READ:
Selim Berker,
The Normative Insignificance of Neuroscience
Paul Verhaeghe,
What About Me: The Struggle for Identity in a Market-Based Society
Ta-Nehisi Coates,
Between the World and Me.
Claudia Rankine,
Citizen: An American Lyric
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Truthout Article and Video on Mass Incarceration
The Phenomenology of Hearing Voices Hearing the Voice, Durham University, UK
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The RCT. The RCT (Random Control Trial), considered by many to be the gold standard for establishing the effectiveness of medical treatments, has gradually moved from clinical medicine and pharmaceuticals, into social policy, social work, psychology, and psychiatry. Many now question the growing influence of the RCT. They are exploring the hazards and limitations of its use, especially in the human sciences. [read more]
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The Case Study. As positivism (i.e., establishing statistical correlations among events) has become the dominant way of knowing in much of clinical medicine, psychiatry, and the social sciences, the case study as a means of describing and knowing the world has become less and less visible. Because many now see that statistical methods cannot establish causality, they have returned to the case study as a method. [read more]
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The Pharmaceutical Era. We live in what some have described as a pharmaceutical era. We are bombarded with drug ads promising relief from nearly all human suffering: depression, anxiety, impotence, obesity, lack of attention. Today, many question not only the efficacy of pharmaceuticals. They also question their safety. Research shows, for example, that anti-depressants work for a very small number of people and in some cases may cause serious harm. [read more]
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Our Minds on the Internet. How does the Internet shape our lives, our daily interactions, our minds, our society? How do we live with increasing surveillance and the loss of privacy? On this page of my site, you will find what I consider the key readings and resources from many disciplines and related web resources. [read more]
Must listen to Frontline Podcast: Generation Like
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Social Work and the Sciences: The Islandwood Conferences
In 2011, John Brekke invited scholars and researchers to present papers at conference held at the School of Social Work, University of Southern California, to begin a discussion of science and social work. Since then, that group, now known as the Islandwood Conference, has expanded and continues to meet and publish papers related to science and social work. [read more]
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Philosophy of Social Science, Critical Realism, and Social Work.
Critical Realism, a philosophy of science articulated most clearly by the late Roy Bhaskar, offers an alternative to the prevailing positivism in social work and social science. [read more]
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Environment and Food: Social Work and Social Justice. The practice of social work, now more than ever, must attend to the physical environment. The food we eat and the water we drink are fundamental to social justice and flourishing. [read more]
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The End of the DSM Era. The DSM, published by the American Psychitric Association and now in its 5th edition, is being attacked on all fronts. Tom Insel, head of NIMH, has called for a full-scale assault on the manual of diagnosis (see his blog attack on the DSM). NIMH is now offering an entirely different classification system and approach to understanding mental phenomena. Others have argued that the gradual expansion of the manual and its categories of mental illness has lost meaning. [read more]
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Philosophy of Mind, Cognitive Science, and Critical Neuroscience
We live in a new age of biological reductionism, specifically, neuro-reductionism. And while we have learned important and revolutionary things in recent brain science, we also need to be guided by a philosophy of mind in order to avoid reducing self and mind to simple actions of neurons. On this page of my site you’ll find what I consider to be the most important works on this topic and links to resources. [read more]
Seminar on the Embodied Mind, University of Durham, Medical Humanities, Professor Giovanna Colombetti
Neuroscience Online
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The Trauma Debates. In recent years, researchers and practitioners have turned their attention to the effects of trauma on human experience. On this page of my site, you will find the most important readings and debates in sociology, anthropology, psychiatry, psychoanalysis, and psychology. [read more]
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Attention. Attention is a controversial topic in the human sciences and nearly all of the disciplines have something to say about it. And they’re not all in agreement. On this page of my site you’ll find a wide range of literature and understandings of attention. [read more]
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Depression, Sadness, Psychosis, Narcissism, Anxiety.
There are many ways to understand human action, human thought, human emotion. On this page of my site you’ll find a wide range of debate on these topics and others. [read more]
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On this page of my website, you’ll find my perambulation of the disturbing and not so disturbing news related to politics, economics, and mental health.
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On this page of my website, I curate the literature related to mental health and culture (in sociology, anthropology, and cultural psychiatry).
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